Book Summary: Awaken the Giant Within

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Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

At the end of the summary are action steps that I put into practice after reading.

20th book read in my 2016 reading list.

My Favorite Quotes

  • We must control our consistent actions to control our destiny
  • Beliefs have the power to create or destroy.
  • Every change in your life happened in a moment.
  • Nothing happens unless first a dream. Carl Sandburg
  • Design a life instead of getting caught in the trap of living.
  • Your life does not change by listening it changes by doing.

Best Questions

  • What should I believe to succeed in this area [a dis-empowering belief], what beliefs do successful people in this area already have?
  • What will it cost me if I don’t make this change now?
  • If I do change, how will that make me feel about myself?
  • What kind of momentum will this change give me?
  • What other things can I accomplish if I make this change today?
  • How will my family and friends feel?
  • How much happier will I be?
  • What would your goals be if you knew you could not fail?

My Notes

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Hellen Keller
Tony decided to never again settle for being less than he could be.
Harness the principle of concentration of power.
Controlled focus. Put all your effort into accomplishing a focused task or goal.

Decisions: the pathway to power

We must control our consistent actions to control our destiny (destination).
The father of all actions are decisions.
All of our actions are preceded by decisions.
Everything that happened in your life began with a decision.
The decisions you make shape your destiny.
Make decisions today about how you are going to live in years to come.
Set baseline standards for what you will accept in your life.
You must be committed.

Decisions that shape your destiny are:

  1. What to focus on
  2. What things mean to you
  3. What should I do now

Ultimate Success Formula

  1. Clearly decide what you want
  2. Take massive action
  3. Notice what is working and what is not working
  4. When things aren’t working change your approach continually until it does work

Pain and Pleasure

Make decisions based on long term pain and pleasure.
Break through the wall of short-term pain.
We are driven by our perception of pain and pleasure not the actual reality of them.
In any area you are not talking action it is because you associate more pain than pleasure with not taking action.
You can condition your mind and body to link pain or pleasure with whatever you want.
Focus on the pain of inaction and the pleasure of taking action now.

Beliefs

Make a list of all empowering and dis-empowering beliefs in your life right now.

Circle your most empowering beliefs and ask yourself how they empower you.

Circle your most limiting beliefs and look at the consequences and pain of what they are cheating you out of.
Ask yourself how it is ridiculous or absurd.
Ask yourself where you learned them and what it will cost you to continue keeping that belief. Link these beliefs to pain and then create a replacement belief.
Ask yourself what should I believe to succeed in this area, what beliefs do successful people in this area already have?
A belief about having problems is destructive.
Beliefs have the power to create or destroy.

Every change in your life happened in a moment.

Neuro-Associative Conditioning (NAC)

NAC for changing behaviors
We can change right now.
Change occurs in an instant, it’s getting ready to change that takes time.
I am responsible for my own change.

Six master steps that are the basis for NAC
Follow these six steps right now for an area you want to make a change.

One: Decide what do you really want and what is preventing you from having it now.
Ask yourself what you do want instead of things you don’t want.

Two: Get leverage (on yourself)
Associate massive pleasure to changing right now and massive pain to not changing. Change is a matter of motivation.
The question is not whether we CAN do it but whether we WILL do it.
Ask yourself pain inducing questions such as: What will it cost me if I don’t make this change now? (Mentally, emotionally, physically, financially costing you.)
Next ask yourself pleasure inducing questions:

  • If I do change how will that make me feel about myself?
  • What kind of momentum will this change give me?
  • What other things can I accomplish if I make this change today?
  • How will my family and friends feel?
  • How much happier will I be?

The key is to get lots of reasons and/or strong enough reasons.
If you do not make this change it is because you do not have enough leverage.

Three: Interrupt the limiting pattern.
Use a weird action or word, change of scenery, disgusting noise, shout something strange like “my feet don’t stink today”.
Scramble sensations you link to your memories.
Picture a situation that bothers you as a movie, then turn it into a cartoon, now smile and run it backwards, change colors in your mind, add music.
Break the pattern of a negative memory so you cannot go back and remember it.
This opens space for the next step.

Four: Create a new empowering alternative.
You must replace your old pattern with a new one.
If you need help, find the answers by modeling people that have made lasting changes for themselves.

Five: Condition the new pattern until it is consistent.
Rehearse and imagine yourself repeating the new pattern until it brings you pleasure. Conditioning is powerful. Set a schedule of conditioning to reinforce your new behavior. Give yourself a reward immediately to link please to the new behavior.
Set up a series of short term milestones.

Six: Test the new pattern for effectiveness.
Make sure your new behavior aligns with your core values and who you really are.
Test to make sure the new strategies are firmly installed and working in concert.
Run an ecology check on your new patterns with these 5 questions.

  1. Is pain firmly associated with your old patterns?
  2. When I think about my new behavior do I picture and feel pleasure now?
  3. Is this new behavior or feeling consistent with my values and beliefs?
  4. Will this new behavior or feeling still allow me to get the original benefit or pleasure that I got from my old pattern?
  5. Imagine the thing that would have triggered the old pattern and see if you are certain you will use the new pattern instead of the old.

Creation of Your Future, Your Magnificent Obsession

Nothing happens unless first a dream. Carl Sandburg
We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it. Donald Curtis
There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Victor Hugo
A compelling future can provide the drive you need to take action.
The human mind is always pursuing something, even if nothing more than pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain.
We all have goals even if we are unconscious of them.
Design a life instead of getting caught in the trap of living.

Find a goal big enough and grand enough to challenge you to push beyond your limits.
All goal setting must immediately be followed by the development of a plan and taking massive action.
Write a list of clearly defined goals that inspire you. Mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially.
Unconscious fear of disappointment stops most people from doing this.
Many people give up too soon on their goals because they are not getting immediate positive feedback that they think they need.

Four Areas to Make your Dreams A reality

  1. Personal development goals
  2. Career, business and economic goals
  3. Adventure goals
  4. Contribution goals

Brainstorm and write down every possible goal or dream you can think of in these areas. What would your goals be if you knew you could not fail? First get the ideas out and then figure out how to make it work.

Don’t worry about specifics at the start, just write the general concept. Example: Dream house, big garden, SF. Fill in details later.

Fill out your goals now with the expectation that you can accomplish anything you dream. Imagine you are a kid on Christmas Eve. Anything you can imagine is yours for the asking.

Start with personal goals and growth. Anything you would like to learn, limitations to overcome, ways you would like to improve your body, spirituality, relationships, short term or long term. This week or 20 years from now. Write for a minimum of 5 minutes and do not stop writing at any time. Stop now and do this. Your life does not change by listening it changes by doing.

My Action Steps After (and during) Reading

  • Wrote a list of my empowering and dis-empowering beliefs.
  • Wrote a list of clearly defined goals that inspire me (this was at the end of 2016).
  • Developed a plan and steps for taking massive action on my goals.
  • The steps above were in concurrence with action steps I took after reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

Hope you enjoyed this and got value from my notes.
📚Here is my complete list of book summaries.

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