I read this book when I was around 20 years old and it had a major positive impact. It made me think about my own ‘self talk’ for the first time, and I realised how negative and harsh I was with myself. I still have the book now, over ten years later.
It’s easy to read, down-to-earth and full of positivity. The biggest thing I took away from this book was to treat myself as a good friend. Instead of beating yourself up over something or always focussing on the negative, be kind to yourself. Like yourself as a person.
You know when a good friend goes through something ‘bad’ like a break up? You take the time to make them feel better and reassure them that they are wonderful and everything will be ok. You don’t beat them up about it or tell them that they deserved it and they were an awful partner. You’re nice and supportive to your good friends, so be nice and supportive to yourself too.
This is the first ‘self improvement’ book that I remember reading and having an impact on me. It discusses self-confidence, self-reliance, work and what you want from life. I also recommended it to a friend who loved it just as much as I did and says that she refers back to it every once in a while.
Sadly, there is no manual to life, but it’s good to know that there are resources available to us for improving our lives and the way we see ourselves.
You can find out more about ‘Be Your Own Life Coach’ by Fiona Harrold by clicking here.