I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nothing Changes Until You by Mike Robbins
Published by Hay House on Published May 6th 2014
After three years of living his dream as a professional baseball pitcher, Mike Robbins had an arm injury that benched him for good, and when this happened, everything changed. He had to figure out who he was without the identity of “baseball player”—a process fraught with emotional highs and lows—and he quickly realized that the self-criticism and self-doubt he was feeling are in fact epidemic in our culture. Too often we base our value on our external world—our jobs, finances, appearance, or various other factors. Even the most successful people struggle with their relationship with themselves. In Nothing Changes Until You Do, Mike looks at this delicate relationship and brings to light a new way to look at life, opening your eyes to your innate value. These 40 inspiring essays, which are real tales from Mike’s own life and the lives of his clients, boil down some of the most important lessons Mike has learned on his own personal journey—and as he’s traveled throughout the country for over a decade speaking to groups of all kinds. With themes spanning from the importance of trusting yourself to the benefits of vulnerability to the strength inherent in embracing change, this book shows you how to get out of your own way and make peace with yourself. With humor, authenticity, and ease, Mike illustrates that with a little self-compassion and a healthy dose of self-acceptance, anyone can turn away from the negatives that manifest because of a critical self-perception—things like unkindness, insecurity, addictions, sabotaged relationships, unnecessary drama, and more. Making peace with yourself is fundamental to happiness and success. So join Mike and learn to have more compassion, more acceptance, and more love for yourself—thus giving you access to more compassion, more acceptance, and more love for the people (and everything else) in your life.
I’m trying not to critique this too harshly. The book sets out what the synopsis says it is going to do. In it Mike Robbins talks about many different things always circling back to how we treat ourselves. Which was what brought me to the book in the first place. As a creative person I am my own worst critic so I thought I would give this a try and get some positive vibes going.
It was good. It was an easy read and Mike’s point of view was well thought out and understandable. I loved some of his anecdotes and enjoyed reading the book. Now here is the but. BUT I wanted more. I came to a chapter that talked about meditation but he doesn’t lead through the meditation, that was in the back of the book. Not really a huge deal, and easily addressed. All I had to do was swipe to my Kindle’s table of contents and go to the meditation. But I like to read in the order that the author and publisher put the book into. It has to be for a reason, right?
So, I skipped the meditation. No biggie. Next was the fact that although there are life lessons in this, and some very good ones by the way, I have been studying about this stuff for nearly 10 years so I was hoping for something a little more in depth. But as I said above, the book does give what it says it is going to give. And it is very easy to read.
I think I would suggest for someone that hasn’t read much about how to treat yourself to definitely pick this one up. There is a lot in this that you can take away and start doing straight after reading. If, however, you are like me you may just want to pick this up as a refresher. If you’ve read a lot about this subject you may not find much new it in although I did enjoy Mike’s take on things!