“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

Zy Marquiez
February 29, 2020

Given the penchant of self-help books guaranteeing everything under the sun, “Never judge a book by its cover” was the first thought that came to mind upon seeing the cover of this book.  Thankfully though, this book had serious substance to it.

Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy offers a sound way for individuals to pave their own road towards success in pragmatic fashion.

Tracy draws from a wide array of fields such as philosophy, psychology, history, metaphysics, and more, to create a treasure trove of information for individuals to become proactive 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.  And still, book featured more.

Incisively, the author urges individuals to focus their thoughts on creating new habits in order to bring about profound individual change.  Likewise, the author also homes in on, and does so aptly, on 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.”[1][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 paramount.  In fact, maintaining a keen mindset is everything.  Maintaining a proper mindset should be a key focus of all 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.”[2][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 with family, friends and acquaintances as well.  Given that, the mind should always be mindfully employed at every given point, as the very instance you open yourself up for a bad habit you open yourself for the possibility of failure at a given task, or worse, the creation of negative resonance in your life that can be significantly damaging in the long run in countless ways.

Whether we become our own worst enemies, or we become our own best friends is up to us.  The great thing is that we always 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 waste time, thus compounding 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.


[1] Brian Tracy, Maximum Achievement, p. 88.
[2] Ibid., p. 91

About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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