So, I think that I’m going to take a couple of days to write this piece because it is too important to half ass. No single person on this planet has taught me more about perseverance, determination and focus to succeed more so than Tony Robbins. The principles of success that I learned from Tony quickly saturated my life, and what I learned simply came down to one word: action.
Taking action has been the catalyst to every successful experience, endeavour and goal in my life. Tony fueled my fire to keep moving forward, to keep searching for the cause of my illness, and to never give up. I think that we are all searching for ways to remain focused and determined to arrive at our final destination of healing, happiness and fulfillment. During moments of fear, worry, depression, sadness and concern, our physical posture changes. But you can change the way you feel (your state), simply by changing your physical posture. Standing up tall, pulling your shoulders back, sticking your chest out and raising your chin so that your head is tilting slightly back puts your body into a confident stance. On my worst days, when I was feeling extremely exhausted and worried about my health, I would use this technique. Taking action is the key to attaining success because action is the only thing that will ignite progress.
Every day, on a couple scraps of paper, I write down one or two things that I’m grateful for, and I fold these pieces of paper and place them into my gratitude jar. The practice of keeping a gratitude jar has also given me a way of providing my brain with evidence that there are so many more wonderful things that happen — far more positive experiences than soul sucking negative ones.
It’s easier to see the evidence right there in front of you, rather than trying to remember that something lovely actually happened. October 2, 2013  by  Julie Rowlands Alison, Thank you for these great tips, I have been a Tony Robbins devotee for years, and it is wonderful to have your post as a reminder and sometimes when life gets tricky it is easy to slip back into negative draining habits, depending on who is around you! I too was diagnosed with CFS many years ago and only recently discovered I have Lyme, I am in Australia. Love or hate him, there's no denying that celebrity life coach Tony Robbins is an incredibly engaging public speaker. For the past 30 years, people have paid hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars each to attend one of Robbins' high-energy seminars. Oprah Winfrey said that Robbins' Unleash the Power Within event was "one of the most incredible experiences" of her life, and Al Gore was in the front row of Robbins' "Why we do what we do" TED Talk, which has now been viewed over 20 million times online. We spoke with him recently about his new book "MONEY Master the Game" and used the opportunity to ask how he's able to be such an effective speaker. Robbins says that in order to leave a lasting impression on your audience, you need to surprise them by going deeper than they predicted. And the way to move an audience is by becoming moved yourself, which can only happen if you're being genuine.
Ritholtz is also concerned with the 15 percent allocation to gold and commodities in Robbins' portfolio, noting that commodities have historically had a negative real rate of return. For years now, many financial journalists have advocated a globally diversified portfolio of low management fee index funds. Others have questioned the relentless focus on the power of simplistic, positive thinking that constitutes the premise for many self-help fixes. Dan Solin is the director of investor advocacy for the BAM ALLIANCE and a wealth adviser with Buckingham. The views of the author are his alone and may not represent the views of his affiliated firms. Budgeting and tracking your expenses will give you a firm grasp on how much money is coming in and where it’s going out. For the past three decades, Tony Robbins has reached millions through his books, audio lessons, and presentations.
This week, Robbins' first book in over 20 years, "MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom," comes out. Robbins tells us that he wants the book to bring sophisticated money principles to a mass audience, delivered with his signature inspiring voice.
We spoke with Robbins about the book, how he works with CEOs, and what he's learned from them.
And the tipping point for me was watching this documentary called "Inside Job," which eventually won the Academy Award. I thought to myself, "You know, I have a unique gift." Most people have no idea but for the last 21 years I've been coaching Paul Tudor Jones, one of the top 10 financial traders in the history of the world. So I thought if I interviewed 50 of the smartest people in the world and asked, "Can the average person still win?
What I really want to do is reach the millennial that might just be getting out of school with a huge amount of debt and they're going, "How am I ever going to turn this around?" I want to reach the baby boomer who maybe took a hit in 2008 and they don't think it's possible to retire. BI: How did you end up developing powerful long-term relationships with the likes of Paul Tudor Jones, Richard Branson, Marc Benioff, and Ray Dalio?
