Awaken The Giant Within – The Review

Ever wished to have control over your emotions? Want to determine your own destiny? Then this book is the right one for you. 

Tony Robbins is back with a fantastic book to guide us all into creating a better future by controlling your mind, your emotions and your consciousness. 

I read the book and here is my complete review over the famous Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins.

For those of you who don’t know who Tony Robbins is, I’ll be telling you about him, and then I’ll dive into my review of this book. I’ll be explaining to you the content of the book and the things I liked or hated about this book. Apart from it, I’ll be telling you if you should read this book or not. 

So let us start then.

About The Author: Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is one of the world’s best life coaches and personality changers. He has organised so many seminars and has by far helped more than thousands of people in getting a better life.

Tony has written various books, and some of them are best-sellers, such as Inner Strength. He is one of the best out there to help you in your life to get better and gain a better experience.

This book, Awaken the Giant Within, shows how Tony took control of all the aspects of his life and became what he is today. He will also help us to gain the same success as he did.

As a fan of Tony, I can assure you that he is a personality you should follow and learn from.

Now that we know about Tony, let us get into details of the book. 

The Book

Now, I will tell you about the chapters of the book and what they are teaching one by one. The book is divided into multiple parts. And hence, I will be showing all those parts along with the chapters they cover one-by-one.

So let’s start then.

Part 1

The first part is the most significant part of the entire book, and it talks about all that determines both the success and failure of a person. The things you need to become successful lies within you already.

Chapter 1: Dreams Of The Destiny. 

The book begins with the story of his dreams. Dreams about changing and the ways to bring about real and long-lasting changes. He found and listed all the vital elements of people who are successful have achieved all these changes. In his research, he came across all the factors which successful people have in common. 

He then established 3 stages of success

  1. Raising Standards: He listed all the things he cannot tolerate anymore in his life. 
  2. Changed the limiting beliefs: Beliefs are what your subconscious state orders you and influences what you do. To attain your goals, there is a need for your beliefs to work in sync with your dreams. 
  3. Modifying Your Strategy: In order to attain your goals, you need to adopt the most appropriate strategies or modify it likewise. 

Along with these three steps in order to attain your goals, you also need to master the 5 most crucial aspects of life and that are your emotions, body, relationships, money and time. 

All in all, Awaken The Giant Within is all about increasing the quality of your life and the level of satisfaction it gives you. Even though Tony is not physically present, he still intends to provide you with the best possible. But ultimately it all depends upon you. 

Chapter 2: Decision: The Power Path

Your future depends upon the very moment you make a decision. The decision is to be determined in getting a specific result, and there is no place for any other possibility. All in all, decision making is the ultimate power that resides within you and is crucial for your success. So you should never hesitate to decide.

Chapter 3: Power Determining Your Life

You may know it or not, but there is just a straightforward force which determines your course of actions of mine and your life as well as the many lives on this planet which is Pain And Pleasure. It is not the pain and pleasure who themself rule the people; instead, it is the fear of pain and the idea of pleasure. Overall it is all about how you perceive reality, and in this chapter, you will learn about this phenomenon via associations. 

Chapter 4: Power To Create And Destroy, The Belief System

A belief is what we generalise, and it eventually becomes the feeling of certainty which we don’t often question which can work in both good and bad ways leading to positive and negative effects. Here in this chapter, you will come across beliefs that are common in winners and guide you to obtain these all thanks to the powerful technique of calling into question. 

Chapter 5: Can You Change Immediately?

Chapter 5 answers this question, and the gist is that it is totally up to you. If you are someone with utter conviction, then certainly you can see the change immediately. In this chapter, you will learn why you need to prepare yourself for a change and get the control of your life by yourself. No one other than you yourself is solely responsible for a long-term change. 

Chapter 6: Bringing Change In Any Aspect Of Life: Neuro-Associative conditioning science. 

In order to bring about changes in one’s behaviour, they need to associate their old behaviour with an unbearable pain and the sense of pleasure to the new one. This, in scientific terms, is called Neuro-Associative conditioning. 

