Book Reviews

Outline of the book, Maximum Achievement. Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed. By Brian Tracy. Outlined by Don Searles.

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20-This book will show you how to improve your life, achieve goals, and realize your full potential for success and happiness. Everything in this book has been tested in the crucible of life.

21- You can’t accomplish great things in your life if you don’t know what they are. You must become clear about what you want if you are serious about unlocking the powers within you.

22-30- The seven ingredients of success. -Peace of mind, 2-Health, and Energy. 3-Loving relationships. 4-Financial freedom. 5- Worthy Goals and ideals. 6- Personal fulfillment. 7-Application exercise.

35- Three basic operating principles. 1-Life is hard. 2-Everything you are, or ever will be, is up to you. 3-You can learn anything you need to know to achieve anything you want to achieve.

41 If your life is full of problems, it is because you are violating one or more of the mental laws.

44 What you receive are the results of what you have sown in the past.

45 Whatever you believe becomes your truth.
Many people continue to do things that make them unhappy and find something or someone to blame.

46-The biggest roadblocks are your self-limiting beliefs. They hold you back from even trying.However, if you believe something strongly enough, it becomes your reality.

52- Paranoia is the most identifiable quality of a low-performing person. Paranoia is the irrational and persistent feeling that people are ‘out to get you.’

40-58 The mental laws. 1- The law of control. 2- The law of cause and effect. 3- The law of belief. 4- The law of expectations. 5-The law of attraction. 6-The law of correspondence. 7-The law of mental equivalency.

51-There arefour kinds of expectations. 1- The expectations of your parents. 2- The expectations of your boss. 3-The expectations that you have of your children. 4- The expectations you have of yourself.

60-Most people are trying to open the lock to happiness and peace of mind without the combination for the lock.

60 The formula for individual potential,which is also the combination for the lock of happiness and peace of mind is. [Inborn Aptitudes + Acquired Aptitudes&Talents ] times ATTITUDE = Personal Performance.

63-The discovery of Self-Esteem was one of the most significant discoveries in the 20th Century.

84-The greatest problem in life is fear.

85-You can change your life by changing what goes into your mind.

86-You must become a new person on the inside to experience the good you desire on the outside.

87- Psycho-sclerosis is a hardening of a person’s attitudes.

93-Many people are motivated by fear most of their lives.

108-Successful people have an unshakable belief in their ability to overcome obstacles.

110-Successful people use their subconscious minds.

111-Your self-concept is the software program that determines what you produce in life.

112-Your subconscious mind works thousands of times faster than your conscious mind.

113-Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are seeds. You can plant flowers, or you can plant weeds.

194- Most of the time, I can find or invent a parking space.

202-The law of control says you only feel good about yourself to the degree that you believe you are in control of your life.

203-Failures try to evade responsibility at every turn.

203-We are all self-employed.

204-There is no such thing as mental illness, only degrees of irresponsibility.

205-Self-responsible people are optimistic and mentally healthy. Irresponsible people are negative andmentally ill. Responsibility = Control = Freedom.

205-Negative emotions are the root cause of virtually all of life’s problems.

252 Anger causes more unhappiness than any other emotion.

263-Destructive criticism lowers self-esteem faster than any other behavior.

264- Most people are doing their best with what they have to work with. Few people deliberately make mistakes.

265-273 Six Keys to Improving Relationships. 1 Be Agreeable, 2-Stop Arguing, 3-Practice Acceptance, 4-Just Smile, 5-Have an Attitude of gratitude, 6-Say Thank You.

271-272 Three Keys to Positive Praising 1-Praise Immediately, 2-Praise Specifically 3-Praise in Public.

274-Attention is magic. You always pay attention to what has the most value, your greatest interest, and the people you value the most.

275-You, ignore the people and things you neither value nor appreciate. A major cause of negative feelings are that we are being ignored by a spouse, a boss, or even a waiter in a restaurant People who are effective in human relations are sensitive and aware of the need to pay attention to others

276 Active listening. 1- Active listening is listening attentively. 2- Liston without interrupting. 3-Pause before responding. 4- Question for clarification.

275-276 There are three benefits to being a good listener. 1-Listening builds trust, 2-Listening builds self-esteem. 3-Listening builds self-discipline.

280-282 Rules for good conversations. 1-Talk to people about subjects that interest them, 2-Take your turn, 3-Think before you speak. Avoid saying anything that would make someone uncomfortable. Do not be nosey.4-Respect the other person’s privacy and reserve a little privacy for yourself.

285 The law of correspondence states that your outer world of relationships will correspond precisely with your world of thought and feelings.

286 Happy relationships go hand in hand with peace of mind, health, long life, happiness, and abundance.

290-293 Six rules of marriage. 1-similarities attract. The first area where similarities are necessary is attitudes towards money. The second area is attitudes towards children. The third is attitudes toward sex. 2- Rule for a successful marriage is opposites attract. But only in temperament. 3-Total commitment. 4-Liking the other person and being your best friend. 5-Similarity of self-concepts. 6-There must be good communications.

297-The most critical question to ask in a marriage is, what is important.

298-302 Six major problems in a marriage. The book explains how to solve them. 1-Lack of commitment. 2- Trying to change the other person. 3-Jealousy 4-Self-Pity 5-Negative expectations. 6-Incompatibility.

303 The first sign that a couple is not compatible is that laughter goes out of their relationship. 2 They have little to talk about.

309- The most important relationship you will ever have is bringing a child into the world. Therefore, the most important role of parenting is to love and nurture your child and build in them feelings of high self-esteem and self-confidence. The proper role of parenting is explained.

310-Why parents don’t love enough is explained. 311Why children are not property. Children are a special gift.312- Love makes the difference. 314-Unconditional love makes the difference, 315- How to let them know. 317- Praise and encouragement. 318-Vulnerability. 319 Remember to ask yourself what is important.

If a child lives with criticism, they learn to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, they learn to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, they learn to be shy. If a child lives with shame, they learn to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, they learn to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, they learn to be confident. If a child lives with praise, they learn to appreciate it. If a child lives with fairness, they learn justice. If a child lives with approval, they learn to like themselves