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  1. 1. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical & Financial Destiny ANTHONY ROBBINS MAIN IDEABy applying the fundamental principles of self mastery, any person can take control of their life and harness the forces that shape destiny.Self mastery holds the key to the quality of life. In particular, the nurture and development of a powerful belief system is vitally important. When afar-reaching belief system is established and regularly strengthened, a person’s life must follow the direction and ultimate destiny of that belief system.You can literally have and achieve anything you want in life and create your own destiny by developing an appropriate underlying belief system, andthen by using that system to influence everything you say, do and think. Part 1 - UNLEASH YOUR POWER Part 2 - TAKING CONTROL - THE MASTER SYSTEM 1. Dreams of Destiny 14. Ultimate Influence: Your Master SystemMany people know what they should be doing to be a success in life, If a person wants to change anything about their life, they must eitherbut few people actually follow through and do what is required. change how they feel or how they act. Of the two options, changing 2. Decisions: The Pathway To Power how you feel about events in your life is potentially more powerfulIt is your decisions and not your conditions that determine your destiny. because changing how you feel automatically changes how you act.The key is not what you know but what you commit to do. 15. Life Values: Your Personal Compass 3. The Force That Shapes Your Life You can literally change your life’s direction simply by realigning yourWhatever you link pain to and pleasure to shapes every aspect of your values to more accurately reflect your ultimate destination.life. Every person has the ability to change these associations at will, 16. Rulestherefore changing actions and ultimately destinies. Most people live by a self imposed set of rules - a set of conditions 4. Belief Systems: Power To Create Or Destroy which, if achieved, gives them permission to feel good and if not,It is not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what gives permission to feel some pain. In reality, however, these typesthose events mean. of rules are totally self-imposed. Therefore, to spend more time feeling good, develop a new set of personal rules which are 5. Can Change Happen In An Instant? achievable on a consistent basis, independent of the actions ofNeuro-Associative Conditioning (NAC) is a process which associates anyone else.incredible and intense pleasure with whatever you wish to embraceand unbearable and immediate pain with whatever you wish to shun. 17. References The fabric from which a person’s core beliefs and values are selected 6. How To Change Anything In Your Life are their references - their personal experiences or the personalUse Neuro-Associative Conditioning. experiences of other people they may hear about, read about or see 7. How To Get What You Really Want in the media. The greater the number and quality of references aIn the final analysis, your life’s greatest desires are intimately linked person has available, the more effectively they can make meaningfulto the way you want to feel. All you really want from life is to change choices for their own lives.the way that you feel most of the time. 18. Identity 8. Questions Are The Answer Your identity are the beliefs you use to define your own individualityThinking is the process of asking and answering questions. Therefore, - what makes you unique. Your identity has a direct influence on howto think and act differently, you need to ask different questions. you choose to use your capabilities and also how you may choose to 9. The Vocabulary of Ultimate Success interact with others.By changing your habitual vocabulary, you can actually modify how A person’s identity defines their life and their view of themselves.you think, feel and experience. Therefore, identity is a key to any person’s future actions. To change for the better, simply create a new and more powerful identity for 10. The Power of Life Metaphors yourself, and then go out and live up to that identity you have chosen.Choose carefully all metaphors, as they will influence everything. 11. The 10 Emotions of Power Part 3 - A LESSON IN DESTINYEmotions are simply a signal to feel one way or another. Make certain you live life to the fullest while here. Experience 12. The Magnificent Obsession everything, and have fun. Enjoy the process as well as the destinationEvery person can create their own compelling and magnificent future. you’re heading for. Combine the spontaneity of youth with the wisdom 13. The Ten-Day Mental Challenge of experience and keep growing and learning and loving. Live eachRefuse to dwell on any unhelpful thoughts for 10 consecutive days. day as if it is the most important day of your entire life, because in reality, it is. Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  2. 2. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 2 - Part 1 - UNLEASH YOUR POWER Key Thoughts 1. Dreams of Destiny ‘‘It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.’’ ---- Anthony RobbinsMain IdeaMany people know what they should be doing to be a success ‘‘Man is not the creature of circumstances; circumstances arein life, but in reality few people actually follow through and do the creatures of men. Nothing can resist the human will that willwhat they know is required. stake even its existence on its stated purpose.’’ ---- Benjamin DisraeliSupporting IdeasTo create a lasting improvement in the quality of your life, you 3. The Force That Shapes Your Lifemust master: Main Idea1. Your emotions Whatever you link pain to and pleasure to shapes every aspect Changing the emotions you feel in any situation will alter your of your life. Every person has the ability to change these actions. By mastering your emotions and consciously associations at will, therefore changing actions and ultimately creating the emotion you require, you control your actions. destinies.2. Your physical state Supporting Ideas Controlling your physical health generates energy and Human beings always act rationally to avoid pain and gain enthusiasm in every other area of your life. pleasure. Every person will consciously or unconsciously act to3. Personal and professional relationships do whatever they consider brings pleasure, and to avoid Sharing success with other people amplifies the rewards and whatever action brings pain. generates a sense of contribution. You can use this to your advantage by amplifying the pain or4. Finances pleasure links. In other words, mentally exaggerate the pleasure A financial destiny of abundance is achievable creating that will come from doing something positive or the pain that will peace of mind and anticipation for future possibilities. come from some negative action. The more vivid and intensive5. Time these links the more influence they will have over your decisions. A mastery of time allows you to squeeze the maximum By making intense emotional links to whatever you choose, you possible achievement in the direction of your dreams out of can instantly change your behaviour. In fact, by linking every hour, every day - without going crazy. sufficiently intense pain to the behaviours you want to stop, andKey Thoughts by keeping those links fresh and vibrant, you won’t even want to consider those behaviours any longer.‘‘Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that Note, the driving force is not actual pleasure or actual pain, butwould astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces a belief that one action will lead to future pleasure while anotherthat would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.’’ will lead to future pain that influences actions. ---- Orison Swett Marden Key Thoughts‘‘A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man inchance.’’ ‘‘If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due ---- Benjamin Disraeli to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.’’ 2. Decisions: The Pathway to Power ---- Marcus AureliusMain Idea ‘‘The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasureIt is your decisions and not your conditions that determine your instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that,destiny. The power of decision shapes your experience of life. you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.’’The key is not what you know but what you commit to do. ---- Anthony RobbinsSupporting Ideas 4. Belief Systems: Power To Create or DestroyTo direct your life, you must exert control over the consistent Main Ideadaily decisions that are made. Decisions are the father of actions,which in turn lead directly to results. Therefore, to achieve the It is not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs asrequired results, look closely at all decisions which have been to what those events mean.made. External conditions have little if any influence on a Supporting Ideasperson’s ultimate lifetime or career achievements. The meaning we attach to any event has a great influence of whoMost people are so busy making excuses that they never take we now are and where we will be headed tomorrow. Beliefs arethe time to sit down and set a baseline minimum standard for the key to how different people view the same event.what they will accept out of life. The interesting and exciting Generally speaking, most beliefs are based on past experiencesprinciple is that any person can do almost anything they want - of painful or pleasurable results. They are personalif they make a decision to commit to that course starting right interpretations of the results that can be garnered from anyhere and now. particular course of action. Once accepted, they exert incredibleMaking a decision isn’t just wishful thinking. It literally means to power over our future actions.cut off every other possibility and to focus solely on the one The brain cannot distinguish between something that is vividlyoutcome to which you are totally and unequivocally dedicated. imagined and something that is physically experienced. ThatThat’s why what you focus on is so important: because whether means that you can literally accomplish anything by developingyou acknowledge it or not, you literally become what you focus the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide. Allon most of the time. personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. To Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  3. 3. