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Creating a New Story for Yourself

Posted By: Randy GageAugust 6, 2010

So here’s the story behind the story.  Tony Robbins had a new show on NBC about creating breakthroughs.  It lasted two weeks and was replaced by a cheesy game show called “Minute to Win It.”  This says a lot more about the consciousness of the viewing public than the quality of the show.  

I’m overseas so I didn’t see the two episodes that aired.  However someone posted a link on Facebook or Twitter to a background video that Tony did about episode two.  He talks about how you can create a new story for yourself, even in the face of adversity.

The video is absolutely brilliant.  And even though it’s about a couple featured in the show, the lesson it contains applies to anyone.

Now here’s even more of the story behind the story…

If you’ve followed my work for long, you know I haven’t been a big fan of Tony.  This was for two reasons.  First, I felt his work was very derivative of the people he had worked with; Jim Rohn, Harvey and Marilyn Diamond and the NLP boys.  And I also felt his NLP teachings were being presented in a manipulative manner for less than positive purposes.

The technology is certainly effective for helping people overcome phobias for example.  But when I was invited to one of his programs on influence, I was aghast at how much he was using the techniques on the audience.  And I felt what he did teach was all about how to sell things to people that didn’t want to buy them.

Those were the surface reasons...

But if I’m honest and look back, there was also another reason.  When I was starting out as a professional speaker, beginning to sell a few books and audios, I was jealous at the millions of products he was already selling on his infomercials.  So I have to own that.

When I saw his TED talk, I had to admit it was one of the most masterful platform presentations you will ever see.  You could certainly feel the distrust the audience felt about this cocky motivational speaker coming in to speak to them.  Yet by the end of his 18 minutes, Tony had them eating out of the palm of his hand.  I admired that, but still held onto my earlier beliefs about him.

Until this new video…

It is simply inspired and it can help you face any difficulty you’re staring down.  Because the truth is, shit happens.  To everyone.

At some point or another, we all will face a disability, loved one dying, terminal disease, accident, or any one of a thousand other challenges.  But you have a choice…

You can choose a victim story or an empowering story.  And which choice you make can make all the difference for you.  That’s what the video is about.

As a result, I’m choosing a new story about Tony.  I’m going to release my past beliefs and petty jealousies and edify the work he’s doing.  It’s powerful and can empower a lot of people.  Please take a look at the video.

Then think about what story you’ve been telling.  And decide if you’re ready to tell a new one.  Then please share your thoughts below.  You can find the video here: http://su.pr/6rXDaD

-RG

94 comments on “Creating a New Story for Yourself”

  1. Randy,

    This resonates with me BIG TIME man.

    I have been listening to the Abe-Hicks people and they continue to drill the point home "If there's something in your life which you don't like, tell a different story!"

    Again and again I've caught myself, owned the negative feelings I have about money, relationships, etc...then start telling a new story, out loud in most cases. It does work, and very well when you become emotionally involved with the story.

    Thanks to you and the universe for drilling home an important point which I needed to hear again.

    Ryan Biddulph

  2. It´s amazing that you are honest enough to confess us that you were kind of jealous.You know what? It´s perfectly normal. After all you are human too and our flaws are real, the important thing is that we can aknowledge them and try to do the best with who we are.

  3. Soory to ask, but, what exactly is the NLP technique for those of us who aren't familiar with Tony Robbins.

      1. Thank you for taking the time to read comments and reply to them. Thank you also for providing a blog for us where each post is actually an important lesson. I usually read this blog on the first coffee break and then mull it over and let it sink in throughout the day. It's a great website here and is a real exercise for the mind. I am coming up with new products my customers love to buy because of you. - The prosperity power of ideas ! and adding value to the Universe.

  4. -RG,

    Way to go! What a big breakthrough for you to reexamine TR and his work, and your own stuff that went into those beliefs.

    I not a fan nor a TR distractor so I'll check out his video.

    -DJM

  5. Randy...thanks for sharing this behind-the-scenes clip of Tony. I had caught a part of the actual TV show...and actually think I got more out of his commentary after the fact. Powerful stuff.

  6. Randy,

    I very much appreciate this post as well as the link to the Tony Robbins video. Like you, I have never been fond of Tony for many of the same reasons. But after watching this video, I also feel differently as it's clear he's making a difference. And that's the most important thing we can do in Life. How we are able to impact our own lives as well as those of others is what matters most.

    Like he says, it's not about how much money or fame you've achieved, but how you live your life. And if your story is one of possibility and love, you are living a life of Joy and prosperity and for me, that's what I'm here for.. it's about having purpose and living it.

  7. Randy, thanks so much for this post! Admirable honesty! And I am also happy to see your "change of heart" as I admire and use the work of both you and Tony. Every time I read your comment about Tony, I thought "but how can he see it this way?".
    Make it a fantastic weekend! I am going to see the Gay Parade on the canals of Amsterdam tomorrow - every year an awesome show!

  8. That is the biggest BS I`ve heard. I really enjoyed the program, but I most say I watched it with 8 others. They were`nt familiar with positive thinking.

    It is horrible that people are so caught up in being lost in their life.

    It is tragically. I want to spread the word of Personal Development to everyone I met. It changed my life from. Suicidal to LIVING and thriving in life! Change your thinking live with an open mind. A guy I met for 3 days ago said something really great "Don`t think outside of the box. Think that there is NO box."

    I love those words 😀

    Enjoy every NANO second of your life.

    Love your blog Randy keep up the awesome work.

    John
    Canada/Norway

  9. Hi RG,
    I had an epiphany when I turned 50 last year, following my divorce a year earlier. I remember waking up one morning and thinking I want more from my life! I decided it didn't matter what my past looked like because I could change the direction of my future if I so desired. It seems that the right people are entering my life now to inspire and guide me in the direction of my dreams.
    It's exciting!

  10. Hi Randy,
    Thank you, I watched the clip and loved the message.
    In 3 months time, my son became autistic from vaccines and I was told that I would die in 24 mos from heart failure. I was recording an album at the time and everything came to a screeching halt. I didn't go far from the house and became a handicapped mom of a disabled child. That was my story for 4 long years. My dreams pulled me out of self pity and forced me to push against our limitations. A singing competition at 10,000 feet!! I went alone and excelled, showing no adverse effects. My son is on the road to recovery from autism and we adapt to fit the need. I am planning a singing/speaker/writing career currently. I catch myself, now and then, creating sympathy for myself ( and probably a "safety net" of excuses) by telling others of my condition. I need to go boldly forward as a competent, healthy adventurer and see where life takes me. Scott is a happy young man who knows of no limitations except what I project onto him, so... here's to excellence and doing our best always!

