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Really? That’s not how it works, and you know it. A ...

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Overview

Imagine. Believe. Achieve.

Many self-help books offer a lot of new age platitudes and sappy mantras:

Just love yourself.


See the glass as half full.


Believe it and it will come.

Really? That’s not how it works, and you know it. A lifetime’s worth of struggle is not overturned in a small moment of positive thinking. But if you have the right attitude—attitude and skills—you can and will accomplish anything and everything you want. This book gives you both, attitude and action. By its end you will have all the tools you need to change your life. No hype. No false promises.

You will learn to:
• Cultivate your passion and embrace your uniqueness to create a purpose-filled life . . .on your own terms.

• Transform your suffering into peace, wisdom, and strength.

• Work through fear, worry, shame, and negative self-talk to blast through obstacles and create self-confidence, self-esteem, and a healthy self-image.

• Take powerful, informed, deliberate actions to make your dreams a reality.

Forget surviving: it’s your time to thrive. You do have the ability and potential to achieve unlimited health, wealth, and happiness. Getting there won’t all be easy—nothing worthwhile ever is—but take this journey and your life will change dramatically. Your possibilities are unlimited, and your life is waiting for you to break free and claim it

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Publishers Weekly
From tough-love fitness guru and life coach Michaels (Winning by Losing) comes a new book about more than just losing weight. Viewers of NBC's The Biggest Loser know that Michaels likes to help people recognize the issues that are keeping from reaching their goals, and she brings the same approach to the page, managing to make clear, urgent demands of readers in her non-abrasive, approachable way. The immensely likable Michaels brings a distinctive edge to both the tone and content; she radiates success and is fulfilled by doing what she loves. 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. From an early focus on self-esteem and managing deep-seated hurt and fears, all reminiscent of The Secret, to clear, step-by-step strategies for organizing goals, Michaels organizes her book around a dynamic three-step process (imagine; believe; achieve) rooted in positive thinking, martial arts philosophies (such as managing fear), faith (thought not necessarily in God), and action. Lots of action. (Apr.)
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Best known as a strength trainer and life coach for NBC's The Biggest Loser, Michaels (Making the Cut) helps readers build up their inner strength to imagine, believe, and achieve. In the first few chapters, Michaels convincingly argues that people can indeed eliminate the roadblocks that hold them back and achieve their dreams. She bases a good deal of her advice on her own experience as a coach and friend as she pushes readers to adjust their attitudes, get organized, strengthen their willpower, and stop making the same limiting mistakes. While there are better books on this subject (see David Gershon and Gail Straub's Empowerment, reviewed above), massive publicity efforts and Michaels's fan base will undoubtedly make Unlimited quite popular.
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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

"Unlimited is a very candid and thorough book that aims to help people lead more fulfilling lives."— Chicago Sun-Times 

"Michaels  offers 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307588302
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jillian Michaels
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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Step 1 Imagine 1

Chapter 1 Identify Your Passion (Or, What the Hell Do You Want to Do with Your Life?) 3

Chapter 2 It's All in the Details 21

Chapter 3 Say a Little Prayer (That's Right, I Said Prayer!) 28

Step 2 Believe 43

Chapter 4 Time for Your Wake-up Call 47

Chapter 5 Forgive and Accept Responsibility 57

Chapter 6 Get an Attitude Adjustment 74

Chapter 7 Outer 'Tude 87

Chapter 8 Stop Selling Yourself Short 116

Step 3 Achieve 151

Chapter 9 Hit the Books-Then the Deck 153

Chapter 10 Get Organized 178

Chapter 11 Create the Right Environment 189

Chapter 12 Master Communication 201

Chapter 13 Strengthen Willpower and Tame Emotions 226

Chapter 14 Make It Happen: The Art of Conscious Choice-Making 234

Outro: When to Let Go, How to Stay Open 242

Index 245

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Masterful

    I received an early copy of this book about a month ago. I have to admit that I really had no opinion of Jillian one way or the other. I knew a bit about the "tough trainer" persona that proceeds her, but other than that I had no predisposition to like or dislike this book either way.

    I am no stranger to self help books. I pretty much figured I had read it all. With that said, Unlimited is beautifully written, comprehensive, personal, intimate, and deeply motivating.

    I can see now why Jillian fanatics are so fanatical. She is honest, candid, and no vulnerable. The advice she offers is rock solid. What I like the most about the system behind the book is that she doesn't just give the reader a pep talk. She gives them practical tools and innovative skills to break out of their rut and transform.

    For anyone looking for a change or to better themselves in any facet I highly recommend Unlimited.

    32 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    If you had a wise parent

    this book is what it would feel like. Jillian's book provides wisdom, encouragement, support, rock-solid advice, and careful guidance; and as always, the loving energy that infuses her work. I met her on her Wellness Cruise, and she is one of the most caring and genuine individuals I've ever come across. She truly seems driven by a desire to help others and make a difference. And while I've never been a fan of self-help books or gurus, I became a fan of Jillian's because I was stunned by what she accomplished with the obese contestants on "Biggest Loser." She really puts her money where her mouth is (and as we fans know, she's not afraid to use the latter!). So, I bought "Unlimited" the day it came out, and I whizzed through my first reading of the book. Now I'm reading it more slowly and starting the written exercises. As with all Jillian's books and DVD's, you have to be ready to put in hard work to get results. But, reading the book gave me just the push I needed to start a major project I've been procrastinating on for months.