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 3 -change a belief, mentally associate large and massive amounts 6. How To Change Anything In Your Lifeof pain with an old belief, and equally large amounts of pleasure Main Ideawith the new belief. The six steps of NAC are:The Japanese use kaizen - meaning constant improvement - as 1. Analyze exactly what you want from life and what hasan essential business principle. It means that companies look prevented you from achieving it until now. You’ll achievefor a small way to improve their products every single day. whatever you focus on most intensely. If you keep focusingThe english equivalent of kaizen may be: CANI, which stands on what you don’t want, you are programming yourself tofor Constant And Never-ending Improvement. The principle is achieve more of that.the same. It is a commitment reinforced by action to gradually 2. Create motivation to change immediately and urgently. Findbut steadily continue to improve. a way to link intense and massive pleasure to making theCANI is a positive approach. There is no need to maintain the change AND exceptionally powerful pain to any feeling ofquality of life, because you will already be hard at work trying to procrastination. Both the level of pain and pleasure mustimprove it. CANI generates true security which comes from a present compelling reasons to make a change in habits.constant, consistent effort in knowing that every single day, you 3. Interrupt the normal pattern of your thoughts. Most peopleare a better person than you were the day before. think about their favourite subject the same way again andIn the final analysis, nothing in life has any meaning except the again, rehashing old feelings over and over. Break free.meaning you consciously or subconsciously give it. Therefore, Picture a different ending, using humour and exaggeration.the biggest changes are made internally, regardless of your That helps you remember the old situation in an entirelyparticular external circumstances. different light.Key Thoughts 4. Come up with an attractive new method to produce the same‘‘Under all that we think, lives all we believe, like the ultimate veil benefits you derived from your old habits. Find an immenselyof our spirits.’’ pleasurable alternative to replace the current addiction. ---- Antonio Machado 5. Condition yourself. Visualize your alternative course of action with emotional intensity. Use repetition and emotion‘‘Only in man’s imagination does every truth find an effective and to reinforce the positive benefits of the alternative. Take aundeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme strong positive approach, stressing the benefits. Developmaster of art, as of life.’’ ways to reward new patterns of behaviour immediately. A ---- Joseph Conrad pattern that is reinforced becomes a habit. 5. Can Change Happen In An Instant? 6. Test your programming. Visualize a situation which causedMain Idea frustration in the past. If you’ve followed the steps correctly,Neuro-Associative Conditioning (NAC) is a process which you should now feel differently about it. If not, go throughassociates incredible and intense pleasure with whatever you steps 1 to 5 again.wish to embrace and unbearable and immediate pain with Key Thoughtswhatever you wish to shun. ‘‘The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but everySupporting Ideas time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add it to anotherMost people work under the assumption that changing the habits filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably,of a lifetime for new and better habits takes a long time. In reality, thought and act.’’however, habits can be changed immediately and permanently ---- Orison Swett Marden- if proper conditioning takes place. NAC is the process by which ‘‘Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives toimmediate change can occur. a rational creature: these are the spur and reigns whereby allYour brain automatically seeks whatever provides pleasure and mankind are set on work, and guided.’’shuns whatever produces pain. This is your key to total control ---- John Lockeover your life. By assigning sufficient amounts of pleasure to thebehaviour you require, you can create an overwhelming impulse 7. How To Get What You Really Wantto act that way which will totally overwhelm any contradictory Main Ideafeelings. Deep down, what is it you most crave from life? In the finalKey Thoughts analysis, your life’s greatest desires are intimately linked to the way you want to feel. All you really want from life is to change‘‘It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it the way that you feel most of the time.well.’’ ---- Rene Descartes Supporting Ideas There is a direct link between what a person wants to achieve in‘‘Things do not change; we change.’’ life and what they want to feel. Material possessions and ---- Henry David Thoreau personal relationships are simply a means to an end - a way to achieve optimal emotional states. This is an important fact. Behaviour is the direct result of your current emotional state rather than a result of external factors. Therefore, by changing your emotional state, you can change your behaviour patterns. Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  4. 4. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 4 -The two ways to change emotional states are: For example:1. Emotion is created by motion. If you wish to feel a particular Morning Questions: emotion, start physically acting as if you already felt that way Dwell on the aspects of your life you are passionately enjoying, and before you are aware of it you will actually feel the way your achievements, whatever you are proud of and the areas to you are acting. which you are totally and irrevocably committed to at the present2. Whatever you choose to focus on becomes your perception time. of reality. Therefore, if you focus on things that haven’t Evening Questions: happened yet and feel good about them in advance, you Focus on what has been learnt that day, what you have create a fertile environment for those things to actually contributed and positive experiences you’ve enjoyed with other happen. You literally become whatever you choose to focus people. on. Key ThoughtsMake a list of those activities that give the greatest amount of ‘‘Some men see things as they are, and say, ‘Why?’ I dream ofpersonal pleasure and develop meaningful ways to focus on things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?’’’those activities most of the time. Develop a plan for generating ---- George Bernard Shawpersonal pleasure on a minute-by-minute basis. Don’t allowpleasure to crop up unexpectedly - plan your entire day around ‘‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiousity has itsit and gear everything you do in that general direction. own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when heKey Thoughts contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend‘‘Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiousity.’’with what happens to him.’’ ---- Albert Einstein ---- Aldous Huxley ‘‘Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world 8. Questions Are The Answer is the triumph of some enthusiasm.’’Main Idea ---- Ralph Waldo EmersonThinking is the process of asking and answering questions. 9. The Vocabulary of Ultimate SuccessTherefore, to think and act differently from how you’ve acted in Main Ideathe past, you need to ask different questions. Words have an ability to create emotions which can then beSupporting Ideas transformed into actions which ultimately shape our destiny. ThisThe same event can happen to different people and they will is due to the fact that beliefs can be formed and changed byeach feel differently. That is, the meaning a person attaches to words. Specifically, the words you habitually chose and useany event is derived solely from feelings - which in turn are based affect not only how you communicate with yourself but also whatexclusively on questions the person asks of themselves (and the you actually experience.questions they fail to ask). By changing your habitual vocabulary, you can actually modifyIn essence, the better the question the better the answer. how you think, feel and experience. Specifically, by altering theQuestions have a direct and dramatic effect on a person’s focus words you use to speak of and think about any situation, you can- you control your focus by asking questions which are positive consistently and deliberately change your emotional state andand creative rather than questions which dwell on the negative. your life experience.It is the questions you ask (and the hard questions you fail to Supporting Ideasask) that ultimately shape your destiny. By consciously selecting the words you use in conversation andQuestions accomplish three specific objectives: thought, you can change your life and shape your destiny. You1. They change what you are focused on mentally, and can choose between deliberately using words that are therefore impact directly on how you feel. empowering or words that are counterproductive.2. Questions allow you to choose something positive to think To put this into practice: about at the expense of wasting time dwelling on negatives. 1. Pay close attention to the words you habitually use to3. Questions, positively framed, often open up new avenues to describe your negative emotions. For example, ‘‘angry’’, previously untapped resources you have available. ‘‘confused’’ or ‘‘depressed’’.When faced with a new business challenge, you should 2. Develop a list of creative alternatives for those words (likesystematically work through these questions: ‘‘disenchanted’’, ‘‘curious’’ or ‘‘on the way to turning it1. What is exciting about this new challenge? around’’). These alternatives should ideally make you laugh2. What should be changed to create the perfect situation? or at least feel less intense.3. What action am I willing to take to more closely align reality Examples: with my perfect ideal? Don’t feel like a failure but like a learner. Instead of feeling rejected, feel misunderstood.4. What price am I willing to pay? That is, what am I willing to Rather than being overwhelmed, feel maximized. stop doing to create my ideal situation? Don’t feel stupid, feel unresourceful.5. What can I do to enjoy the process while I am working Instead of feeling irritated, feel stimulate. towards my ideal? Don’t say: I hate, instead say: I preferBecause questions can strongly affect mental focus, you should Rather than being frustrated, be challenged or fascinated.develop a morning and evening personal question session which Don’t feel humiliated, only surprised or uncomfortable.will enable you to focus on positive aspects of your life. Instead of feeling hurt, allow yourself to be bothered. When you’re tempted to say insulted, use misinterpreted. Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  5. 5. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 5 - Transform feeling fearful into feeling curious. Supporting Ideas Never be lonely, only temporarily on your own. To master your emotions and be in a consistent position to3. Make a conscious and deliberate attempt to use your new generate positive emotions: word choice whenever the situation arises in which you 1. Whenever you feel strong emotions, take a step back and would automatically have used your old word. In a short ask yourself what are you really feeling. The simple act of period of time, you’ll actually begin to feel and act differently clarifying your feelings will often lower the emotional intensity as your thoughts start following the new and preferred of negative feelings. pattern. 