Robbins, the highly visible lantern-jawed motivational speaker/coach/author/guru (author of Focus on the Good Stuff), returns with a primer on authenticity: what it means, what it can do, and how to achieve it. A master of his craft, Robbins' guide is thorough, direct and carefully organized, with an understanding and enthusiastic voice. Beginning with the reasons we lose our authentic selves, Robbins enumerates the pressures to conform in family, school, religion, politics and the media, as well as the damaging messages we absorb, like "be a good boy," "calm down" and "shut up." Robbins explains how these pressures lead to self-criticism and fear, then how to overcome them through greater awareness and compassion for one's faults. With questions, exercises, action points and sound practices, Robbins provides a map to transforming fear, gaining self-knowledge and celebrating your authentic self, with a measured pace and a minimum of distraction (no sidebars, charts or breakout boxes). Readers looking for a positive, no-nonsense guide to self-actualization should find Robbins an ideal guide (Starred Review, "Publishers Weekly")
Authenticity is the buzzword of the moment. "Be true to yourself." "Be your real self." "Be the person you were meant to be." The message is loud and clear. Or is it? There is pressure from all around (our parents, teachers, spouses, co-workers, friends, and the media) telling us it's more important to be liked and to fit in than it is to be who we truly are. We are also constantly bombarded with messages telling us that we aren't good enough and need to be fixed.
Written by Mike Robbins--best-selling author and motivational speaker--Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken shows how you can overcome your fear about being who you really are and accept yourself without a mask, pretentions, bluff, or fakery. This encouraging book will help you confront some of your own personal challenges with honesty and genuineness. It contains powerful ideas, principles, and practices that when integrated into your life on a regular basis can help you access a deeper place of truth within you. Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken will empower you to Confront and transform your fear
Express yourself fully and confidently
Deal with conflicts directly and resolve them effectively
Take risks and go for what you truly want in life
Keep things in perspective and have more fun
Trust, forgive, and celebrate yourself
Have more freedom, peace, and confidence in your relationships, your work, and your life
Being your authentic self is not for the faint of heart, but once you're willing to truly engage and do the work to become real, your life will be more exciting, meaningful, and fulfilling!