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No. 22: Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement, by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins' self-help book, 'Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement', has landed at No. 22 on our list of the Top 100 self-help books of all time.

Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement (1986), by Anthony RobbinsOne of the most powerful concepts in all of Anthony Robbins’ books is the idea that we must take control of our destinies, not let life dictate where they go. This starts, of course, with our minds where we often let our thoughts roam the dark corners of our pasts or futures. Robbins gives us practical techniques to channel and corral our thoughts, so that we start producing results we’d always fantasized about.

Check prices on : Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement, Tony Robbins.

Understanding Tony Robbins – posted 9/7/09

Tony Robbins' 7 Steps to Success; A Review of 'Unlimited Power'

In Unlimited Power, Tony Robbins lays out seven traits shared by all leaders. Without these traits, Robbins writers, leaders wouldn't have the ability to keep trying after each inevitable failure. For him, people like Colonel Sanders and John F. Kennedy – as different as they were – were largely the same on the inside. They cultivated the following seven "triggering mechanisms" to pick themselves up, dust off, and march onward:

1) Passion.

It we don't have a reason to do something, we're not going to do it well. For Robbins, that means we need to take on things we truly care about. Passion, he says, is what kept aging baseball player Pete Rose diving headlong into second base as if he were a first-year rookie. "There is no greatness," Robbins says, "without a passion to be great."

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2) Belief.

Belief is the substance that separates those who succeed from those who fail. They're the determing factor in what we are now, and what we'll be in the future. "If we believe in magic," Robbins writes, "we'll live a magical life. If we believe our life is defined by narrow limits, we've suddenly made those limits real."

3) Strategy.

If you've got enough passion and belief in your abilities, you've now got to find a way to break down the doors that keep you from your goals. In Unlimited Power, Robbins gives the example of a young Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was an aspiring director who decided he was going to do whatever it took to get a foot in the door at Universal Studios. On a tourist tour of the facility, he slipped away from his group, and wanted onto a set where live filming was taking place. There, he fell into an engrossing conversation with the head of the company's editorial department.

The next day, Spielberg put on a suit, borrowed his father's suitcase (which he stuffed with two candy bars and a sandwich) and stolled into Universal Studios as if owned the place. Once inside, he found an abandoned trailer, grabbed some plastic lettering and put "Steven Speilberg, Director," on the outside of the door. He continued the routine all summer until he'd met nearly writer, director and editor on the site. The rest is history. Your plan doesn't have to be so radical, but it does have to include some form of action – and in most cases it's going to be quite different from your normal routine.

4) Clarity of Values.

Changing our lives also requires us to change the very foundations of our drive. What may have been good for us in the past might not be good for us in the future. Tony Robbins talks about forming "clarity of values" as the way to stay on track when nothing seems to be going right. If we don't have clear ideas about what's important to us, we're not going to stay on the right path. As we define and crystallize our values, we'll start moving closer to our goals.

5) Energy.

"It's almost impossible to amble languously toward excellence," Tony Robbins writes in Unlmited Power. They see opportunities when they arrive, and they have the energy, drive and value system to pounce on those opportunities. Throughout the book, Robbins offers tips and techniques (i.e. exercise, breathing and diet) to maintain the vigor you'll need to accomplish goals on limited amounts of time.

6) Bonding Power.

Another trait shared by almost everyone's who has accomplished something great is the ability to quickly and powerfully bond with others. Developing the power to bond with others is dependent on the fact that you've chosen goals that align with your values and passions. If you're talking with others about things you love, you're naturally going to get excited about it, and that excitement, Robbins believes, will feed new, more powerful relationships.

7) Mastery of Communication.

The very essence of Tony Robbins' book, Unlimited Power, is learning to harness the power of communication – not just with others, but, just as importantly, the conversations we have with ourselves. Once we're able to accept the adversities in life and communicate to ourselves the ways in which we can change them, we'll start accumulating small victories that will become great successes.

Unlimited Power was published by Free Press in 1986. Story posted by staff on September 7, 2009.

Other Self-Help Books By Tony Robbins

1) 'Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life.'

An introduction to one of the most motivational writers and speakers in the industry, “Notes from a Friend,” boils down the essence of what would become Tony Robbins’ greatest ideas. His theories on the power of questioning, success in failure, and creating a complete vision of who we want to be, are powerfully written — in a way that will stir you to start making changes immediately. Best of all are Robbins’ personal revelations on the events that would lead him to a new and unique way of living. Amazon.com: 'Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life'.

2) 'Live with Passion! Stategies for Creating a Compelling Future.' (AUDIO)

An audio CD designed to inspire listeners to higher levels of passion within their lives. Robbins encourages us to admit that we want a lot of things out of life – money, great relationships and success. Once we stop trying to hide our desire for those things and focus on them, we start to approach our full potentials. Amazon.com: 'Live with Passion! Stategies for Creating a Compelling Future.' (AUDIO).

3) 'Get the Edge.' (AUDIO)

Sometimes planning and micromanaging our lives can hamper us in the pursuit of our goals. In his self-help audiobook, 'Get the Edge', Robbins encourages us to truly think about who we are; what we most in our souls, then take small, specific steps toward that goal -- including that a lot of self-help authors ignore, waking up early, exercising, eating right, and decompressing, so that we can realign our goals. Amazon.com: 'Get the Edge.' (AUDIO).

4) 'Lessons in Mastery.' (AUDIO)

Here, Tony Robbins focuses on finding balance in life – learning to experience true happiness and perfecting our pursuit of success. We can do this only through cooperation with our own desires and the desires of those around us. One constant motif: the concept of CANI (pronounced "cun-I") – constant and neverending improvement. CANI is a commitment to one small step we can take every single day to improve our lives and move closer to our goals. Amazon.com: 'Lessons in Mastery.' (AUDIO).

5) 'Giant Steps.'

A small, diary-style book, 'Giant Steps' is designed to be read one page a day. It's your daily dose of empowerment from self-help speaker, Tony Robbins. Read it every morning before work, and keep his principles in mind. Amazon.com: 'Giant Steps.'.

6) 'Ebony Power Thoughts: Inspirational Thoughts from Outstanding African Americans.'

Co-written with Joseph McClendon III, 'Ebony Power Thoughts' is an early book by one of the self-help book industry's titans, Anthony Robbins. The authors use the words and actions of some of the most influential black leaders in the world to encourage us to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Amazon.com: 'Ebony Power Thoughts: Inspirational Thoughts from Outstanding African Americans.'.

Related Self-Help Books

1) 'NLP: The New Technology of Achievement.'

Just as a cult victim can be taught to believe the wrong things, we can train our bodies to believe the right things. That's one of the central tenets behind Tony Robbins' self-help dogma, and it's called neuro-linguistic programming. NLP refers to the process of altering your 'neurological' responses or reactions to certain situations and experiences by using language ('linguistic') and new patterns of behavior ('programming'). NLP then is a form of reprogramming that does your body good. Filled with more than 40 neurolinguistic programming exercises, this book also fills us in on some of the field's most important theories. Amazon.com: 'NLP: The New Technology of Achievement.'.

Who is Anthony Robbins?

Tony Robbins is one of the of the most recognizable personalities in the self-help field. In 2007 alone he made $30 million on royalties, seminars and speaking engagements. His most common lessons include overcoming fears, neurolinguistic programmaming (changing your autonomic responses to stimuli), maintaining high energy levels and motivation. Hearing him speak encourages audience members to take action immediately. Tony Robbins lives in La Jolla, California.

Hear Tony Robbins speak at the TED Conference in June 2006: Ted.com.

Tony Robbins' Official Web site: TonyRobbins.com.


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