Wow what a week!!! I just finished up with an amazing Internet Marketing conference in Orlando. And who was the final speaker? None other than Mr. Tony Robbins. I have never been to one of Tony Robbins’ Unleashing the Power Within (UPW) workshops or any other events that have hired him. I was very interested to see what all the buzz about him.
I was a very interesting experience. I was poised and ready for him, with my notebook and pen in hand. But truth be told, I wrote down less from him than any of the other speakers before him. It wasn’t that he didn’t have value to offer. It was that he was offering it in an experiential way rather than a cognitive way.
Through the entire seminar, he wouldn’t let us sit for longer than maybe 10 minutes at most without us getting up to cheer, scream, and act crazy. His whole focus appeared to be centered on the perspective that we can maximize ourselves when we are at peak state, and our peak state will invariably and inevitably ALWAYS include our physical state. As he talked, I quickly picked up his theoretical foundation as landing squarely in the same philosophy as cognitive behavioral therapy. You can change your emotions and cognitions through your physical actions. The interesting piece, though, was the over-the-top exaggerated physical behaviors. For example, we spent 2 minutes greeting each other with the sole focus on acting as if we didn’t care to do it and it was an inconvenience. Then we spent 2 minutes greeting each other as if our life depending on it. We analyzed our body language during those two different states- and not surprisingly the body language was culturally universal for both. Then we took the behaviors we did while we intentionally tried to connect and convince each other in an intensity as if our life developed on it, and we amped it up even more…. Two different times!! By the end of the almost 4 hours, my throat was a bit hoarse from screaming in prescribed excitement and my body was a bit weary from acting overjoyed, but I fully recognized that my body language typically is probably counter productive. I am naturally a bit more quiet and reserved than the average person as I am an introvert. But my low energy would have the effect of causing others to have low energy, which at times might be beneficial but more often than not is probably counter productive. I want people to be excited. I want to inspire. I want people to be drawn in to what I am doing. Thus, I realized I need to really amp up my “state” of being some. It isn’t that I want to be fake. It is that I need to increase my baseline so that I am naturally more excited. This will lead to more desirable outcomes in my life.
There are a few other things that I came to realize during that seminar. I may share those at another time. But what I ultimately found interesting was the learning that took place through putting my physical body through tests. Emotional principles were demonstrated and then experienced.
While I didn’t walk away from the experience on as much of a “high” as I did with some of the other workshops that spoke specifically to my goals and how to achieve them, this one will have a long term impact on me and probably in more ways that I can give credit to at the moment.
Dr. Sheri Fluellen