Girl, stop apologizing and finally reach your goals

Women can create the careers, businesses and lives they want if they just go for it.

Says who? Rachel Hollis. She drives this powerful message home in her most recent best-selling book, Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals. And, after finishing the audiobook version and hearing Hollis’ passion and spirit come through as she narrated it, I’m a believer. (If you haven’t heard of Rachel Hollis, learn about her and her other awesome, best-selling non-fiction book, Girl, Wash Your Face, here.)

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, Hollis shares a roadmap for achieving your goals and building your dream life. But, what stood out to me was how Hollis explained that you can’t set out on the journey to achieve your goals without first becoming of aware of, and then defeating, the self-imposed barriers that stand in the way.

Hollis chronicles her mission to overcome a huge barrier that she faced on the road to reaching her own goals – an inclination toward being a people-pleaser. She reports that although she strived to move through her life unconcerned with the opinions of others, this was often easier said than done. She admits that the crippling weight of other people’s expectations interfered with her ability to fulfill her potential until she could move out from under it.

And it’s not just her. Women everywhere act at a fraction of their potential because self-imposed limitations weigh them down. And as a result, women give up on their dreams without even giving themselves a chance.

For example, a woman might have the potential to start a company that would alter the lives of her family members, as well as others who would be positively affected by the business she created, if only she had the “audacity” to believe it would work. 

This observation was eye-opening for me.

This book taught me that you can get a little closer to the life you want for yourself if you become aware of, and let go of, the beliefs or perceptions that hold you back. These could be caring too much about what others think about you (just like Hollis), not having the right motivation, doubting your abilities, or being trapped in the wrong habits.

Further, once you let go of these restricting beliefs or perceptions, understanding that you don’t have to justify your dreams for any reason can enable you to become who you were meant to be.

Have you finished Girl, Stop Apologizing? What message in it resonated with you most? Share in the comments.

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