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Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement Paperback – December 22, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
This is a comprehensive and intelligent success achievement program for setting and following through with personal and professional goals by the California behaviorist who popularized the method of "neurolinguistic programming" (NLP), or control of mind over body, culminating in his trainees' barefoot jaunt over hot coals. Essential to Robbins's "Ultimate Success Formula" are clarity of desired goals, energy, passion, persistence of action, effective communication skills and altruistic motives. His is a success prescription based on realistic and sophisticated ideology, best suited for those who have already "got what it takes" and simply have yet to make it happen.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
Robbins argues that by using a new technique called neurolinguistic programming (NLP) anyone can become successful at almost anything. NLP teaches us how to communicate success to ourselves. One of the best ways to do this is to model ourselves on people who are successful: Think, act, and speak like a success and you are on the way to being one. Despite much helpful material (even regarding nutrition), this book scarcely acknowledges the limitations that exist in people's lives. Of course, the whole thrust of NLP is to learn to focus on one's power and not on one's limits. But the text is too wordyit reads like a transcript of a series of talksand it also needs more structure and organization. Though it strives to be upbeat and encouraging, Unlimited Power still leaves mixed feelings. John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Shortly after the seminar I read "Awaken The Giant Within" and "Unlimited Power" to learn more about taking charge of my destiny. To this day, I refer to these books often for inspiration and guidance.
Over the years, I've read and listened to a great deal of self-help material in my quest to discover the secret to success. Without question, this book provides the clearest and most incredibly inspiring ideas. Since reading this book, I've greatly increased my level of health (by becoming vegetarian), doubled my income, and formed my own consulting company.
"Unlimited Power" consists of three sections:
Section I: The Modeling of Human Excellence
Section II: The Ultimate Success Formula
Section III: Leadership: The Challenge of Excellence
Although the book is quite long, it is a very exciting read. Starting off with "The Commodity of Kings" Robbins talks about how specialized knowledge (information) is available to anyone and can literally transform ourselves, and the world. Think of what Bill Gates, through Microsoft, really owns - almost nothing. Instead, he controls a vast reservoir of knowledge.
In summary, what I enjoy most about "Unlimited Power" and all of Anthony Robbins' other works, is that he challenges you to test his ideas for yourself, instead of accepting ideas on blind faith. Also, I must emphasize that "Unlimited Power" (or any other book for that matter) WILL NOT magically make you successful. It requires YOU to work with the material, develop strategies, and most importantly - take action.
Michael Davis - Editor, Byvation
I was wrong.
Sure, there are stories in here you can skim over when you are tired and still get the gist of the book. But much of the value of this book and the good self help out there is to put into words and reinforce things you already kind of knew, but needed to have said to you. NLP seems kitschy at first but has some usefulness. Modeling seems intuitive but so few people do it. Knowing you actually need to act is something many people say they understand, but very few actually carry out.
I picked up this book during a particularly tumultuous month in my life and am glad I did so. It was one of the little reminders I needed that some people have life happen to them and some people happen to life. I would recommend picking this book up.
True to what has been stated Awaken the Giant Within makes a lot more sense after reading Unlimited Power.
Unlimited Power, in terms of content, does not differ from the works by Denis Waitley, David Schwartz, Robert Anthony, Earl Nightingale, and ,many more. Feeling down---think positive, get confident, etc. Very much the same. The difference comes with Robbins' introduction of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) which I imagine during the original publication of this book was a very foreign concept.
In a nutshell instead of dwelling on the why of feeling depressed, angry, frustrated, etc; Unlimited Power focuses on changing your 'state' to a positive one then and there. With NLP techniques this becomes possible but with much practice. A strong recommendation is that you look at these different techniques on Youtube (which didn't exist when this book was first published) to fully understand how to do certain NLP techniques. A lot of it (NLP) really does work. I'd imagine if you really want to conquer NLP then it would be beneficial to actually attend a NLP workshop in your city--that is until you see the prices!!!! Yikes!! But if you review a few or a couple of NLP techniques on Youtube (Most NLP techniques are pretty simple) and you master them then you can save yourself a few thousand dollars.
Another point that came from Unlimited Power that was surprising to me was the chapter on Energy. Basically, it talks about 'food combining'. What foods shouldn't be eaten with other food for digestion purposes. Surprisingly, by my third day of following the steps listed in this chapter I really DID find myself with more energy and waking up well before eight hours of sleep. Not that I was skeptical on this but I really did feel better.
In terms of the rest of the book, it really deals with goal setting and how to reach them. This isn't much different than what has been covered by many authors prior to Robbins especially Denis Waitley and Earl Nightingale (Nightingale was one of the first to really talk about this in The Strangest Secret). The spin I like about Robbins' method is that unlike Waitley and Nightingale who tell you to make and write out your goals; Robbins has you 'view' or picture what the outcome of your goal is going to look like first.
A good book and a definite asset to those who are looking to improve themselves and change their lives for the better.
The only question and curiosity I have is that it isn't very clear as to What Anthony Robbins actually did to turn His life around? He mentions being very young, being frustrated and wanting to make a change in his life and he does. Then he jumps to five years later to where he has money, a family and a monster of a house in Del Mar CA. I don't know him to be a businessman selling a particular product. I know he gives seminars. There seems to be a void between when he was down and out to being happy and successful.
If you haven't read Unlimited Power… You're in for a treat. I purchased it again after reading it years ago and I'm seeing things now (as I'm reading it) that I didn't see before because, I am a different person than I was 10 years ago.
I also repurchased his other FANTASTIC book "Awaken the Giant within" purchase both these books, purchased his "Get the Edge" CD course and if you can attend his Unleash the Power within seminar – and your life will never be the same again.