  11. Well I'm a 'fan' - if you want to call it that, of both Randy Gage AND Tony Robbins. Have met both and admired and utilised the work of both.

    I was aware of Randy's cynism about Tony and to be fair, Tony is a business man first and foremost and it's easy to see how Randy might arrive at his previous opinions about him.

    But both men have one primary thing in common. They have 'heart' - a passion for really making a difference in people's lives.

    Both mens work has profoundly touched my life over the years and continues to do so. It's not necessary for Randy to like Tony's work, but it's kinda nice to see Randy acknowledging the common ground.

  12. Thank you Randy, that was great! You know, I just saw a comercial advertising the show here in Denver last week. Are you sure it doesn't start in the Fall? Minute to Win it has been on all Summer here. Just wondering.

    1. Yes it was a summer replacement and they pulled it after two weeks and substituted that game show. They have some more in the can that hopefully they will run at some point.

      -RG

  13. Randy

    As you know, I am raging fan of your wisdom and of your ability to communicate your wisdom in such a powerful way.

    With every post, I think you have outdone yourself. Well, once again you have outdone your prior excellence.

    There is soooo much wisdom packed into this post, on so many levels.

    Thank you for being YOU. TR is just one of many...including you...who has impacted my thinking of how I want to conduct my life.

    Be happy...really, really happy...with with being the fabulous Randy Gage. As you know well, comparisons can inspire us to do better, but also can bring out the worst in us.

    Seems to me that we accelerate our success when we can learn from others (the good and the bad) and then detach with all the judgment stuff that bogs us down.

    Off to watch the TR video, but doing so with strong belief that you, my friend, are doing great things for so many of us.

    Thank YOU for being who You are.

  14. You may enjoy my article titled "Dancing Joyfully". It's about personal narrative/story and you can find it on my website. The article addresses the question that we all have to ask at the end of the day, and the question is, "And now...?" The answer will "make us" or "break us". Great thoughts!

  15. Tony Robbins is a master story teller. He is fun to watch and I always leave feeling better about me and those I am with listening to his tapes or watching one of his events. His style is a little different and the message is the same as yours Randy.

    In the first months of working for an insurance company two of my personal customers were involved in an accident and they collected 3 eye witnesses to the event. Who was going to pay for all the damages was not an issue. What happened was of interest and I had to take the five stories and construct what happened. Not one story was identical.

    We create the stories in our life. We always have and all ways will. When you can separate the ‘what happened,’ the ‘what's so’ from the story, the story can be told in a way that empowers you and others instead of just being a complaint or a sad tale. Do the stories we tell make a difference?

  16. Great post Randy... I always appreciated Tony R's teachings, never doubted his sincerity, but he tended to grate as he was almost too perfect... but when he got divorced it seemed to humanize him a lot more... he seemed to come off his high horse... told a funny story about when he first started dating his new lady and she was ready to dive into a triple chocolate piece of cake and he was aghast, you're going to eat that?? She said, oh man, are you ever anal.... he said it made him realize to loosen up once in while...
    As for reinventing yourself Richard Brooke has got some great training at his website about that and it's all free... basically he says we all make it up anyway, so why not make up good stuff about ourselves...

  17. On Hulu I found the archives of Tony's Episodes 1 and 2, but have not found the background video you speak of.

    What is the exact name of the segment you recommend?

  18. Randy,

    Thanks for being so honest. I was never a big fan of Tony's either. I don't know why exactly, I just wasn't.

    I did sign the petition on Facebook to send to NBC to bring back the show as. I will watch the video.

    Thanks,
    Jim

  19. Your honesty is just heart moving, bubba.
    Thanks for teaching by example. That's a coherent personal philosophy.
    And yes, Tony´s show cancellation is just sad. It´s yet another indication that as a nation we are not ready to listen, heal and grow. Not just yet.

  20. Good stuff, Randy.
    Tony actually inspired me years ago and I guess really got me started on my own quest to find the truth about success, happiness and living with passion and purpose.
    I've found over the years that people either love that guy or hate him...not too many "tweeners".
    Of course, you're the man and your honesty and straight forwardness is outstanding!
    Way to own the jealous feelings...and blow past them. We've all been there!
    I think it's crucial to examine our story line often and make sure we're telling and living the right one.
    If we're not...much like Tony's show (unfortunately) we need to make our own executive decision and replace it!
    Keep it coming!
    MS

  21. You know Randy,

    I have to own a similar thing I have going on about you! But more and more I watch, I read and I find that there is a lot of value to the things you share. We disagree on a few issues but I can be okay with that. I am choosing to write a new story with you now.

    After your post about being honest with why you tend to get a little under the weather and being so authentic, I saw a whole new side of you. So I can totally relate to your story here about your story about Tony.

    I think my angst with you was because you had the abundance and I didn`t. But abundance starts with a mindset, not a big bank account.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I really liked Tony`s program and am very sad it went away before it had its run. I believe it would have helped a lot of people if they had been willing to hear the lessons.

    Getting off my stories right along with you!

    Susan

  22. How refreshing to hear someone open enough to change their mind and put their hands up to say so !

    I have really enjoyed Tony's work and found his Date With Destiny inspiring as it helped me to make my dreams and goals more global.

    But it's also inspiring for us all to see that even our heroes have setbacks, and challenges and have to bounce back -it's called Life !

    When I work with parents I help them re frame or notice "The Story" that they are currently telling themselves and to change it if it not serving them. It can be a very powerful moment of clarity and can help family relationships enormously

    Great post - very honest - thanks 🙂

    Sue Atkins
    Author of "Raising Happy Children for Dummies"

  23. RG, thanks for today's post and thanks to Tony for his video. As I mentioned before many times, you truly are honest with yourself and with us, not hesitating to reveal your true feelings you have inside, such as your jealousies that you had at some point about Tony Robbins. I really like that, and that's what I like about you, Randy. --> "As a result, I’m choosing a new story about Tony. I’m going to release my past beliefs and petty jealousies and edify the work he’s doing. "

    Your post touched my heart, and the link that you provided in the post to Tony's page and watching it did touch my heart as well. In fact, I began to cry. OK. I'll expose some part of my life here, by throwing off my pride. My true nature - endlessly bouncing optimistic personality (that people often jokingly commented) that I thought had already overcome enough of obstacles in my life, but as if those were not enough, many life trials that brought to me one after another in recenet years (especially a year and a half ago) - seemed to have been shattered. My mother who was always sharing her thoughts with me and mine being shared with her like my very best friend got a brain desease, not recognizing me any more as her daughter, my father being medically depressed due to his severe loneliness, not wanting to talk to anyone for a long time, along with the body being hadicapped which requires a greata deal of my help, my orange country properties having been manipulated by criminal minded agent as well as multiple tenants who damaged the properties enormously in revenge, with a small claim court case being grown into a bigger lawsuit, then a bad economy, and finally many deaths in the family finally got me collapsed emotionally. I've been always strong emotionally and mentally throughout my life - never giving up and always being positive and cheerful and very strong. I had so many friends who counted on me for my advices and for my strength and that they assumed that I was always okay. My sisters were no exceptions. After I honestly shared with them my life struggles and that I sometimes would not even want to live any more. I didn't hear from them with comforting words just because they were simply shocked, lost and thrown off by it. Another way to put this is that, they depended upon my strength for coping with their issues in life, assuming that I was always all right and being their comforter and the place for their escape. However, it was all my pride in my mind that I was to be a superwoman.