    This is one of those books that I know will become worn and dog-eared with repeated use. I have it on my bedside table, where I plan to keep it for ready reference. I hope I'm paying it forward by writing this review. Because if my review helps one person decide to buy this book, and that one person is moved to make a change in their life, who knows how that person may benefit another -- that's the power of Jillian's domino effect. I really love this woman.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    My FIRST ever book review...and I LOVE to read!

    All I can say is, you NEED the audio version of this book! I've got it on my ipod, and it is amazing! I've read so many self help books, or, I should say, I read the first few chapters of self help books, and none of them "spoke" to me like this one. It is like Jillian is having an intimate, life changing, 7 hr conversation with you, broken down into very logical chapters. I truly feel that this book is going to be THE book I look back on and say "That's when I stopped the BS and changed my life." Also, you can print her workbook pages online, on her website, for free, which correspond to the audio book. I would have paid 3, 4, 5...times more for this book.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    Deeply Moving.

    I ordered this on audio book. Already listened to it in one day. This is now one of my favorite all time books. Jillian gets deeply personal and her words are life changing. I recommend this for anyone who is feeling stuck or unhappy with any aspect of their lives.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    Love it

    So insipring! Not your eat this, stay away from that, do this type of work out book. Steps to get your life on track and make your dream a reality. Truly loved all the advice

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    So far so good!

    I have only read the 1st chapter which is what prompted me to buy the book. I found it captivating and it spoke to me immediately so I am excited to read the rest of the book. I have always loved JM and I am excited this book is finally hitting the shelves.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    Incredibly enlightening.

    This book is pretty amazing. Jillian gives real advice for how to transform any aspect of your life that you choose. Recommended for anyone who feels unsatisfied with any part of their life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    It's changing my life.

    I can't stop crying. This book is waking me up.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Very Informative!!!

    This is the only self help book I've ever read, and it's the only I will ever have to read. Jillian breaks down everything with examples from her own personal life. It's almost like a self help/memoir. She is truly an inspirational person. Easy to read, and highly recommended!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    This is it...the book that changes everything

    Jillian has a way of knowing exactly what to say at the moment in your life that you need to hear it most. UNLIMITED has changed the way I see things in every aspect of everything..this is a MUST read for anyone and everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    A MUST READ!

    I had a feeling this book would be good when I bought it. But I never could have predicted the amazing self journey that it was about to take me on! Buy this book from this compassionate intelligent lady. She knows her stuff...follow her, find yourself, define and create life on YOUR terms once and for all. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    AMAZING BOOK!

    This is my absolute favorite book of all time. I truely admire Jillian and she is my role model. This book literally helped my find the life I am supposed to live and I can't thank Jillian enough for that. I not look at everything as an oppertunitie to learn, and look at the whole world differently. I love Jillian's personal aspects of the book, and it makes me feel like I'm not alone. I've realized that the life I want to live is just through a tunnel and I'm getting closer to the end of that tunnel to claim that life every day. I've realized I DO have UNLIMITED potential, and I can't wait live the life I actually do want to live. You may think you are happy, but you won't realize the true meaning of happiness until after you've read this book and put into practice what's in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    If ever in doubt, check Jillian out!

    A friend of mine told me about this book because I was getting down about my job status and just losing my 5th possible job after an interview in a row. I was already considering changing my career path because the current field I'm in, I've been in for over 17 years and I am quite burned out. I am not much of a reader, but when I saw I could get this in MP3 format, I hopped on it and am I ever glad I did. I copied it to my iPod, listened to it while I walked and in my car! She has helped me deal feel a lot better about things and in fact, this coming Monday, I am going to a trade school to see about joining the medical profession in some way.

    Jillian pulls no punches in this book and explains everything very well. I hope she does more things like this in this format and I am excited to see where I will end up in the near future, mentally, physically and professionally.

    Thanks a million to my buddy for telling me about this book when I really needed it and much thanks to Jillian Michaels for all that she does for people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    A-MAZING book.

    i have recommended this book to everyone I know.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Great book

    This book is highly recommended to help you become the person you want to be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Wonderful

    Not completely finished with the book, but what I have read has helped me a lot. I love the soul searching questions at the end of each section or chapters. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Amaranthe

    Hey...*cleans her fangs*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Hylia

    Sits in the shadows

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Life changing

    I started reading this book out of curiosity.....ironically at a down point in my life. Jillian's book has made me put certain things in my life back into perspective. She is very insightful and very real. Not all the usual fluffy stuff, truly Real! I recommend this book as the Best self help, positive thinking books out there! Very worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    MAP OF UNLIMITED

    Res1 News
    Res2 Biographies
    Res3 City ((If you get locked out go to res4!))
    Res5 Training Arena

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