Awaken The Giant Within Summary

While ‘Awaken The Giant Within’ was published over 25 years ago it doesn’t change the fact it is one of the best books you can read on improving your life through your mental state and thoughts. If you weren’t aware already Tony Robbins has an uncanny ability to break down beliefs and emotions that are holding you back in any area of your life. And, while going to see him in action is going to set you back a chunk of money, there’s no denying that he’s placed a whole wealth of knowledge in ‘Awaken The Giant Within’ that is much more affordable! And with that being said this Awaken The Giant Within summary is going to give you insight into some of the key points talked about in the book.

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Awaken The Giant Within Summary

There are 5 BIG ideas that I’m going to cover in this Awaken The Giant Within Summary. And if you invest your time in them, they’re going to provide you with amazing results. The first big idea is:

Big Idea 1: Associate Habits With Pain & Pleasure

There is no denying that changing stubborn negative behavior can be difficult. This is because you’ve gotten into a HABIT. The reason you find it difficult to resist the urge to do something unhealthy is that you’re so used to doing it. As well as the reward or feeling of pleasure that comes afterward. For example, I have a sweet tooth. And I love eating sweets not just for the taste, but for the feeling of pleasure I get. So, every time I think about eating sweets I think about the pleasure I’m going to get.

How Do You Break A Habit?

Once you’re aware of your habit you just need to figure out how to break it. And the key is by associating it with pain. For example, every time I crave sweets, instead of thinking about the pleasure I’d get from eating them. I’d think about how damaging they’re going to be to my health. How sick I’m going to feel after eating them. And by replacing the positive with a negative I’m going to be less likely to chow down on sugary snacks.

And, the other side of the coin also works. Is there a positive habit that you want to develop but can’t seem to stick to? Let’s take for example someone who HATES going to the gym. If you hate going to the gym you’re probably thinking about all the negative associations. Traveling there in the cold, being in pain and constantly out of breath, aching for days afterward. How about instead if you just started focusing on all the positives? Think about how your body is going to look after three months, the discipline and strengthening of your mind to keep pushing yourself. Or perhaps the feeling of achievement when you beat a new record.

If you’re interested in learning more about habits check out my summary of Charles Duhiggs – ‘The Power of Habit’.

Success is buried on the other side of frustration.

Big Idea 2: If You Want To Change, Change Your Beliefs

The second big idea is that if you want to change your life it starts by changing your beliefs.

Life happens to everyone and everyone has a certain amount of shit they have to go through. Sorry to be blunt. And you don’t get to choose that. But what you do get to choose is the story that you tell yourself. Because it’s not what happens to you in life that defines your happiness and sense of fulfillment but what you CHOOSE to believe about that.

For example, there are going to be moments in your life where you’re going to be put in situations that you find boring and uninteresting. You probably think to yourself how you wish you could be anywhere in the world except there. But what if instead, you chose to think about how privileged you are. How grateful you are for the fact that you get to be alive when so many people haven’t made it this far in life. Or how having the discipline to stick to this boring scenario is benefiting you by disciplining your mind and making your mental resolve stronger. There’s always a positive to any situation if you look for it.

If you’re going through negative moments sometimes it’s hard to think of positive things to say. That’s why it’s a good idea to rehearse some positive questions to ask yourself in hard times. Such as “How is this helping me grow as a person?” or “What benefits can I get from this?”.

Another Great Way To Change Your Beliefs

Another great way to change your beliefs and thoughts on a situation is by changing the words you use to describe them. Out loud and in your head. You want to play down your negative emotions. If you’re going through a negative experience don’t say “I hate this so much” instead say “This is mildly annoying”. And likewise, when you’re experiencing or want to experience positive emotions don’t say “I feel good” say “I feel absolutely ecstatic”.

Big Idea 3: Know What Is Valuable To You In Life

Do you know what you value in life right now? You may think you, but you have you ever sat down and truly thought about what you need in life that is going to bring you TRUE VALUE. Some people value security, some people value excitement, some people value family, and some people value freedom. You can value all of these things but you’re always going to value some more than others.

If you want to be happy in life you need to write down all of your values and then prioritize them by what’s most important to you. If you’re having trouble prioritizing, think of all the reasons behind each of your values and this should give you a clearer picture of what’s most important. And also remember that your values are going to change as you grow older.

However, a word of warning, make sure your values aren’t hindering you from life. Up until I was 20 I used to value protecting my ego over everything else. I was extremely shy, scared to talk to people, scared to make jokes and scared to live life because I was so afraid of looking stupid and worrying about what people thought of me. Make sure your values are going to help you grow and live life fully, not hinder you.

Big Idea 4 – Choose The Rules That Are Going To Make You Happy

If you want to be happy you need to choose the rules that are going to make you happy. Right now you probably have an idea in your head about what needs to happen for you to be happy. And I guarantee 9 times out of 10 it’s going to be something that you don’t have complete control of.

For example, your ‘rule’ might be “I’m going to be happy when someone acknowledges all the hard work I’ve put into losing weight.” However, by doing this you’re placing your happiness in somebody else’s hands. Your weight loss might never be acknowledged by other people so you’ll end up feeling sad and more than likely giving up. What if you told yourself “I’ll be happy if I go to the gym 5 times this week” or “I’ll be happy if I eat more fruit today.” Doing this places your happiness entirely in your control, and helps you work towards a more fulfilling life.

What rules can you set yourself that will bring you happiness?

Big Idea 5 – Your Emotions Are There For A Reason

This is the last big idea from the book and its one that is going to completely change your outlook on life if you don’t know it. The idea is that your emotions are there for a reason. If you’re having negative emotions they are there to show you something about your life that isn’t quite right now.

For example, if you’re feeling anger ask yourself why? Are you procrastinating too much? Maybe your frustrated that you didn’t say something that you should have. Or maybe you’re sad? You feel like something is missing or you’re feeling lonely.

Whatever the emotion is you should learn to understand WHY you are feeling it. If you are feeling lonely then you know you need to meet up with some friends to stop that emotion. If you’re feeling frustrated because you’re procrastinating so much you know that you need to start doing more work.

Once you understand that your emotions especially negative ones are there to HELP you not HINDER you, your whole life is going to change.

In Brief…

So, in brief, some of the best points to take from this book are to remember to:

  • Associate negative habits with a negative emotion and positive habits with positive emotions.
  • If you want to change your life you need to change your beliefs about life.
  • Know what is valuable to you and then prioritize in order of how valuable.
  • Don’t set rules for your happiness that aren’t in your control.
  • Your emotions are there to show you that something needs to change, they are beneficial for change and should be appreciated not hated.

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