Tony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within, is an inspirational book that makes you realize that you can achieve whatever you want. The book provides various guidelines that will enable you to take control of all aspects of your life including your emotions, finances, and relationships.
It’s one of the best personal development books, and reading it will make you set big goals and go for them. Here are a few lessons from the book that I would love to share with you.
1.Everyone is Unique
Tony Robbins believes that every single one of us came here to contribute something special because we all have unique gifts. These gifts lie within us, and we can awaken them if we want to. Besides this, he trusts that The Creator often provides us with opportunities that can help us exploit these gifts.
2. How to Create Long Lasting Change
Raise your standards – Pinpoint the things in your life that you will no longer accept, and identify what you want to become
Change your limiting beliefs – Eliminate your limiting beliefs and create an empowering belief system
Change your strategy – Adopt the best strategies that will guarantee results.
3.The Three Main Decisions that Affect your Destiny
- The decisions about the things you concentrate on
- The decisions concerning the things that matter to you.
- The decisions concerning what to do to create the future you want
4. To Succeed, you Must Focus on the Long-Term
According to Tony Robbins, many people give up on their dreams because they focus on the short-term: they want to achieve overnight success. Little do they know that focusing on the long-term enables one to persevere hence increasing the chances of success.
Those who succeed take massive action today and expect their efforts to reap results after a long period.
5. You Attract Success By Modelling The Lives of Successful People
The surest way to achieve success is by doing what successful people did. You must, therefore, pinpoint a successful individual in your field and identify what makes him or her a success. Copy the beliefs, strategies, and behaviors you think made the person successful, and soon you will also succeed.
6.How to Change a Bad Habit and Adopt a New One
Most of us have given up changing bad habits because we often fall back to them no matter how hard we try to change.
The best way to change a bad habit, according to Tony Robbins, is to associate bad things with the poor habit and good things with a new one. For instance, if you are a smoker, associate your smoking habits with hazardous diseases such as tuberculosis, and think about how much money you will save and how healthy you’ll become if you quit smoking.
7. Your Brain Has The Answers to All Your Questions
Your brain has answers to all your questions, and for this reason, you must practice asking it questions. It might not provide an answer immediately, but with patience and persistence, it will eventually provide you the right answer.
In the book, Tony Robbins narrates a story of a man who managed to escape The Nazi Concentration Camps because he constantly asked himself how he would escape. After asking himself questions for a while, he finally realized that he could escape by hiding in rotten bodies that the Germans dumped in an open grave.
8. Learn to Use Your Emotions
Learn to make your emotions work for you. For this reason, never suppress or ignore your emotions. Instead, check what they are trying to tell you. According to Tony Robbins, both negative and positive emotions can help you know the actions you must take to reach your goals.
9. A Different Method for Creating Long-Lasting Change
Make the need to change a ‘MUST,’ not a ‘should’ or a ‘could’, because you will commit to changing, if the need becomes a ‘MUST.’
Secondly, realize that you are responsible for making the change and things will not change if you don’t change.
Thirdly, believe you can bring the change you want.
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7 Powerful Lessons from Michael Singer’s Book: The Untethered Soul
Michael Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul, provides advice that will help you attain inner peace, know who you are, and be happy regardless of your circumstances. I really loved the book because it enabled me to know how the voices in my head work, and the main source of mental health disorders such as depression and chronic anxiety.
There are many lessons from the book, but I’ll only share with you the seven major lessons from the book.
1. You Are Not The Voice In Your Head
‘There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind, you are the one who hears it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
By advising us that we are not the voice in our heads, Michael Singer aims at making us think about who we truly are. Moreover, he aims at making us realize that the voice in our heads cannot cause stress if we know that we are separate from it.
2. Much of What the Inner Voice Says About the Future is Useless
Much of what the inner voice says about the future is useless because life seldom unfolds in accordance with the voice. The sun will continue rising and setting regardless of what the voice says, and life will happen in accordance with greater unimaginable forces regardless of what you think about it.