    God had to allow things to happen one after another over the past two years - almost endlessly to the point where I just had to collapse, falling into the pit to find out about my real limited human strength. I didn't want to admit it. Like you phrased, a lot of "shits" happened.' I was severely depressed. Randy, I'm sure you don't remember but I accidentally ran into you at SF Go D. and had a brief conversation with you, and your inspirational speech as well as you being so inspiration to us all did me some positive cure and the healing to my soul and to my depression - to some extent where I began to want to pick myself up where I left off and to begin living my life positively again regardless of what I was going through. Thank you for that. All the challenges and the situations have been the same, but I seem to have gained a great amount of strength to continue on to cope with many of challenges.

    About a month ago, when you wrote about the subject of taking action in one of your posts, you wrote about us taking action, and I added my comment in view of my spiritual walk and saying 'sometimes, taking action is easy to do because we sometimes take action right away out of worries without planning,' and I went on saying 'sometimes, doing nothing seems like just doing nothing, but doing nothing is actually doing something in terms of faith cos stepping out right away and begin to take action is rather easy in some situations...' I was stuck in this rather difficult situation where my life is going to have to be consumed for my family matters back home - for my mother and father, etc., not being able to do what I want to do in my own life, being able to focus my total energy onto this new business MLM that I'm starting, and being able to be where I want to be, but by faith, I was trying to walk my life, knowing that there should always be a reason for everything and that I would still have to learn out of the dilemma I was in by believing there is a good side to everything that happens. One of the visitors comment to your post read as 'Looking on the bright side, that will get you in business,' and I thought how I wished things in my life be that simple and easy for me, but yes, I must admit that we have to agree about our life, as you commented above, "Because the truth is, shit happens. To everyone. ...At some point or another, we all will face a disability, loved one dying, terminal disease, accident, or any one of a thousand other challenges."

    As Tony states we all have our own challenges - both the current and unplanned ones - and when things that were outside of our planned stories, or expectations happen, we tend to think they shouldn't happen, and likewise my stories were quite similar to that, too. I didn't expect my mum to turn out to be like that, I didn't expect criminal-like tenant after tenant did what they did (enormously damaging my property in revenge that resulted a great loss) after I trusted them so much and gave them hundreds of favors and could have saved those money for something else especially in this bad economy, many deaths of my loved ones shouldn't have happened because they were still young, I could have done this or that, if this or that didn't happen, on and on and on.... but this is where we learn to make the right choices - the good ones - to find our new strength into the next level. I'm beginning to learn that what life brings give us choices - whether we stay there being hopeless, helpless, a victim, or we get out of our 'environment or old (previous) story' into a new story, as Tony puts, and use those adversities to test our faith and the strength so that through the difficult times we may find who we really are, how stronger and tougher we could become. I believe we are the products of what we had come through in life, thus through many more challenges that life brings before us, we will be continually tested to make choices, as you put: "You can choose a victim story or an empowering story. And which choice you make can make all the difference for you."

    I'm very sorry for this incredibly lengthy comment that I ended up writing today. I apologize. It's been a while since you had to read my annoyingly lengthy comment. I guess I haven't totally mastered the ways yet to shorten what I mean to write. Sorry. lol RG, thanks for being one of the greatest champions in our life as well as in mine that we/I can look up to. Thank you for being there for us. We all love you, and so do I, even when you are run over by a little dog on the street, simply because you're a human like all of us (there is no meaning behind this joke. Just a joke). I sound a bit too serious writing my comment which is unlikely of me in real life - something to do with the subtlety of the language that I may miss while writing that I didn't grow up with, I think. May God continue to bless you, I pray ... I did read 'The shocking truth about the truth.' ^_^" A hug from me. Saachi

    1. Yay! You've made it this far & are a real survivor!! With these guys support & other like-minded, you're becoming a 'thriver!' Keep on doing that next right (for you) thing! You're inspiring to us also;)

  24. Wow, some great comments above.

    I enjoyed the Tony Robbins video since I missed that episode.

    Lately, due to reading this blog, I question my stories I tell myself.

    What a great quote "the quality of your life is where you live emotionally"

    Thanks Randy.

  25. Hmmm... Where does Tony Robbins state they have to change their mind patterns that created the situations in the first place?

    Tony Robbins sounds more like he thinks that now they're well equipped for the next tragedy.

    The question is always why it happened in the first place, and even better, internalize the thoughts before situations like that even manifest in physical reality.

    The quality of your life is not where you live emotionally, but determined by what control you have of your own mind.

  26. Hi Randy, I came across your post from one of my FB friends, Steve SchraderBachar. Purely out of wanting to really get to know people that accepted my friend request or me, theirs.
    None the less, I am thankful to Steve for posting your article or I would not have "stumbled" upon you today (wink wink).

    I was on a teleclass of one of my colleagues this morning and he shared that restoring is a natural out growth of re-storying which is precisely what you are encouraging your readers to do. Most importantly you led and shared so candidly by example.

    I thank you for it Randy & look forward to reading more of your posts!

    With Gratitude,

    Jacqui Dobens

  27. Thats hilarious! All of you motivational and prosperity Gurus are Part Great and Part Full of shit! LOL. I Love you all but I love me More! That my story and I am sticking to it!LOL

    1. Well it looks like the intent of this blog has succeeded. In a way, it was through your own critical thinking that you came to this conclusion. No one has asked you to be the clone of Randy or Tony, nor to solely adopt their mindset. If you were to, they would be the only ones thinking. It's only by looking at what works for people, opening up your mind, and taking with you what tools spark your own critical thought process, that you may look at this in a different way and use these to adopt your own process and style. The whole program or blog topic may not apply completely, but ask yourself what part of it sparked your individual thinking process and focus on these things to bring out your own creativity. I'm quite certain some folks will look at this and tell me I'm full of shit too. Isn't that what's great about critical thinking??

