The One Time I’m Going to Encourage You to Watch TV

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.)



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  1. I started running after listening to Tony Robbins so make fun of me too!

  2. Kelsey Hutcheson says:

    hahah would never make fun of someone for making such an honest recommendation. now i have to watch, dont i?

  3. Christa says:

    Thanks for the link and the reminder! I’ve been curious to watch as well and now after seeing the preview I’ll definitely check it out. It’s great that you’ve followed through with some of his theories and seen results. I bet that’s why a lot of people remain skeptical – because you don’t see a lot of people follow through with the ideas and actually change their lives. Or maybe that’s just my slant because I don’t! Maybe I’ll have a breakthrough tomorrow 🙂

  4. I’m a bit of a skeptic myself, but there are certain self-improvement type books that really seem to help people. Tony Robbins, to some maybe hokey, seems pretty legit in his intention to inspire people to make big changes in their lives. I definitely will watch an episode — perhaps he’ll turn me into a fan! 🙂 Obviously he’s doing a good job inspiring people – you qualified for Boston! 😀

  5. I’ve already got it on my calendar, I’ve been getting emailed about it for the past week. I actually haven’t watched the trailer and had no idea what the premise for the show was…I figured it was Tony Robbins and it was on prime time so it would probably be worth watching.

    I haven’t actually had any direct exposure to Tony Robbins, just second-hand, so I’m looking forward to watching it.

  6. I won’t make fun of you because I’m gonna watch it too– although, if it’s really bad, I might come back and make fun of you 😉 (Just kidding!)

  7. Wow how did I not know about this . . . I just hope that it doesn’t end up cheesy, you know how sometimes TV shows can mess up some good messages.

    I’m working tonight so I’ll have to catch it next week.

  8. i am VERY excited for this show! he was on The Today Show this morning talking about it!

  9. I was skeptical at first but then I read one of his early books (unlimited power) and thought it was well, pretty powerful stuff. I’ll definitely tune in tonight.

    BTW Matt have you seen the Family Guy clip with Tony? I cracked up:

    • Billy, I like Unlimited Power too. There’s some stuff that’s a little much for me (the part about reading people’s eyes to model what they’re thinking, etc) but I don’t doubt that it would work if you had the right coach to help you learn it. But I love the first few chapters for getting pumped up.

      That Family Guy thing is hilarious. I’ve never seen that before.

  10. I’ve never thought to take this guy seriously… maybe I’m too skeptical. I now feel compelled to give this show a shot… and maybe get one of his books (which would you recommend to start?). I know that I sure could use some motivation and inspiration. Thanks for the post.

    • Mike, I think his audio programs are better than his books because he’s such a powerful speaker. The abridged version of “Awaken the Giant Within” is what I started with and is a good intro to his stuff. His book by the same name is good too. “Unlimited Power” was his first book and is great, but I think “Awaken the Giant Within” is a better place to start.

  11. I have to admit, I don’t know anything about Tony Robbins. I don’t watch too much of Biggest Loser but I have loved Jillian Michaels’ show this summer, Losing It. I liked how the approach centered on one family. It seems like this show works the same way, all though the preview looked a little….fear-factorish? I will give it a shot. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

  12. He has helped me in my sales and professional career as well as my running.

    He is hard to take for Europeans but if any Euros are reading this I would ask you to look beyond his ‘front’ and get on with the content which is excellent.

  13. Well I am being very stereotypical but his ultra positive attitude and yes in your face way can be frowned on in Europe and his style (like others) can put them off.

    I actually saw this with Brian Tracy (sales guru) when he spoke in Sweden last year.

    Personally I prefer the US way of working which is why I am leaving Europe in August for your country and I cant wait to get started!

    On saying that I need to relisten to a few of his tapes as I make this big move.

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