So, when you can produce results and you're sincere and you're committed and you can do anything you can to support these people, the doors open for just about anybody. BI: In a general sense, what's the main problem your clients have, regardless of their status or industry? So those two skill sets: mastering time (and mastering yourself to do that) and mastering the ability to influence. They're engaged, but how do you engage people when you have an organization that is growing dynamically at 20% or 30% or more? Or when you're in an industry that is aging, what do you do when the mindset of people is, "This is how we've always done it"? And secondly, it's threshold of control for every business that I've ever helped to turn around a€” whether it's a multibillion-dollar company or it's an army of three from a dentist's office. And once I know what's really driving them, what they're really after, now I dig underneath and I try to figure out what are the obstacles. So I uncover what those barriers are, and then I develop a systematic approach to basically violate the limitations that they have, while having them be the person in charge to make that happen. All of these people have completely different strategies in what they do, but what they have in common is all of them are obsessed with not losing. Paul Tudor Jones has been my client for 21 years a€” I mean, he hasn't lost money for 21 straight years since we started working.
That would be boring if that was the only universal piece besides the other one, which I find fascinating, was that they're not giant risk takers, most of them. The average person goes out and invests a dollar hoping to make 10% or 20%, if they're lucky a€” so if they're wrong they're in the hole majorly.
TR: I don't think I have any regrets, but I can tell you what I learned from mistakes or failures. The second thing I'd say, and this is something I did early on, was the result of meeting Ken Blanchard. And the third one, maybe one of the more valuable ones, is early on I decided to invest in what I also enjoyed and what I thought would create a great lifestyle. I don't give a damn how rich you are financially or how abundant you are with your family or love, we all experience extreme stress in our life at some point.
One of my favorite books from the past that I often give people when they're in a tough place because it's so small and easy to read and so profound a€” I've read it at least a dozen times a€” is "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen.


Another one I'd recommend is "The Fourth Turning," or alternatively "Generations," both written by William Strauss and Neal Howe. And the other one is Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts, who's just one of the most brilliant human beings I know. BI: Since you spend your career helping others, does it ever become difficult to work on yourself? TR: Well, my clients, unless they talk about the depths of what we do personally, I never speak about them.
It's really a process of uncovering, being provocative, being real, being raw, making the environment safe, and then looking for the real answers and solutions and then developing a system, because most things you can't just solve them through one conversation, you've got to create a system that causes that person to act differently, speak differently, so something differently than they have in the past in order to create a new pattern that gives them sustainable success.
At the most fundamental level, I really believe that you have to know and really respect your audience. Because the more you understand what somebody wants, needs, and fears, the more you can figure out how to add value.
You've got to bring the emotion, and you have to understand that you can't touch other people if you're not touched.
Tony Robbins has been such a force of nature in my life that I cannot possibly articulate what he has done for me in the few moments that I have to write today.
And, each day, I have to make a decision to stay in a zone of certainty that I will get better and I will return to my life.
But we were talking about how to Awaken the Giant Within — a practice that I have used ever since to accomplish every goal that I have ever had. So, I thought I would share with you the lessons that I’ve learned and that have helped me to stay on the road to recovery. We start to droop and to cross our arms in front of our body, as if trying to hug the fear away. The new stance, which is cognitively associated with power and authority then changes your state from negative to positive. In fact, since I knew that posture affected my state of mind, I did every thing in my power to always get out of bed and get dressed.
I also suffer from chronic illness and sometimes it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Nothing inspires me more than to hear from others who are taking action to reclaim their health. I have to tell you at this point in my illness you have definitely influenced my healing more than anyone. In addition to personally coaching powerful people like investing legend Paul Tudor Jones and President Bill Clinton, celebrities can often be found in his audience. I want to know, just like when I work with an individual, what do they desire, what do they hate, what do they love, what are they hungry for, what's missing?" Robbins says.
I do my homework about the company, individuals in the company, leaders in the company, so I dig in.
Tony Robbins' new book on investing, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, has shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list.
Robbins' book exposed the conflicts of interest that brokers and insurance companies have with their clients.
