If you don't know Tony Robbins, where have you been hiding?
A wise man once said: "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
And as with all wise men, this one has a heck of a following.
Tony Robbins is no ordinary life coach. His gospel of self-improvement sparked a business empire that reaches ambitious individuals the world over. Standing six foot seven inches tall, people don't just look up to him in the literal sense. He's got the kind of client base most life coaches could only dream of: Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams all count him as their personal gurus.
But it's not always been success and glamour. His drive, passion and insight all come from a troubled childhood. He's vocal about having spent his childhood protecting his siblings from an alcoholic mother. The family grew up poor and, at 17, he left home for good.
From there, he poured his passion into helping others overcome their personal obstacles and reach their potential. Now, he's known as the ultimate guru on goal-setting and achieving your dreams.
In his later years, he's focused more and more closely on financial success and the freedom it can provide. He's begun to tailor his programmes for entrepreneurial types, business owners and the extremely wealthy. And it shows: seats at his seminars can cost thousands of dollars.
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But you don't need to fork out thousands in order to benefit from his message. Here are three life lessons Robbins can teach you:
1. Do it now
Momentum is crucial. Once you set yourself a goal, start working on it immediately. If the goal is huge, break it up into little actions and do the first one straight off the bat.
In his seminars, Tony always gets you to complete some sort of immediate action. This could be listing out necessary tasks; purchasing software or contacting someone who'll play a role in achieving that goal. He doesn't care exactly what that first action is: the point is that it gives you energy right away, which allows you to take full advantage of the power of momentum.
2. Progress is happiness
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is tying your happiness to one single thing. Putting all your energy into that one thing to achieve the happiness we desire is unrealistic and sets us up for an all-or-nothing mindset.
There's nothing pragmatic about that, and there's nothing happy about it either.
Human happiness is complex, so why would we assume that achieving it is simple?
The real key to happiness is progress. Moving forward, bit by bit, gives us a sense of purpose. It fulfils us in a way that simple box-ticking cannot.
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3. Forget about what other people think
With Tony Robbins, what you see is what you get. He's raw, over the top and sometimes a little cheesy but he doesn't dilute his personality. That's the reason he's been so successful both in business and in his personal relationships.
To learn more about Tony Robbins, seek out one of his many books listed below or watch Joe Berlinger's documentary film Tony Robbins I Am Not Your GuruÂ:
- Unlimited Power (1986)
- Awaken the Giant Within (1991)
- Giant Steps (1994)
- Money: Master the Game (2014)
- Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook (2017)
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