Girl Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing and Achieving Your Goals
By Rachel Hollis
HarperCollins Leadership, 2019. 216 pgs. Nonfiction
Rachel Hollis's new book focuses on how to achieve the goals you have in life. Hollis has been a goal setter from a very young age. It wasn't until she became well known for trying to help women achieve being their bests selves that she started receiving letters from women who admitted to having no idea what goals they should have for their lives. This book helps show examples of what kind of goals you can have and how you can make them happen. The book is broken up into three sections -- excuses to let go of, behaviors to adopt and skills to acquire. She shares many personal experiences of what it took for her to get to where she is now and many ways she failed along the way.
This book is full of advice and motivation. There were a few things that really resonated with me. The first is that often as women we let our goals be determined by other people; our kids, our spouse, our employers. Make sure your goal is YOUR goal and then don't feel like you need to apologize for it. Second, when you are going after a goal you need to know why it is so important to you. If you don't know why you are doing it, you will usually give up at the first failure you face. Third, you also need to realize that it is going to take some sacrifice and often you are going to need to get help from other people. You can't bing-watch a whole season of a show and then complain that you don't have any time. It is impossible to do it all. You need to pick what is most important and go after that one thing. Once that is achieved you can move on to your next goal. We burn ourselves out by trying to do too many things at once. Rachel Hollis says it like it is. She is motivational and inspirational, but it can also be uncomfortable to recognize some weaknesses in yourself.