The other day, I did an interview at BlogcastFM.com. It’s mainly about blogging, so if you’re a blogger or you’re just interested in what goes on behind the scenes at NMA, go check that out.But the reason I’m bringing it up is because in the beginning of the interview, we talk about Tony Robbins seminars, and how to make sure your excitement after one of them doesn’t just fade away within a week or two and then you go right back to sucking at life. And since today I’m headed up to New York to return to Tony’s Unleash the Power Within seminar, I figured that’d be a good tie-in.
One reason not to hate on Tony
Really, I understand that a lot of people think Tony Robbins is corny or a cult leader or that he looks like a giant with a scary face. And that is totally cool with me. We all learn differently and are motivated by different things, so I try to temper my nerd-dom and not write about him too much here.
But the truth is that I found the motivation to start this website just three days after I went to my first Unleash the Power Within last year (which is also where I was convinced to stop eating meat, so you should at least like Tony for promoting a mostly-plant-based diet). And my life has changed drastically since I changed my diet and started this site. So in that way, when I say the event was life-changing, it’s not an exaggeration.
So anyway, I’m headed back again this weekend, and I’m going with my wife, Erin. Tonight we’ll walk across coals, as nearly everyone does to kick off the weekend at Unleash the Power Within. That might not seem like something to look forward to, but it is.
Getting past “No f*$&ing way”
The point of the firewalk, as it’s called, is to get you to break through a fear. To demonstrate to yourself that you’re capable of doing something which on some level seems impossible (walking across a bed of coals, in this case).
Before I did it last year, I knew intellectually that I could do it. Lots of other people do it, so surely I could too. So since it didn’t seem impossible in that sense, I thought it wouldn’t affect me much.
But let me tell you, when you’re actually standing there in front of those coals, all of that intellectual knowledge that plenty of people have done this goes out the window. It’s just you and 15 feet of red, 1200-degree coals, and at that point, some part of you says “No f*$&ing way.” But by that point, it’s time to go, and you just have faith and do it. You storm across those coals, and a few seconds later, you’re across.
And then in some way, you’re different for having done it.
It’s such an obvious parallel to running a marathon, or a half, or a 100-miler. It’s just that those are drawn out over many weeks of training. Or if you prefer, over the 2 or 4 or 30 hours it takes to run one.
It seems impossible to your friends and family, and on some level, it seems impossible to you. But you have faith that you can do it. So you train for months, sometimes to the detriment of other things. And then even when it’s time to do it, some part of you still says “No f*$&ing way.” But then you do it, and when you cross that finish line, you’re different because your circle of “possible” just got a little bigger.
So you see? My obsession with Tony Robbins isn’t so different from your obsession with running.
Alright, I’m out. I have a few guest posts for the rest of this week and part of next, and I’ll try to check in early next week after I get back. And if I seem a little different, now you’ll know why.