So recently I watched Tony Robbin’s documentary film ‘I am not your Guru’ because I’d read some of his books and have always been curious about his seminars and conferences. So this documentary follows him during one of his 6 day Date with Destiny seminars. It was fascinating to watch and he certainly has a unique coaching approach!
What I didn’t know is that he was, and continues to be, driven by a desire to both progress within his own life and help others as part of that process because of his own childhood. His mother was both an alcoholic and addicted to Valium and he talks about this briefly during the film. And there was much about the seminar programme that resonated with our sobriety journey hence why I’m talking about it here and now.
The 6 day event is both long and intense and the format runs:
- Evaluation – push will wear you out
- Discovery – we all get what we tolerate
He understands the human condition because of his own experience. He asks great questions such as what are the beliefs, behaviours, emotional habits, story you tell yourself or conflict inside of you that stops you living your best life? And there were some great take aways such as:
Stay in your head and you’re dead
Another of his quote’s in Fortune that I read and really liked was:
‘Be in charge of your life. You’re going to have reward and risk wherever you are, but be authentic to what you want to be and what you want to do. Don’t be worrying about what somebody thinks about you. Don’t flatter yourself. They’re really not thinking about you.’
All of these stages and questions fit the drinking and sobriety conundrum really well and he acknowledges that people who attend his days are looking to change a behaviour or way of thinking which again fits our battles with booze perfectly!
And wouldn’t you know he’s one of us 🙂
He’s also fastidious about his diet. Robbins doesn’t drink alcohol or caffeine, or eat red meat or chicken (source)
Here’s a TED talk given by him where he motivates in 20 minutes:
PS The second trailer for T2: Trainspotting is out and you can watch it here – can’t wait for January!
“You’re an addict so be addicted, just be addicted to something else – choose the one’s you love, choose your future, choose life” 😉