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The Motivation Manifesto

Brendon Burchard

Self Improvement, Empowerment, Psychology, Inspirational


The Motivation Manifesto is a pulsing, articulate, ferocious call to claim our personal power. World-renowned high performance trainer Brendon Burchard reveals that the main motive of humankind is the pursuit of greater Personal Freedom. We desire the grand liberties of choice - time freedom, emotional freedom, social freedom, financial freedom, spiritual freedom. Only two enemies stand in our way: an external enemy, defined as the social oppression of who we are by the mediocre masses and an internal enemy, a sort of self-oppression caused by our own doubt and fear.

The march to Personal Freedom, Burchard argues, can be won only by declaring our intent and independence, stepping into our personal power, and battling through self-doubt and the distractions of the day until full victory is won. Recalling the revolutionist voices of the past that chose freedom over tyranny, Burchard - at times poetic yet always fierce - motivates us to free ourselves from fear and take back our lives once and for all.
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Nov 23, 2014 KariF
There are a lot of great books out there. Brian Johnson created Philosopher's Notes (summaries of some of the greatest books in history), in part, because there are so many books out there and not enough time to read them. But, after reading The Motivation Manifesto, I realized that this was one book I would recommend reading in full.

Why Did I Like The Motivation Manifesto?

First, I like the way Brendon Burchard stood his ground and created a book that he wanted to create. You can read about that on Forbes here.

But, why would I recommend this book? Because I personally believe it has the power to change lives and even - possibly - the world.

It is a book of fact.

It is a book that contains information that we probably all know on some level.

But, it serves as a reminder that we are great, have great potential, and should spend the time we have here living up to that potential.

At the end of the book, I wanted to live up to my potential and make the world a better place. There were other things I wanted to do too.

I wanted to be nicer to people
I wanted to live in the moment more
I wanted to get busy taking action on the things I want
I wanted to turn off my TV and stop wasting my time watching shows like the Kardashians
I wanted to live my life and stop watching other people live theirs
I wanted to break through my fears and start GOING FOR IT!
That's a short list, but as you can tell, I felt motivated!

Basically this book made me want to be a better person and help create a better world, and that is why I recommend The Motivation Manifesto to YOU.

If everyone can feel that empowered, that motivated, and that excited after reading this book, then this world could be in for a few POSITIVE changes!

What Is The Motivation Manifesto?

It is a book that talks about how we are meant to be free and how our fears hold us back from our freedom. And, it shows us how to get motivated.

"The sustaining choices of motivation are thus attention and effort." - Motivation Manifesto

It goes through 9 declarations that are more than just declarations. It's like you have your own personal coach talking to you and hyping you up to live your best life.

The declarations remind you of what is important in life and why they are important.

When I was almost done the book, I knew that I was going to put these 9 declarations somewhere near my work space to remind me of who I am and who I want to be.

The book reminds you of what this world is lacking and what it needs to become great.

On a personal level, my husband was having a hard time letting go of a negative job as I was reading this, and I was able to give him a lot of insightful tips (thanks Brendon!) that motivated him to once and for all get out of a job that was causing him stress and pain and ill-health, and get onto doing what he really wants to do in his life.

"We mustn't live in the darkness of our doubts, the shadows of the joyless, or the clutches of the energy vampires." - Motivation Manifesto

Not Many People Have Regreted Reading It

Worried that it may be a waste of your time to read the book? I have not seen too many negative reviews about The Motivation Manifesto.

I did see some reviews on Amazon that made me wonder what the motivation was behind them. For instance, one of the reviewers who gave it 1 star said, "I tried the 9 steps to claim my personal power and it just didn't take." She wondered why the steps couldn't be reduced, maybe to 5 steps, and she also stated that when she discussed it with her Sex Addicts Anonymous group they helped her understand it more. It sounds like a fake review, right? It has to be. But why on this book? Why waste your time writing such a nonsense review on a book that has the power to do good in the world. If this person actually took the time to read the book and implement it, maybe they could take their talent for writing nonsense and actually help or inspire other people.

The other 1-star review said to sum up the book, you should face your fears and live life they way you want it. I can tell you that the book is not summed up by that sentence. Not even close.

In the end, I believe it is a book that will benefit your life in a positive way. It may even change the direction of it altogether, and in turn affect the world in a very positive way. So, yes, I think this book has the power to change the world.
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Dec 28, 2014 ginadrellack
This book by Brendon Burchard is a handbook for achieving personal power. Powerfully inspiring, it is written in a Revolutionary and declarative style. It’s empowering, supportive, and encouraging–as if you’re remembering all over again who you really are, yet you know you’ve never left yourself.

