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How does someone take the steps necessary to transform him/herself to the person s/he would like to become? In his book Tony Robbins, an American motivational speaker, walks you through step by step and outlines how to be the person you’d like to become. He does an excellent job of getting the reader to shape their new identity by asking deep rooted questions that requires the reader to list out every aspect related to that identity. By the time you finish reading this book, you’ll realize that there’s always room for a better you. There’s a reason why this book is a national bestseller. Points taken away from this book:
1. To become a better you, first you need to set higher standards for yourself and believe that you can achieve them. “Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.” He then goes on to say, “if you raise your standards but don’t really believe you can meet them, you’ve already sabotaged yourself.”
2. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to in life. On your journey to the new you, stop making excuses of why you can’t be that person because of other things you have to do. No one is forcing you to do anything. “You and I need to remember one thing: there is virtually nothing that we have to do in this country. You certainly don’t have to go to work. Not here! And you certainly don’t have to work at a particular location on a particular day. Not in America! You don’t have to do what you’ve done for the last ten years. You can decide to do something else, something new, today.“
3. You have all the power to go where you want to go and be who you want to be. Everyday unfortunate things happen to people globally. It’s how you frame your mind towards those experiences. You can either become a slave to your victimhood, or you can use it to build towards a stronger character. Just take Helen Keller as an example. “Know that it’s your decisions, and not your conditions that determine your destiny.“
4. Just as Sigmund Freud has said in the second chapter of his book “Civilization and its Discontents”, people move towards pleasure and avoid pain. People will do things to get away from the realities of life through the use of substances and diversion. The more you ignore reality, the further you’ll become the better you. “The secret to success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t life controls you.“.
By Ryan Lee
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