An inspiring and illuminating guide to true self care, from the sage teacher and breakout star of the critically acclaimed drama, Queen Sugar, from Executive Producers Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay for OWN.
Featured on Essence Magazine's Culture ListIn all your years of schooling, did you ever take a single class that explained how to navigate the hurt, drama, and fear that come with living? Tina Lifford sure didn’t. She learned the hard waythrough experience as both a Hollywood actress and as the founder of the personal development network The Inner Fitness Project. Now, she brings together her own hard-won insights as well as those of her clients in this helpful and transformative guide. A blend of personal anecdotes and meaningful, practicaland most important, actionableadvice, The Little Book of Big Lies is the life skills class you need to nurture the inner you and move beyond the past.
In fourteen raw, personal stories, Tina teaches you how to change your self-perceptionto see yourself in the best possible light, to love and honor what you see, and to forge a new sense of what’s possible in every aspect of your life. But make no mistake, The Little Book of Big Lies is not a “rah-rah” quick fix for fear and pain. Like physical fitness, building and maintaining emotional strength requires continued effort. This invaluable book is the foundation you need to start building inner health and well-being so you can thrive.
Tina guides you on a journey of self-discovery that will help you turn shame into self-acceptance, self-rejection into self-love, blame into freedom, and old hurt into power. Wise and powerful, The Little Book of Big Lies will completely change how you think and live.
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About the Author
Tina Lifford began her acting career in 1983. Since then, the veteran Hollywood actress’s multi-faceted career has left an imprint on audiences worldwide. She currently plays Aunt Vi on Queen Sugar, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit television show. She is also recognized playwright and CEO of The Inner Fitness Project, a personal development network that teaches individuals to focus more on thriving than on surviving. She desires to inspire people from all walks of life to invest in their emotional wellbeing and act on their dreams so that they can feel less stressed and respond to life with more personal power, insight, and wisdom.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Journey into Inner Fitness 1
Finding Your True Self 7
The Truth About Lies 23
11 Questions for Unpacking the Lies That Make You Feel Sad or Small
1 Are You Thinking That Some Pain Lasts Forever? 37
2 Are You Living Life Thinking Something's Wrong or Against You? 51
3 Are You Bullied by an Old Sacred Torture? 65
4 Are You Tired of Being Knocked Off Your Center by That Old Pattern? 81
5 Do You Think That How You Feel Doesn't Matter? 93
6 What Does Your "I Can't" Really Mean? 105
7 When Was the Last Time You Said, "I'm Upset Because"? 115
8 What If "One Day" Starts TODAY? 127
9 What Is Real Confidence? 137
10 Are You Stuck in I Thought I Was Done With That! Thinking? 151
11 Do Your Circumstances Boss You Around? 163
Epilogue: Living Your Truth 179