  28. Can't watch it in Australia. Bummer.
    I get your message though. Time for me to pull my head in on some issues as well. Thanks.

    1. Tony, I'm down-under and I got it to work in Internet Explorer, but it doesn't work in Google Chrome for me. Does that help?

  29. Thanks for sharing the video. Yes, it is an amazing video about life. It is important to create a new story all the time. We will have a series of stories about us during our life time. There won't be one story to tell. With each experience and learning, there will be indeed new stories to share with people because we grow constantly in consciousness.

    If you didn't appreciate Tony earlier, you hadn't grown in that part of life till this new video about breakthrough touched you. I always admired Tony and his stories. I read his biography and he was not what he has become today. The way he created and wrote a new story for himself when he was broke, living in a single room, washing dishes in a bath tub. I think he has created for himself a new life, a new lifestyle, which many people hesitate to start off.

    You have created a magnificent new life as well and that inspires me to the maximum level. I am grateful to learn that indeed we can create new story for ourselves.

    "Our life is the creation of our mind." Buddha, and that couple in the video were enabled to create a new life and a new story.

  30. thanks for this Randy. I too have some similar reservations & like to think I'll not manipulate etc which I do avoid when I catch it. I began re-forming/telling my story after hearing Abraham speak to this topic. Great to have practical examples to take it further.

  31. It takes a real man to admit his faults/failures in a public realm. I respect your honesty, your opinion, and your clarity and respect. Tony Robbins ted talk was absolutely amazing and that was something I needed to hear at that time. Peace to you all.

  32. I stumbled on this through Tony himself... I saw the entire series and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    I believe this one brought me to tears 🙂

    They were all very moving, and I was discouraged that the series was cancelled. I was looking forward to watching something positive on television.

    I am a AR client, and have been to one of Tony's events, and can relate directly. I had some similar feelings, though it had more to do with the nutrition side of the talk.

    While I felt he had the psychology stuff bang on, how he approached the conversation of nutrition was off course.

    I had actually signed up for their $10,000 training package, and pulled the plug, with that as the reason. I had hoped that someone might have even wanted to talk to me, but the wall is there.

    It's my hope one day to help Tony's team deliver that content in a more accurate light. I know that there's a way... where there's a will 🙂

    Cheers to you for calling it "as it is"

    Your post was awesome. Thanks!!

  33. Thank you RG. My comments:
    I loved that show...hated when it got canceled and agree, sadly, it getting canceled doesn't speak about our consciousness as a whole...but I have faith.

    Everything any of us teach/share is a derivatative of what we've learned from others. So we're all the the same things that have been said and modeled for thousands of years; I say as long as our intention is in the right place, run with it...there's someone somewhere that will here what you have to share when it's time for them to hear it.

    It's also the human condition to want to tear someone down when they're at the top (especially if they've been there consistently). Tony's for real. He walks his talk. For me he is the opitome of 'strategy based in practice' (ok; discipline, commitment, endurance, ambition...name it, he's that). In my book, if you've done the work yourself AND on top of that, know how to 'package' it, then go get 'em tiger!!! grrrrrr! 🙂

    Shit doesn't 'happen'. Shit is! It's called life. It actually offers the most profound lessons we will ever learn. I call it fate. I have a certain amount of control but I have no control over fate. I have learned to have 'faith in fate'.

    Nick Vujicic's video 'No Arms, No Legs, No Worries' is a perfect example that happiness is a choice. We're all connected by the same 'constant' that runs through all of life. I can always find someone who is worse off than me and some who are better off than me. I'm learning to be grateful for everything I have and everything I am.

    Tony has made a HUGE impact on the planet. Afterall, can 50 million(?) people be wrong. Maybe (anything's possible) but I doubt it. On a planet of 6 billion, I'm just wondering when the shift happens! 🙂

    I appreciate your journey to here; to write this piece and share it. I'll pay it forward on twitter and my FB page. Thank you.

    Best,
    Brice Howe

  34. Randy,

    I am very fortunate to spend time with Joyce Rennolds, a leader in the New Thought movement for over 30 years, in her Scripting Classes in Atlanta Georiga. And the focus is creating any story we want for our lives. It is this class that opened up the pathway for me to join Network Marketing and Agel in particular. Shakespeare captures the story well " All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages." I am the Director, Producer, Writer, Actor, Stagehand, Understudy and Star in the life called Justin Thomas - J.T. Game on!

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  36. Thanks for the heads up on the Tony Robbins show. Sorry, but I'm not much of a TV watcher anymore but I always liked TR. I'll check out the show on YouTube. Sounds like a great show. After all, we are all the author's of our lives. We write the next page. So make it a good one with a happy ending!

  37. Thank you Randy,
    I love it!!! I feel the passion for a life, love, honesty... I feel it inside... I feel real human being...
    The deep reason of being...

    M.

  38. In true gratitude for having my own Fitness & Wellness syndicated shows on TV for 18 years now, I understand how the popular shows- that do not educate, only entertain- have always had the most opportunities... It is sad and frustrating... FORTUNATELY, there is a shift taking place ... It is a matter of becoming more conscious as a planet... On the other hand, I love the fact that you are so honest  with us; )  Only when we go deep, do we realize our true reasons/excuses/judgements... What you said/confessed here makes me admire you EVEN more, Randy... THANK YOU for existing!

  39. In true gratitude for having my own Fitness & Wellness syndicated shows on TV for 18 years now, I understand how the popular shows- that do not educate, only entertain- have always had the most opportunities... It is sad and frustrating... FORTUNATELY, there is a shift taking place ... It is a matter of becoming more conscious as a planet... On the other hand, I love the fact that you are so honest  with us; )  Only when we go deep, do we realize our true reasons/excuses/judgements... What you said/confessed here makes me admire you EVEN more, Randy... THANK YOU for existing!

  40. Nice! It's good that you can be openminded and say "I like this about his work but I don't like that." We don't have to be so black and white about everything all the time and just say "I don't like him". As for NLP, I agree with you. I had a boyfriend who was a practitioner and I just felt manipulated all the time so it ended. NLP doesn't strike me as a particularly subtle way of getting what you want, but I think it's supposed to be...Maybe I was just aware of it, as you were.

