Joel Osteen has definitely got critics. Many rip him for being a motivational speaker rather than a preacher. The mega-church pastor got a few jabs even from me. So, it’s surprising that I grabbed a free review copy from Net Galley. And I’m glad I did. You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner [affiliate link] offers inspiration for women entrepreneurs. 
 
The words leaped off the page resonating with my life as an entrepreneur. It was a quick read. Important factor because fitting reading time into the grind isn’t easy. 

 

What’s It All About

“You Can You Will” is focussed on helping readers develop a winning mindset. A must for dream builders. Taking the steps to become an entrepreneur isn’t easy. Establishing the winning mindset is going to be what keeps you going when your business has setbacks and stalemates. 
 
This book is filled with positive jolts. It addresses the doubts that come up as you pursue your dreams. Offering tweaks on changing your outlook to accomplish your goals. 

 

Best Moments

The book opens with one of the keys to successfully fulfilling a dream—Keep Your Vision in Front of You. The chapter is a reminder of the power of visualization. Don’t get this technique confused with daydreaming. It’s not meant to be a fantasy you create to escape your real life. Instead, it’s a powerful tool aimed at unlocking your dreams. It forces you to create your truth around your entrepreneurial dream by defining where you see yourself. 
 
I use journaling to help with visualization and so can you. Imagine what you would do every morning as a boss. What time would you get up? How would you feel? Who is your dream client? Honing in on those answers help you to build a company that reflects your desires. You decide what’s important to you as opposed to someone else’s idea of success. 
 
Last year, I took visualization a step further and created several vision boards. I created a digital one on Pinterest for my long term goals. I also had a vision board party with my girls and created a personal and professional one. Both of them are hanging in front of my bed. It’s the first things I see waking up and one of the last things I see going to bed. The vision boards are a daily reminder of what I’m working towards.
 
Osteen points out the importance of a tangible item that you see daily. In his book, he mentions several people and the objects they used for visualization and how their desire manifested. Think about the tangible objects you can serve as a daily reminder of the business you’re building. 
 
He then ushers the reader from visualization into the reminder that you have to do it your way. It doesn’t matter how many coaches, trainers, bloggers, books, teachers and any other source you read or listen to—you still have to find your way. You can learn from those sources, but you have to know what you want your dream to look like and how you’ll get it done. There is not one path to accomplishing your dream.
 
In the book, Pastor Joel shares a story of taking over Lakewood Church after his father’s death and the pressure to preach the way his father did. The pressure was both external and internal. There are moments as you build your business you will feel those same pressures. Hopefully, you will awaken to the same understanding you have to do it your way.
 
Entrepreneurs can’t copy someone else’s road to success.

Your entrepreneurial journey should be forged based on you, not on someone else’s journey. The person you are trying to emulate has adjusted for their strengths and weaknesses. You will have to account for your strengths and weaknesses. Trying to carbon copy someone else won’t guarantee success.

Blah Moments

The book started off stronger than it finished. I wanted to be grabbed from start to finish, but the ending felt like finals week when you start cramming information for word count rather than content. Persevere to the end of the last chapter. Although it’s not as hard hitting as the first couple of chapters it still has nuggets worth reading.
 
I also was disappointed that at times it felt more like a speech than a book. The art of speaking emphasizes repetition so the listener catches your point. The nature of reading is offering new ideas because the reader can always reread a concept. Osteen’s primary career spent speaking might account for the repetition.

 

To get it or not to get it that is the question…

Get the book! Even with the blah moments, it is SO WORTH IT!
 
Leave your comments below to let me know what books you’re reading now to motivate your entrepreneurial dream?