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Multibook bestselling author and TV’s health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels takes her expertise on the topic of self-transformation to the next level with her new book
UNLIMITED explains how to lose the chains that are holding you back by building your inner strength
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“A guide to self-improvement and fulfillment. The tone is conversational and familiar, like a friend patting the readers on the back and kicking them in the rear . . . The heart of the book lies in Michaels’s enthusiasm. She draws from real-life examples, her own and those of others, to demonstrate her methods and motivate her readers. She acknowledges pain but does not allow it as an excuse . . . [UNLIMITED] offers inspiration for people who are taking those first rocky steps on the road to self-improvement.”
Eight million viewers tune in every week to watch Jillian Michaels change the lives of overweight contestants on The Biggest Loser. She has helped millions of others via her four books on achieving physical strength and wellness, which collectively have more than a million copies in print and spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. But exercise and nutrition are just two of the tools Jillian uses to help people rebuild their lives; her primary goal has always been to help people transform their inner selves. With UNLIMITED: How to Build an Exceptional Life (on sale April 5), Jillian focuses her trademark compassion and fierceness on overcoming the emotional landmines and self-doubt that weigh people down.
“Many self-help books tell you what to achieve, but they don’t give you particularly useful tools for how to achieve it. New Age platitudes and sappy self-help mantras aren’t how it works, and you know it,” Jillian says.
“A lifetime’s worth of struggle is not overturned in a moment of positive thinking. But if you have the right attitude and skills, you can and will accomplish anything you want.” UNLIMITED provides both the attitude and the action. Getting there won’t be easy, but with Jillian cutting out the crap and explaining what actually works, your life will dramatically change for the better if you commit to this journey.
UNLIMITED’s step-by-step plan for building a purpose-filled, meaningful life—according to your truth and on your terms—is broken down into three stages: Imagine, Believe, Achieve. Within those stages, Jillian describes the specific action steps that must be taken; explains how to follow them; and offers interactive exercises for helping you to work through each issue. Sprinkled throughout the book are examples—pulled from Jillian’s own life, as well as from the lives of those she’s worked with—of challenges they’ve faced, times they’ve gotten in their own way, personal insights they’ve had, and how they’ve used those experiences to transform their lives.
Step One: IMAGINE
To live the life of your dreams, you first have to know what those dreams are. In this section, Jillian teaches you how to get a firm grip—mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—on what it is you want out of life. “The greatest lie ever told is that if we’re not happy, it’s just because that’s the way things are,” Jillian says. “Wanting things and feeling worthy of a great life does not mean you think you are more deserving or better than everyone else. We are all deserving of happiness.” Key actions include identifying and cultivating your passion, fine-tuning the details, and committing yourself to a spiritual practice—prayer, manifestation, visualization, meditation, affirmation, and so on.
Step Two: BELIEVE
Now that you’ve figured out what you want, it’s time to start the internal work of assessment and reconfiguration to believe in your ability in order to achieve it. “I can talk until I’m hoarse about your incredible power . . . ,” Jillian says. “But if you don’t believe in yourself, in your power to change, and in your deservingness, if you don’t really believe you can achieve your dream, you won’t.” In this section, Jill teaches you how to reboot your thought processes so you can stop getting in your own way, learn to channel and move through fear, redefine your self-image and bolster your positive self-esteem, and develop healthy ego strength.
Step Three: ACHIEVE
No one succeeds just by thinking positively and feeling good about themselves; to succeed in life, you must take focused action. In this section, Jillian details the specific moves you can make to go after your dream, including doing your homework, finding a mentor, engaging in “target practice,” becoming organized, mastering communication, strengthening willpower, and achieving emotion management.
It’s time to lose the chains, take control, and rebuild your life—and there’s no better guide for that journey than Jillian Michaels and UNLIMITED. So forget surviving—it’s your time to thrive. Your life is waiting for you to break free and claim it.
UNLIMITED: How to Build an Exceptional Life
by Jillian Michaels
Crown Archetype / On-sale date: April 5, 2011
272 pages / $26.00 / ISBN: 978-0-307-58830-2
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