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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:

  1. Break free of old, ineffective patterns
  2. Step up to your "new brain" and voice
  3. Awaken the five qualities of your Strongest Self
  4. 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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071742239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071742238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm pretty content with myself and didn't feel the need to change who I am. And I'm skeptical of self-improvement books in general anyway. But I have to admit that this book has helped me make positive changes in my life. After the first two weeks of applying Fiore's exercises and concepts I'm happier and less irritable. I'm achieving my goals more quickly and easily and feel calmer and less overwhelmed. It's easier for me now to focus on the present, accomplish twice as much, and feel less stressed in the bargain. This book helped me access resources I didn't know I had. I highly recommend this book ... even for skeptics!
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So here I am, a few days after reading this book, and I am experiencing something I have never experienced from a self-improvement book. Typically, once I finish reading a self-improvement book, I am filled with great ideas but within a few days the ideas are either too laborious to implement or, worse, simply blown away into thin air as the deeper and more ingrained habits takes over. Disappointing, but something I have come to expect. But this book changed that and restored my hope in this genre of books.

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.
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Review completely re-written on October 12, 2009

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.
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This is a very powerful book. Neil Fiore offers a cogent model of how the mind works, tapping recent research on the evolution of the brain and associated cognitive and emotional functions. He then uses this model to explain why people are prone to self-sabotage, and how they can use the most powerful, and most recently evolved capabilities of the human brain (The Strongest Self) to avoid that self-sabotage, and to take charge of their lives and their goals. I am a management consultant with a longstanding interest in behavior change. I have found this book useful in managing my own life and goals. I have also bought multiple copies to give to clients and partners.
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Awaken Your Strongest Self: Break Free of Stress, Inner Conflict
and Self-Sabotage
(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.
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