The Tony Robbins Experience
I recently had the unique opportunity to attend Tony Robbins’ ‘Unleash the Power Within’, a 4-day, 45 hour intense, immersive and life-altering experience. Think of it as an educational and empowering rave for adults of all ages. I can confidently attest it’s an event unlike any other you’ve been to. This is my comprehensive, genuine review.
Who Is Tony Robbins?
Tony is a world-renowned life coach, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author of five internationally best selling books, and all around-positivity invoker. His main goal is to take all the information he’s learned over his 38 years of coaching others, including Oprah, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Clinton…and create lasting change in people’s lives around the globe. Tony is also a huge philanthropist. This is an excerpt on his service work:
“As a philanthropist, Tony Robbins feeds 4 million people per year in 56 countries. He’s initiated programs in more than 1,500 schools, 700 prisons, and 50,000 service organizations and shelters. He provides fresh water to 100,000 people a day in India in order to fight the number one killer of children in that country – waterborne diseases. Last year he raised the stakes: In order to honor those who helped his family during tough times, he personally provided 59 million meals to people in the USA, and matched funds to feed 100 million in 2015 alone through his partnership with Feeding America.”
Pretty remarkable, right? I’m all for someone eliciting such positive change in the lives of others. You can find some of his work on YouTube if you want to see what he’s all about; I usually tune in during gym cardio. You can also pick up his books, or attend his seminars!
Why Did I Attend a Weekend Seminar?
Isn’t the weekend time to play? Seminars have the ability to condense decades into days. Those who have gone before can share what they’ve learned, in order to save you time and struggle. For example, you stand to pick up information that took someone else 10 years to learn! Whether it’s leaders within your career, experts in your favorite hobby or motivational speakers with incredible insight on life…you will be so enriched if you go all in with an open mind.
Recently, I’ve had this insatiable craving for growth through weekend conferences. I’ve been a formal student all of my life, so naturally I find myself fulfilling this need for learning by attending what I call “adult school.” Seminars come in a wide range of forms and capacities, and you can likely find one that suits your interests or career path, regardless what it is!
A good friend of mine attended this specific conference last year, and insisted I consider going as it is “in a class of its own.” I spent the past year or so allowing Tony’s work to infiltrate my life. I noticed positive change, but understood it’s more likely to be absorbed if I properly immerse myself in person. I’ve been moved by his ability to captivate listeners and teach simple approaches that go a long way toward enhanced daily functioning, thus knew it’d be a quality investment.
Contents of the Seminar
Think of it as all the life lessons you never learned in school…but should have.
Each of the 4 days is about 12 hours of:
- incessant motivational and inspiring content
- knowledge you need to transform your life into a more functional, resistance-free system
- unimaginable levels of energy
- DANCING..lots of dancing
- uncomfortable human interaction with strangers-turned friends
- thought-provoking activities (part of the process to break down barriers)
- Pro-Tip: If you take a break, you’ll miss content. Most people brought food to last them the whole day so they wouldn’t have to leave aside for bathroom breaks
- Pro-Tip: Tony isn’t there 2 of the 4 days to preserve his voice since he goes so hard on the days he is there. This is okay…his replacement is pretty great in his own right!
Tony starts the weekend emphatically by yelling from the stage to 10,500 participants, “What stops us from moving forward?” The answer is fear. “What controls and determines the quality of our lives? Why do we do what we do?” Tony has more energy and passion than anyone I’ve seen. He simply owns the stage for 12 hours without a break, providing constant value. More details:
- The infamous FIRE WALK. Yes, we actually walked on fire. This symbolizes destroying self-imposed limitations on your life and breaking through fear to achieve what your heart truly desires
- Analysis of your deepest thought processes, including why you do what you do
- Assessment of the six basic human needs that dictate decision-making
- Fear: What holds you back? Why is your life run by this? Does it have to be this way?
- Focus on MOVEMENT and BREATHING. The concept of priming your body to shift your state at any point of the day, from one of less ideal to a “peak state”
- Exploring what it takes to make REAL, significant progress in business, relationships and life in general
- Exercises for eliciting love and attraction
- Breaking down LIMITING BELIEFS that are ingrained since childhood, that continue to impair you
- Propagation of energy and the influence of nutrition
Note: Certain parts of the event are very intense. Often, people don’t purposefully work through their issues throughout their lives. They suffer heartbreak after heartbreak, failed mission after lost opportunity. Without resolution. Does this sound familiar? They go to this event and experience Tony really digging into deep-rooted problems with his intense methods. This naturally evokes a ton of emotion. Something to be aware of.