2. Acknowledge to yourself that emotions are useful signals.4. Develop an effective way to reinforce your transformation. Therefore, feel appreciative that your signal system is For example, perhaps you can have a friend in on the operating normally. This act will also strengthen your scheme, and have them remind you. balance.5. Be aware that your new word choice can either intensify 3. Quiz yourself on why you feel that way. Are the grounds for positive emotions or lower negative feelings. Select new those emotions rational or totally unrealistic. Look for words that are fun to use, imaginative and effective. reasons you may be feeling that way.Key Thoughts 4. Visualize occasions in the past when you have felt the same‘‘A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon way and have successfully used that emotion to spur you onone of those intensely right words the resulting effect is physical to some achievement or another.as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.’’ 5. Build your own personal self-confidence that you can handle ---- Mark Twain this emotion today and in the future.‘‘Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.’’ 6. Get enthusiastic and get into action. Take a direct action ---- Aldous Huxley which proves you’re moving ahead. The 10 positive emotions of power are: 10. The Power of Life Metaphors 1. Love and warmthMain Idea 2. Appreciation and gratitudeMetaphors can either stimulate or limit experience of life. When 3. Curiousitya metaphor is adopted, you automatically adopt the advantages 4. Excitement and passionand the limitations of the metaphor when thinking about the new 5. Determinationarea. Therefore, choose metaphors carefully. 6. FlexibilitySupporting Ideas 7. ConfidenceA metaphor is used whenever one principle is explained by 8. Cheerfulnesscomparing it to something else. Familiarity with the metaphor 9. Vitalityallows us to gain an insight into the new principle. 10. ContributionMetaphors are the primary way of learning. They provide a way The key task is to find ways to regularly and consistently cultivateto visualize something unfamiliar in terms of similar attributes to the 10 emotions of power.something familiar. Metaphors provide a frame of reference fornew knowledge. 12. The Magnificent ObsessionBy consciously and deliberately taking control of the metaphors Main Ideayou use, you can influence and shape your experience of life’s Every person has the power to create a compelling andpeaks and troughs. Metaphors are extremely persuasive, and magnificent future for themselves by setting and then achievingby simply changing your underlying metaphor, you can make a powerful and highly motivational goals. In fact, the achievementnoticeable difference to the way you act and feel. Make a of vivid and dynamic goals is at the foundation of all success.consistent effort to adopt powerful and positive metaphors and Supporting Ideasnotice the change in your life. Goals must be:Key Thoughts 1. Envisaged with clarity and in specific detail.‘‘The metaphor is perhaps one of man’s most fruitful 2. Immediately followed through on with the development of apotentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool plan and consistent action towards achievement.for creation which God forgot inside one of his creatures whenHe made him.’’ 3. Vividly imagined and emotionally enjoyed at least twice a day ---- Jose Ortega Y Gasset to keep you motivated and on the right track. And remember that in the final analysis, achieving the goal is‘‘All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.’’ important but the quality of life you experience along the way is ---- Henry David Thoreau far more important. 11. The Ten Emotions of Power Key ThoughtsMain Idea ‘‘We are what and where we are because we have first imaginedSome people feel like they are at the mercy of their emotions. it.’’Yet, in reality, each person creates their own emotions, and they ---- Donald Curtisshould be viewed as an important resource and a call to takeaction. From this perspective, emotions are a signal (or even ‘‘Nothing happens unless first a dream.’’subconscious permission) to feel one way or another. ---- Carl Sandburg Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  6. 6. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 6 -‘‘There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, Part 2 - TAKING CONTROL - THE MASTER SYSTEMflesh and blood tomorrow.’’ ---- Victor Hugo 14. Ultimate Influence: Your Master System Main Idea 13. The Ten-Day Mental Challenge If a person wants to change anything about their life, they mustMain Idea either change how they feel or how they act. Of the two options,The challenge: Take full control of your thoughts and refuse to changing how you feel about events in your life is potentiallydwell on any unhelpful thoughts or emotions for 10 consecutive much more powerful because changing how you feel willdays. automatically change how you act.Supporting Ideas Supporting IdeasYour habitual pattern of thought has bought you to your present There are five elements affecting how a person feels:level of achievements. Therefore, to move onwards to a new 1. The mental and emotional state you’re in whenever youlevel of personal and professional success, you must create new make an evaluation of your inner feelings.and more powerful patterns by: 2. The questions that are asked as part of the evaluation1. For the next 10 consecutive days, refuse to dwell on any process can have a strong influence on the answers given. unhelpful feelings or thoughts. 