They promise a "never-before-revealed investment strategy" and a guaranteed way for investors to "participate in market gains" but "never lose when the market drops." Cullen Roche, author of a blog called Pragmatic Capitalism, believes Mr. You can find details about these strategies in my Smartest series of books, and in books by John Bogle, Rick Ferri, Allan Roth and my colleague, Larry Swedroe. Robbins' newfound success in the financial arena represents the leveraging of his cult-like status as a life coach. Novella believes life coaching and self-help programs are generally not evidence-based "in any meaningful way." He rejects the notion that just spending time thinking about your life and your goals without direction can affect any real change. Barbara Ehrenreich wrote a book on this subject, entitled Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America.
Any data, information and content on this blog is for information purposes only and should not be construed as an offer of advisery services. It's a personal finance book that draws upon interviews Robbins conducted with 50 of the world's most talented investors, including billionaires Carl Icahn and Ray Dalio. I've been teaching these principles for decades, but the system has gotten more and more complex, as you well know.
I couldn't answer the door because of bill collectors, our cars being repossessed, things of that nature. What was amazing about it was probably the best of all the documentaries showing systemically how a small number of people almost blew up the entire world economy. This is a guy who in 2008, when the markets were blowing down to the floor, he made 28%, and the market was down 51% from top to bottom. And I want to hit the sophisticated investors who are like, "Holy shit, I don't have $5 billion and $100 million to start with, but I'd like to know what Ray Dalio actually does so that I can add some of those tools to myself." All three types of people can get great value out of this book.
In law, there's all kinds of words you don't know if you're not a lawyer and that gives them power. How do you achieve and have the depth of impact and have your culture spring from that and grow when more and more people are being added to it? I look to see what aspects of psychology have to be straightened out in this individual, what skillsets might be missing, and then I get a plan to help them implement that and help that leader become strong.
Carl Icahn was the most extreme because I showed up with a video crew and he goes, "I don't want the video crew." He threw them out. Paul goes and shakes the building to find why they're not maximizing resources a€” that's his strategy. He told me, "Tony, your business will eat up whatever cash you have available when you're growing a business.
I was just recently on a trip, with I won't say who, but there was a multibillionaire on the trip with me. And the reason is because what this man lived through in WWII, he was in Auschwitz, and he studied what made people survive versus the people who didn't.
It's the whole concept of understanding that your thoughts really, truly shape everything in your life that you feel and experience. I believe anticipation is power, that if you are going to have a great life, you don't want to react to everything.
I can help someone grow their business 130% in 12 to 18 months only because I've done that with so many of my own and have faced so many challenges. And then of course you know the story of his administration, and so I was brought in multiple times.
We've all been put to sleep by somebody who's told us all these wonderful facts that didn't matter because information without emotion is not retained.
And, during the last 7-years his teachings have been a major source of strength for me as I reclaim my health after totally losing it to Lyme Disease. I know that I have to stay in the realm of certainty because that is the only thing that will propel me forward — Tony taught me that. I needed constant reminders that if I wanted to move forward and heal, I needed to take action and to stay in a mindset of certainty.
Your brain needs to know that you are accomplishing something and moving forward toward your desire or goal. I’m looking forward to December 31st, when I get to shake out my jars and re-read all of the wonderful things that have happened this year. I have tried to change my idea to run away from more problems but i cant help my bad thinking and feeling and i also suffer from fear.


The publication of his book has generated immense publicity, including a particularly fawning interview with financial pundit James Altucher. He also reportedly advocated that a fiduciary standard should be applied to everyone who provides investment advice.
Barry Ritholtz noted there were significant differences between the Ray Dalio "All Weather" portfolio touted in the book and the actual portfolios used by Dalio.
He believes most of the advice disseminated by self-help gurus is "not only improvised, it's largely wrong." Dr.
Robbins and many others in the self-help industry are trying to sell you are simply "made-up easy answers, personality, and gimmicks," you should view his newfound status as the latest financial guru with even greater skepticism.
There's a certain level they know how to manage, in terms of people, their activities, their resources, their results.
It's not leadership by position that allows people to succeed; it's the capacity to influence the thoughts, the feelings, the emotions, and the actions of other human beings. How do you get them to grow 30% or 130% within each year when they haven't even grown 5% prior? That requires an enormous psychology when the economy is changing, the technology is changing, and the competition is worldwide.
