Awaken The Giant Within (Abridged Audio Version) by Anthony Robbins

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Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins is one of the classic self-help books that have spawned thousands of derivatives. This review is of the abridged audio version of that classic book and I want to start by explaining the difference between an ‘abridged’ version of an audio book and an ‘unabridged’ version, because before I bought this book I didn’t know the difference myself.

Basically, an ‘abridged’ version is an edited version of the real thing. A bite size chunk if you will. Whereas an ‘unabridged’ version is the entire thing. I thought I was buying the entire thing and was left disappointed when the tape stopped running after just 90-minutes. Live and learn. I won’t be making the same mistake twice.

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Living With Relapse

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I have stopped smoking, stopping drinking alcohol, stopped gambling, stopped taking drugs, stopped eating rubbish and stopped watching pornography. My life structure is stronger as a result of each of these choices; but each choice came with a sacrifice, each road carried with it several obstacles that were determined to stop me dead in my tracks.

You may know these obstacles as relapse. A word that is banded about when people struggle to create a consistent approach to the creation of new and improved habits. Relapse is an exceptionally important part of the process of creating positive change in your life. If you are capable of moving a destructive habit so far into the back of your mind that it loses it’s ability to see; then all power to you. For the rest of us there is relapse.

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You Gotta Keep Grinding Away

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When I stopped drinking alcohol my friends and family said that I had changed, but I hadn’t changed at all. I was the same kid who yearned for acceptance in a schoolyard of kids who insisted on paying attention to the slits that I called eyes.

We all have to defend ourselves otherwise we die. I defended myself by assuming control. I pushed my forehead into the faces of anyone who dared call me names, I used my voice to grow 6-inches taller and I screamed confidence from every hair on my body.

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The Art of Love Relationship Series by Arielle Ford

Addicted
 

I got into the car and I had two bananas in my hand. One was for my partner, who was driving the car, and the other was for me. She pulled the stick back and off we went. I pulled back the skin from the banana and started to eat.

“Can you open mine for me as well please?” Asked my partner, and I duly obliged.

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Put Your Brain in Its Place

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I have the most bizarre, amazing, scary, funny and interesting conversations with my brain. Our relationship started when I first learned to read without verbally expressing the words. We called it silent reading. I don’t have many memories from childhood, but learning to read silently is one of them. I guess back then, when I was reading silently, I was the storyteller and my brain was the avid listener. Then one day it started to develop its own voice, and it hasn’t shut up since.

I often wonder if shy, retiring people have a shy and retiring brain? I talk an incredible amount of bollocks, and so does my brain, so perhaps the reverse is true? For years, I have tried to find the switch, but to no avail. It doesn’t matter what I do, the voice still keeps on jabbing away. Sometimes it comes up with the most amazing ideas, other times it creates the most disgusting, shallow, serial killer type thoughts – but most of the time it just spouts nonsense.

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How to Increase Productivity – Part One

This article is part 1 of 2 in the series How to Increase Productivity

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For the large majority of this week I have been grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat. When I am happy I am flying, and when I am flying my productivity soars into the drafts of success. My levels of productivity have been incredible, but I have also had a day when my wings stopped flapping, sending me crashing into the earth like a WW2 bomb. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and so I would like to use it, not just to learn, but also to share with you my top tips on How to Increase Productivity.

Top Tip #1 – Get Organised

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Get Creative

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Growing up the eldest of four children in a council estate called Poets Corner meant that my parents didn’t have much money to spend on gifts. My mother had to spend her time caring for us, whilst my Dad spent as much time as he could at the grindstone earning money to put food on the table. So without the vast array of electronic gizmos that children seemingly take for granted, these days, we had to be creative.

When I was a lad all I ever wanted to do was play football, but I never owned a ball until I was 11-years old. But children adapt, and they don’t allow minor irritations like a ball to prevent them from playing football; the hallway doors made excellent goalposts and a pair of rolled up football socks made an excellent substitute ball. I spent hours booting that sock into the face of my little sister, and they were some of the most enjoyable experiences that I remember. Interestingly, my sister has a different memory of the entire thing.

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Need Help Setting Goals?

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If you don’t schedule time to review your goals, the chances are high that most of them will not materialise. Instead they become no better than your annual New Years resolutions. Reviewing your goals is arguably more important than the setting of the goal itself. It’s a checking system created to help your sub-conscious find the right path. Here are five important lessons I have learned after just completing my own summer review.

 1. You cannot manage what you cannot measure

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The Landmark Forum

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I was panting hard. The cold had not yet reached my legs because I had just stopped running, but it wouldn’t be long. There was a lot of noise but none of it was discernible because I was watching three young boys play-fighting on the grass. One of the boys feigned injury and his friend stopped dead in his tracks to ask if he was ok. Being an ex play-fighting champion I could see that he was being duped, and sure enough the compassionate lad was soon on his back getting the play-fight booted out of him. A smile widened on my face as I appreciated the brief show of compassion from the boy.

“I am going to meet my God forsaken mother.”

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Nurturance and Authority

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In my last blog post I wrote about the new book I had been reading called Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation by Steven Levenkron (LINK). I purchased the book because one of my friend’s is a Cutter and I realised that I didn’t know anything about this dark and secretive illness. Everyone has a lack of understanding in something, but if you are close to someone who is a Cutter then you are running the risk of adding to his or her problems through your own personal lack of education.

There were a number of key learning points in the book for me, and I want to share one with you today. If you read my previous blog post you will know that I wrote about some of the key factors that lead to the development of this mental illness, and one of them involves the way you were raised as a child. I have written about this many times before, but I will say it once again, when you become a parent for the first time you do not know what to do. As with anything, your instincts kick in and these instincts are developed from memories that exist from your own upbringing.

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