3. Your value system influences how you feel. You will always2. Whenever you start feeling negative about anything, ask feel good when you’re moving towards a positive value. yourself: What’s good about this? What’s not perfect yet? 4. Your underlying beliefs determine expectations and provide3. Whenever you see a challenge, focus on possible solutions a foundation from which you make other evaluations. rather than on the problem itself. 5. Reference experiences serve to refine and enhance values4. If you catch yourself indulging in negative thoughts for a long and beliefs, and encourage us to ask different questions and period, wait until the following morning and start again. The move off into new directions. goal is to go 10 consecutive days with only upbeat thoughts and emotions. A shift in any one of these five elements will have a powerful effect on the way that you think, feel and behave in a number ofKey Thoughts areas simultaneously. This can be a powerful force in shaping‘‘Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.’’ your ultimate destiny. ---- Nathaniel Emmons‘‘We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.’’ Key Thoughts ---- John Dryden ‘‘Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.’’ ---- George Bernard Shaw 15. Life Values: Your Personal Compass Main Idea You can literally change your life’s direction simply by realigning your values to more accurately reflect your ultimate destination. Supporting Ideas A persons values which he holds nearest and dearest guides his every decision, and therefore, holds the key to his ultimate destiny and life’s achievements. In one sense, all decisions a person makes in their life can be viewed as a clarification of their values. The only time a person has a hard time making a decision is when they are unclear on what they value the most out of the alternatives. Values effectively act as a magnet, pulling us towards those values we hold high and repelling us from those values we dislike and want to avoid at all costs. The key to long-term happiness is to live by your own high ideals, by the strongest possible effect of our positive value system. Many people spend more time worrying about what they want to own, when in reality who they are has a much more powerful influence on how they spend their lives and ultimately what they own. Values are the compass that will guide every person to their ultimate destiny. To take positive and firm control over your values, try the following exercises: 1. Sit down and write out a list of the tope ten values you currently hold, in order of importance. Do this by writing on a piece of paper your answer to the question: What’s most important to me in life? Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  7. 7. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 7 -2. Examine your list carefully and thoughtfully. Have you In setting up your own rules: unconsciously set up any conflicts? For example, do you 1. Design your rules so you are in control and the outside world have two values on your list which are completely opposite has very little effect on how you feel. but are very close in your order of priorities? That will set up 2. Set up your rule system so it is extremely easy to feel good, huge conflicts, and you should re configure your priorities to and exceptionally hard to feel bad. Give your rule system a avoid any such conflicts. positive bias.3. Next, write down your answer to this question: What do my 3. Make the trigger points under your rules events that you have values need to be in order to achieve the true destiny I desire control over. and deserve? Put down the values, in order, that a person would need to have to be able to achieve the destiny you 4. Avoid conflicting rules vigorously. Link high levels of pain with have in mind. any old style disempowering rules, and replace them with positive rules which have intense levels of pleasure attached.4. Now develop a new list of values which you can work towards embracing with your life’s actions. The new list will generally 5. Take the time to communicate and explain your rules system be a combination of your present values and additional to those closest to you. Ask them to help you live by those values which are required to successfully achieve your empowering rules which generate pleasure. ultimate goal. Key ThoughtsIncidentally, values can be of two kinds - those you wish to ‘‘Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybodyembrace and move towards and those you wish to avoid and else expects of you.’’move away from. You can repeat the same exercises given ---- Henry Ward Beecherabove to develop a list of values which you wish to totally avoidin your life as well. 17. ReferencesKey Thoughts Main Idea‘‘Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those whodared to believe that something inside of them was superior to The fabric from which a person’s core beliefs and values arecircumstance.’’ selected are their references - their personal experiences or the ---- Bruce Barton personal experiences of other people they may hear about, read about or see in the media. The greater the number and quality‘‘We are what we repeatedly do.’’ of references a person has available, the more effectively they ---- Aristotle can make meaningful choices for their own lives.