Book Summary: Unlimited Power

Tony Robbins wrote this book when he was 25 years old, and it is a personal development classic.

These are the concepts that helped Robbins go from a 400-square-foot apartment and washing his plates in the bathtub to a multi-millionaire in less than three years.

They are the same concepts that he has taught in some form or another to millions of individuals worldwide.

We live in a time when we have access to more knowledge than we ever imagined. We'd all be happy, successful, and have six-pack abs if the information were the answer. We, on the other hand, do not.

The missing element is the ability to take significant action to achieve our most essential goals. In reality, "the ability to act" is the meaning of the word "power."

The biggest and most successful people have created seven key character qualities that allow them to act.

For the following 12 minutes, we'll look at what they are and how to model them.


A male manager finding his purpose that motivates them to accomplish to reach the mountains.

The world's most successful people have found an overarching purpose that motivates them to accomplish and be more.

Almost all of them recognize the importance of setting objectives and identifying the desired end.

For developing our intended results, Robbins provides us five rules:

  1. Make a clear statement about the outcome.
  2. Make your statement as detailed as possible. What does your final product look, feel, and smell like? Use all of your senses as much as possible.
  3. Have a method for gathering evidence. Know what you'll look like, how you'll feel, and what you'll see once you've reached your objective.
  4. Take command. You must produce and maintain the end result. Make sure you pick something you can directly impact.
  5. Ascertain that the conclusion is both environmentally sound and appealing. The end result must be beneficial to both you and others.

We can build a master list of the things we desire in our life now that we know the five guidelines for defining outcomes. This procedure is divided into 12 steps.

  1. Make a list of all the things you want to do, be, and share in your life. Don't be afraid to take risks.
  2. Calculate when you anticipate getting the desired results.
  3. Choose your top four priorities for the coming year.
  4. To guarantee that these four aims and the five guidelines for outcomes are in sync, compare them.
  5. Make a list of all of the relevant resources you already have. This will list your assets, talents, resources, and tools.
  6. Concentrate on moments when you made good use of such resources. This will prepare your mind to envision yourself accomplishing your objectives.
  7. Describe the type of person you'd have to be to achieve your objectives. Will self-discipline be required? Education? Is there anything else?
  8. Make a list of what is preventing you from achieving your objectives right now. This will assist you in identifying potential stumbling obstacles.
  9. Make a step-by-step strategy to attain your four objectives.
  10. Make a list of some role models - persons who have had a lot of success. Make a list of one significant point that each of those folks would make if they spoke to you one-on-one.
  11. From the moment you wake up until you go to bed, plan your perfect day. Consider how satisfying it will be to achieve all of your objectives.
  12. Create the ideal setting for you. What would you be doing on your perfect day?


A female reading on people's achievement in a book, inspiring her to e successful too.

Our ideas about who we are and what we can be, as Robbins points out, exactly dictate who we will become. The course of your life will be determined by what you feel is possible.

We need to understand how beliefs are formed in the first place if we are to model beliefs that lead to greatness.

  1. Environment. What you feel is feasible is influenced by the environment you spend time in.
  2. Events. Some experiences have such a profound influence on our lives that they permanently alter our brains.
  3. Knowledge. No matter how bad things are in your life right now, reading about other people's achievements might inspire you to believe that you, too, can succeed.
  4. Results from the past. Once you've done something, you'll always know you can do it again.
  5. In your mind's eye, imagine the future. You may "walk into your future" at any time simply imagining it.

So that's how beliefs are formed. Let's look at the seven thoughts that Robbins claims would help you achieve excellence.

  1. Everything occurs for a reason, and it's all for my benefit.
  2. Failure isn't a word that exists in the English language. There are no other options.
  3. Accept responsibility for whatever occurs.
  4. To utilize everything, I don't need to comprehend everything.
  5. People are my most valuable asset.
  6. Work is a game.
  7. Without dedication, there can be no long-term success.


A female manager making a strategy on how to achieve the long term goals.

It's time to figure out the behaviors that will help us get there now that we know where we want to go and the beliefs that will help us get there.

People that regularly generate excellent results have a set of behaviors and mindsets in common. Adopting their activities and attitudes is the simplest way to duplicate their outcomes.

We need a mechanism to explain what to do and when to generate a "recipe" we can follow. Robbins refers to this as syntax - the way individuals sequence their acts - and it has a significant impact on the outcomes we achieve.

The abbreviation is as follows:

  • V - Visual
  • A - Auditory
  • K - Kinesthetic
  • e - external
  • i - internal
  • d - digital (words)
  • t - tonal (tone of sound)

For example, when you see anything in the real world, it's represented as Ve.

Ki is what you feel inside when you have a strong emotion.

The combination of those factors can assist you in developing a formula for anything you wish to do in your life. The challenge is to figure out how to put the good ideas and actions together to get the desired results.

