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I started reading Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins.  It directly applies to personal transformation, so I figured I'd post up my notes so everyone could get some value out of it.  I will keep this updated as I progress through the book. 

Awaken the Giant Within
Anthony Robbins

Chapter 1- Dreams of Destiny


Three steps to effect change
1. Raise your standards
    -make a list of all the things in life you will not tolerate
    -make a list of all the things in life you want
2. Change your limiting beliefs
    -if you don’t change your beliefs, you can raise your standards all you want, but
    you will lack the conviction to follow through.
    -believe you can
3. Change your strategy
   -The best way is to find someone who is already doing what you want. That way you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

The five areas of life that impact us the most
1. Emotional Mastery
2. Physical Mastery
3. Relationship Mastery
4. Financial Mastery
5. Time Mastery

Chapter 2- Decisions: The Pathway to Power

-“How am I going to live the next ten years of my life? How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to? What am I going to stand for from now on?”
-Different actions produce different results. If we want to take control of our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.
    -This begins with the power of DECISION.
    -“I believe that it’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped”.
-Commit to what you want to have and be in your life.
   -Set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in your life (your own behavior’s and the behavior’s of those you surround yourself with).
-Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.
-Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.
-A lot of people have weak decision making abilities. This is akin to having a weak muscle. To strengthen it, simply use it. The way to make better decisions is to make more of them.
-The three decisions that control your destiny:
   1. Your decisions about what to focus on.
   2. Your decisions about what things mean to you.
   3. Your decisions about what to do to create the results you desire.
-“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor” Henry David Thoreau
-Set a course for where you really want to go, and have a plan or map so you can make quality decisions along the way.
-Do not be afraid of making the wrong decisions.
   -Success truly is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgment.
   -“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward” Thomas Edison.
   -Commit to learning from your mistakes.
-There are no failures in life. Only results. If you didn’t get the results you wanted, learn from the experience so you have references about how to make better decisions in the future.
-There’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: 1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, 2) You are willing to take massive action, 3) You notice what’s working or not, and 4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
-Sometimes it may look like it’s not working out in the short term. In order to succeed, you must have a long term focus.
   -Often, what seems impossible in the short term becomes very possible in the long term, if you persist.
-Six keys:
   1. Remember the power of making decisions. A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action.
   2. Realize the hardest step in achieving anything is making a true commitment- a true decision. Never leave the scene of a decision without first taking a specific action towards its        realization.
   3. Make decisions often. The more you make them the better you’ll get at it.
   4. Learn from your decisions.
   5. Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
   6. Enjoy making decisions.
-“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” Helen Keller.
-Exercise
    -Make two decisions now
       -one that’s easy
       -one that’s a bit harder

Chapter 3- The Force That Shapes Your Life

-Humans are not random creatures. Everything we do is done for a reason.
   -The driving forces that controls us are pain and pleasure.
   -Everything you and I do, we do either out fo need to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure.
-On procrastination
   -Why don’t you do the things you know will benefit you?
   -Even though you know the action would benefit you, you fail to act simply because in that moment you associate more pain to doing what’s necessary than missing the opportunity.
   -For most people, the fear of loss is much greater than the desire for gain.
-Emotional Threshold
   -The point where you hit a level of pain that you aren’t willing to settle for anymore.
   -This is GREAT. The pain will now drive us to take new action and produce new results.
   -The desire to remove pain from your life.
-We learn in life, what creates pain and what creates pleasure.
    -This is highly subjective.
-What you link pain to and what you link pleasure to shapes your destiny.
   -If we link massive pain to any behavior or emotional pattern, we will avoid
   indulging in it at all costs. We can use this understanding to harness the force of pain and pleasure to change virtually anything in our lives.
   -“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to you own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment” Marcus Aurelius.
-What drives our behavior is instinctive reaction to pain and pleasure, not intellectual calculation.
   -We are not driven so much by what we know intellectually, but rather by what we’ve learned to link pain and pleasure to in our nervous systems.
   -Although we’d like to believe it’s our intellect that really drives us, in most cases our emotions are what truly drive us.
-In order for change to last, we must link pain to our old behavior and pleasure to our new behavior.
-We can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.
-Any time we’re in an intense emotional state, when we’re feeling strong sensations of pain or pleasure, anything unique that occurs consistently will become neurologically linked.
    -Ex. Pavlov’s dogs.
-Be aware of the power that pleasure and pain have over every decision you make.
   -“I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures” Michel De Montaigne.
   -Most of us base what we do off of our short term views rather than our long term views.
   -It’s not actual pain that drives us, but our fear of something will lead to pain. And it’s not actual pleasure that drives us, but our belief that somehow taking a certain action will lead      to     pleasure.
       -We are not driven by reality, but by our perception of reality.
-Remember anything you want that’s valuable requires that you break through some short term pain in order to gain long term pleasure. Any type of discipline requires breaking through pain.
-Why do people persist in an unsatisfying relationship, unwilling to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing.
   -Most of the things that are valuable in our lives require us to go against the basic conditioning of our nervous systems.
-Exercises
    -Write down four actions that you need to take that you’ve been putting off.
       -Under each action, write down the answer to the following question:
       -Why haven’t I taken action?
       -In the past, what pain have I linked to taking this action?
      -Write down all the pleasure you’ve had in the past by indulging in this negative pattern
      -Write down what it will cost you if you don’t change. (Use pain as your friend).
      -Write down all the pleasure you’ll receive by taking each of these actions right now.
-Carpe Diem!
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good stuff, im reading this book as well, totally legit!!
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 Awesome summary so far! Good work!
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Honestly, that book changed my life.

