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  • Writer's pictureLiz Sterling

Take Charge of Your Life - An Interview With Anthony Robbins

Touted as the “thousand watt optimist,” I asked Tony Robbins to talk about energy and passion.

“Passion can turn any challenge into a tremendous opportunity. If you were to look at the world from that viewpoint, imagine the things you could achieve.

So let’s think for a moment about what it is you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What really excites you? Is there something you can begin now? Your answers are your passion. Passion gives life power, juice and meaning. Passion is the unbridled power to move our lives to the next level at a faster tempo than ever before.

Find what drives you most, especially those hot buttons. This is much more important than going to someone else to get you pumped up.

When individuals come to me, my task is to assist them in finding, awakening, strengthening and employing the driving force within themselves that can make anything they dream possible.”

So passion gives life power, but in our society, the word power has many connotations, I responded.

“I agree with you completely, power does have a number of meanings, all of which I believe people carry within themselves at all times. First and foremost, I believe in the power of vision — the ability to see exactly what you want.

Once you have that vision, a powerful psychology will give you the drive and the ability to figure out exactly what it takes to get there — to balance and interpret the challenges along the way and know how to turn them into opportunities.

Then there is the crucial power of decision. Once you absolutely commit and make your decision a must you will be unstoppable.

You will have the physical power — the energy and vitality — to do it! Your power will create a momentum by which you’ll be pulled into the compelling future you have created for yourself.”

So how do we make our changes stick?

“That is a great question because there are no benefits to change if its effects don’t last. Maintaining the results of change is one of the most challenging things many people face and, unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, most have to hit rock bottom before they change at all. I know that was the case for me.

So, I applaud people for their commitment to improving the quality of their lives. Chances are, if you are not experiencing lasting change, it is because you are changing something for the wrong reason or there are not enough compelling reasons for why you should commit to changing in the first place.

If this is true for you, you are living in a dangerous place I refer to as ‘No Man’s Land.’”

"You see, in “No Man’s Land,” you aren’t totally happy, but the problem is you’re not unhappy enough to do something about it. As I said, there are few, if any, compelling reasons to attempt change; therefore, you don’t. Now what is great is that there is a tool you can use to help discover your motivation to change. That tool is leverage.

Allow me to explain: A lever is a device that we utilize in order to lift or move a tremendous burden we could not manage on our own. In my experience, 20% of any change is knowing how to change; but 80% is knowing why you must.

Change requires more than just establishing the knowledge that you should change. It is about knowing at the deepest, most basic emotional level that you must change. If we gather a strong enough set of reasons, we can change in a minute something we’ve failed to change for years.

Those reasons — the why — are what provide the leverage. And the greatest leverage you can create for yourself is the pain that comes from inside, not outside; the pain of knowing that you have failed to live up to your own standards for your life.

Access enough leverage and there will be nothing you can’t change. “So ask yourself this: That thing, whatever it is you’ve been trying to change but haven’t followed through with — what will it ultimately cost you if you don’t change?

And what will you ultimately gain if you do? With knowledge of the answers to those questions, you’ll be able to create lasting change in every aspect of your life.”

What do you think people really want, I asked?

“Whenever I pose that question to people, they tend to respond with I want more money, a better relationship, to lose weight.” But what I have discovered over time is that overall, people are truly after an emotion — one emotion in particular: a feeling of fulfillment.

Ultimately I believe people want to be successful and feel completely fulfilled in all aspects of their lives; to feel that they serve a purpose for those around them and to know they are loved.

Once someone is living a life where they are growing personally and contributing to their family, friends, and the world around them, they will be fulfilled, and their basic human needs will be met.”

I told him that this sounds like a great formula and he anchored it even further by reminding us that in order to create and enjoy lasting fulfillment we must strive to maximize our potential and exceed our current standard.

He then turned to the concept of mentoring. “The individuals who become extraordinary leaders do so because they are unreasonable men and women. So, what can you do right now to be a bit unreasonable?

What new standard could you set for yourself today? What action could you take immediately? Who could you model?

Make it a must that whenever you hear about, read, or research something you think has value for your life, don’t let it become just knowledge. Convert it into action to create a life of love, passion and fulfillment!

Please share this blog post with those who are READY to make their lives Make A Difference and let me know, in the comment section what you are passionate about and how you Make Life Matter Now!

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