  41. Nice! It's good that you can be openminded and say "I like this about his work but I don't like that." We don't have to be so black and white about everything all the time and just say "I don't like him". As for NLP, I agree with you. I had a boyfriend who was a practitioner and I just felt manipulated all the time so it ended. NLP doesn't strike me as a particularly subtle way of getting what you want, but I think it's supposed to be...Maybe I was just aware of it, as you were.

  42. I agree there is a lot of people who try to manipulate using NLP. I almost think that it's a "Character" issue. They haven't developed the character to use their power responsibly yet. For me learning about NLP taught me about myself and helped my to overcome some issues I was having. Fixed a lot of things in my life, and it has allowed me to help others too. I think like the "The Force" in Star Wars. There is always a Luke Sky Walker or Darth Vader way to handle power...though just my thoughts...

  43. I agree there is a lot of people who try to manipulate using NLP. I almost think that it's a "Character" issue. They haven't developed the character to use their power responsibly yet. For me learning about NLP taught me about myself and helped my to overcome some issues I was having. Fixed a lot of things in my life, and it has allowed me to help others too. I think like the "The Force" in Star Wars. There is always a Luke Sky Walker or Darth Vader way to handle power...though just my thoughts...

  44. @Randy_Gage Insightful post, Randy. Breakthrough is an excellent show! I was sad, disappointed and confused when it was cancelled. So glad to see it being given more press. This kind of stuff is desperately needed on TV ~ hope they're planning on keeping it going.

  45. @Randy_Gage Insightful post, Randy. Breakthrough is an excellent show! I was sad, disappointed and confused when it was cancelled. So glad to see it being given more press. This kind of stuff is desperately needed on TV ~ hope they're planning on keeping it going.

  46. Well done that u stopped been victme of tony, we all have that story that we are telling to ourself about someone else and by that we give him thr power to control us

  47. Well done that u stopped been victme of tony, we all have that story that we are telling to ourself about someone else and by that we give him thr power to control us

  48. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will also pass it along. I attended Tony's Maatery University, a 3 week, intense value, belief shifting event with some of the best of the best, over 15 years ago. It changed my life and I have a heartfelt respect for Tony and all his passion. I am so well pleased with you Randy, for coming from truth and growing. I have followed you a long time, and I will testify to a massive change occuring with you and there is no doubt, manifesting in your life. It all comes down to one law, "Love one another" and do the will of God. Everything takes on a new meaning after that and you finally realize what life is supposed to be about and what our purpose here is for, to glorify God and have Jesus as our role model. Fabulous stuff Randy.

  49. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will also pass it along. I attended Tony's Maatery University, a 3 week, intense value, belief shifting event with some of the best of the best, over 15 years ago. It changed my life and I have a heartfelt respect for Tony and all his passion. I am so well pleased with you Randy, for coming from truth and growing. I have followed you a long time, and I will testify to a massive change occuring with you and there is no doubt, manifesting in your life. It all comes down to one law, "Love one another" and do the will of God. Everything takes on a new meaning after that and you finally realize what life is supposed to be about and what our purpose here is for, to glorify God and have Jesus as our role model. Fabulous stuff Randy.

  50. So true.
    We all need to look back at our previous judgement, judgements we made before we started growing; in my case in network marketing and listening to and learning from great people.

  51. So true.
    We all need to look back at our previous judgement, judgements we made before we started growing; in my case in network marketing and listening to and learning from great people.

  52. Everyone including myself is leary of the salesman.  I appreciate Tony Robbins for the great things he has accomplished and his outlook on life.  He truly seems as if he is trying to help others.

  53. Hi Randy,
    I did the Mastery University with Tony many years ago and it transformed my life and got me in line with my true values and belief systems. I am pleased that you were able to speak your truth about your previous perceptions about Tony. I did want to make you aware, if you are already not, of a new product I ordered, and I'm not an affiliate, so I don't make a dime sharing this. It's called Power Habits by Noah St. John. It can be purchased through Nightingale Conant and it is amazing. May want to check it out. Take care. M-E

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    1. Randy,

      This resonates with me BIG TIME man.

      I have been listening to the Abe-Hicks people and they continue to drill the point home "If there's something in your life which you don't like, tell a different story!"

      Again and again I've caught myself, owned the negative feelings I have about money, relationships, etc...then start telling a new story, out loud in most cases. It does work, and very well when you become emotionally involved with the story.

      Thanks to you and the universe for drilling home an important point which I needed to hear again.

      Ryan Biddulph

    2. It´s amazing that you are honest enough to confess us that you were kind of jealous.You know what? It´s perfectly normal. After all you are human too and our flaws are real, the important thing is that we can aknowledge them and try to do the best with who we are.

    3. Soory to ask, but, what exactly is the NLP technique for those of us who aren't familiar with Tony Robbins.

        1. Thank you for taking the time to read comments and reply to them. Thank you also for providing a blog for us where each post is actually an important lesson. I usually read this blog on the first coffee break and then mull it over and let it sink in throughout the day. It's a great website here and is a real exercise for the mind. I am coming up with new products my customers love to buy because of you. - The prosperity power of ideas ! and adding value to the Universe.

    4. -RG,

      Way to go! What a big breakthrough for you to reexamine TR and his work, and your own stuff that went into those beliefs.

      I not a fan nor a TR distractor so I'll check out his video.

      -DJM

    5. Randy...thanks for sharing this behind-the-scenes clip of Tony. I had caught a part of the actual TV show...and actually think I got more out of his commentary after the fact. Powerful stuff.

    6. Randy,

      I very much appreciate this post as well as the link to the Tony Robbins video. Like you, I have never been fond of Tony for many of the same reasons. But after watching this video, I also feel differently as it's clear he's making a difference. And that's the most important thing we can do in Life. How we are able to impact our own lives as well as those of others is what matters most.

      Like he says, it's not about how much money or fame you've achieved, but how you live your life. And if your story is one of possibility and love, you are living a life of Joy and prosperity and for me, that's what I'm here for.. it's about having purpose and living it.

    7. Randy, thanks so much for this post! Admirable honesty! And I am also happy to see your "change of heart" as I admire and use the work of both you and Tony. Every time I read your comment about Tony, I thought "but how can he see it this way?".
      Make it a fantastic weekend! I am going to see the Gay Parade on the canals of Amsterdam tomorrow - every year an awesome show!

    8. That is the biggest BS I`ve heard. I really enjoyed the program, but I most say I watched it with 8 others. They were`nt familiar with positive thinking.

      It is horrible that people are so caught up in being lost in their life.

      It is tragically. I want to spread the word of Personal Development to everyone I met. It changed my life from. Suicidal to LIVING and thriving in life! Change your thinking live with an open mind. A guy I met for 3 days ago said something really great "Don`t think outside of the box. Think that there is NO box."

