Trusting Yourself

Trusting Yourself : How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Live More Happily with Less Effort

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We are flooded every day with messages from so-called experts in magazines and on TV telling us what’s wrong with us. Our teeth aren’t white enough, we aren’t good enough lovers, we aren’t exercising enough, we have ADHD. No wonder we’re dogged by worry and self-doubt!

Luckily, M. J. Ryan can help. As the creator of the bestselling Attitudes of Gratitude and The Power of Patience, Ryan discovered that the classic virtues can help bring peace and light to our lives. Now, in Trusting Yourself, Ryan reveals how the long-forgotten virtue of self-trust lets us feel less overwhelmed and happier every day. Trusting yourself makes choices easier, lets you express your unique talents, and gives you greater optimism and joy.

How do we learn to set the critics aside and trust ourselves instead? Ryan teaches us how to start learning what is right with us. First she reveals the inner attitudes that nurture self-trust. If you accept that we learn through trial and error, if you believe that we each have unique strengths and that no one of us has to have them all, if you realize that labels only get in the way, then your self-trust will grow, your worries will shrink, and you’ll find happiness and success with a lot less effort.

Ryan also shares the “best practices” of those who trust themselves: Learn the way Quakers make their most important decisions by asking each other open-ended questions. When you’re feeling overwhelmed by a big project, draw on the secret of time management experts and ask, What’s the next actionable step? And when you make a mistake, remember that the master weavers of Persia include an intentional error in every carpet, to remind us that nothing human is supposed to be perfect.

A celebration of an untapped source of personal power, Trusting Yourself helps us find more peaceful, saner lives every day.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 153.9 x 182.4 x 19.3mm | 294.84g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0767914902
  • 9780767914901
  • 1,569,888

About Mary Jane Ryan

Bestselling author M. J. Ryan is one of the creators of the Random Acts of Kindness series (over one million copies in print) and the author of The Power of Patience, Attitudes of Gratitude, and many other titles. The founder and former publisher of Conari Press, Ryan is now a consultant with Professional Thinking Partners, where she specializes in coaching executives on issues of life purpose and leadership. She is a popular speaker and a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping. She lives in Walnut Creek, California.
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"Mary Jane's book has softened and yet empowered me with insights, information and inspiration on the life enhancing benefits of self-trust.  I wish she had written this while I was raising Wynonna and Ashley. If you'll take her wisdom to heart you'll find greater happiness in your relationships and in your mind."
–Naomi Judd, author of Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide

"MJ Ryan is right: many of our individual problems and collective unhappiness stem from our lack of self-trust. TRUSTING YOURSELF reminds us of this essential aspect of living a full life and offers us stories and practical suggestions for re-establishing self-trust even as we face our human foibles and flaws with honesty and humor. A valuable book for living today to the fullest."
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation and The Call

"With clarity and compassion, MJ Ryan provided priceless guidance for filling in my self-trust blanks and, better yet, convinced me that I had the ability and wisdom to do so. TRUSTING YOURSELF has shot to the top of my gift-giving list!"
-Sue Patton Thoele, author of The Courage To Be Yourself

"Cultivating genuine self-trust is at the heart of living and loving fully. In her new book, TRUSTING YOURSELF, M.J. Ryan not only shows us how, she gives us the confidence to take the necessary steps. Through heart-warming stories and insightful guidance, M.J. reminds us of our inherent value, wisdom and wholeness."
-Tara Brach, author of Radical Self-Acceptance

"M.J. Ryan has identified the great Teacher within us all, that gentle presence, whole and certain, that is always here to guide us. It is no less than the essence of our self. But how do we access it? In engaging personal narrative and precise precept, Ryan takes us by the hand and gently leads us back to ourselves. Perhaps more than any other book, TRUSTING YOURSELF is an invitation to come home."
-Hugh Prather, author of The Little Book of Letting Go and Notes to Myself
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