A self-help work that offers a lively discourse on freedom of choice.
Hypnotherapist Litt makes a compelling case for self-determination in this debut work, suggesting that “you can change yourself and anything in your life that you want to.” In prose that’s both conversational and forceful, she asks such provocative questions as “Are you ready to wake up and become your own observer?” and “Are you ready to give yourself permission to be happy?” Answering these and similar queries requires self-assessment and introspection, but the author aims to assist readers by offering examples from her own life and practice, tendering compassionate, useful advice. Although much of the subject matter here is common in self-improvement books, the manner in which Litt packages the material is intriguingly different. She organizes the work into eight chapters, each representing a life choice. In a chapter on human thought, for instance, she discusses the concept of “mastering your mind,” and she includes helpful visuals of “thought loops,” depicting the decision-making thought process and demonstrating the difference between “an imprisoned mind and an empowered mind.” Another chapter details “Life Suckers”—behaviors that “suck your energy…and keep you away from the profound happiness, joy, and success that you deserve.” Each chapter contains a helpful section titled “The Work,” featuring exercises that often encourage readers to come to terms with their fears and perceived inadequacies. Some of the book’s concepts particularly stand out, such as the notion of “Radical Personal Responsibility,” about which Litt writes, “You are the problem and the solution, the obstacle and the answer, the pain and the relief.” Throughout the work, she engagingly uses such abstract phrases to grab attention and then slyly explains their intended meaning. Overall, Litt shows herself to be an expressive, thoughtful, and candid writer. Her observations on human behavior are penetrating and insightful, and her belief in the human spirit is almost palpable.
Inspirational, life-affirming, and infectiously exuberant.