There are 6 Conditioning steps in order to obtain change:

  1. Deciding what you desire and what is coming in the way to achieve it.
  2. Look for a motivation and associate immense suffering to not changing and tremendous pleasure to immediate changing. 
  3. If a model restricts you drop it.
  4. Look for a new and dynamic model.
  5. In order to make it constant, reproduce it.
  6. Test your model.

All this forms the basis of Neuro-associative conditioning. 

Chapter 7: Way To Get All That You Want

You need to begin with asking yourself what do you desire and matters to you? And also, why do they matter? In order to obtain your desires, you have to consciously bring about changes in your mind state. Movement creates emotions, and you can do this by putting into use your body. Some will help you feel motivated; some will boost your self-confidence, and others will help you calm down. All in your state of mind is affected by the ways you put your body to use, and in order to bring a change in life, there is a need to bring about changes in mental state.

Chapter 8: Best Tool: Questions

Questions have the capacity of modifying the perspective instantly and overall the way we feel. Our brain will do anything to find an answer to the question we put forward. It is thus vital to ask yourself positive questions rather than pitying yourself. Though this is something which is easier said than done, but in tough times it can prove out to be very helpful in making you emerge more robust as a person. 

Chapter 9: Vocabulary Of The Ultimate Success

Words can describe your most significant victories as well as failures. Accurate use of words in order to describe the experience can intensify the stimulating emotions. Still, the wrong choice can destroy it too. Lack of vocabulary can make it difficult for people to render feelings; on the other hand, a rich vocabulary can be of great help in describing experiences because of the diversity of terms. Things as simple as changing your everyday vocabulary can bring about an instant change in the way we feel, think and lead life. 

Chapter 10: Overcoming obstacles and launching success: the power of metaphors

Metaphors though seem ordinary they have an exceptional power. Metaphor is when you explain something by comparing the concept to something else altogether. It depends totally upon you to control these metaphors. Though it may sound very simple but correct use of metaphors can break your thought train but can have life-changing effects. 

Chapter 11: The Ten Most Dynamic Emotions

Most people function according to a set routine. They might be comfortable with it but lack the sense of passion. Many people cannot control their emotions, so they get stuck in a routine in order to save themselves from suffering from something else. This chapter talks about 4 ways of reckoning your emotions by avoiding them, denying them, exaggerating them and learning for them and finally using them. All emotions you feel are practical on this basis. Your negative emotions become a call to action. All your emotions are a gift, and they are within you. In short, you are the source, and thus you feel the same way you wish to. You can simply feel good if you want to for no particular reason if you decide it simply. You will come across the six-step method that can help you become a master of your own emotions.

  1. Identifying the real feelings that you experience
  2. Discovering and appreciating your emotions and also realising the fact that they are helpful.
  3. Being curious about messages, your emotion is trying to give you.
  4. Being Confident. 
  5. Ensuring that you will handle emotions easily in future and plan the strategy you wish to use.
  6. Find your motivation and then act.

This method will benefit you from the action signals to progress. 

Chapter 12: Extraordinary Future: Magnificent Obsession

Motivation is stimulated by big goals. According to Tony, nobody is lazy; it is just that some goals make you powerless. You can function even on poor sleep when you are very passionate about goals. When you have a target in your mind, it is vital to make a plan and take the crucial steps to reach there. In order to maintain your motivation, you need to attain your short term goals at least once a day. 

Chapter 13: 10 Days Challenge (10 Days, 4 rules, 1 Challenge)

  1. Refusing to be attracted towards unproductive feelings and thoughts for 10 continuous days.
  2. Using various techniques in order to get yourself in a state of mind which is productive if you are someone who concentrates on negative thoughts. 
  3. Solution-oriented concentration. 
  4. Pulling yourself together in the moment of weakness.  

The Master Plan: Taking Control – Part 2

In this part, you will learn about taking control over the evaluation of masterplan by taking control of how you act and think each time. 

Chapter 14: Your Master Plan: Supreme Influence

A Master Plan has 5 elements that determine how you can evaluate events of life. The moment you understand the master plan of someone, you will have a clear idea about their values and their motivation. We all put into use some systems to determine what things mean and what we should be doing in each situation. In order to achieve success, it is crucial to assess each aspect of life which is easier said than done. In this section, you will come across the methodology of enhancing this process. 

