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How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero is a self-help book that encourages readers to unleash their potential by adopting a positive mindset and taking action towards their goals. Through relatable anecdotes and actionable steps, Sincero shows readers how to overcome self-doubt and live a fulfilling life.

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    Negative thoughts about yourself are holding you back from being the badass you really are.

    If you feel that you’re an undiscovered genius lost in the daily grind of a dead-end job, you need to ask yourself, “What’s holding me back?” Most likely it’s you – or, more specifically, your negative beliefs about yourself.

    Here’s the truth: What we believe about ourselves is largely based on the messages with which we’ve been bombarded since we were very young. These messages are lodged in your subconscious mind. Your parents, for instance, might have told you that nobody in the family has ever been good at bringing in the bucks. The more you hear this message, the more likely it becomes that your subconscious – and therefore you – will conclude that you can’t make money.

    The result? You’ll shy away from pursuits that could lead to financial success – be it learning about investment strategies or pursuing an MBA – even though you may want to do these things. That’s the power of your subconscious mind.

    Take another example. Say you’re longing to find and marry your soul mate, but because you grew up with two parents who were always fighting and hurting each other emotionally, your subconscious mind equates intimacy with pain and suffering. Consequently, you remain unhappily single.

    The negative things that you subconsciously believe about yourself and the world keep you trapped in a kind of sleep. Let’s call it the Big Snooze. The Big Snooze is like an overprotective mother who never wants you to leave the house; she wants you to stay with her, safe from the lurking dangers out there in the real world. Now, there’s nothing wrong with her intentions. But they’re entirely based on fear.

    Fortunately, you’re more than capable of freeing yourself from the crippling power of the Big Snooze. How? It starts with giving yourself a big loving pat on the back. Let’s examine how this works in the next blink.

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    What is You Are a Badass about?

    You Are a Badass (2013) is your guide to living life to the fullest. Sincero provides an analysis of exactly what’s holding you back and provides powerful strategies geared toward breaking bad habits so that you can truly live out your dreams.

    Become the badass you always wanted to be.

    You Are a Badass Review

    You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (2013) is a self-help book that aims to inspire and empower readers to unleash their inner badass and create the life they desire. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • It offers a refreshing and no-nonsense approach to self-improvement, encouraging readers to embrace their true selves and make positive changes in their lives.
    • Jen Sincero uses humor and relatable stories to deliver her message, making the book not only informative but also highly entertaining.
    • The book provides practical exercises and techniques that can help readers overcome their fears, develop self-confidence, and achieve their goals.

    Best quote from You Are a Badass

    Our conscious mind thinks its in control, but it isnt. Our subconscious mind doesnt think anything, but it is in control.

    —Jen Sincero
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    Who should read You Are a Badass?

    • People stuck in jobs that they hate
    • Readers looking for new strategies to tackle self-doubt
    • Anyone seeking motivation to make a serious life change

    About the Author

    Jen Sincero is a life coach and best-selling author. In addition to sharing her insights on sex, relationships, careers and motivation as a public speaker, she is also the author of The Straight Girl’s Guide to Sleeping with Chicks and You Are a Badass at Making Money.

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    The main message of You Are a Badass is to embrace your power and create the life you want.

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    You Are a Badass is worth reading as it inspires and empowers you to unleash your inner potential and live a life you love.

    Who is the author of You Are a Badass?

    Jen Sincero is the author of You Are a Badass.

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