Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Journey!
by Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is probably the most influential figure in the world of personal development. He’s the author of multiple best-selling books, and a sought-after peak performance coach for a wide-range of people—from entrepreneurs and politicians, to athletes and actors—he’s helped a whole lot of folks up their game in life + business. And in Awaken the Giant Within, he lays out some of his best strategies on how you, too, can get the best out of yourself on a daily basis by teaching you how to effectively manage your emotions, your body, your relationships and even your financial situation.
In the book, Tony focuses on the psychology of change and takes you through the actionable steps and lessons necessary for you to learn how to gain control of your own life, shape your destiny in the direction you want to go, and become happier and more successful than you ever thought possible.
Everything you need in order to make lasting changes in life is already within you, the big ideas from this book will simply teach you how to dig the best version of yourself out, and let it help you live up to your full potential.
Here’s what you’ll learn about in this summary:
- How damaging self talk can hold you back from your potential and cause you to focus on the negatives rather than the positives.
- The seven steps you can start taking today to gain control over every area of your life again.
- The benefits of dreaming big and setting goals for the future, and what you can do right now to make those goals a reality.
“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in your life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”
“Remember: Success truly is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgment!”
“Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.”
You can live the life you desire + deserve the moment you DECIDE to do so.
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THE BIG IDEAS
Part 1: Unleash Your Power
1. Decisions: Your Pathway to Power
We all want to live our best lives. That goes without saying. Often times we even spend hours of our time sitting and dreaming about what that ideal future might look like. But, how many of us take the necessary steps to start turning that dream existence into the reality of our future lives?
Tony tells us that we’re always making decisions in life that bring us to where we are today and where we end up in the future. More specifically, he writes about three big decisions that control our ultimate destiny:
- Your decisions about what to FOCUS on.
- Your decisions about what things MEAN to you.
- Your decisions about what TO DO to create the results you desire.
Take a moment to think about a meaningful event that occurred in your life about ten years ago; or think back to some of the big political events that happened in the world about a decade ago…
If you really try to put yourself in the mental place that you were in back then, it can really feel unreal how quickly the time has flown. Poof—just like that, ten whole years have flown by, and it feels like it was just yesterday that you were experiencing that important memory.
Looking forward, ten years can feel like an eternity, but in reality the time sweeps by faster than any of us can comprehend.
But what if you chose to think about time differently?
Rather than allowing it to fly past you without noticing or acknowledging it, you can choose to be intentional about how you want the next ten years to look.
Different actions produce different results, so take the time to form the path you want to travel in the next decade.
Grab your journal, smartphone, or bust out your laptop and write down your answers to the following questions:
- What kind of person do you want to be ten years from now?
- What dreams + goals do you want to accomplish over the next…
- 10 YEARS?
- 5 YEARS?
- 3 YEARS?
- 1 YEAR?
- 6 MONTHS?
- 30 DAYS?
Work backwards from the end goal so that you can see what you need to have accomplished in nine years to get to your goal for ten years, and then eight, and seven and so on until you know exactly what you need to do today to make your goal for the future an obtainable reality.
Tony used this technique when he was at his lowest point — sitting in his tiny apartment, feeling helpless and completely out of control in life. He was overweight and out of shape, his finances were a train wreck, and he really felt like he had nothing to look forward to in life. Learning to focus on the goals that he had and finding a way to work towards them every day was the secret solution that caused him to accomplish more in the next decade than most people could do with several lifetimes.
If you want to live your life at the highest level, but feel like you’re short on resources or skills or anything else — keep in mind that it’s your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.
In other words: you can change your life the moment you decide to do so.
And in the coming Big Ideas, we’ll talk about some successful strategies to help you do exactly that.
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