      I love those words 😀

      Enjoy every NANO second of your life.

      Love your blog Randy keep up the awesome work.

      John
      Canada/Norway

    9. Hi RG,
      I had an epiphany when I turned 50 last year, following my divorce a year earlier. I remember waking up one morning and thinking I want more from my life! I decided it didn't matter what my past looked like because I could change the direction of my future if I so desired. It seems that the right people are entering my life now to inspire and guide me in the direction of my dreams.
      It's exciting!

    10. Hi Randy,
      Thank you, I watched the clip and loved the message.
      In 3 months time, my son became autistic from vaccines and I was told that I would die in 24 mos from heart failure. I was recording an album at the time and everything came to a screeching halt. I didn't go far from the house and became a handicapped mom of a disabled child. That was my story for 4 long years. My dreams pulled me out of self pity and forced me to push against our limitations. A singing competition at 10,000 feet!! I went alone and excelled, showing no adverse effects. My son is on the road to recovery from autism and we adapt to fit the need. I am planning a singing/speaker/writing career currently. I catch myself, now and then, creating sympathy for myself ( and probably a "safety net" of excuses) by telling others of my condition. I need to go boldly forward as a competent, healthy adventurer and see where life takes me. Scott is a happy young man who knows of no limitations except what I project onto him, so... here's to excellence and doing our best always!

    11. Well I'm a 'fan' - if you want to call it that, of both Randy Gage AND Tony Robbins. Have met both and admired and utilised the work of both.

      I was aware of Randy's cynism about Tony and to be fair, Tony is a business man first and foremost and it's easy to see how Randy might arrive at his previous opinions about him.

      But both men have one primary thing in common. They have 'heart' - a passion for really making a difference in people's lives.

      Both mens work has profoundly touched my life over the years and continues to do so. It's not necessary for Randy to like Tony's work, but it's kinda nice to see Randy acknowledging the common ground.

    12. Thank you Randy, that was great! You know, I just saw a comercial advertising the show here in Denver last week. Are you sure it doesn't start in the Fall? Minute to Win it has been on all Summer here. Just wondering.

      1. Yes it was a summer replacement and they pulled it after two weeks and substituted that game show. They have some more in the can that hopefully they will run at some point.

        -RG

    13. Randy

      As you know, I am raging fan of your wisdom and of your ability to communicate your wisdom in such a powerful way.

      With every post, I think you have outdone yourself. Well, once again you have outdone your prior excellence.

      There is soooo much wisdom packed into this post, on so many levels.

      Thank you for being YOU. TR is just one of many...including you...who has impacted my thinking of how I want to conduct my life.

      Be happy...really, really happy...with with being the fabulous Randy Gage. As you know well, comparisons can inspire us to do better, but also can bring out the worst in us.

      Seems to me that we accelerate our success when we can learn from others (the good and the bad) and then detach with all the judgment stuff that bogs us down.

      Off to watch the TR video, but doing so with strong belief that you, my friend, are doing great things for so many of us.

      Thank YOU for being who You are.

    14. You may enjoy my article titled "Dancing Joyfully". It's about personal narrative/story and you can find it on my website. The article addresses the question that we all have to ask at the end of the day, and the question is, "And now...?" The answer will "make us" or "break us". Great thoughts!

    15. Tony Robbins is a master story teller. He is fun to watch and I always leave feeling better about me and those I am with listening to his tapes or watching one of his events. His style is a little different and the message is the same as yours Randy.

      In the first months of working for an insurance company two of my personal customers were involved in an accident and they collected 3 eye witnesses to the event. Who was going to pay for all the damages was not an issue. What happened was of interest and I had to take the five stories and construct what happened. Not one story was identical.

      We create the stories in our life. We always have and all ways will. When you can separate the ‘what happened,’ the ‘what's so’ from the story, the story can be told in a way that empowers you and others instead of just being a complaint or a sad tale. Do the stories we tell make a difference?

    16. Great post Randy... I always appreciated Tony R's teachings, never doubted his sincerity, but he tended to grate as he was almost too perfect... but when he got divorced it seemed to humanize him a lot more... he seemed to come off his high horse... told a funny story about when he first started dating his new lady and she was ready to dive into a triple chocolate piece of cake and he was aghast, you're going to eat that?? She said, oh man, are you ever anal.... he said it made him realize to loosen up once in while...
      As for reinventing yourself Richard Brooke has got some great training at his website about that and it's all free... basically he says we all make it up anyway, so why not make up good stuff about ourselves...

    17. On Hulu I found the archives of Tony's Episodes 1 and 2, but have not found the background video you speak of.

      What is the exact name of the segment you recommend?

    18. Randy,

      Thanks for being so honest. I was never a big fan of Tony's either. I don't know why exactly, I just wasn't.

      I did sign the petition on Facebook to send to NBC to bring back the show as. I will watch the video.

      Thanks,
      Jim

    19. Your honesty is just heart moving, bubba.
      Thanks for teaching by example. That's a coherent personal philosophy.
      And yes, Tony´s show cancellation is just sad. It´s yet another indication that as a nation we are not ready to listen, heal and grow. Not just yet.

    20. Good stuff, Randy.
      Tony actually inspired me years ago and I guess really got me started on my own quest to find the truth about success, happiness and living with passion and purpose.
      I've found over the years that people either love that guy or hate him...not too many "tweeners".
      Of course, you're the man and your honesty and straight forwardness is outstanding!
      Way to own the jealous feelings...and blow past them. We've all been there!
      I think it's crucial to examine our story line often and make sure we're telling and living the right one.
      If we're not...much like Tony's show (unfortunately) we need to make our own executive decision and replace it!
      Keep it coming!
      MS

    21. You know Randy,

      I have to own a similar thing I have going on about you! But more and more I watch, I read and I find that there is a lot of value to the things you share. We disagree on a few issues but I can be okay with that. I am choosing to write a new story with you now.

      After your post about being honest with why you tend to get a little under the weather and being so authentic, I saw a whole new side of you. So I can totally relate to your story here about your story about Tony.

      I think my angst with you was because you had the abundance and I didn`t. But abundance starts with a mindset, not a big bank account.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I really liked Tony`s program and am very sad it went away before it had its run. I believe it would have helped a lot of people if they had been willing to hear the lessons.

      Getting off my stories right along with you!

      Susan

    22. How refreshing to hear someone open enough to change their mind and put their hands up to say so !

      I have really enjoyed Tony's work and found his Date With Destiny inspiring as it helped me to make my dreams and goals more global.

