“ Author: Anthony Robbins / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 02 January 2001 / Genre: Health / Subcategory: Coping With Personal Problems / Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Title: Awaken the Giant within / ISBN 13: 9780743409384 / ISBN 10: 0743409384 „
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About a month ago I was on the internet and I somehow found myself on Youtube watching a video of a guy called Tony Robbins. I'd never heard of him before but it soon became obvious that he was a motivational speaker and life-coach. I've always been open to any approaches to self improvement given that since I was a child I've had an anxiety disorder which has caused me to suffer from stultification in many areas of my life including career and relationships. However, I've read dozens of these types of self-help manuals, I've listened to audio programs and even, I admit, undergone CBT therapy to tackle my fears. None of those had been particularly helpful but for some reason I was pulled right in to Robbin's energetic online mini seminar. I listened to what he said and it made sense. Then I followed a little exercise at the end of his video. After doing so I was able to do something, to face a particular fear which had been a blockage in my life and which I had been trying to do for several years. I was really amazed at my achievement and decided that I would buy one of Robbin's books to help myself progress even further.
This book, 'Awaken The Giant Within' was a number 1 bestselling book and was published in 1991. It has since been republished. I have the Fireside Simon and Schuster version which is a whopping paperback version. It features a picture on the front of the book of Robbins appearing as though he's a snazzy (but kind of geeky) business man. If you've never heard Robbins speaking I recommend checking him out on Youtube prior to buying any of his books as then you can hear his energised voice booming out as you read the text and it helps bring the written words to life.
'Awaken The Giant Within' is a book in which Robbins shares his knowledge about how we can increase the quality of our lives. In the book he demonstrates how we can do this by utilising certain techniques and stratagies. Particularly he focuses on Emotions, the Physical Body, Relationships, Finances and Time Management. The book is split into chapters where Robbins talks about things like psychology or what he's learned. He also talks about the way we are as people and how we tend to react to things. The way he explains things is simple but eye opening. I always feel that when I'm reading this book that none of the focus on brain functioning or psychology goes too far or alienates me in any way. It's enjoyable to read about Robbin's own experiences in life and how they helped make him into the man he is today - someone who can pass on wonderful knowledge about how to help ourselves live better and fuller lives.
At the end of the chapters there is usually a task to complete. This is usually something where you need to get a pen and paper and write things down. There is space to do so in the book but I would use a notebook espeically because you will probably end up writing so much down. After this written exercise there is usually a need to implement some kind of action or change. This can also involve a change in physical body and thinking processes. The tasks are challenging and place the onus of responsibility at your own feet. They involve a step by step system to encourage personal development and positivity.
I've heard a lot of sceptical people criticise these kind of self-help books and to be honest I can understand why. The fact that I've read so many over my lifetime with them having no effect on me says a lot. However, I can honestly say that the techniques and information Anthony Robbins shares has effected a huge change in me in the smallest amount of time imaginable. As a person with a phobia which often prevents me from taking action I have found that following the program in this book has been a real help and I would therefore recommend this book to anyone who has a similar anxiety problem or perhaps is suffering from depression. Of course you don't have to be in a postition like that to appreciate the benefits of this book - people who are seeking to improve in their businesses or personal lives in general can get a whole lot from this book too.
Once you read this book and decide you want to go on this journey then what this book teaches will be with you for the rest of your life. I'm at the beginning of my journey and I'm quite astonished at how swiftly I've been able to deal with certain issues that were causing me a great deal of stress and suffering. I really love that I'm able to challenge myself every day though and take more control of my life rather than let my anxiety make all the decisions. I would recommend this book to anyone whether they are people who think everything is okay in their lives and just want to improve things or people like me who have tried everything to help themselves in the past. I really respect and admire Robbins and I can completely relate to what he writes in this book.
I borrowed this book from the local library,then having been so impressed by the content, decided to purchase a copy for myself.
