Trust Yourself by Melody Wilding

Published: May 4, 2021

Chronicle Prism

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Melody Wilding is an executive and leadership coach for smart, sensitive high-achievers who are tired of getting in their own way.

Through her private one-on-one coaching program, talks, small-group workshops, and articles, she’s here to help you break free from self-doubt and overwhelm, master your emotions, and use your sensitivity as the superpower that it is.

“I’m also willing to bet that you picked up this book looking for hope—hope that you can change, hope that you can develop steadfast belief in yourself that isn’t contingent on how productive you are, hope that you’re not crazy for being so affected by everything around you.”

This book is filled with activities to help you start implementing positive change immediately, which is fantastic. Melody is so upbeat but realistic. And she frames excellent examples and dames questions and answers, so understanding the process is easy.

Something I took from this book is that it isn’t a book you read straight through. You should take your time, complete the strategies, and allow the information to be fully absorbed before moving on to the next lesson.

Written in such an impactful way, with solid research, this book explained a lot of things I had always felt but didn’t know had names or reasons. I enjoyed diving into the activities and seeing where I fell on the various scales throughout the book.

This is such an intelligent way to help you further your understanding of yourself. You will identify quickly with the warm and engaging writing style, and you will start learning new tips and tricks and start implementing them into your everyday life without realizing it.

Everything about this book is well done. The research is fantastic. The examples are honest and genuine. The client examples used are thorough and comprehensive and apply across just about every career path. Melody went above and beyond to make sure this book would fit into any situation.

The exercises make you think objectively and critically but also allow you to embrace your emotions. You are learning to retrain the way you think, and the result is magical.

I was floored when I learned I am a sensitive striver. I would have never guessed, and in turn, I would have continued my honor roll hangover cycle. The change takes time, and that is the beauty within this book. Melody isn’t expecting you to change anything overnight. She is teaching you the tools to help you implement change over some time, and in turn, allowing you to figure out your balance.

I loved that the answers aren’t just handed to me. I had to do the work. I had to put in the time. And I will continue having to make an effort as I continue my way to finding emotional balance. This is an absolute must-read for anyone who has struggled with themselves when it comes to feeling overwhelmed at work.

Melody is such a charismatic writer, and she is knowledgeable and friendly. She also uses her insight to help further the reader’s understanding. So not only are we reading about people who have followed this program, but we are reading about how Melody uses this train of thought.

Success is a goal that has a different meaning to everyone. But this book can help you further your understanding of yourself, which in turn will allow you to take yourself to the next step. Upbeat, honest, and eloquently written, you will adore meeting Melody.

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