      But it's also inspiring for us all to see that even our heroes have setbacks, and challenges and have to bounce back -it's called Life !

      When I work with parents I help them re frame or notice "The Story" that they are currently telling themselves and to change it if it not serving them. It can be a very powerful moment of clarity and can help family relationships enormously

      Great post - very honest - thanks 🙂

      Sue Atkins
      Author of "Raising Happy Children for Dummies"

    23. RG, thanks for today's post and thanks to Tony for his video. As I mentioned before many times, you truly are honest with yourself and with us, not hesitating to reveal your true feelings you have inside, such as your jealousies that you had at some point about Tony Robbins. I really like that, and that's what I like about you, Randy. --> "As a result, I’m choosing a new story about Tony. I’m going to release my past beliefs and petty jealousies and edify the work he’s doing. "

      Your post touched my heart, and the link that you provided in the post to Tony's page and watching it did touch my heart as well. In fact, I began to cry. OK. I'll expose some part of my life here, by throwing off my pride. My true nature - endlessly bouncing optimistic personality (that people often jokingly commented) that I thought had already overcome enough of obstacles in my life, but as if those were not enough, many life trials that brought to me one after another in recenet years (especially a year and a half ago) - seemed to have been shattered. My mother who was always sharing her thoughts with me and mine being shared with her like my very best friend got a brain desease, not recognizing me any more as her daughter, my father being medically depressed due to his severe loneliness, not wanting to talk to anyone for a long time, along with the body being hadicapped which requires a greata deal of my help, my orange country properties having been manipulated by criminal minded agent as well as multiple tenants who damaged the properties enormously in revenge, with a small claim court case being grown into a bigger lawsuit, then a bad economy, and finally many deaths in the family finally got me collapsed emotionally. I've been always strong emotionally and mentally throughout my life - never giving up and always being positive and cheerful and very strong. I had so many friends who counted on me for my advices and for my strength and that they assumed that I was always okay. My sisters were no exceptions. After I honestly shared with them my life struggles and that I sometimes would not even want to live any more. I didn't hear from them with comforting words just because they were simply shocked, lost and thrown off by it. Another way to put this is that, they depended upon my strength for coping with their issues in life, assuming that I was always all right and being their comforter and the place for their escape. However, it was all my pride in my mind that I was to be a superwoman.

      God had to allow things to happen one after another over the past two years - almost endlessly to the point where I just had to collapse, falling into the pit to find out about my real limited human strength. I didn't want to admit it. Like you phrased, a lot of "shits" happened.' I was severely depressed. Randy, I'm sure you don't remember but I accidentally ran into you at SF Go D. and had a brief conversation with you, and your inspirational speech as well as you being so inspiration to us all did me some positive cure and the healing to my soul and to my depression - to some extent where I began to want to pick myself up where I left off and to begin living my life positively again regardless of what I was going through. Thank you for that. All the challenges and the situations have been the same, but I seem to have gained a great amount of strength to continue on to cope with many of challenges.

      About a month ago, when you wrote about the subject of taking action in one of your posts, you wrote about us taking action, and I added my comment in view of my spiritual walk and saying 'sometimes, taking action is easy to do because we sometimes take action right away out of worries without planning,' and I went on saying 'sometimes, doing nothing seems like just doing nothing, but doing nothing is actually doing something in terms of faith cos stepping out right away and begin to take action is rather easy in some situations...' I was stuck in this rather difficult situation where my life is going to have to be consumed for my family matters back home - for my mother and father, etc., not being able to do what I want to do in my own life, being able to focus my total energy onto this new business MLM that I'm starting, and being able to be where I want to be, but by faith, I was trying to walk my life, knowing that there should always be a reason for everything and that I would still have to learn out of the dilemma I was in by believing there is a good side to everything that happens. One of the visitors comment to your post read as 'Looking on the bright side, that will get you in business,' and I thought how I wished things in my life be that simple and easy for me, but yes, I must admit that we have to agree about our life, as you commented above, "Because the truth is, shit happens. To everyone. ...At some point or another, we all will face a disability, loved one dying, terminal disease, accident, or any one of a thousand other challenges."

      As Tony states we all have our own challenges - both the current and unplanned ones - and when things that were outside of our planned stories, or expectations happen, we tend to think they shouldn't happen, and likewise my stories were quite similar to that, too. I didn't expect my mum to turn out to be like that, I didn't expect criminal-like tenant after tenant did what they did (enormously damaging my property in revenge that resulted a great loss) after I trusted them so much and gave them hundreds of favors and could have saved those money for something else especially in this bad economy, many deaths of my loved ones shouldn't have happened because they were still young, I could have done this or that, if this or that didn't happen, on and on and on.... but this is where we learn to make the right choices - the good ones - to find our new strength into the next level. I'm beginning to learn that what life brings give us choices - whether we stay there being hopeless, helpless, a victim, or we get out of our 'environment or old (previous) story' into a new story, as Tony puts, and use those adversities to test our faith and the strength so that through the difficult times we may find who we really are, how stronger and tougher we could become. I believe we are the products of what we had come through in life, thus through many more challenges that life brings before us, we will be continually tested to make choices, as you put: "You can choose a victim story or an empowering story. And which choice you make can make all the difference for you."

      I'm very sorry for this incredibly lengthy comment that I ended up writing today. I apologize. It's been a while since you had to read my annoyingly lengthy comment. I guess I haven't totally mastered the ways yet to shorten what I mean to write. Sorry. lol RG, thanks for being one of the greatest champions in our life as well as in mine that we/I can look up to. Thank you for being there for us. We all love you, and so do I, even when you are run over by a little dog on the street, simply because you're a human like all of us (there is no meaning behind this joke. Just a joke). I sound a bit too serious writing my comment which is unlikely of me in real life - something to do with the subtlety of the language that I may miss while writing that I didn't grow up with, I think. May God continue to bless you, I pray ... I did read 'The shocking truth about the truth.' ^_^" A hug from me. Saachi

      1. Yay! You've made it this far & are a real survivor!! With these guys support & other like-minded, you're becoming a 'thriver!' Keep on doing that next right (for you) thing! You're inspiring to us also;)

    24. Wow, some great comments above.

      I enjoyed the Tony Robbins video since I missed that episode.

      Lately, due to reading this blog, I question my stories I tell myself.

      What a great quote "the quality of your life is where you live emotionally"

      Thanks Randy.

    25. Hmmm... Where does Tony Robbins state they have to change their mind patterns that created the situations in the first place?

      Tony Robbins sounds more like he thinks that now they're well equipped for the next tragedy.