You've gotta be obsessed because you know when you lose 50%, you have to make 100% to get even. I just don't believe in regret, and my economic world is not what I would ever have imagined; I'm financially free. The bottle looked cool, and the water tasted really incredible a€” you could tell the difference. I look back on Fiji Water and anytime I grab one I say, "Holy shit!" So use your experts as coaches and do your own homework and dig deep. I bought it a€” it was just a little backpacker's resort, but over the years I've built it into the top resort in the country, top 10 in all the South Pacific. Money can't be cared about a€” it's got to be a tool that you use, because if you don't use it, it will use you. If it's not you, it will be someone in your family, and so the ability to find meaning in the most difficult times, I think, is one of the most important skills of life and there's probably not a greater example than that book.
Where the world is going and what technology is leading us to in terms of the evolution of humanity is an incredibly valuable thing to understand.
Self-reliance is a theme all human beings, especially those living in the Western world, have to fully understand if they're going to do well in a world that's changing constantly. You go to a psychiatrist, and they're on this Prozac, Effexor, and antidepressants, you may have picked the wrong person. And then I had a situation with some partners where people were not truthful, and I had a $100 million debt overnight. Just penetrating, provocative questions to get to what the real challenge is, and what the real opportunities are. What you are as a communicator from the front of the room is you're emotional transportation. So if you're just giving some frickin talk you've memorized over and over again, you're going to have a flat affect.
You need to train yourself to be in a state of certainty that your present circumstance is better than it seems. If you remain stagnant, you prevent yourself from observing evidence of progress toward your goal — and your brain translates that lack of evidence as failure.
I have a dream board and also write down manifestations and do visualizations of where I want to be; and really believe it. None of us claim the ability to guarantee outsized returns without comparable risk -- and for good reason. He describes himself as a "world authority on leadership psychology," a "peace negotiator and humanitarian," a "strategic advisor to world leaders," a "successful entrepreneur and honored business strategist," a "philanthropist," an "award-winning speaker," and an "innovator in psychology and intervention," among other accolades. Novella believes the big sellers in the self-help industry seem to be completely disconnected from scientific evidence.
Then 2008 happened, and I started seeing people losing their homes a€” you know, people that were really good human beings and now couldn't put their kids through college or lost their retirement. So that leaves you feeling either really angry or really depressed because there are no solutions. If I said to you last year the third largest cause of death in the United States was iatrogenic causes, you might go, "Is that some form of Ebola?" No, it means physician or hospital induced. I do that by realizing that the chokehold on the growth of any business is always the leader. He knows a€” he's not stupid a€” he knows he's going to be wrong [sometimes] so if he loses a dollar and has to spend another dollar, spending two to make five, he's still up $3. I want to go make an investment and buy a home for my mom who doesn't really have much money." The gift of that a€” she's now passed away a€” brings me joy for the rest of my life.
He's the one who taught me fundamentally that if you want anything to change, you've got to change it.
If you go to somebody who's broke who's selling you financial services, that might not be a good thing. And I realize, "Holy shit, I can handle $100 million." And that allows me to now handle businesses, with revenue all together, that bring in $5 billion. And when you face those situations, they transform you, they change you, and when you're able to break through them to a new level, they allow you to have gifts to give other people.
I've got a mission to help people improve and massively change their lives and create breakthroughs, so I'm always looking for them and I'm the first guinea pig. That's what a movie does, that's what music does, it transports us from one state of being to another. If you've just got a bunch of visuals on the screen that are leading your talk, hang up your shoes and get the hell out of there.
But throughout the day, I would stand up and assume a confident posture just to help myself fight against the fear and panic that was brewing inside me. Reaching out, like you just did, is a wonderful first step to move forward into a life that is filled with more gratitude and positivity.
Eckhart Tolle has really helped my healing process as well as picking up tips from my kinesiologist friends. Robbins' portfolio is over-weighted in bonds, and that back-testing this portfolio after the "greatest bond bull market in history" may be misleading.
And when the system hadn't changed two years later, I became obsessed with watching every documentary and reading every book about how it occurred.
Great leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% on the solution, but we all get stuck at times. Novella is an academic neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine and the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He was going to fly publicly, and then he didn't even fly first class a€” it was too expensive so he flew business class. Robbins "is a successful self-help guru with a schtick that depends upon the scientific illiteracy of his audience." He dismisses sessions in which Mr.



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