I think my first venture into motivational tapes (yes, tapes) was in the mid-1990’s when I bought a 30 day cassette tape system from a well known motivational speaker’s infomercial. I think I used it for 30 days with great success and moved on because I didn’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. It’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.

100 hours.

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 Robbins’ 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 didn’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 can’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 didn’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.