I have had more success with that book alone then any theory or pua material out there. Its a complete life changer if you take it some where.

Beyond aiding pick up, it has helped my finances, trippled income since I read it, maximized my income last year, and this year, I made even more despite working in less.

I have did tons of world travel, pulled many beautiful girls from all over, and have made several leaps in my career.

Its only just starting. Good luck mate.
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I am reading it too. The thing that resonates most with me so far is the limiting beliefs section.

Its so true that if you believe something, it automatically becomes a lot more real.

I remember rolling a joint with pine needles when I was 18. I gave it to my friend and told him it was weed. He smoked it, and acted crazy high and claimed he was retardedly high. He may have been retarded but he was definately not high.

The reference Tony makes about pharmaceuticals is also 100% true. Certainly to a degree the drug WILL have a raw physical and physiological effect, but alot of it is psychological.
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Can I get a copy of it on a pdf file ? I am currently living in China and it is hard to access english material. All help would appreciated.
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"Awaken the giant" was the first book I did not finish reading. Chapter 3 is really interesting and great, but overall the book is about common sense. Again, chapter 3 is great because it tells you why you don't take action, but in the end it is you who has to make a start.

Take some action and kick yourself in the ass OR read 400 pages Anthony Robbins and still do nothing.
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FUCK.  Like super total massive callout I feel reading this, realization of how much BS time I'm wasting.  

Thanks for the call to action sir.  This is going to be the only "material" I read over break.  Was thinking BPD or something similar, but...nope, good ole Tony!  While keeping up with other things...

Woo thx man.  Ur coming to Denver Free Tour right?  

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adjunkie wrote:
I started reading Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins.  It directly applies to personal transformation, so I figured I'd post up my notes so everyone could get some value out of it.  I will keep this updated as I progress through the book. 

Awaken the Giant Within
Anthony Robbins

Chapter 1- Dreams of Destiny


Three steps to effect change
1. Raise your standards
    -make a list of all the things in life you will not tolerate
    -make a list of all the things in life you want
2. Change your limiting beliefs
    -if you don’t change your beliefs, you can raise your standards all you want, but
    you will lack the conviction to follow through.
    -believe you can
3. Change your strategy
   -The best way is to find someone who is already doing what you want. That way you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

The five areas of life that impact us the most
1. Emotional Mastery
2. Physical Mastery
3. Relationship Mastery
4. Financial Mastery
5. Time Mastery

Chapter 2- Decisions: The Pathway to Power

-“How am I going to live the next ten years of my life? How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to? What am I going to stand for from now on?”
-Different actions produce different results. If we want to take control of our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.
    -This begins with the power of DECISION.
    -“I believe that it’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped”.
-Commit to what you want to have and be in your life.
   -Set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in your life (your own behavior’s and the behavior’s of those you surround yourself with).
-Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.
-Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.
-A lot of people have weak decision making abilities. This is akin to having a weak muscle. To strengthen it, simply use it. The way to make better decisions is to make more of them.
-The three decisions that control your destiny:
   1. Your decisions about what to focus on.
   2. Your decisions about what things mean to you.
   3. Your decisions about what to do to create the results you desire.
-“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor” Henry David Thoreau
-Set a course for where you really want to go, and have a plan or map so you can make quality decisions along the way.
-Do not be afraid of making the wrong decisions.
   -Success truly is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgment.
   -“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward” Thomas Edison.
   -Commit to learning from your mistakes.
-There are no failures in life. Only results. If you didn’t get the results you wanted, learn from the experience so you have references about how to make better decisions in the future.
-There’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: 1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, 2) You are willing to take massive action, 3) You notice what’s working or not, and 4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
-Sometimes it may look like it’s not working out in the short term. In order to succeed, you must have a long term focus.
   -Often, what seems impossible in the short term becomes very possible in the long term, if you persist.
-Six keys:
   1. Remember the power of making decisions. A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action.
   2. Realize the hardest step in achieving anything is making a true commitment- a true decision. Never leave the scene of a decision without first taking a specific action towards its        realization.
   3. Make decisions often. The more you make them the better you’ll get at it.
   4. Learn from your decisions.
   5. Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
   6. Enjoy making decisions.
-“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” Helen Keller.
-Exercise
    -Make two decisions now
       -one that’s easy
       -one that’s a bit harder

