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From the Back Cover
This is no ordinary book.
This is your opportunity to take control of your life (rather than letting your life control you).
It's a simple four-step program that anyone can do.
You can go at your own pace. You can focus on your own issues.
You can change the way you think and the way you act.
You can totally rebuild your sense of self, on your own terms.
That's because Dr. Neil Fiore, a renowned psychologist, lecturer, and bestselling author, created his groundbreaking new program with you in mind. He guides you on an empowering journey of discovery--a journey to your Strongest Self. He'll show you step-by-step how to let go of all your old baggage and live a new, richer life.
"For anyone who has been stuck in old habit patterns--be it procrastination, difficulty maintaining commitments to exercise and health habits, or living with stress and anxiety--Dr. Neil Fiore provides both the tools for, and the hope of, rapid change."
--Susan Page, author of If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?
"This book leads you in a step-by-step process to transform debilitating behavior into more satisfying and practical self-leadership skills."
--Wendy Palmer, author of The Practice of Freedom: Aikido Principles as a Spiritual Practice
You don't need a wake-up call to know that you need to change. The signs are right there in front of you: stress, fear, procrastination, self-doubt, and self-sabotage. But now you can do something about it. You can awaken your Strongest Self, rebuild your confidence, and unlock your true potential . . . in only four steps.
Dr. Neil Fiore's revolutionary program makes it surprisingly easy to change your life, one small step at a time. He's already helped thousands of people with his gentle approach to awakening the mind. Using the latest discoveries of neuroscience, he's developed an effective technique that actually retrains the brain to "turn off" negative thoughts. By teaching your brain to respond differently to everyday things, you can overcome self-destructive habits, reduce dangerous levels of stress, and increase productivity and creativity. It's all part of a gradual but rewarding process--the full awakening of the Strongest Self you were meant to be.
Discover how you can:
- Break free of old, ineffective patterns
- Step up to your "new brain" and voice
- Awaken the five qualities of your Strongest Self
- Put everything together to achieve your goals
With each passing day, you'll feel stronger, more confident, and even downright joyful. Feelings of uncertainty, loneliness, and being overwhelmed will no longer have power over you. Instead, you'll be using the highest, most advanced part of your brain to take charge of your thoughts--and live the life you so richly deserve. This remarkable book gives you all the tools you need, including a special progress journal, a centering exercise, a stress quiz, self-talk suggestions, a chart for effective habit change, and personal posttests. It also features inspiring true stories of people just like you, people who kicked the habits that held them down and who turned their lives around. If they can do it, so can you.
Awaken Your Strongest Self. It's the best thing you can do--for your life, your family, your career . . . and yourself.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dr. Neil Fiore is the author of The Now Habit and The Road Back to Health. He has worked as a psychologist at the Counseling Center of the University of California, Berkeley and has been a lecturer for UC Berkeley Extension, California School of Professional Psychology, The Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, Esalen Institute, and the Learning Annex. Dr. Fiore's seminar and training clients include AT&T, Bechtel Power Corporation, Levi Strauss & Co., Kaiser-Permanente Hospitals, Catholic Healthcare West, The Smithsonian Institute, Stanford Hospital, University of California San Francisco, and Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, KQED, NPR, Sally Jesse Raphael, and the Regis Philbin LifeTime Show, as well as hundreds of radio programs. Dr. Fiore has served as a board member of the National Speakers Association/ Northern California and The Wellness Community's Advisory Board; as a founding member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship; and past president of Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Coping Magazine, Working Woman, and numerous newspapers and newsletters.
Top Customer Reviews
In simple terms, the book Awaken Your Strongest Self has completely eclipsed any other self-improvement book that I have ever read. An attorney by training, I am a very critical thinker and often find myself finding faults with self-improvement books. Fortunately, I could find none with this, and was blown away by how logical, powerful, and inspiring it is. To try to explain the book in a few paragraphs would not do it any justice, but I am positively sure that this book will be the "Think And Grow Rich" or "How to Win Friends and Influence People" book of the century. Once you read it, you will understand what I mean.
