At the beginning of this year, one of my colleagues introduced my team and I to a Tony Robbins team member. He talked to us about empowering beliefs and limiting beliefs. At the end of our meeting, he gave us an invitation to come to Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within (UPW) Event in Dallas in June. Of course this event isn’t free, but people have given testimonies of how life changing it was. My first reactions were, ‘how am I going to convince my husband this is an investment vs an expense’ and ‘do I really need a life changing intervention, because I have a pretty good life that I’m happy with’ but my third reaction was ‘I get to walk across burning coals?’ SIGN ME UP!
In June, myself and 5 of my colleagues, including my boss (and friend) made a trip to Dallas for a life changing weekend. Again, I didn’t really think there was much change needed in most areas of my life, but I was going with work friends and I knew one thing was for sure – I wanted to be one of the top reps in my company for recognition and to make more money, honestly.
It’s hard to explain in typed words what exactly happened and what has changed, but I will try and share some of my biggest takeaways and what the event was like.
We arrived in Dallas after leaving Houston at 7:30 am, grabbed an early lunch (because there would be no meal breaks on the first day), headed over to registration and got in our seats. There were thousands of people in the room. From noon to after 11:00 pm we were fully immersed in all that is Tony Robbins – hard core, completely energetic, absolute craziness, and the most fun you’ve had in your life. So much that you don’t even have time to feel exhausted. Day 1 was all about creating and being in a peak state. I didn’t even know what this meant prior to going to this event. Now I couldn’t even imagine not being able to get myself in a peak state within a moment – any moment. That evening, we headed outside and walked across FIRE. Ok, it was hot coals – burning hot coals. I’m sure you saw the drama unravel on the news stations (at least if you live near Dallas), but I assure you, it wasn’t that dramatic. If you want to know how we conditioned ourselves to do ‘THE WALK’ I highly urge you to go to the event. You won’t regret it. I promise. It was most definitely an adrenaline rush, an accomplishment that I am proud of, and a bucket list item checked off that I didn’t even know I had to check.
#makeyourmove ‘say yes’ #yes
Day 1 (night): We were EXHAUSTED beyond belief and just wanted a bed to sleep in. We had reservations at a hotel a few miles outside of downtown. Not really a big deal, and it was a credible hotel chain. Or so we thought. I don’t know what was worse – the smoke smell, mildew smell, broken headboards, stained carpet, or wet towels. Needless to say, we got upgraded to stay at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas which was attached to the convention center for the remainder of the trip. *not laughable at the time, VERY laughable now.
The second day we came prepared with more snacks and food for the day. We were ready for more of Tony. Due to his restrictions from his doctor, he requires a bit of down time from talking, so a good part of the day was videos of him during previous events. It was almost like he was still right there with us saying those words. We spent the day focused on visualizing the future – what do you love, hate, want, and are passionate about. My dreams of my future became more clear. There was a lot of dancing, jumping, screaming, cheering, chanting, smiling, and so many more emotions. Tears were shed, and my feet were swollen by the end of the night but I didn’t even notice until we sat down.
This was the last day we were there – we didn’t stay for the 4th day that was focused on health and wellness since we had a group that was pretty health conscious. Our last day was all about putting everything together from the past two days. We talked about and experienced being laser focused and mastering areas of our life. Tony shared his priming method with us and we got to experience something I use almost daily still – his morning ritual. That night, er morning of the fourth night, my roommate, Natalie, and I had a discussion about ‘mastery’ and what that means to us and how we can put it into play into our lives. I’m pretty sure I was delirious at that moment, but I still remember the conversation – a great reminder in our profession of sales.
This was honestly a life-changing weekend for me and I’m so happy to have experienced it with such great people in my life! #yourefuckingawesome
To end this post, I wanted to share a few thoughts that may or may not make sense if you haven’t attended one of his events, but hopefully one speaks to you.
‘You can’t be grateful and fearful/angry at the same time.’
‘Life is always happening for us, not to us.’
‘If you want to take the island, burn your boats.’
‘To make everyone happy but yourself is the ultimate failure.’