We all have great potential in us. But the thing is that our abilities and talents are like a sleeping giant that needs to be awakened. Deep inside, we all wish to make a difference in the world or at least to the people around us. Yet, we often lack the focus and confidence to do so. Does that sound familiar to you?
The good news is that through self-mastery, we can take control of our lives, harness the forces that shape destiny, to have and achieve anything we want in life.
I’d like to introduce you to a great book that I read when I was a teenager. The book has certainly made a dent in my mindset and contributed to who I am today…
Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins is the psychological blueprint you can follow to start taking control of your own destiny. It starts with your mindset, spreading through your body and then all the way through your relationships, career and finances. The book will turn you into the giant you were always meant to be.
Who is the Author of Awaken The Giant Within?
The bestselling author of Awaken The Giant Within, Inner Strength, Unlimited Power, and MONEY Master the Game, Tony Robbins (also known as Anthony Robbins) is the world’s leader in the science of peak performance.
For more than 30 years, Tony Robbins’ passion has been helping people BREAK THROUGH and take their lives to another level—no matter how successful they already are—in the areas that matter most: their business, personal finance, intimate relationships, careers and health.
Tony has helped more than 50 million people from more than 100 countries transform their lives and their businesses through his books, audio programs, health products, live events and personal coaching. He’s been fortunate enough to work with everyone from presidents of countries to some of the true legends of entertainment, sports and the business world. But his work is not limited to Fortune 500 CEOs and athletes. He has a special passion for small-business owners, parents and students.
Being the Chairman of seven privately held companies and five holding companies in diverse industries keeps him busy. Many of his companies have become brands that are leaders in their category—from the award winning Namale Resort & Spa in the Fiji Islands, to Twinlab and Metabolife in the sports nutrition field, to the Anthony Robbins brand in personal and professional improvement.
Most of Tony’s core strategies for creating breakthroughs have come from his work with some of the biggest names in the business world: He’s had the privilege of modeling and distilling the strategies of leaders in some of the fastest-growing companies in the world. He’s used these distinctions to help optimize and grow enterprises to new and more profitable levels.
One of the things Tony is most proud of is his humanitarian work through the non-profit Anthony Robbins Foundation. He’s always believed that if we’re blessed enough to have insight and economic opportunities, then we’re also blessed enough to be able to give back. To those who much has been given, much is expected. Tony Robbins is extremely blessed to be able to feed more than two million people in 56 countries every year through his International Basket Brigade.
Every single decision you make in life has consequences. If you don’t decide how you’ll live 10 years from now, you are by default letting circumstances to dictate your life.
Years ago, I’ve decided for myself that I will become an entrepreneur, where I can work whenever and wherever I want to… That decision has led me to becoming an online entrepreneur, where I can now work anywhere I want to with just my laptop and smartphone.
At some point in their lives, every successful person in history made a major decision that shifted their destiny forever. Tony shared his life turning point in the book, which came 8 years before he wrote it. He was fat, broke, and he made the decision that he had to change his life, and never be less than his best again.
Once you’ve decided to change your life to the direction that you wished, you must also change your limiting beliefs about the things you want to accomplish. Because if you don’t believe that you can actually achieve your goals, then you will not take any action towards them.
According to Tony, by understanding your own limiting beliefs, you can alter those beliefs and control them. In the book, he covers important strategies to master your emotions. I won’t go into details here, as it’s way better for you to read through the book and have a better understanding of what motivates us and how we can control it in our favor.
So now that you’ve got your mindset fixed, what’s next? Everyone knows how to lose weight and stay in shape. Eat healthy, and exercise. It’s dead simple! But as Tony Robbins said in the book, “you see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know”.
The last thing you need to do to achieve the life you’ve always wanted is to stay focus and take determined actions towards it.
Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book…
“Enjoy making decisions. You must know that in any moment a decision you make can change the course of your life forever: the very next person you stand behind in line or sit next to on an airplane, the very next phone call you make or receive, the very next movie you see or book you read or page you turn could be the one single thing that causes the floodgates to open, and all of the things that you’ve been waiting for to fall into place. If you really want your life to be passionate, you need to live with this attitude of expectancy.”
“Not only do you have to decide what results you are committed to, but also the kind of person that you’re committed to becoming”.
“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”.
“Know that it’s your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.”
“The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: 1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, 2) You are willing to take massive action, 3) You notice what’s working or not, and 4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.”
“The challenge is threefold: 1) most of us do not consciously decide what we’re going to believe; 2) often our beliefs are based on misinterpretation of past experiences; and 3) once we adopt a belief, we forget it’s merely an interpretation”.
“There are three specific beliefs about responsibility that a person must have if they’re going to create long-term change: 1) First, we must believe, ‘Something must change’—not that it should change, not that it could or ought to, but that it absolutely must. Second, we must not only believe that things must change, but we must believe, ‘I must change it’. Third, we have to believe, ‘I can change it’.”
“Everything you and I do, we do either out of our need to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure”.
“For most people, the fear of loss is much greater than the desire for gain”.
“Most of us base our decisions about what to do on what’s going to create pain or pleasure in the short term instead of the long term”.
“It’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events—how we interpret them—that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow”.
“Remember, anything you want that’s valuable requires that you break through some short-term pain in order to gain long-term pleasure”.
“It’s not actual pain that drives us, but our fear that something will lead to pain. And it’s not actual pleasure that drives us, but our belief—our sense of certainty—that somehow taking a certain action will lead to pleasure”.
“Design your rules so that you’re in control, so that the outside world is not what determines whether you feel good or bad. Set it up so that it’s incredibly easy for you to feel good, and incredibly hard to feel bad”.
“We all will act consistently with our views of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not”.
“As we develop new beliefs about who we are, our behavior will change to support the new identity”.
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently”.
“Often, what seems impossible in the short term becomes very possible in the long term if you persist”.
― Tony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!