The first few chapters introduce you to the concepts of what he,through experience and feedback,has discovered works for most people. Later Anthony Robbins describes exactly how to put these techniques into practice and start to take action.
The book is so in touch with an individual that one feels he is speaking directly to the reader!And at times,as your coach,he even tells you off!Which in effect makes sure you get up and do as you're told-how's that for a book!
This book has really helped me turn my life around.I'm a huge fan of self help books,but this one is, by far, the best.With 512 pages crammed full of invaluable information,this book should be in the hands of every person who has the desire to make the most of their lives.
It is very difficult to get through a book which doesn't do what it's supposed to,this is NOT one of them.Throughout, you will find inspiring examples of people who have made their mark,be it a small one or a large.
Please do read it!5 stars from me.
Anthony Robbins - he's a motivational speaker who is larger than life and packed with sunny Californian optimism. Across the world, few can have missed his infomercials, seminars and firewalks.
This book is his definitive work and a must-buy for anyone who enjoys the sometimes cheese-laden self-help genre. It offers a tantalising glimpse that total life transformation is possible - epitomised in the opening story of multimillionaire Robbins, who is flying in his private helicopter to lead a sell-out seminar at a football stadium. As he swoops over Glendale, he spots a vaguely familiar building from the air. It's where he used to work, on the breadline, as a humble janitor.
I enjoyed this book for its optimistic spirit and its simple but eye-opening insights, such as "It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped". The opening chapters are exciting, fast-paced and compulsive reading - Robbins really grips your attention by promising dramatic personal change. He demonstrates the vital power of focus, decisions and empowering beliefs, all the time using his trademark conversational style.
The central section of the book focuses on his theory of "Neuro-Associative Conditioning"; and this is where my attention wanders. I am not a devotee of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) approaches, so skipped a lot of the content here. Robbins concludes with a detailed seven-day program to change your life. The closing chapters systematically apply all the concepts in the book to jump-start your emotional happiness, health and fitness, relationships, finances and time management.
The tag-line of this book says it all - the aim is to "wake up and take control of your life".
Here are seven of the insights and soundbites from "Awaken the Giant Within" that have really helped me:
1. Make a decision to never settle for less than you can be
2. Concentration is power - a concentrated effort is like a laser beam
3. Raise your standards and change your limiting beliefs
4. Lots of people know what they do. Few people do what they know
5. Ten years from now, who will you be?
6. It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped
7. Questions are the answer. Throw enough constructive
questions at a problem and you'll get a solution.
Instead of allowing uncomfortable feelings such as fear, disappointment and frustration to weigh down on us, Robbins suggests treating these as a call to action. In his words, "Determination is the wake-up call to the human will". Much of his work focuses on controlling our mental attitude and staying resilient in the face of hardship.
The most challenging portion is his "Ten Day Mental Challenge", where he adapts Emmet Fox's crazy but profound idea in the 1930s that we should go for over a week with a cheerful attitude and a systematic attempt to squash every negative thought and disempowering emotion! Every time you slip up, you have to start again. I've confess I've tried this and it is much more difficult that you can imagine!
I own the full size version of the book pictured in this review. I picked up my copy waiting for a flight at up on Miami airport way back in the summer of 1999 - it cost $12.00 and this investment has repaid itself many times over. The book is available in the UK today in a slimmer, green-jacketed volume for the bargain price of just £5.99 (amazon.co.uk). I recommend it unreservedly.
(c) Paul/EasternStar 2008. A shorter version of this review also appears on Ciao under my username Westocean
I am a great fan of Anthony Robbins. I found his books very American and rather heavy going, but they contain techniques for taking control of your ife which I think would be of use to almost everyone. In fact, I think the people who would find this book most useful are those suffering from trauma and depression - and they are unlikely to be attracted by the title and design of the book. Anthony Robbins gives people a chance to take control of their lives, and especially to handle negative and traumatic experiences. The uses of the Robbins management techniques in business are really subsidiary to their personal effectiveness, although it is these that are famous.