Chapter 3- The Force That Shapes Your Life

-Humans are not random creatures. Everything we do is done for a reason.
   -The driving forces that controls us are pain and pleasure.
   -Everything you and I do, we do either out fo need to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure.
-On procrastination
   -Why don’t you do the things you know will benefit you?
   -Even though you know the action would benefit you, you fail to act simply because in that moment you associate more pain to doing what’s necessary than missing the opportunity.
   -For most people, the fear of loss is much greater than the desire for gain.
-Emotional Threshold
   -The point where you hit a level of pain that you aren’t willing to settle for anymore.
   -This is GREAT. The pain will now drive us to take new action and produce new results.
   -The desire to remove pain from your life.
-We learn in life, what creates pain and what creates pleasure.
    -This is highly subjective.
-What you link pain to and what you link pleasure to shapes your destiny.
   -If we link massive pain to any behavior or emotional pattern, we will avoid
   indulging in it at all costs. We can use this understanding to harness the force of pain and pleasure to change virtually anything in our lives.
   -“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to you own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment” Marcus Aurelius.
-What drives our behavior is instinctive reaction to pain and pleasure, not intellectual calculation.
   -We are not driven so much by what we know intellectually, but rather by what we’ve learned to link pain and pleasure to in our nervous systems.
   -Although we’d like to believe it’s our intellect that really drives us, in most cases our emotions are what truly drive us.
-In order for change to last, we must link pain to our old behavior and pleasure to our new behavior.
-We can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.
-Any time we’re in an intense emotional state, when we’re feeling strong sensations of pain or pleasure, anything unique that occurs consistently will become neurologically linked.
    -Ex. Pavlov’s dogs.
-Be aware of the power that pleasure and pain have over every decision you make.
   -“I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures” Michel De Montaigne.
   -Most of us base what we do off of our short term views rather than our long term views.
   -It’s not actual pain that drives us, but our fear of something will lead to pain. And it’s not actual pleasure that drives us, but our belief that somehow taking a certain action will lead      to     pleasure.
       -We are not driven by reality, but by our perception of reality.
-Remember anything you want that’s valuable requires that you break through some short term pain in order to gain long term pleasure. Any type of discipline requires breaking through pain.
-Why do people persist in an unsatisfying relationship, unwilling to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing.
   -Most of the things that are valuable in our lives require us to go against the basic conditioning of our nervous systems.
-Exercises
    -Write down four actions that you need to take that you’ve been putting off.
       -Under each action, write down the answer to the following question:
       -Why haven’t I taken action?
       -In the past, what pain have I linked to taking this action?
      -Write down all the pleasure you’ve had in the past by indulging in this negative pattern
      -Write down what it will cost you if you don’t change. (Use pain as your friend).
      -Write down all the pleasure you’ll receive by taking each of these actions right now.
-Carpe Diem!


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Glad to hear you're all liking these! 

Utopia-  Def gonna try and make free tour.  be down there next weekend too.  I'll hit you up.
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Chapter 4- Belief Systems: The Power to Create and The Power to Destroy

