Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Unicorn in You Review and Giveaway


The Unicorn In You: A Path to Peace and Joy

by Joshua Kramer

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help, Personal Growth & Control

To be light, you first have to be solid…

Have you ever tried to find peace and joy by simply being? Or do you take a different path, instead wandering down the frustrating road of always doing?

Our pursuit of meaningful personal growth can be elusive and difficult to sustain. We search for an approach that feels natural and organic, but our success is often short lived. What if we had a foundation of values that removed this weight of expectation and emphasized a strong basis for living?

In The Unicorn in You, Joshua Kramer identifies a sensible path to peace and joy based on the fundamental principles of kindness, gratitude, integrity, humility, and acceptance. He outlines practical, actionable steps for reconnecting with these universal qualities and demonstrates how our potential extends beyond what most of us envision in our daily lives. The Unicorn in You is an inspirational guide and powerful reminder to step out of your head, build a foundation for being, and take the path less traveled to unlock a more peaceful, joyful life.

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On Creating An “Unself” Help Approach

“Reflecting on the processes of the self-help programs I’d studied, I found many were simply not very instinctive. To me, the real question became, how can we learn to live in an organic way, more freely and naturally, without obsessing over the results or benefits and without overanalyzing everything?

The answer: By acting in a way that is foundational to who we are. In other words, being rather than doing.

This breakthrough then prompted another significant mindset shift.

To be light, you first have to be solid.

That’s what a foundation does for you—it makes your whole life stable and solid. If we lay the right foundation for our lives, a foundation for being rather than doing, then we will be able to act naturally and live our lives in a way that is free-flowing and light, without having to overthink what we do and without having artificial processes controlling our daily routines. And so long as it’s the right foundation, this lighter, freer way of living will give us a lasting peace and joy that is more durable and sustaining.

Once I understood what I really wanted, it seemed ambitious but within reach. I now had to be clear about which principles best contributed to the right foundation. And what did I determine?

That to get to the core of what I really needed, I had to get out of my own self-absorbed head and begin focusing on being kind to others, being grateful for what I have, acting with integrity, living humbly, and accepting life as it is rather than regretting how it isn’t.

As simple as it sounds, I believe that’s the most direct path to peace and joy: kindness, gratitude, integrity, humility, and acceptance. And it’s this path that I will share with you in the following chapters.”

As someone who has consumed numerous self-help books in my nearly six decades on this planet and found little in the way of help from any of them, I was interested in reviewing this book. If you are a doer, like me, you may think that a book containing the phrase "being rather than doing" is really not a book for you. I certainly have trouble just being. 

Before becoming disabled, I was a workaholic. I needed to justify my existence by constantly doing. It took a couple of years to break free of the thought that since I could no longer work I was now worthless, a drain on society, a useless machine that should be relegated to the scrap heap.

The fact is, I'm still very much a doer. I don't feel right if I'm not working on something. That being said, readers may guess that I am going to tell them that this is the wrong book for someone like me. However, I'm not going to say that.

This is the wrong book for finding exercises to help me self-analyze, to understand why I am the way I am and why I think the way I do. However, it is the right book to help me break away from ideas such as "if I'm not constantly working on a project, I'm worthless," "if I'm not making vast quantities of money, I'm worthless," or "if I'm not working at a regular job, I'm worthless." It is a peaceful book reminding readers to approach the world with compassion. 

Since we are part of the world, this includes ourselves. I find it very difficult to be compassionate with myself. This book may not contain the breakthrough answer that suddenly helps me relate to myself in a more benevolent fashion or understand exactly why things are the way they are, but it reminds me to at least try. That's all that anyone can do. 

I rate The Unicorn in You five out of five stars and suggest that you give it a read, even if you are a Dedicated Doer Diligently Doing Deeds, as I am.

Joshua Kramer is the creator of The Unicorn in You, a personal growth and development perspective that emphasizes five key principles as the foundation for peace and joy.

As a lifelong student of numerous self-help practices, he arrived at his simplified approach after struggling to identify a method that was less mechanical and unnatural, and more instinctual and organic.

He is the Managing Partner of Kramer Chandler, a real estate business founded in 1922, and an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). When not pursuing his passion for travel, he can be found more locally around town walking his beloved Havanese, Buddy.

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