3. Free Yourself From the Mind and You’ll Be Free of Problems
The main source of our problems is our mind because it overanalyzes the past and the future. For this reason, freeing ourselves from the mind by refusing to emotionally attach to its chatter frees us from our problems.
4. Change is Part of Life
‘Life is continuously changing, and if you’re trying to control it, you’ll never be able to fully live it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
Change is part of life because things will change whether you like it or not.
The best way to deal with change is to accept it by realizing that it leads to personal growth. If you resist change, you’ll never live fully because you’ll always worry when the unexpected happens or when you think about the possibility of change in the future.
5. Learn to Embrace Pain
If you want to be truly free, you must make peace with pain instead of avoiding it. You must learn to embrace inner pain by realizing that it’s a temporary experience.
Therefore, instead of running away from experiences that can bring inner pain, try to face them and deal with the pain, and it will eventually disappear. By dealing with the pain, you’ll grow because you’ll stop avoiding everything – e.g. failure, rejection, perseverance – that brings pain.
6. You Must Do This if You Want to Be Happy
If you want to be happy, you don’t have to read scriptures or renounce the world. Instead, you must decide to be unconditionally happy, that is, you must decide to be happy with your life regardless of your circumstances.
7. Contemplate Death
‘Learn to live as though you are facing death at all times, and you’ll become bolder and more open.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
Contemplating death is important to us because it enables us to detach ourselves from the part of us that is unwilling to let us live to the fullest. Besides, knowing that you are going to die will make you want to live in the present moment because you’ll realize that constantly thinking about the future is foolish since the future is unguaranteed.
I believe you’ve gained powerful insights from Michael Singer’s book. You must read the book to learn more valuable lessons.
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The Vegetable Man, the Animal Man, and the Natural Man: The Ancient Secret Wisdom of the Kabbalah
The Kabbalah was a school of thought – in Jewish mysticism – that wanted its members to achieve oneness with the Creator. As well, it encouraged members to discover their full potential and live a fulfilling life. However, it was hidden from the public, and only a few individuals understood its teachings.
For this reason, great authors, for example, Shimon Halevi, have tried to simplify the Kabbalah so that we understand its secret esoteric teachings. In his book, The Way to Kabbalah, Shimon explains the Kabbalah’s teachings in a simple way.
Although the book has several teachings, I loved the teachings about the vegetable man, the animal man, and the natural man, and something forced me to share them with you.
The vegetable man, as Shimon puts it, ‘is any individual that aims at living a secure and regular life with minimal disturbance from outer and inner worlds.’ He dwells at the vegetable level of existence since he is mainly concerned with excreting, reproducing, eating, resting, and breathing. This man chooses the safest path and avoids risky paths because he yearns for security. For this reason, he will die in the city he was born, and he will adhere to his parents’ life plan.
On the other hand, the animal man is an evolved being. He has strong willpower and loves shaking the world with amazing discoveries. Just like an animal that wants something, the animal man will ignore pain so that he achieves his objectives. Moreover, he possesses high levels of perseverance and determination, and as Shimon writes, ‘he has an objective beyond comfort and pleasure.’ This man creates empires and uses his dreams to change the world.
Both the animal and vegetable man have big dreams. The main difference between them is that the animal man fights for his dreams, while the vegetable man chooses security over going through the risky and competitive path of dream chasing.
The natural man possesses the powers of the animal and the vegetable man. He is a powerful being, for he has power over both living and non-living things. Shimon refers to him as ‘The Spearhead of organic life.’ This man knows that he creates his own reality, and understands that the Spirit of God dwelleth in him.
Human beings are destined to be natural men. We were created to rule the earth and gain dominion over everything. Also, we were put here to develop our spiritual, physical, and mental powers to their full potential so that we become gods on this planet.
However, most people act like vegetable men. Although they want to develop into animal and natural men, they are afraid of the narrow path that leads to these states of being. They thus prefer a normal and less risky life. Eventually, they die wishing they worked on evolving into the animal and natural man because they realize that a normal life is a boring and an unfulfilling life.
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