Why am I so passionate about this book? For once, it is several days after I have read a self-improvement book and rather than struggling to remember and integrate what I learned, I cannot forget or shake what I have absorbed because it makes so much damn sense on so many levels. I was a happy person before I read this book, but I still feel like I have a new lease on life because of the tools I now have to enjoy life even more. I am extremely grateful that I have come across this book and, though I am typically a harsh critic, I simply cannot recommend it highly enough.
As a fan of 'The Now Habit,' originally published in 1988, I bought a copy of 'Awaken Your Strongest Self,' curious to see what insights Dr. Fiore had picked up in the nearly 20 years that separate them, a period during which we've seen a revolution in neuroscience and in our understanding of the brain.
When 'The Now Habit' was published, Dr. Fiore was impressively ahead of the curve with his insights into the workings of the brain, in ways that foretold the revolution that was about to unfold.
So it's with disappointment that I find little that's new in 'Strongest Self,' and few, if any, of the kinds of vivid new insights into the workings of the brain that characterized Dr. Fiore's earlier and, in my opinion, much stronger work. In fact, I'm a little put off by the popularizing pop psychology feel of the newer material.
To the extent that 'Awaken Your Strongest Self' revisits the work of 'The Now Habit,' it's a valuable book. I don't think that it adds enough to make it worth having both, and if you're going to buy only one, I recommend 'The Now Habit.'
By the way, this is my fourth review. My first two reviews were deleted by Amazon, for reasons that were never adequately explained to me. I personally deleted my third review, as it was having unintended consequences that were not consistent with my original intent. This current review reflects the sum of my thoughts on this book, and my wishes that Dr. Fiore continue in his good and valuable work.
(McGraw-Hill; November 2006; $21.95, 0071470263
Author: Neil Fiore
Neil Fiore has written a masterful book on self-empowerment. He invokes the latest neuroscience to point out that the destructive habits that limit our creativity and productivity arise from the primitive drives and fears of the lower brain mechanisms. To break free of these limiting patterns, Fiore suggests that we make use of the "new human brain" located in the prefrontal cortex.
The primary strategy presented in Awaken Your Strongest Self is to shift gradually from a limited sense of self, shaped by outdated beliefs and coping dynamics of the primitive brain to one's "Strongest Self." Fiore outlines five negative patterns that can be reduced or resolved through the Strongest Self program: Stress and fear, inner conflict and procrastination, overwhelm and confusion, self-criticism and self-blame, and struggle and loneliness.
The author includes many practical, highly effective tools to help the reader in this quest within a four stage model: Making Up Your Mind, Committing to Change, Taking Action, and Maintaining Long-Term Success. Chapters follow that teach readers how to engage their strongest selves. For example, the book suggests imagining that five years have passed and feeling the pain of staying the same as part of the decision to change; rating the strength of intentions and motivations as part of the commitment stage; catching yourself doing something right during the action stage, and emphasizes ways of overcoming setbacks as part of ensuring long-term accomplishment.
Particularly helpful are the chapters on how to awaken specific qualities of the strongest self.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am only 100 pages in, and this book is helping me to become the friend I needed to be to myself two decades ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lit chick
Read with an open mind, and follow the practices of this book to unlock your true potentials in life. Highly recommended.Published 11 months ago by Achim
The philosophies and techniques that Neil Fiore presents in this book are helping me to get out of funk that I've been in for years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by In My Opinion2!
Awesome read and it really gave me some insights into old patterns that have been tripping me up for years and years...ahhh, not anymore!Published 22 months ago by Emma
Excellent book. He explains in a no nonsense way what the difference is between the best and most personally successful of humanity and the rest of us. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Kristian Gregory
I found Awaken your Strongest Self extremely helpful. especially in explaining the two year old and six year old voices in my head. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Gaylene Jones
I am working on this book very slowly. I want to savor each and every page. It is life changing.Published on March 12, 2013 by Bonnie Mckeown
I always liked the esoteric ideas from Budish and Christianity and I am especially fond on Howard Vern (and less with Steiner) but the problem with esoteric concepts is that they... Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Peter Bakker