‘‘Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, Supporting Ideasbecause your character is what you really are, while your To expand the quality of your life, make a conscious andreputation is merely what others think think you are.’’ consistent effort to expand the references available for you to ---- John Wooden choose from. There are an inexhaustible supply of references in books, for example. 16. Rules The way someone chooses to use their references determinesMain Idea how they feel, because whether something is good or bad is allMost people live by a self imposed set of rules - a set of based entirely on the frame of reference to which it is compared.conditions which, if achieved, gives them permission to feel good The key is to learn from the past, but not to live in it. A personand if not, gives permission to feel some pain. In reality, however, doesn’t drive a car by looking in the rear view mirror, but usesthese types of rules are totally self-imposed. Therefore, to spend the mirror when necessary.more time feeling good, develop a new set of personal rules To enrich your life, expand your references. Pursue ideas andwhich are achievable on a consistent basis, independent of the experiences that wouldn’t be a part of your life unless you makeactions of anyone else. a rational and conscious effort to seek new experiences. readSupporting Ideas about experiences other people have had, and go out and addMany people live by their self imposed and totally arbitrary rules them to your own life. By enhancing and improving yourwithout even realizing they are doing so. Even worse, most references, you can enrich your life.people have more rules for things that make them feel bad than Key Thoughtsthey do for events that make them feel good, effectively loadingthe dice against themselves. ‘‘The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.’’Many people’s internal rule systems are a collection of snatches ---- Arthur C. Clarkeof common wisdom picked up in a variety of different settings. Amore positive and rational approach is to take firm and positive ‘‘Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea never goes back to itscontrol over your own internal rule system, with the objective of original dimensions.’’creating a number of empowering rules which will make you feel ---- Oliver Wendell Holmesgood and a very limited number of disempowering rules whichspecify when you feel bad. And, the positive rules must be ‘‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’’centred over things that you do have control over rather than ---- Albert Einsteinrandom life events. ‘‘The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.’’ ---- Lord Chesterfield ‘‘We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves.’’ Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  8. 8. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 8 - 18. Identity Key ThoughtsMain Idea ‘‘If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literallyYour identity are the beliefs you use to define your own astound ourselves.’’individuality - what makes you unique. Your identity has a direct ---- Thomas Edisoninfluence on how you choose to use your capabilities and also ‘‘Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and menhow you may choose to interact with others. are great only if they are determined to be so.’’A person’s identity defines their life and their view of themselves. ---- Charles De GaulleTherefore, identity is a key to any person’s future actions. Tochange for the better, simply create a new and more powerful ‘‘When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of twoidentity for yourself, and then go out and live up to that identity characters - one represents danger, and the other representsyou have chosen. opportunity.’’ ---- John F. KennedySupporting IdeasMost people consider their identities have been mouldedexclusively;y by their experiences. Yet, two people can gothrough the same experience and come away with totallydifferent memories. Clearly, the interpretation of a person’sexperiences are much more influential to the formation of anidentity than the actual experience itself.Therefore, before you start to mould a more powerful identity foryourself, take a moment to take stock of where you currently are:1. If you were to look in a dictionary under your name, what would the entry say? Write down a dictionary entry for your life to the present time.2. If you were to create an ID card that described you to strangers you meet, what would you include on the ID card and what would you leave off?These exercises should illustrate that your identity is simply whatyou have chosen to identify yourself with in the last. That meansthat to create a new and empowering identity, you simply needto choose different items with which to become closelyassociated.The steps to inventing a more powerful identity are:1. Make a list of all the elements of a dynamic and exciting identity you would like to have. Let your imagination run wild and develop a pencil sketch of the ideal identity - from your perspective alone.2. Take another look at your first list and add some excitement and enthusiasm. Add the characteristics of people you really admire. Breath some dynamic ideas into your list of identity qualities, and write down your expanded list.3. Develop an action plan. How would a person with that type of identity live? Who would they associate with, and how would their friends reinforce their identity. How would that person dress, act and live? How would they treat events that occur in their business and personal lives. Be detailed, be specific, and write down your thoughts as you go along.4. Commit yourself to living your new and improved identity by projecting your new personality to everyone you come into contact with. Read your description often, and join that elite group who do rather than just talk about it.More people are prisoners of their past than care to admit it. Inreality, however, people can expand and improve - even you.Therefore, forget the past and focus on the quality of your life inthe present. Lay the groundwork for an even better life in thefuture by embracing rather than avoiding change. Make aconscious and rational effort to develop a more powerful andmore dynamic identity for yourself. Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially
  9. 9. Awaken The Giant Within - Page 9 - Part 3 - A LESSON IN DESTINY Key ThoughtsMain Idea ‘‘Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute ofMake certain you live life to the fullest while here. Experience every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now. Thereeverything, and have fun. Enjoy the process as well as the are only so many tomorrows.’’destination you’re heading for. Combine the spontaneity of youth ---- Michael Landonwith the wisdom of experience and keep growing and learningand loving. Live each day as if it is the most important day of your ‘‘Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, theentire life, because in reality, it is. tide and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love.Supporting Ideas Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.’’The small decisions that a person makes day in and day out ---- Teilhard de Chardincreates their ultimate destiny. Therefore, if a person controls howthey think, feel and act, they control their own destiny regardless ‘‘You can’t live a perfect day without doing something forof the external physical conditions they may be in. someone who will never be able to repay you.’’The one thing every person has control over is their own internal ---- John Woodenworld. Everyone can decide what things mean and what to do ‘‘It was involuntary; they sank my boat.’’about anything. The only limits to the impact you can make on ---- John F. Kennedy, when asked how he’d become a herothe world are set by your own imagination and commitment.Surmounting difficulties is the crucible, the refiner’s fire, that ‘‘If I had my life to live over again, I’d dare to make more mistakesforms character and moulds personality. Everyone has the next time. I’d relax. I’d limber up. I’d be sillier than I’ve been thispotential to become a hero by courageously choosing to trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take morecontribute even in the most trying circumstances. Heroes defy chances. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountainsadversity by doing what they believe is right in spite of any and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and lessexternal conditions. beans. I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones. You see, I’m one of those people who wasBeing a hero doesn’t necessarily take an epic effort. Even the sensible and sane, hour after hour, day after day.small things can be meaningful. For example, what you choose Oh, I’ve had my moments. If I had to do it over again, I’d haveto buy can send a strong signal to consumer companies. If you more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else - just moments,choose not to purchase a product which is energy inefficient and one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of eachinstead purchase products which are environmentally sound, day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhereyou literally cause the companies to improve their products and without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat and alook for alternatives. Consumer power is in your hands with parachute. If I could do it again, I’d travel lighter than I have.every decision you make in the supermarket and in shops. If I had to live my life over, I would start barefoot earlier in theLife is most enjoyable and most rewarding when it is played "full spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to moreout" rather than half-heartedly. You’ve got to be willing to feel dances, I would ride more merry-go-rounds, I would pick morestupid and look silly at times when you’re trying things that are daisies.’’new and might not work out. And if they don’t work out, you’ve ---- Nadine Stairgot to be willing to roll with the punches and move on tosomething new. Otherwise, you can never discover the limits ofwhat you are really capable of achieving.The opportunity to contribute to society is not an obligation - it’san opportunity to give something back and to make the world alittle bit better because you contributed. Therefore, you shouldseek out small acts of public service which you can give withoutany publicity. Ideally, your public service should be focused ona small group, so you can have the opportunity to reach out andhelp someone else. That’s the surest way to grow a noble andpowerful personality.It is important to strive for balance in your life rather thanperfection. Some people are afraid to give anything back to thebroader community because they think it would take over theirentire lives. In reality, however, life is a balance between givingand receiving, taking care of your own interests and taking timeto contribute to the well-being of others. Best Collections Of Summaries Book - Increase your knowledge Exponentially

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