Unleash the Power Within: What I learned from a weekend with Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is one of the most powerful speakers in the world today.
Whether or not you’re a fan, we can all give him that.
I went off to UPW to watch him work, learn about managing a big crowd, and maybe pick up a trick or two for my own work. I got that and so much more. These are just a few of my revelations from UPW.
Big things I implemented immediately from Unleash the Power Within and improved my life:
The higher quality your questions, the better state people will be in during your conversations. Instead of asking someone, “How are you?”, ask them, “Who do you love?”
Don’t do other people’s work for them or you will rob them of the most important lessons they need to learn.
Love your family, choose your peers.
Complexity is the enemy of execution. Make it simple for me AND others.
Using my physical state to change my mental state.
Two Favorite quotes from UPW
“The biggest addiction people have is problems...Suffering is nothing but a mental habit.”
“People get paid to get your attention.”
A word about the negatives
Although I found the event powerful, tremendously moving at this moment in my life, and educational overall, there are real problems with the Tony Robbins show. They’ve been covered to death so I won’t go into detail here. What I will say is if you decide to go, go in knowing three things:
There will be TONS of selling while you are in a highly charged and vulnerable state. SEt a budget on what you’re willing to spend, take it in cash, and leave your credit cards at your hotel so you can sleep on decisions before making them. The manipulative sales were my biggest problem with the event, but that can be mitigated by sleeping on decisions before shelling out large amounts of cash for other programs.
Tony’s a bit of a chauvinist. As a hardcore feminist, I took issue with a number of his comments about women, ideas about men’s roles, and dismissing of women’s issues in general. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have tons of important things you can learn from him. But if you’ve experienced sexual trauma of any sort, you might want to be wary going in if you’re easily triggered.
If you’re asking yourself, should I go to UPW?
For most people, I would say a big HELL YES!
I think the experience is life-changing and a really good time. It’s like a 4-day rock concert and will help you look at yourself in a powerful way.
Just remember, if you’re emotionally raw or have experienced real trauma recently tread lightly. It might not be a great fit for you.
Have you been to UPW? What did you think of the event? Was it life changing for you?