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Breaking The Stupid Mold by Tania Kolar is a book that inspires readers to rise above limiting thoughts and take control of their lives. In this book, Kolar reveals some of her most painful memories and relates how she succeeded in regaining her sense of self worth that she had completely lost somewhere along the way. This book will open your eyes to the simple yet powerful ways that can be adopted to move beyond limitation and challenges and build a life of greatness for yourself, which is something you rightfully deserve.
I was sucked into the book right from when I started reading it. Breaking The Stupid Mold shares highly inspirational and motivational content and information that you won’t find anywhere else. The author was violently attacked once by a stranger, which made the police believe that there was someone out there who had hired the attacker to kill her. She describes how this made her question everything and made her live a sub-optimal life. It is only upon eventual analysis that she was able to discover that there was a “mold,” shaped by this negative experience (and several other minor ones), that had been controlling all her decisions in life and was actually reinforcing all her limitations. Since she recognizes how much of a struggle living restricted by a mold is and the amount of effort, time, and mental strength that she had to invest to break that mold, the author—in this book—shares everything you need to do in order to not be defeated by challenges in life. She shares her insights on how we can put an end to the journey along the road to negativity, roping in the powers of our intuition and making the most of the support and guidance of the Universe.
The examples of incidents from her life that the author shares with us to help us relate to her life lessons are incredible. In her writing, she follows the approach of sharing how she built some limiting beliefs for herself over the years, followed by how she came to the root of those beliefs in order to get over them. For instance, she shares how she had dropped an entire stack of her father’s vinyl records on her big toe and had been hurt; however, she hadn’t dared to express how badly her toe was hurt as she thought she had dropped the vinyl records due to her stupidity, and so showing vulnerability would just expose her lack of logic even more. To a third person, this might sound ridiculous, but if you really think about it, you will realize that we all have been in similar situations and our negative conditioning has often stood in the way of our expressing ourselves.
Kolar omits no details and pours her heart out into this book in a wonderful effort to resonate with her readers who might have missed the benefit of having a mentor who could point them in the right direction and lift them out of the rut they were stuck in. She brings in a lot of the teachings from the law of attraction as well and creates something called an affirmitude—the powerful combination of gratitude plus affirmation that is designed to make us take action, confront emotions, and regain control of our lives. She also offers an entire chapter of affirmitudes that we can leverage for different situations in our life.
This book seems to have only a handful of typographical errors—nothing that detracts too much from the reading experience. The author clearly explains how the mold that surrounds us could possibly be hiding our real innate worth and inner light from the world—much like how plaster used to initially hide the solid gold that the Golden Buddha of Thailand is made of. She asks some hard-hitting questions that help us identify where we lack in self-esteem and shares some techniques, such as the ACT (Accepting Compliment Technique), to help us recognize our own value. Taking all these points into consideration, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
Anyone who is looking to identify the obstacles they have created for themselves and then successfully let them go will enjoy reading this well-compiled book. The details included by the author and her easy to understand language are incredible and succeed in peeling off layer after layer of negative conditioning we have subjected ourselves to over the years. You will understand why forgiveness is not giving in or giving up but is, rather, enabling love to replace the negativity in your life. Many of us who have never stumbled upon gratitude practices and believe them to be a passing fad may flinch when we read the author’s thoughts about how gratitude and affirmations are the most important things we need to help us elevate our life; however, once done reading the book, it will be difficult for any of us to deny the verity of the knowledge she imparts.
Breaking The Stupid Mold
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