So, after finding someone who has achieved the desired results, we engage in what Robbins refers to as "strategy elicitation."

The following are the steps to make it work:

  1. Get the person in the right mindset by asking them to recall when they felt inspired, appreciated, or whatever tactic they want to mimic. You may, for example, inquire of them "Can you recall a moment when you were completely inspired to complete a task? Is it possible for you to travel back in time and relive that experience?"
  2. Inquire about the syntax of what they said, heard, and felt in clear, brief terms. "As you remember that period, what was the very first thing that led you to be completely motivated?" you can ask.
  3. Then, figure out what they were going through that caused them to be in that position. You can inquire, "What was the following item that made you feel completely driven to accomplish something after hearing that? Did you have a mental image of something? Did you utter a thought to yourself? Did you experience any particular feelings or emotions?"

Record the replies as you listen to the person you're speaking with, and you'll have yourself a recipe for attaining the outcomes you want.

Clarity of Values

Each successful person knows what they stand for. Values are your unique, private, and special ideas on what matters most to you.

We may learn to develop the most successful actions, but they must serve our most fundamental wants and aspirations. Without it, we'll have internal strife and cannot achieve large-scale success.

Your beliefs can shift over time, and they have most likely done so since you were a youngster. You have various values in many aspects of your life.

Do the following to have a better understanding of the most essential values:

  1. Begin by making a list of the most significant aspects of your life. Home, job, and relationships are likely to be included.
  2. Then, for each of those categories, consider what is most important. Don't censor your ideas; simply put them down.
  3. Finally, put the items you wrote down in that space in order of importance. This will be the foundation of your value system.

This is not only an essential exercise to undertake with yourself, but it is also a crucial activity to compete with the people closest to you.


A female athlete refilling more energy as she needs to continue running the next lap.

The most successful people on the planet appear to have an endless energy supply. How do they manage to accomplish it?

They recognize that your mind and body are linked in a cybernetic loop, as described by Tony Robbins.

You've probably heard the expression "act as if." In the personal development sector, it's usually perverted to imply "act as if you're rich, and you'll become rich." However, there is much evidence that your physiology has a lot to do with what goes on in your mind and your current condition. You also have full control over your mental state since you have complete control over your physiology (what you do with your body).

For instance, if you want to feel joyful, simply smile. It's nearly hard to be unhappy and smile at the same time.

The Power of State

According to Robbins, the key to getting the results you want is to put yourself in a resourceful condition. This allows you to perform the sorts and quality of activities that will get you the results you want.

Using an anchor, which helps trigger you into the desired state, is the greatest approach to place oneself in a resourceful condition.

You may, for example, utilize the anchor of clenching your fists and yelling the word "yes!" to get oneself into a high-energy state (a little intense for me, but you get the point).

Here are the four stages to putting it together.

  1. Put yourself in a completely linked, congruent condition that involves your entire body. To continue with the last scenario, you must essentially get yourself in a high-energy state.
  2. Set the anchor at the state's highest point.
  3. Use a distinctive signal or trigger. Otherwise, this should be something you don't do very often.
  4. Do the exact same thing as before. It's important to replicate the anchor exactly if you used your body to set it (i.e., touch a part of your body, set the anchor by applying similar pressure).

Bonding Power

The most successful individuals in the world are masters at forming ties with others.

Mirroring and matching is one of the ways they achieve this.

You've probably heard that words account for just 7% of human communication, while intonation accounts for 38%, and body language accounts for 55%.

That's why, when you match another person's physiology and intonation during a conversation, you may quickly establish rapport with them.

You'll want to find items that you can reflect as effortlessly and unobtrusively as possible to do this properly. If you mirror someone who has a bad twitch, they'll assume you're ridiculing them, as Robbins points out.

You may start performing something called pace and leading once you've established a relationship with the other person. This is when your posture or voice tone progressively changes. They will automatically begin to follow your lead if you have established rapport with them.

Mastery of Communication

A female sales communicating with her long term client, utilizing communication to obtain what they want.

In business, just like in life, successful people are masters at utilizing communication to obtain what they want.

For starters, they know how to ask for what they want. You can, too, if you follow these five steps:

  1. Make a particular inquiry.
  2. Inquire of someone who can assist you.
  3. Make the individual you're asking feel valuable.
  4. With a concentrated, aligned belief, inquire.
  5. You should keep asking until you get what you want. Not all of them are from the same individual.

Second, they understand how to use the agreement frame to cope with resistance. There are three sentences you may use to persuade someone to see things your way without putting up any resistance:

  1. I'm grateful and...
  2. I admire and...
  3. I concur, and...

By substituting "and" for "but" or "however," you entirely avoid other people's instinctive opposition to such words, keeping their brains open to what you say next.


The concepts of Unlimited Power are ageless, and if you start adopting them into your daily and weekly routine, you'll see an improvement in your professional and personal outcomes.

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