As you probably know by now, I LOVE challenges. I also love to read, but for the past few years, I’ve been telling myself that I am too busy, which is nonsense- you make time for things you care about. So, I decided to start my own book challenge (complete with prizes for 5 people!) to push myself to read more and have fun with like-minded people.
It doesn’t start until July 1st, however, that will give you time to gather some books, look at the categories in the challenge, and plan the books you’d like to read.
I’m hosting it through GoodReads, so if you don’t have an account, it’s quick and easy to make and you can join my group/challenge! If we get enough people wanting to also have a Facebook group, I can create one to host discussions and the like. For now, I’m sticking to GoodReads.
I started this book challenge a little over 2 years ago, but I just revamped it. I figured the starting in the summer would be a good idea. Teachers may not be working, and nearly everyone is laying out in the sun with a book.
There is absolutely NO pressure – all I’d like is for everyone to make some time to read (whether that’s once a day, once a week, whatever) and to have FUN! There’s also an extrinsic motivation by way of prizes (likely gift cards).
How It Works
But how does it work? When you read a book, you can likely fit it into one of the 15 categories I have listed. (Or, you can plan out books to go into the categories before reading) Each category is worth an amount of points, so you bank your points and total number of books read. You can read more about it here, and I hope you’ll find it as exciting as I do!
Previous Thoughts on ‘You Are a Badass’
I read this book 2 years ago, and did a review on it. (listed in italics below) I loved this book so much that I thought I’d skim through again, and add a slightly different perspective on it a few years later.
“At 244 pages of content, this book took me roughly 6-7 hours to read… and I give it a big thumbs up. I LOVED the author’s voice throughout (Jen Sincero)- it really made the book digestable and light. You can re-read this text several times for the specific season of life you’re in. It has 5 parts, ‘How You Got This Way,’ ‘How to Embrace Your Inner Badass,’ ‘How to Tap into the Motherlode,’ ‘How to Get Over Your B.S. Already,’ and ‘How to Kick Some Ass.’ It is further organized by 27 (fairly short) chapters, so if you really need some advice on money management or how to avoid procrastination, you can go to those specific chapters.
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
The overarching theme was: LOVE YOURSELF! Although seemingly obvious, it’s something that can often be overlooked, and really is at the core of everything. Another theme was ‘change your mindset’ (which I love, and I’m an advocate for… well, I’m also an advocate for self-love). In the few short weeks that I’ve decided to make an honest change to my thinking, I feel and I act so much better- I’m more positive, gracious, and filled with gratitude. So, I’ve seen it firsthand, and I know that there’s room for me to grow with it just from reading this book. You have to envision the things you want to happen, and they will happen. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. (also big themes in the book)
“So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.”
I hope that you will love this book as much as I did- it’s an easy read over a few days, or a great ‘sit-on-the-couch-with-a-cup-of-tea-on-Sunday-for-a-few-hours-read.’ Have you already read it and implemented some of Sincero’s suggestions?“
”Imagine what our world would be like if everyone loved themselves so much that they weren’t threatened by other people’s opinions or skin colors or sexual preferences or talents or education or possessions or religious beliefs or customs or their general tendency to just be whoever the hell they are.”
“If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.” -Louise Hay
DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS. That’s probably the most difficult thing here, right? How do we get around this in a social media-driven world? It’s tough, but we can either think positively- “wow, they’re doing great- that’s amazing- how can I get there?” Or, applaud them and move on to recognizing what YOU have that is amazing in itself.
“You need to go from wanting to change your life to deciding to change your life. Deciding means jumping in all the way, doing whatever it takes…”
I have committed to my business, but now that it’s been a few months and I’ve hit the ‘dry summer months,’ I’m questioning what I’m doing. That needs to stop now. This is the time where everyone else quits- I DON’T want to be that person.
“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.”
“You’ve got to believe that everything you want is available to you.”
“Watching someone else totally go for it can be incredibly upsetting to the person who’s spent a lifetime building a solid case for why they themselves can’t.”
I DON’T want to be this person! I might’ve done things like this in the past, but I want to wake up one day and BE THIS PERSON- who goes for it! Their dreams, their passions, and takes risks.
It’s Up to YOU
“What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.”
“Nobody gets to the top of the mountain without falling on his face over and over again.”
“When taking great leaps forward, life often turns to shit before it turns to Shinola.”
Uh, yeah… how many of us know this is true from several real-life experiences?! Instead of wasting time believing you can’t, or that you’re not awesome, use that time to believe you CAN and that you’re AWESOME. Our thinking really has to shift here… and that takes PRACTICE and PERSISTENCE.
“What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.”
Okay, here’s another really hard thing to do: to not waste time giving a crap about what others think of you. This is one of the BIGGEST things I have ALWAYS struggled with throughout my life… especially now that I’ve taken a leap into direct sales. I NEVER want to be the badgering person, so I’m not. However, I need to find a balance between that and never posting for fear of judgement.
“One of the best things you can do to improve the world is to improve yourself.”
So while there are a million more takeaways, I don’t want to spoil the book for you. It’s such an amazing, eye-opening, and fast read. After skimming this book, I need to read it again and take some notes to intentionally practice. If you read it too, please comment below or get in touch with me about how you liked it or how it’s affected you.
There are a few more books in this ‘series’ – You Are a Badass Every Day, and You Are a Badass at Making Money. I need to pick them up since I’ve loved the original. If you’ve read either of these, what did you think?
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