Today, reading You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, I thought about all the reasons why I was reading this book. I thought about the times that I may have succeeded in one area of a project, but completely flunked the other area. Part of it was poor planning on my part. Part of it was just being green and not knowing any better. That’s life though right? A few bumps and bruises are to be expected. It’s easy though to be effected by those bumps to where you get off course. This is where self-doubt and negative voices creep in. All the really non-important things have a way of taking over as well… stomping over what you love and becoming the main focus instead of what drove you to do what you set out to in fthe first place. Call it a mantra or a vision statement, getting in the game or “back in the game” means that you get specific about what you want.
As Jen Sincero puts it, “This is about getting mighty clear about what makes you happy and what makes you feel the most alive, and then creating it instead of pretending you can’t have it… You need to go from wanting to change your life to deciding to change your life.”¹
I’ve heard the definition many times in reading and leadership training. To decide means “to cut off”. That means cut off any other option. In 1941 today, December 7th, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The United States went from being complacent about World War 2 to declaring war on Japan the next day and entered the infamous world war. Our decisions are often times accompanied by life changes and sometimes tragedies.
Sometimes changes take place slowly. Sometimes much more drastically. Either way change starts as a thought. “Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, our habits become our realities.”² This is why I’ve started this blog encouraging others to read a book a week with me. I know that change starts with my thought life. A book a week sounds like a lot, but like any task broken down, it’s really not that much. It’s like meeting with advisors or coaches weekly with advice for only a meals worth. Join me in reading You are a Badass and You are a Badass Everyday.
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