The book opens with a declaration of personal power, providing clarity to desired outcomes. Next are explorations of the human natures of freedom, fear, and motivation. Finally, 9 Declarations are experienced–some examples of which are meeting life with full presence and power, advancing with abandon, amplifying love, inspiring greatness, and others.

This book is unapologetic in its descriptions and concepts, courageous in its conviction. It is also inspirational in its grace toward people and attitudes who would oppose our direction, reminding me of a description my Mom taught me: “Go in peace, but go.” It is all about individual freedom to choose–and this book is a guide to choosing higher, if a reader is interested. Without allowing oneself to be swayed by the naysayers, the fearful, and the threatened.

Anyone who could use a shot of inspiration will benefit from reading this book. Anyone who feels pretty on top of things in their life will gain a surprising second wind, a bouying seventh wave. You have every reason to read this book, and no reason not to.

I was not financially compensated for this review–I received a copy in exchange for my opinion of it, in accordance with Hay House’s Book Nook blogger program. The author himself is giving away free copies on his website, take a look.
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Dec 29, 2014 awakenandbegin
Ever feel like you need someone to sit you down and give you a pep talk to supercharge your life into action? Reading The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard is kind of like that. Squared. Cubed, even.

"We must ask if our desires to feel safe and accepted are in fact enslaving us to popular opinion—and to boredom."

If you ever felt like you were destined for a greater existence but felt conflicted or overwhelmed about taking the necessary actions, this book is so for you. You might want to stop reading here and go get a copy to see for yourself. It is that good.

The Motivation Manifesto is written in the kind of language you might find in The Declaration of Independence. That's because the author studied these types of early documents as research for writing this book. He wanted this book to be a true manifesto, written in the language that was used by our great predecessors to move people into action.

This book is a call to a life of disciplined pursuit of self-mastery; a call to immediate action to prepare to pursue our dreams.

Personal Freedom

"It is the main motivation of humankind to be free, to express our true selves and pursue our dreams without restriction—to experience what may be called Personal Freedom."

The first section of the book discusses freedom, fear, and motivation.

Personal freedom does not come without responsibility. Having the privilege to do what we want, when we want, and how we want comes with diligence and sacrifice. Burchard calls us to take the initiative in our lives to pursue our dreams, not to merely wait for something to happen to us and leave our future to chance. We must hold our vision ahead of our immediate impulses.

Conformity is the antithesis of personal freedom. Burchard reassures us that following our dreams does not alienate us from those we once aimed to please through conformity; it enhances our abilities to connect and positions us as needed leaders to others who would like to do the same.

If we aren't living in personal freedom, it is because we are acting out of fear.


"We have patiently suffered long enough, hoping that someone or some kind of luck would one day grant us more opportunity and happiness."

Motivation is the name of the book, and it truly lives up to its name. If you ever had an idea in mind of what a manifesto on motivation would read like, this is it. Motivation Manifesto addresses every thought I have ever had on motivation and what it takes to truly motivate oneself into action, and goes way beyond.

This book provides an answer to dealing with every imaginable stumbling block put up by others and ourselves on the path to our dreams. No excuse stands a chance in the face of this declaration of what it takes to truly live on purpose.

The Nine Declarations

The second section of the book calls us to action further with nine declarations of personal power. One of my favorites is Reclaim Your Agenda.

"The white space of a free day seems unfathomable because we have become hypnotized by a false but compelling need to respond to all the needs of others."

If you ever had difficulty saying no to a task that was not meaningful to your soul, or struggled with sacrificing your own desires and dreams in the name of catering to the expectations of others, this section is for you. It is time to turn our daily activities into those that send us directly towards our own dreams, rather than living unexamined lives of conformity.

Burchard provides us with more than enough ammunition to say no, unapologetically. Saying no allows us room to expand our passions and dreams in the spaces that were once filled with meaningless tasks.

We are called to Defeat Our Demons, notably the demons named Doubt and Delay. These are the demons that infiltrate our daily experience and bring death to our ideas and dreams that could not only set us personally free, but also help others on their journeys.

We are called to Advance with Abandon; to go beyond our comfort zones that keep us stationed in dis-ease, and to be willing to exchange our immediate desires for those of a future filled with great personal freedom.

Joy, gratitude, integrity, love, and time shall be harnessed as our allies, banishing our demons and fears from their current perches in our daily lives.

Kickoff a New Year with Motivation Manifesto

At times the language may seem harsh to some, but I found it necessary and true in its harshness. Inherent in change is the acceptance that things aren't working as they are, and that's okay.

Packed with aha moments and written in stunning prose, The Motivation Manifesto is an excellent handbook on motivation - the best one I have ever seen in all the self-help reading I have done over the years.

This book is an absolute must read, particularly for those who have dreams and aspire to something greater than their current situation. If you have already read The Motivation Manifesto or plan to read this book, please share your thoughts below!

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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