Who would have guessed that the White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army”, would become the soundtrack to the Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” event in London in May this year?!
Anthony “Tony” Robbins is the American self-help author and motivational speaker. He has become well known through his infomercials and self-help books, Unlimited Power and Awake The Giant Within. Robbins writes about subjects such as health and energy, overcoming fears, persuasive communication, and enhancing relationships. He began his career learning from many different motivational speakers, and promoted seminars for his personal mentor, Jim Rohn. He is deeply influenced by the, some might say, somewhat discredited neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) technique and a variety of philosophies. The late Steven Covey said of him;
“Tony Robbins is one of the greatest influencers of this generation.”
I attended the seminar at the Excel Arena in London from 18th to 21st May 2012. I was glad I hadn’t researched the UPW event and particularly the Fire Walk. I dare say that if I had come across articles such as the one below, I may not have been so keen on that element of my self-improvement quest!
“SAN JOSE, Calif. Jul 22, 2012 … Nearly two dozen people were injured during the first night of a seminar led by the motivational speaker Tony Robbins, … Madina Kaderi, 18, who walked over burning coals and suffered blisters….”
After Tony had whipped the 6000 strong crowd up into the necessary “state”, thousands participated in the walk, which stretched down 24 lanes of 2000 degree red-hot coals, each around eight feet long. Its purpose is to transform people’s lives in a single night as a metaphor for facing your fears and accomplishing your goals. My walk went without incident; not a burnt toe in sight!
The event was 4 days of powerful immersion into the strategies, tools and resources available for creating an extraordinary quality of life – where you achieve not only your ultimate goals but also profound fulfilment. In four of the most empowering, educational and entertaining days of my life I identified with absolute precision what it is I really want and discovered how to break through the barriers holding me back, both in my personal life and my business life.
Tony Robbins is without doubt the ultimate life coach and I am grateful that this opportunity became available to me and that I took the decision to grasp it.
“The past does not equal the future”
UPW London 2012 – White Stripes
Tony Robbins – Focus