  1. What makes a massive difference is the state of mind, and it should always be positive, especially when you make important decisions.
  2. Asking yourself the right questions.
  3. Find out if you are synchronized with your values,
  4. Find out if you are synchronized with your rules and beliefs. 
  5. Do you have standards?

All this makes a master plan altogether. 

Chapter 15: Your Personal Compass: Values

Value is more than just a belief; it is ideal which you need to define as well as uphold depending upon the situation. There is a need to be faithful to it even when you are not rewarded for it. More often than not, you don’t choose these values; instead, they are carved in our lives because of our experiences. In this portion, in order to clear your mind, Tony talks about different exercises you can do. 

Chapter 16: The Rules: If you are not happy here is why!

Rules are beliefs that determine the feeling of pain or pleasure. Reason to feel happy? Every reason is a rule, but you also do not require anything in particular in order to feel great. It all depends upon if you want it. In the society today there are many reasons to be unhappy and few to be happy. Your happiness relies on a set of rules that can provide you with a lot of power and can also deny it. A rule can remove power from you if it is impossible to adhere to or you rely on something out of your control just for the sake of respecting it or someone who has few ways to be happy and many to be unhappy. 

Chapter 17: The Fabric Of Life: Standards

The experiences you store in your nervous system forms your standards. In simple terms, all that you felt, heard, seen and tasted consciously or unconsciously. Standards support the belief, and there is a need to develop it continuously and grow them. Same experiences can create different beliefs for different people. Because more than standards what matters is the meaning, you attach to it. Limited life is created by limited standards. There is a need to put into use nurturing experiences and ideas in order to enrich life.

Chapter 18: Identity

Identity is the very core of us humans. Tony tells about a particular story in this chapter. He tells us that during a war, an American soldier was taken hostage by Chinese communists. And instead of hurting him, torturing him, they offered him help. This made the soldier think about what America was doing and how different these communists were. This eventually made him spill out some American Army secrets. This meant that he lost his identity as he helped the enemy. The identity he lost as a soldier can never be regained, and thus he lost his very core.

Part 3: Remodelling Life In 7 Days

Chapter 19: Emotional Destiny

Day 1

Emotion is an aspect that can really make or break things. Consciously or unconsciously, emotions can really change your daily life. If you don’t know how to take care of emotions and control them, you can never be on the top step of success. Here in this chapter, Tony will tell you about how you can control your emotions and master them for your greater good in the future.

These tools and tips provided by Tony really helped me out in controlling and understanding my emotions.

Chapter 20: Physical Destiny

Day 2

There is no success until you achieve physical mastery over your body. An unhealthy body can never make you gain success. Rather, it will drag you down and hinder you from achieving success.

Tony will show you how you can be healthy and be physically fit in order to gain success and be more happy. He has a seven-step trick which will show you how easy it is to achieve physical mastery.

Chapter 21: The Destiny of Human Relationships

Day 3

Towards the end of day 3, you will learn about how you can improve the quality of personal relationships as well as your emotional ties with the ones close to you.

Success is only worth it if you are able to share it with others. However, you do need to get emotional ties with your loved ones before you can do it. Hence, Tony will teach you about the six fundamentals which you need to follow in order to establish a happy relationship with anyone.

Chapter 22: Small Steps Towards Fortune

Day 4

On day four, you will take the financial future in your hands. To acquire wealth, Tony provides 5 fundamentals. 

  1. Making yourself more useful
  2. Preserving your wealth by spending less than you are earning and investing the difference
  3. Increasing your wealth by investing the difference and reinvesting the profit that is obtained so you can attain a compound return.
  4. Protecting your wealth.
  5. Enjoying your wealth by feeling the fulfilment. 

Chapter 23: Your Ethic Code: Being Irreproachable

Day 5

In this part, seven points by Wooden John are discussed. 

  1. To be faithful to your own self
  2. Make your each day a masterpiece
  3. Help other people
  4. Dig deep into great books
  5. Make friendship into the form of art
  6. Build a shelter for yourself for difficult days
  7. Pray for guidance, and thank God for blessings. 

