March 28, 2019
“It always seems impossible until it is done.”
– Nelson Mandela
“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”
– James Allen
Given the penchant of self-help books guaranteeing everything under the sun, “Never judge a book by its cover” was the first thing that came to mind upon seeing the cover of this book. Thankfully though, this book was not merely a ghost in a shell.
Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy is a rather unique approach to create a road to success.
Drawing from a wide-array of fields such as philosophy, psychology, history, metaphysics, and more, Tracy fuses the insights learned through experience and research into this treasure trove of information. All of this is aimed for individuals to become active in their own self-mastery.
The insights are varied, but critical, for they cover subjects such as an individual’s relationships, mindset, critical decision making, and even interactions with children. The book features a lot more than that too.
In fact, some of the tips suggested in this book remind me of Neurolinguistic Programming [NLP] books, given the nature of the topic, which is focusing your thoughts into creating new habits in order to bring about profound individual change. The loose comparison is mentioned to serve as a reference for those that might have read books on NLP or are interested in them.
The one thing that the author homes in on, and does so aptly, is the importance of having a sound mindset. As the author alludes to often, with proper mindset anything can be achieved.
In fact, in a sentiment that calls to mind the timeless quote by Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try,” the author states:
“A major turning point in your thinking comes when you change your language from “whether” to “how.” When you start thinking about how you are going to accomplish something you want, and you simultaneously refuse to consider whether it’s possible or not, your entire mentality begins to change.”[Bold Emphasis Added]
Is it really that simple? Henry Ford seemed to think so when he intimated, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
A strong mindset is crucial. In fact, maintaining a keen mindset is everything. Maintaining a proper mindset should be a key focus of individuals, since creating negative habits can happen a lot quicker than one realizes. Tracy soberingly notes:
“The most dangerous habits you can form…are mental habits. Because of the fact that whatever you think about continually you create in your life, your negative or self-limiting thoughts hurt you more than anything else you can engage in.”[Bold Emphasis Added]
This is something attentive individuals will notice when being mindful of their surroundings and thoughts. Not only has this happened to me, but I have witnessed it often in family, friends and acquaintances. Such is the power of the human mind, and as such it should be carefully and thoughtfully employed.
Whether we become our own worst enemies, or we become our best friends is up to us. The great thing is that we hold the key to the doorway of change.
Maximum Achievement is a terrific read in its totality, made all the more relevant by how high-speed our lives have become, as well as how easy it is for people to get distracted and create poor habits. Complement this book with Getting Things Done by David Allen, and you will undoubtedly have a great foundation from which to proceed into a better and more rewarding future. Stay focused, stay productive, and do not be dissuaded by any obstacles that might arise.
 Brian Tracy, Maximum Achievement, p. 88.
 Ibid., p. 91
Suggested Reading & Watching:
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
How A Generation Lost Its Culture – by Professor Patrick Deneen
Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
Philosophy 101 by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
What Is Education? The Elite Curriculum – John Taylor Gatto
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
Social Engineering 101
The True Purpose Of Modern Schooling
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Open-Source Method: Genius Education – Examples | John Taylor Gatto
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D.
A Rulebook For Arguments by Anthony Weston
A Workbook For Arguments by David R. Morrow & Anthony Wesson
Drilling Through The Core – Why Common Core Is Bad For American Education by Sandra Stotsky & Contributors
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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.