Awaken the Giant Within
Awaken the Giant Within Novel Review
By: Steven Cleare

Awaken the Giant Within is a highly acclimated novel that tests its readers to discover their hidden potential to perform as a more productive and contributive human being. It is faceted into four different parts; all of which relate to the different portions of one’s being. The four parts are labeled as Unleash Your Power, Taking Control - The Master System, The Seven Days To Shape Your Life, and A Lesson In Destiny. Each section is sanctioned towards a different type of the human psyche. Author Anthony Robbins is a well rounded motivational speaker who has also released many other publications. He is the founder and CEO of his own research company, and he commonly gives seminars on this, his most famous production. The book has been a number one best seller, and is highly revered as one of the greatest motivational novels ever written. Pat Riley, famous basketball coach described Robbins in this quote; "Champions are those who can get themselves constantly to improve and consistently perform at peak levels. Anthony Robbins is the ‘ultimate coach’ for that special breed of men and women who will never settle for less than they can be."
The first part of Anthony Robbin’s novel is entitled, Unleash your Power. It is centrally focused on interpreting the potential that is within any human being who strives to be better than what he is at a given moment. There are many different lesson that Robbin’s teaches through his clear understanding of the human mind and mental focus. One of these is the need to establish firm goal before attempting to better oneself. He writes that without a clear path it is almost impossible to reach you destination. This is entirely true and actually is a common truth for many aspects of life. Another point he makes is that of patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it should take a set amount of time for arduous goals to be accomplished. Anthony Robbins is truly a master with words. It seems as though he is able to take many motifs (which are to a greater extent cliches) and make them actually relevant to his theories. He does this very prominently in chapters eight, nine, and ten. This most compelling chapter of this section is likely eleven, "The Ten Emotions of Power." He tells us that the four ways of dealing with emotion are avoidance, denial, competition, and learning. This is a very relevant truth. Overall, the first section of this novel relates very closely to what real people feel in their daily lives. It also sets a guideline for success, and outlines any broad range problems that could possible happen along the way.
The second part of this profound novel is entitled Taking Control – The Master System. Like the first part it really embodies that all of the tools to success are within the being reading the book; it is just his job to bring them into the spotlight. The section begins with an explanation of why some people aren’t happy and what they can do to truly reverse this (this is appropriate seeing as how this novel does focus on emotional and physical aptitude as well). Robbins describes this as the base for all legitimate success. It all starts with you. He asks you to ask yourself, "What do my values need to be in order to achieve the destiny I desire and deserve?" This is a very simplistic view of a very complex concept; one might think that happiness is pleasure and success (slightly hedonistic), but the real way to achieve success through a moral grounds is establishing values. This is the best and most efficient way to take that step in the right direction. Another reason that Anthony Robbins gives us is that you must be in the right frame or reference of mind in order to achieve a healthy mental and physical state. He gives an excellent example of this through an example involving an older woman and a small child. The older woman is complaining that she paid over $4,000 to come and watch a eclipse on a television screen. The small child responds with, "But be thankful that it’s happening right now!" It takes the right mental capacity and focus to turn anything negative into a positive so to speak. "It doesn’t take very much light to wipe out darkness," writes Robbins. This is the main central point of this chapter; physical and emotional well-being.
The third part in this four part novel is titled, The Seven Days To Shape Your Life. It is almost a guideline of how you should life you life from a moral, financial, physical, and emotional level, but shaped into a seven day semi-anagram. This first day is labeled, Emotional Destiny: The Only True Success. This day is really a brief overview of the entire second part. The second day is given the title of Physical Destiny: Prison of Pain or Palace of Pleasure. The main purpose of this section is to explain that in order to succeed elsewhere in life you must remain at a state of physical well-being. This is the precursor to all other aspects of life. The next day is called Relationship Destiny: The Place to Share and Care. Relationships are a large role in the lives of almost all individuals. They are crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so keeping them on balance contributes immensely towards being peaceful and happy. The next day is labeled as Financial Destiny: Small Steps to a Small (or Large) Fortune. Like Robbins alludes to earlier, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Financial circumstances generally stem from other aspects of oneself. The next day is given the name of Be Impeccable: Your Code of Conduct. Anthony Robbins reiterates many many times that in order to be successful you must abide almost religiously to a standard set of goals and conduct (he is fairly successful so I’m going to take his word for it). Day Six is entitled to Master Your Time and Life. This is a fairly straightforward explanation; time management is very potent in determining success. Robbins gives several detailed examples of what to do and what not to do involving time management. And finally (I was really starting to run out of ways to introduce the days!) Day Seven is referred to as Rest and Play: Even God Took One Day Off! This may be the most important of the seven guidelines, because without personal satisfaction from taking time off you will end up overstressed and unproductive.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Every man is an impossibility until he is born." This statement correlates very closely with the meaning of Part Four titled, A Lesson In Destiny. This book is not supposed to show you what to do, it is meant to give you the tools to prepare yourself to know how to do it. This final chapter perfectly captures the point, which above all else, Anthony Robbins is attempting to get across; it requires a regiment of different and diverse things to be successful. In most cases, each one of these self-aspects relates directly to each and every other one. Each facet is tied together by the aspiration for everyone to become a complete and successful human being. This is what this book is truly conveying. Anthony Robbins is an exceptional author who encompasses many important points throughout his works. He is highly noted as one of the greatest motivational speakers of our time. He is recognized not only as a masterful author but also as a characterized and intelligent person. The remainder of the novel refers to his foundation and to all other foundations he is associated with.