Hey, friends! I am happy to announce our winner…. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown is our January Book of the Month!
I’ve read this book before. However, I’m thrilled to reread it, engage in the material more, and share it with you!
Personally, I’ve found myself fighting a lingering belief that feeling bad about myself will motivate me to improve. In Awaken the Giant Within, success expert, Tony Robbins, wrote about this misconception. He emphasized that feeling happy and successful puts you in the right state to accomplish more.
In his book, Start, Jon Acuff quotes another author, Bronnie Ware. Bronnie was a nurse and spent years caring for people in the last weeks of their lives. Based on her experiences, Bronnie wrote a book called, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. She reported their number one regret: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Whether it’s your own disempowering beliefs or the expectations of others, Brené offers multiple antidotes for the lies that hold us back. I am excited to read through The Gifts of Imperfection with you. Let’s learn to let go of who we think we’re supposed to be and become more of who we are!
My edition of the book doesn’t have chapter numbers, so I listed them by name. Here’s my plan for reading through the entire book in the next 4 weeks:
January 4th – 10th: Preface; Introduction; Courage, Compassion, and Connection; and Exploring the Power of Love, Belonging, and Being Enough
January 11th – 17th: The Things That Get in the Way; Guidepost #1; and Guidepost #2
January 18th – 24th: Guideposts #3 through #6
January 25th – 31st: Guidepost #7 through Final Thoughts
At the end of each week, I’ll post my own reflections and a few questions for us to discuss.
In the spirit of imperfection, please remember that there’s no obligation here! Of course, you’ll get the most out of this if you invest some time and effort.
Jon Acuff recently shared a great post about how to read more books in 2015. You’ve already nailed one of his steps – you’ve planned what you’re going to read. To knock out another one, plan when you’re going to read. I’d suggest finding 20-30 minutes to spend each day. (You can complete another step by cutting back on TV-watching in order to read, haha! And I promise, it’s a great book, so you’ll want to finish.)
Bonus Items: If you haven’t seen them, check out Brené’s TED talks here. They’re a lovely introduction to her research and style. I’m sure they will get you excited to learn more from her!
Also, for anyone who HAS read the book already, Brené partnered with Oprah to create a 6-week eCourse! Personally, I’d love to do the course, but… well, I had to admit to myself that I just don’t have the time this month. However, if anyone else wants to check it out (hint, hint!), we’d love to hear about your experience!