Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life Hardcover – 1 May 2011
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"Like a friend patting the reader on the back before kicking them in the rear...offers inspiration for people who are taking those first rocky steps on the road to self-improvement."--Kirkus
From the first page, readers will feel her enthusiasm; a winning mix of humor, contestant case studies, personal experience, and motivation (she demands that readers wake up; "Screw surviving," she says, "It's time to THRIVE") never feels platitudinous --Publisher's Weekly
"Unlimitedis a very candid and thorough book that aims to help people lead more fulfilling lives."-- Chicago Sun-Times
"Michaelsoffers a three-pronged approach to changing your trajectory: imagine, believe and achieve. Using examples from her own life, and those from "Biggest Loser" contestants, she shows how to shake off the fears holding you back and embrace the future."--Washington Post Express
From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
JILLIAN MICHAELS is best known as a strength trainer and life coach in her hit television shows. Over the years she has helped shape and inspire the lives of millions. She is an ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer and is the multiweek New York Times bestselling author of Master Your Metabolism, The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook, and Making the Cut. Her website, www.JillianMichaels.com, receives more than 100 million page views per year and ranks as the fourth most visited health-and-wellness site in the world. Visit it for an interactive experience with this book.
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
Jillian pulls no punches. But she is also not just a melange of sound-bites and mptivational quotes. She is considered and genuinely seems to care beyond just the sale and accolades of branching out from diet and fitness.
No matter where you are on your path to happy, you will benefit from reading this book.
The book is split up into 3 sections, exactly as the title suggests; imagine, believe, and achieve. Basically, you work through it figuring out what you want and need, building a belief that you can and will have it, and then following through to get it..
This book has helped me a great deal, including in ways I didn't even realise I needed help. I used to be a very confident and driven person, but over the last few years I've gotten caught up in the rat race of life and forgotten to take care of myself. This book has helped me to start looking out for me again. I've spent years moaning about my job, and talking about all these other things I'd much rather be doing but which I never felt I could because it wasn't the path in life I was on. This book helped me to assess what I want to do, helped me to realise that I can do it, I just needed to take the right steps (hey, people make career changes all the time), and I'm now taking actions to get me there. I've also started up again with a healthy diet and fitness regime so that I can get back my physical confidence I had when I was an athlete.
It's also changed my outlook and perception on life by helping me to understand people more, which in turn has made me feel more content and happy. It seems like such simple and obvious things once they are pointed out, but before reading this they weren't ever things I considered. For instance, when I was a kid I was big into sports and my Dad was so proud and always pushed me to do well. When I hit about 16 though it just felt like pressure and that I was doing it for him and not me, and so I lashed out. This book opened my eyes to the whole situation and I now understand why my dad did what he did. When he was young, my grandparents weren't very loving and supportive, and so as a adult my dad has made it a point not to be the kind of parent he'd had, and was trying to offer all the love and support he could, he just didn't realise that to me it felt like too much. Without sounding wishy washy, reading this book has brought me to peace with certain aspects of my life by giving me a deeper understanding of them. It does this by prompting you to drill down to the root of something because there is always a cause for a behaviour or action.
The key phrase which stays with me is "fate is preparation meeting opportunity". This resonated in me and has stuck. Beware though, if it does this with you, I now find it extremely frustrating when people just expect things to happen for them without them taking any action. Lol.
I recommend this whether you think you need it or not. I certainly didn't think I did, but having read it I now see that it was exactly what I needed. My eyes are open and I now feel like a much happier person.
I read the whole book, and liked it somewhat; her message is clear and the examples she gives are good,with stories mostly drawn from her own life. I found this interesting, particularly when she talks about the mistakes she made and the subsequent lessons. I think this is what kept me reading.
Jillian Michaels has obviously taken great care in producing a book that is well balanced with advice that is deceptively simple but effective. This is a quality book and I probably would have LOVED it if I had read it about 20 years ago, before reading anything else, and would have seen it as quite life changing then.
A worthwhile investment which has shown me how to take control of certain aspects of my life, has shown me how to be a more effective communicator and which has helped me break down my self imposed barriers to happiness.
I have a fair selection of self help books which havn't really achieved the desired results so opted for this one from someone who is very motivating. I opted for the audio cds and have been listening to them in the car. I would really recommend this as you can combine it with car journeys and you have the benefit of Jillian talking directly to you.
Definately recommend as great value for money (7 audio cds)and i really expect it to inspire me to change my life.
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