-It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.
-It’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the MEANING we attach to the events- how we interprest them- that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.
-What are our beliefs for?
  -They are the guiding force that telss us what will lead to pain and what will lead to pleasure
  -Anytime something happens in life, the brain asks two questions
     1. Will this mean pain or pleasure?
     2. What must I do now to avoid pain/ gain pleasure?
    -The answer to these two questions are based on our beliefs, which are our generalizations that we’ve learned about what may lead to pleasure or pain.
       -Generalizations are just identifications of similar patterns.
         -Generalizations create a sense of certainty for us
      -Generalizations can be bad if they create limiting beliefs.
-Remember that most of our beliefs are generalizations about our past, based on our interpretations of painful and pleasurable experiences. This brings about 3 challenges:
   1. Most of us do not consciously decide what we’re going to believe.
   2. Often our beliefs are based on misinterpretation of past experiences
   3. Once we adopt a belief, we forget it’s merely an interpretation.
-We have the ability to take any experience and create an empowering belief about it
  -For example, Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor noted that those who survived shared one thing in common- they were able to endure and transform their experience by finding an empowering    meaning       for their pain.
-Our beliefs are so strong they can literally change us physically
-Once accepted, our beliefs become unquestioned commands o our nervous systems, and they have the power to expand or the possibilities of our present and future.
-What is a belief?
   -A feeling of certainty about something.
   -Ideas are the building blocks of beliefs.
     -But, ideas are not as certain as beliefs.
     -Ideas need references to support them.
       -Life experiences are what make your ideas into beliefs.
-References
   -Come in the form of personal experience, information, and imagination.
    -Their strength depends on the amount of emotion attached to them and the number of similar reference experiences.
    -They do not necessarily have to be accurate.
       -But they do become accepted as real, regardless.
        -With enough emotional intensity and repitition, our nervous systems experience something as real, even if it hasn’t occurred yet.
    -“Every great achiever I’ve ever interviewed has had the ability to get themselves to feel certain they could succeed, even though no one before them had ever accomplished it”.
-Limiting beliefs
  -People believe that because they haven’t succeeded in the past they won’t be able to succeed in the future.
-If you’re going to make an error in life, err on the side of overestimating your abilities.
-When attempting to learn a new skill, there are two ways people look at it.
   -Pessimists will be realistic about how they did.
   -Optimists see their behavior as being more effective than it actually was.
     -The optimists will be the ones to learn the new skill.
      -This is due to the fact that they don’t see the failures. There references are faith references.
      -This attitude combined with persistence is the key to learning a new skill.
  -If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, even those things that other people are certain are impossible.
-How to deal with and interpret failures.
   -Learned helplessness
     -The belief that no matter what you do you are doomed to fail.
       -This belief must never be indulged in.
     -Achievers rarely see a problem as permanent.
     -Never see a problem as ruining your whole life.
       -View it as a minor challenge.
     -View a problem as impersonal. It is not a direct reflection of yourself.
-How to change a belief
  -The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief.
     -Also associate tremendous pleasure with developing a new empowering belief.
   -Create doubt about the old belief.
     -New experiences trigger change only if they cause us to question our beliefs.
       -Remember when we believe something, we no longer question it.
    -If you question anything enough, eventually you’ll begin to doubt it.
   -Three categories of beliefs
    1. Opinion- something we are relatively certain about. Can be easily changed.
    2. Belief- much stronger because it has more references and emotional attachment.
    3. Conviction- eclipses a belief due to emotional attachment. Identity is based on convictions. To give up a conviction would be to lose your identity.
-Often the best thing you can do to create mastery in any area of your life is to raise a belief to a conviction. This will drive you to action and push you through obstacles.
-How to create a conviction
   1. Start with a basic belief.
   2. Reinforce your belief by adding new and more powerful references.
   3. Find or create a triggering event.
     -Ask yourself, what will it cost me if I don’t.
   4. Take action.
-Modeling the beliefs of winners
  -The way to expand our lives is to model the lives of those people who are already succeeding.
-CANI
   -Constant and never ending improvement
   -We may be faced by insecurities such as losing our job or wife or health
     -The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way.
-Small improvement are believable and therefore achievable
  -Remember, the key to success is developing a sense of certainty, the kind of belief that allows you to expand as a person and take the necessary action to make yourlife and the lives of those around you     even greater.
-Take ten minutes to brainstorm all the beliefs you have. Both empowering and disempowering.
   -When you’re done, circle the three most empowering beliefs on your list
   -Circle your two most devastating disempowering beliefs.
     -Rmember if you begin to doubt these beliefs and begin to question their validity, you can shake their references so they no longer hold power over you.
   -How is this belief ridiculous or absurd?
   -What will it ultimately cost me if I don’t give up this belief?
   -Become fully associated to what these beliefs have been costing you and the real costs in you future if you do not change.
   -Link such intense pain that you’ll want to rid yourself of them forever.
     -Decide to do so NOW.
     -Write down replacements for the two limiting beliefs you’ve just eliminated.
-If you’re not getting the results you want out of life, ask yourself “What would I have to believe in order to succeed here?”
-If you change the meaning of any event in your mind, you will immediately changehow you feel and what you do, which will lead you to change your actions and thus transform you destiny.
-Remember, nothing in life has any meaning except the meaning you give it.
  -Make sure you consciously choose the meanings that are most in alignment with the destiny you’ve chosen for yourself.
-Leadership and the power of belief
  -Leaders are those individuals who live by empowering beliefs and teach others to tap their full capabilities by shifting the beliefs that have been limiting them.
  -When two people meet, whoever has made a real decision- whoever is committed at the deepest level will eventually influence the other person, if there is rapport.
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 Thanks for sharing your notes. I've studied a lot of Tony Robbins and seen him live. However, it's always good for a refresher on his curriculum. Solid material.
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