Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author. He is well known for self-help books such as Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within, and Awaken the Giant Within.
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Awaken the Giant Within was written by Tony Robbins with the sole purpose of helping people take control of their lives in order to achieve success.
SELF-MASTERY / AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN
Robbins acts as our coach, intending to teach us what is valuable in life, the beliefs that we need to cherish, and the emotions that are empowering. These will ultimately lead us to success.
Awaken the Giant Within contains many key concepts, such as the Master System; destiny; transformational vocabulary and metaphors; belief system; and emotions. As long as you make use of the right emotions in your daily life, you are on the path of accomplishing your dreams.
The author includes a step-by-step plan that will help you identify which emotions are empowering. According to Tony Robbins, everything that we do is related to our state of mind, the way we feel, and our emotions. Everything we do should be directed towards our enjoyment, to our well-being. It’s only natural, don’t you think so?
In the first chapter, “Dreams of Destiny”, Robbins reminds us that we all had a dream at one point in our lives. But due to a number of reasons, we seem to have forgotten all about it.
In order to accomplish our dreams, we need to change. This concept of change is essential to anyone who wants to improve the quality of their life. But what do we have to do?
Take a look at these steps provided by Tony Robbins in Awaken the Giant Within:
1. Raise your standards.
2. Change your limiting belief.
3. Change your strategy.
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Chapter 2, “Decisions: The Pathway to Power”, emphasizes the importance of decisions. Robbins indicates that decisions design our lives, and I agree with him. In order to make good decisions, he recommends making more and more decisions. This way, we will learn from them.
“It’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.”
The third chapter, entitled “The Force That Shapes Your Life”, talks about emotions, sensations that we link to our thoughts. These will either give us a sense of pain or a sense of pleasure.
Which emotions are empowering to you? The ones that create pleasure or the ones that create pain? Think about it!
The main concept of Awaken the Giant Within can found in the fourth chapter, “Belief Systems: The Power to Create and the Power to Destroy”. Robbins talks about two types of belief systems: limiting belief systems, and empowering belief systems.
In order to eliminate the limiting belief system, we need to link massive pain to the old belief. We need to convince our brain that if we continue this way, we will inflict massive pain. So, if we associate pleasure with the new belief, we’ll feel great about adopting the new empowering belief system.
In chapter 6, Robbins introduces a new concept: conditioning. It seems that once we adopt change, it’s difficult to maintain it in the long run. So he suggests training our nervous system to succeed, over and over again. It may be easy to quit smoking, but it’s more difficult to never smoke again, because each time you face a stressful moment you’ll have to urge to light a cigarette.
Chapter 7 includes the major questions we need to ask ourselves in order to get what we want:
What do you want?
Why do you want it?
Got your answer?
Chapter 8 is about questions and answers. It seems that asking good questions leads to a good life. But what happens when you keep asking the same questions, and still are not successful? Robbins tells us that we simply need to change our habitual questions.
That seems easy, right?
Chapter 9 and 10 are related to the “Vocabulary of Ultimate Success”, thus including metaphors.
The vocabulary that we use influences the way we think, feel, and live. I couldn’t believe it myself until I continued reading this book. It does seem to be true that we think of the words we use when we’re in an argument. If we use words that make us feel powerful, we will feel powerful, like we can win an argument, thus avoiding pain.
In the next chapter, Robbins sets apart 4 types of goals and ways to achieve them:
- Personal development goals.
- Career/business/economic goals.
- Toys/adventure goals.
- Contribution goals.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible—the foundation for all success in life.”
Chapter 13, “The Ten-Day Mental Challenge”, includes a recipe for success. As you’ll notice from the title, Robbins recommends taking a ten-day mental diet. This means that you eliminate all negative thoughts and any stress that are part of your life.
A new concept, found in chapter 14, is the “Master System” and its ultimate influence.
“The conception of your goals is the master plan that guides all thought.”
In the following chapter, Tony Robbins emphasizes the importance of values, because they are seen as our personal compass. They guide our decisions and thus, our destiny.
In order to check whether your values help you improve the quality of your life, Robbins suggests doing the following:
- Find out what your current values are, and rank them.
- What do my values need to be in order to achieve the destiny I desire and deserve?
In chapter 17, Robbins emphasizes the importance of references in the fabric of life.
The more references you have, the more chances of you succeeding, as you have many choices available. Make as many choices as you need to, to find the right one.
Chapter 18 is about discovering our true identity. You can do this by following this plan:
- Make a list with all the elements of the identity you wish to have. You can also think about your role models. You should try imaging yourself with this new identity. Do you like what you see?
- Decide who you want to be.
- Create a plan of action.
- Commit to your new identity by broadcasting it to everyone around you.
The third part of Awaken the Giant Within presents the seven days needed to change your life:
Day One – Emotional Destiny: The Only True Success.
Day Two – Physical Destiny: Prison of Pain or Palace of Pleasure.
Day Three – Relationship Destiny: The Place to Share and Care.
Day Four – Financial Destiny: Small Steps to a Small (or Large) Fortune.
Day Five – Be Impeccable: Your Code of Conduct.
Day Six – Master Your Time and Your Life.
Day Seven – Rest and Play: Even God Took One Day Off!
If you follow the principles presented in Robbins’s book, you will have the tools to ensure your emotional, physical, relationship, and financial destiny.
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