I think my first venture into motivational tapes (yes, tapes) was in the mid-1990â€™s when I bought a 30 day cassette tape system from a well known motivational speakerâ€™s infomercial. I think I used it for 30 days with great success and moved on because I didnâ€™t know where to go next.
That coach was Tony Robbins, who is some kind of miracle of nature. He went from rags to riches, and took a few million people across the globe on that journey as well.
In March 2013, I was desperate for some kind of motivation. I started listening to TED talk videos, (http://www.ted.com) , go there!). When I arrived at that site, I found a Tony video there that inspired me. I began to remember how energetic, and enthusiastic he is and I was hooked. I wanted more.
I think I listened to every Tony video on the web, usually while taking a shower and getting ready for work. I was enamored, but I also had more joy and energy in my life. I was on his website every day, and signed up for his mailing list.
I received a promotional video from a venture he had with Cloe Madanes , a quite lovely and well-known family and marriage counselor (http://www.cloemadanes.com) . Tony and Cloe developed a program called Strategic Intervention coaching, and the results of this program are truly amazing. (http://www.rmtcenter.com).
I was hooked and joined the program, and became a certified Strategic Intervention Coach. I now consider it part of my toolkit of working with others. Itâ€™s based on the theory of the six human needs which we all have and utilize, which are Certainty, Uncertainty, Significance, Love & Connection, Growth & Learning, and Contribution.
Despite the tools I learned and valued, I also learned something else. Over the course of 4 months, I put in over a hundred hours of learning, studying, and practicing with other students.
I amazed myself. How did I ever find the time to do that?
It turns out I found time in my busy schedule to do something important to me even when I thought I had no time. I later went on to work with a certified Tony Robbins coach who helped me reach some personal goals, and along the way I purchased some of his products. By far the most valuable product with his time life management system, a time management system that got me to look at how I use my time, resources, and rearrange them in a new way that supported my priorities. https://www.tonyrobbins.com/products/time-life-management/time-of-your-life/ His system far exceeded other well known systems I learned, but this was the only one that helped me to organize my world and priorities so I could sleep at night.
Tony Robbinsâ€™ content is phenomenal, and there are resources available for every level you want to participate so everyone can take advantage of it to some level. But more importantly, I discovered something I didnâ€™t know I needed.
I needed a teacher and a mentor.
I started by just being attracted to his work, but like working with any good mentor, I was challenged to look at and do things differently to move me to a new place in life.
I discovered that if to get to a new place, like being an entrepreneur for the first time, you canâ€™t keep doing the same things over and over. You have to do things differently. So I learned a great lesson and that I need mentorship and I needed to reach out to find those who could support my growth in a new direction, even though I didnâ€™t know what direction that growth would take me.
The new path you go down will take time, strategy, dedication, and energy, but can absolutely be worth the effort.