Picture this. Over 9,000 people jumping and dancing and waving our arms in the air, while singing and screaming ‘Life will never be the same…’ at like, a level 50 on a scale of 10.
You forget you’re in an unbearably cold arena (it’s kept at a near freezing temperature on purpose… they even give out gloves as a bit of a joke in our welcome bag!) and the lights and lasers start flashing like you’re at a Lady Gaga concert. Except it’s Tony Robbins up there on stage, banging up a storm on his drum sticks to the beat like his life depended on it. His energy was palpable.
‘MAKE YOUR MOVE!’ he’d scream, and the entire arena in unison would strike a power move.
‘Say yes!’ ‘YES!’ We’d yell in reply while making a fist punch in the air.
You really couldn’t help but get into it.
Now I know people have mixed emotions when it comes to this giant (literally) of a man, but there is no denying he BRINGS it. And he truly is brilliant at what he does.
Beyond the ridiculous amounts of jumping and dancing, the firewalk (yes, we walked on fire!), the surprise concert on the last night with Jennifer Hudson, there was also tons of valuable content and takeaways.
We learned about the six human needs that drive all behavior.
We explored the three ways we can immediately (and powerfully) change our state.
And we went through a powerful transformational exercise that left the majority of us in tears, and our limiting beliefs behind us.
Here were my biggest takeaways:
Throw on your dancing shoes!
I’ve taken on a new ritual of morning dance parties.
And they actually are quite powerful!
First of all, you can’t help but get excited and bust out a smile when you’re shaking those hips. Even if it’s a small shimmy in your seat, you end up changing what he refers to as your ‘state.’
If you want to change your mood, your state, there are 1 of 3 ways you can do it. (Do all three and you’re golden.)
1 Change your physiology (strike a pose or move your body)
2 Change your focus (shift the thoughts in your mind)
3 Change your language (replace the words you’re using to talk to yourself)
The quickest of the three is to change your physical state. Hence, the dance parties! You can also strike a power pose, run on the spot, or even shift your posture to a more open stance.
Try it now and see what it does!
There’s a reason why he had us on our feet so often during the sometimes 14 hour long days! Somehow with the music going, your legs jumping and your arms waving, you can’t help but find the energy within.
Stop thinking your fears make you special.
Ever had a thought around the idea of ‘not being enough?’
Well, it turns out you and I are not unique or special at all!
There are two primary fears that ALL human beings share, even though there are numerous variations.
I am not enough
I won’t be loved
Once we realise fear has been hard wired in all human beings, we can surrender to the fact it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. So, we need to learn how to dance with our fear. How to take it along for the ride. How to take massive action towards what we truly want to create in spite of this fear.
Fulfilment comes through progress.
There are two skills we need to master if we want to live an extraordinary life:
1 The Science of Achievement
2 The Art of Fulfilment
With hard work and drive and dedication we can figure out the science of achievement. However mastering the art of fulfilment is a different ballgame.
No doubt you’ve had the experience where you finally reach your goal, you finally get the job, the raise, or the house. Or you run across the finish line of a race. And that feeling of elation and accomplishment lasts for how long? A few minutes? Longer if you’re lucky, but if it was just the goal you were after, chances are you’ll be off chasing the next one before you know it.
The only way to experience happiness, to experience true fulfilment, is to experience progress. To stretch. To grow. To get out of your comfort zone and make moves towards your dreams each and every day.
So start dancing. Stop letting your fears grab hold of you. And keep making progress towards your dreams.
The two most powerful exercises for me included envisioning what our life would look like 5, 10, and then 20 years from now if we held onto our limiting beliefs. It did not look pretty! And on the last day, we envisioned what our life would look like if we DID go after what we really wanted. Far more enticing!
Now I may have drunk the kool-aid, I may still be on a high, but I’m choosing to take on the idea that life will never be the same. Why not? It’s a choice we can all make today. What do we have to lose?
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Make it count!