You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
By Jen Sincero
What’s stopping you from living your best life? Is it a lack of understanding what your passions are? Crippling fear of failure? The inability to believe that you are worth the effort it takes to truly reach for your dreams? Maybe, all of the above?
In her newest book You are a Badass, Jen Sincero systematically addresses all these self-imposed limitations and dismantles them one by one. She argues that we put limits on ourselves and then don’t question them enough to make the changes that we desperately desire to see in our lives. By looking at both the powerful natural forces of the universe around us and the destructive power of our own self doubts, Jen sets out to prove that we are all capable of accomplishing far more than we give ourselves credit for.
Here’s what you’ll learn about in this summary:
- The ways that your subconscious mind is manipulating and sabotaging you from living your best life.
- How to go after what you want in life without being frozen by the fear of failure.
- How to embrace and love yourself—every part!
- The path to learning mindfulness and present-living through the practice of meditation and positive self talk.
- The best ways to get over your self-imposed limits and to stop saying no to the passions your heart wants you to go after.
“Our conscious mind thinks it’s in control, but it isn’t. Our subconscious mind doesn’t think about anything, but is in control.”
“All of us are connected to this limitless power and most of us aren’t using but a fraction of it.”
“When you learn to consciously master the energetic realm, believe in the not yet seen, and stay in your highest frequency, you harness your innate power to create the reality you desire.”
You already have the greatness you seek, but before you can unleash it, you must dig deep and look within.
THE BIG IDEAS
PART 1: HOW YOU GOT THIS WAY
1) Facing Your Subconscious
“Most People are living in an illusion based on someone else’s beliefs.”
When we all first enter this world as babies, we don’t have a trace of self consciousness about us. Rather, our every emotion is immediately shown on our face, though it is more often than not the screaming rage of a hunger unsatisfied. Babies are almost completely unaware that they have bodies, much less that there are societal expectations that have been put on them. Babies are, in the truest form, human beings.
However, as soon as a baby begins to explore the world, he receives messages from the people and things around it about how things are and should be. Many of these beliefs are added to the baby’s psyche unconsciously. (Only girls play with pink toys; the stove is hot.) Though many of these beliefs are true and an accurate way to understand the world, just as many are simply presuppositions of those around him.
A baby’s experience of the world is a good example of how we split up the conscious and unconscious mind. Though most of us are only aware of our conscious minds, the subconscious mind takes in the information around us without any filter because it has little way of telling what is true or not.
Like it or not, our subconscious mind makes up our beliefs from the unfiltered information that is presented to it from our childhood, and in most cases, we are completely oblivious to the ways it is running our lives.
The first step to overcoming the subconscious mind is to become aware of it. Think through your beliefs about the world and try to pin down the experiences that have caused you to think this way. You may find that your subconscious mind had misinterpreted the information that was given to it (eg: I am fat and therefore I am unlovable). No matter what you think you want in life, if your subconscious belief tells you that it’s not available for you, you won’t let yourself have it.
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