Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

3 Bullet Book: 2020, book #45: “Most of us make unconscious choices in the words that we use; we sleepwalk our way through the maze of possibilities available to us.” — Tony Robbins

Harrison Wendland
8 min readAug 24, 2021


Finished on July 6, 2020

I’ve read through this book twice now. The first time was quite impactful, and this time just as much so. The first time that I went through this book I gained a deeper understanding of why many of the things that I was doing throughout my life were working for me. There are different things that each of us do, different disciplines, and different areas that we focus on. Many work, many don’t. This book provided some great insight into what works and why. There are numerous actionable takeaways from this book — which Tony is always so good at providing — and that makes every book more valuable. Tony did a decent job connecting our personal abilities to our Creator, to how God created us. We each have innate and unique abilities and purposes. It’s up to us to move forward and embrace all aspects of ourselves.

The 3 Bullets

1. “With enough emotional intensity and repetition, our nervous systems experience something as real, even if it hasn’t occurred yet.” The most successful people are able to, as Tony Robbins writes, create references even though they have not yet occurred. We might have different goals and desires but this section of the book expounds in a deeper way what it means to feel and experience the success of a goal before it occurs. It’s not enough to simply sit and dream, we must feel. We must imagine and identify what it feels like to be worth $1 million if that’s our goal. We must imagine and identify those things associated with what we are seeking.

2. The power of words was the second main takeaway from this book. It’s essential that we are aware of the words we are communicating outwardly as well as the words we are communicating inwardly to our subconscious. Tony writes, “That’s all you feel, just a little bit annoyed? You must get really angry or upset some of the time.” He said, “Not really. It takes a lot to make that happen and it almost never occurs.” I related to this at a deep level. People ask if I…



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