Chapter 24: Master Your Life And Time

Day 6

The penultimate day talks about the time. 

Here you learn to use time as an advantage for you rather than letting it stress you. Beliefs tend to distort the perception of time with these three tricks we can save time. 

  1. Ability Of Time Distortion
  2. Priority Management
  3. Saving Time By Learning From Experience Of Others.

Chapter 25: Rest And Have Fun

Day 7

The final day of the week is to relax and find balance. It took a lot of hard work to reach where you are today. 

Part 4: A lesson in destiny

Chapter 26: The Supreme Challenge 

For the last part, Tony will tell you a story about Tuna Hunt where a brave man risked his life in order to save those numerous dolphins which were sacrificed just because the sailors wanted to hunt Tuna. This story tells you the importance of taking risks. If you hold back and go thinking about a situation where you need to act fast, you will face utter failure. Hence, Tony will show you how you can step up and take risky decisions in the hope that the destiny will be with you. Because of course, Destiny stays with those who act fearlessly.

With the explanation coming to an end, let us see what I felt about the book and what is my opinion regarding all this.

The Things I Liked

There are various things which I liked about this book. Some of these made this book one of my favourites. I’ll tell you these features one by one below:

The focus to detail provided is very good here. The book does not feel incomplete or unfinished at any point. The content it is providing is complete in every sense.

The information provided does have some physical significance in the real world. It is not some theory book with no real-world relevance whatsoever.

The book won’t bore you while reading it. Tony has put enough emphasis on the fact that readers won’t get bored while reading it.

The Things I Didn’t Like

Though the book is very nice and informative, there are obviously some things that I didn’t like about this book. Though these things were very minute, I still thought that it would be better that I show them to you. These things are:

Tony sometimes feels a little too prideful and a bit arrogant sometimes. He never says that I am working on a specific aspect; instead, he always says that he mastered that aspect. And in my opinion, no man can be a master at everything.

The book is a bit on the long side. I think that in a bid to keep everything together, Tony created a really long book. It does have everything and feels really complete; it is still lengthy.

Should You Read This Book And Why?

Many times, we just pick up a book or sit down to listen to an audiobook and then we generally leave it and never pick it up again. We typically get bored with the stuff written in the book. However, I think I noticed about this book is that Tony really knows how to keep the users reeled in. 

The book is full of great ideas, techniques, tips and whatnot. Tony has so many things that if understood correctly, no one can stop you from going for the top step of success in your life. The best point about the book; it does not waste your time on just theory and theory. Instead, it is a more practical thing. The book has only stuff and ideas that you can use in your daily life, and it will help you change up your life. These are the actions taken by Tony Robbins himself rather than just a theory. Obviously, you can believe, try and prove things easily.

For all those who want to gain ome thorough knowledge which they can really apply in their lives and no-nonsense from a book, Awaken the Giant Within surely won’t disappoint them. 

One of the most important reasons that I liked this book was that this book is inspiring. Just like how much I got inspired by Tony’s videos on Youtube, the book didn’t leave me wanting for more too. His technique can truly help you become the person you always wanted to be and experience the life you desired.

☞Where can I buy this book from?

☞The book is available for you to buy from all the major bookselling platforms such as Amazon, physical stores, libraries and on the Tony Robbins website itself.

☞What is the price of this book?

☞The book comes in with an MRP of around $10 and can be found with discounts easily on Amazon, eBay etc.

☞Is there any other part of this book too?

☞There is no other part of this book. This book has complete content with no leftovers or second parts.

Conclusion

My overall opinion for this book is very positive. The book is complete, with no loose ends whatsoever. The lessons are thorough, simple to understand and very motivating. What I learnt from the book was very helpful when I applied it in my real life. 

However, the few things which set me back were the arrogance and touted by Tony mentioning his own achievements and his own traits. Furthermore, the book is full of self-promotion of Tony’s products. Maybe they could have cut down the book size if they didn’t include such hard selling. Moreover, a series of 3-4 shorter books could have been better than this one long book.

Overall, I felt that the experience was very friendly, and you should read the book too. The learnings here are sure to help you out in your future.

 

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