To be honest, it’s difficult to contextualize these into a single article. The best way to fully understand it is by experiencing it yourself. The benefits start at the event, and will continue to propagate if you work through the tools you’ve been provided once back home. While most of what he preaches might be considered ‘common sense,’ there’s a key difference between knowing something and actually LIVING it. You will learn HOW to:
- Understand people, including yourself. Instead of always wondering, “I wish I knew why they are that way,” or “am I the only one who feels this way?”
- Live a more peaceful life. As it should be.
- Emphasize others first and take the focus off yourself. This alone is the root of many, many struggles in life (if not all!) Hell, this is how war is propagated! If what you’re deciding on offers value to others, DO IT
- Connect with strangers. In reality, we’re all the same. I’ve already noticed a significant increase in my likelihood and ability to talk to anyone I come across…and it feels amazing
- Live authentically and honestly in every decision and action. You’ll NEVER be everything for everybody. You deserve to be yourself.
- Take yourself less seriously. Life isn’t meant to be so intense! It’s okay to be silly
- Reduce how much you worry what others think. It will always be there, but you can control how much of a role it plays in your life
- Make strategic, written down plans to attack goals with INTENTION, instead of loose visions that don’t come to fruition
- Use incantations and body motion to control your emotions (it works!)
- Not be afraid to invoke change in others. They may not be ready…but when they see the positive changes in your own life, it could be just what they need. Raise others to a new standard by how you live your life
- Rid your mind of “you’re not good enough for that” or “you can’t do that.” Completely eliminate these limiting beliefs; you’re capable of absolutely anything you feel you’re called to do
I will never denounce what Tony does as I think he’s an incredible man who is doing the work of God by creating a radical, positive shift in people’s lives. Having said this, he’s more of a religious pluralist in that he accepts and implements doctrine of all types into his teachings. This makes sense from the standpoint that he’s trying to reach the greatest amount of people.
Where some may get into trouble is taking his teachings as absolute dogma of the highest power. Something along the lines of “My life is completely changed now!!!” wasn’t uncommonly heard after the event. In an effort not to dive too deep into religion, Tony’s principles may not completely align with your religious practices and it’s important to distinguish the two.
I struggled with this both before and after the event. Can I still have a faith and follow Tony Robbins for his practical advice? After much research and contemplation, I’ve found resolve in the following: it’s okay to have leaders and mentors on this earth who guide you in a positive direction, as long as you’re not accepting everything they say as an absolute end-all, be-all. Many of his teachings DO align well with religion (i.e. compassion, putting others first, and more). On the other hand, much of his work likely ISN’T explicitly covered by religion, but helps you operate more efficiently within your business and families, within your interactions and situations with others. I don’t believe this to be inherently wrong on any level.
You’ll likely find discrepancies and things you don’t like or believe in…and that’s okay. Going into it with this mentality is key. Just like anything in life, extract what you can apply and leave the rest behind. I am grateful to him for putting the time and energy into bringing so much improvement to my life and the lives of millions across the world.
‘Unleash the Power Within’ offers incredible perspective in a number of pragmatic ways. The experience provides high levels of positivity and energy the entire time, and is in a league of its own for this reason. Everyone is authentic and vulnerable, and you’ll make very genuine connections if you’re open to it. You’ll see things you just don’t see in your day-to-day.
If you’re intrigued and remotely interested in living a higher quality of life (hell, who isn’t), I can wholeheartedly recommend this event to you with the aforementioned precaution. I would highly suggest spending time before to review his content, to see if you’re into it. If you go, go all in. Let yourself be present and do things you wouldn’t normally do. This is how you’ll get the most out of it.
Finally, don’t expect a 100% life change from this single event. Change happens over time as you challenge the status quo and your internal environment, and let yourself adapt. Rather, view it as an incredible opportunity that provokes immense change in a variety of ways. Use it as LEVERAGE. Study what you learned and implement. Most importantly, combine it with what you already have inside of you, because you weren’t broken before and you aren’t broken now. You are fully equipped with all you need, and this is one additional piece of the pie called life that serves to fill your cup even further.