“Girl Stop Apologizing”, a book written by Rachel Hollis is #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and for good reason. It’s about how to achieve your dreams. Sounds great, doesn’t it! So why do women feel they are not worthy enough to strive for them? Rachel answers those questions and more in this book. Read on my friends!
Rachel Hollis, for those of you unfamiliar with who she is, is a married, mother of 4, in her mid-30s living outside of Austin, Texas. She is the founder of a multi-million dollar media company. She is a bestselling author, host of one of the most popular podcasts out there-the Rise Podcast, a much sought after motivational speaker and self-made entrepreneur. I love her tagline-“I built my business with a high school diploma and a google search bar”. In this book “Girl, Stop Apologizing”, she has lived what she is talking about. She understands how it worked for her, and now, we all get the benefits!
Achieve Your Dreams- The What If’s….
For years women have been answering to basically everyone, except themselves. Always helping others. Doing what others expect of them. Believing your dreams require someone’s permission. Do you know women like this? I’ll bet you do. We may even be one of those women. Why do we do this? Deep down, we all want to achieve our dreams and we have every right to. What if I could fly a plane? What if I could write a mystery novel? Go back to school? Your “what if’s” are your dreams and they are yours for the taking. You don’t need anyone’s permission.
We all have dreams, and when we look at them, they seem pretty lofty. Reaching that pinnacle seems so far off. Rachel breaks it down into tangible, workable portions. She discusses the excuses we have, the behaviors we need to adopt, and the skills that are required. You can
. “This amazing thing happens when you start to grow in one area of your life: other areas improve with it.”
Girl Stop Apologizing
“Girl, Stop Apologizing”
The obstacles to achieving the dreams we have are the excuses we give ourselves. We’ve probably seen it all and lived many of them. The thing about excuses is that they get so ingrained in our belief system, that we don’t even get out of the gate. Maybe we’d like to start a business selling our homemade crafts (DREAM), but we don’t know how to start (EXCUSE). That excuse might be so embedded in us that we don’t even start by exploring our options. We are in defeatist mode. Rachel explores several examples of
Our behaviors dictate how we act every day. They are ingrained in us as habits. Habits are something we do without thinking whether they are positive or negative behaviors. We will keep our positive behaviors, and working to change the negative ones is a step in the right direction. Let’s take our last example of starting our own business but not knowing how. We tend to give up at this point because we feel stupid. We feel we are grown adults and should know these things. Well, truth be known, we don’t know everything. Sometimes we need to “ask for help”. That’s a behavior change. “Ask for help” is one of the changes that Rachel talks about in this section of the book.
Skills To Acquire
Now that we understand what behaviors we need to change, we can identify the skills we need to reach our dreams. This is getting down to the nuts and bolts. We’ve thrown the excuses out the window. We have changed our behaviors. Now we are ready to work toward our dream. We need to achieve skills to make it happen and Rachel does a great job of setting out the game plan for that. Once again, looking at our example, we’d like to start our own business, but we don’t know where to start. We know we need to ask for help, so some options that come to mind are to read up on the subject-books, researching online. Ask a small business owner. Ask an accountant. There are a lot of ways to ask questions. These are the beginning stepping stones to finding your courage and pursuing your dreams.
My “Take” On It
“Girl, Stop Apologizing” was a book that was hard for me to put down. One of the things I love about Rachel is her down to earth way of talking. You just feel like she’s sitting there with you and you are having a “heart to heart” so to speak with some hilarious antidotes and tough love along the way. Like any book you read, there will likely be things in it, you can’t quite relate to and that’s what makes us individuals. All in all, it really spoke to me. From a personal standpoint and having just gone through weight loss, I can relate to what she is saying in this book. I had so many of these excuses. Lots of bad behaviors that were just second nature to me. Once I was able to see those for what they were, I was able to think differently and develop new skills to lose weight. It’s taken time, but her roadmap works. This can work in so many areas of life. We can achieve our dreams!
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I highly recommend this book! Rachel is not dreaming of the life she’s wanted anymore. She decided to pursue it, beat the obstacles, develop the plan and
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!