It may not have a lot to do with running or being vegetarian, but it has everything to with making big changes. And, for that matter, with this blog.
A year and three months ago, I went to Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within seminar. People have asked me if it was life-changing, and I feel sort of funny saying, “Yes.” Because isn’t that what anyone would say? Who’s going to be honest enough to say, “Yeah, I spent 600 bucks and four days of my life and walked across hot coals, but it was a total waste”?
But honestly, it was worth every cent, every second, and even the little burn I got on my foot from the coals. When I came home from that seminar, I was excited about my life in a way that I never had been. That’s when I decided to become vegetarian, to work harder than ever to qualify for Boston, and to start writing about it.
And when Tony returns to New York in November, you can bet I’ll be there again.
Tony’s New Show
I realize not everybody is going to like Tony Robbins. But since you read this blog, chances are you’re similar to me. You like feeling motivated and inspired to make changes. Maybe you can do that without the help of this gigantic guy of infomercial fame, but he sure makes it easier for me to get excited about the future.
Tony has a new show that starts tomorrow (Tuesday) on NBC. It’s called Breakthrough with Tony Robbins, and this is the one time you’ll hear me suggest that you watch TV instead of doing something cooler. The premise is that Tony takes somebody who’s really down and out and helps them change their life in 30 days. I can’t say for sure if it will be any good — the trailer makes it look disconcertingly similar to The Biggest Loser — but this seems like a good opportunity for a bunch of people to get acquainted with Tony without having to buy one of his books or audio programs (or to walk across hot coals).
There’s a website where you can find out more information about the show, including the trailer and 12 minutes of Tony talking about it.
Trust me, I’m not the type that I would expect to buy into this sort of stuff. Probably by now you know me to be someone who’s skeptical but willing to try things. I tried a single cassette tape of Tony’s about six years ago when I was lacking direction, career-wise. And that led me to his books, his 30-day Personal Power program, and finally to his seminar.
No television show is going to capture everything that Tony teaches, but I expect it’ll be as good an introduction as any. And who knows what kind of change that might eventually lead you to.
Isn’t it worth an hour to find out? Tuesday night, 8/7 central, NBC.
(You are now free to make fun of me.)