      The question is always why it happened in the first place, and even better, internalize the thoughts before situations like that even manifest in physical reality.

      The quality of your life is not where you live emotionally, but determined by what control you have of your own mind.

    26. Hi Randy, I came across your post from one of my FB friends, Steve SchraderBachar. Purely out of wanting to really get to know people that accepted my friend request or me, theirs.
      None the less, I am thankful to Steve for posting your article or I would not have "stumbled" upon you today (wink wink).

      I was on a teleclass of one of my colleagues this morning and he shared that restoring is a natural out growth of re-storying which is precisely what you are encouraging your readers to do. Most importantly you led and shared so candidly by example.

      I thank you for it Randy & look forward to reading more of your posts!

      With Gratitude,

      Jacqui Dobens

    27. Thats hilarious! All of you motivational and prosperity Gurus are Part Great and Part Full of shit! LOL. I Love you all but I love me More! That my story and I am sticking to it!LOL

      1. Well it looks like the intent of this blog has succeeded. In a way, it was through your own critical thinking that you came to this conclusion. No one has asked you to be the clone of Randy or Tony, nor to solely adopt their mindset. If you were to, they would be the only ones thinking. It's only by looking at what works for people, opening up your mind, and taking with you what tools spark your own critical thought process, that you may look at this in a different way and use these to adopt your own process and style. The whole program or blog topic may not apply completely, but ask yourself what part of it sparked your individual thinking process and focus on these things to bring out your own creativity. I'm quite certain some folks will look at this and tell me I'm full of shit too. Isn't that what's great about critical thinking??

    28. Can't watch it in Australia. Bummer.
      I get your message though. Time for me to pull my head in on some issues as well. Thanks.

      1. Tony, I'm down-under and I got it to work in Internet Explorer, but it doesn't work in Google Chrome for me. Does that help?

    29. Thanks for sharing the video. Yes, it is an amazing video about life. It is important to create a new story all the time. We will have a series of stories about us during our life time. There won't be one story to tell. With each experience and learning, there will be indeed new stories to share with people because we grow constantly in consciousness.

      If you didn't appreciate Tony earlier, you hadn't grown in that part of life till this new video about breakthrough touched you. I always admired Tony and his stories. I read his biography and he was not what he has become today. The way he created and wrote a new story for himself when he was broke, living in a single room, washing dishes in a bath tub. I think he has created for himself a new life, a new lifestyle, which many people hesitate to start off.

      You have created a magnificent new life as well and that inspires me to the maximum level. I am grateful to learn that indeed we can create new story for ourselves.

      "Our life is the creation of our mind." Buddha, and that couple in the video were enabled to create a new life and a new story.

    30. thanks for this Randy. I too have some similar reservations & like to think I'll not manipulate etc which I do avoid when I catch it. I began re-forming/telling my story after hearing Abraham speak to this topic. Great to have practical examples to take it further.

    31. It takes a real man to admit his faults/failures in a public realm. I respect your honesty, your opinion, and your clarity and respect. Tony Robbins ted talk was absolutely amazing and that was something I needed to hear at that time. Peace to you all.

    32. I stumbled on this through Tony himself... I saw the entire series and enjoyed it thoroughly.

      I believe this one brought me to tears 🙂

      They were all very moving, and I was discouraged that the series was cancelled. I was looking forward to watching something positive on television.

      I am a AR client, and have been to one of Tony's events, and can relate directly. I had some similar feelings, though it had more to do with the nutrition side of the talk.

      While I felt he had the psychology stuff bang on, how he approached the conversation of nutrition was off course.

      I had actually signed up for their $10,000 training package, and pulled the plug, with that as the reason. I had hoped that someone might have even wanted to talk to me, but the wall is there.

      It's my hope one day to help Tony's team deliver that content in a more accurate light. I know that there's a way... where there's a will 🙂

      Cheers to you for calling it "as it is"

      Your post was awesome. Thanks!!

    33. Thank you RG. My comments:
      I loved that show...hated when it got canceled and agree, sadly, it getting canceled doesn't speak about our consciousness as a whole...but I have faith.

      Everything any of us teach/share is a derivatative of what we've learned from others. So we're all the the same things that have been said and modeled for thousands of years; I say as long as our intention is in the right place, run with it...there's someone somewhere that will here what you have to share when it's time for them to hear it.

      It's also the human condition to want to tear someone down when they're at the top (especially if they've been there consistently). Tony's for real. He walks his talk. For me he is the opitome of 'strategy based in practice' (ok; discipline, commitment, endurance, ambition...name it, he's that). In my book, if you've done the work yourself AND on top of that, know how to 'package' it, then go get 'em tiger!!! grrrrrr! 🙂

      Shit doesn't 'happen'. Shit is! It's called life. It actually offers the most profound lessons we will ever learn. I call it fate. I have a certain amount of control but I have no control over fate. I have learned to have 'faith in fate'.

      Nick Vujicic's video 'No Arms, No Legs, No Worries' is a perfect example that happiness is a choice. We're all connected by the same 'constant' that runs through all of life. I can always find someone who is worse off than me and some who are better off than me. I'm learning to be grateful for everything I have and everything I am.

      Tony has made a HUGE impact on the planet. Afterall, can 50 million(?) people be wrong. Maybe (anything's possible) but I doubt it. On a planet of 6 billion, I'm just wondering when the shift happens! 🙂

      I appreciate your journey to here; to write this piece and share it. I'll pay it forward on twitter and my FB page. Thank you.

      Best,
      Brice Howe

    34. Randy,

      I am very fortunate to spend time with Joyce Rennolds, a leader in the New Thought movement for over 30 years, in her Scripting Classes in Atlanta Georiga. And the focus is creating any story we want for our lives. It is this class that opened up the pathway for me to join Network Marketing and Agel in particular. Shakespeare captures the story well " All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages." I am the Director, Producer, Writer, Actor, Stagehand, Understudy and Star in the life called Justin Thomas - J.T. Game on!

    35. The town is in a quiet, rural area on the southern tip of the prefecture and borders the pacific ocean. Sakuranomori is the birthplace of sana hidaka, a sixteen-year-old high school student, who grew up with his childhood friends nanaka yatsushiro, and aoi oribe, his best male friend syusuke wakatsuki, and his twin sister syuri wakatsuki. Thanks for sharing.

    36. Thanks for the heads up on the Tony Robbins show. Sorry, but I'm not much of a TV watcher anymore but I always liked TR. I'll check out the show on YouTube. Sounds like a great show. After all, we are all the author's of our lives. We write the next page. So make it a good one with a happy ending!

    37. Thank you Randy,
      I love it!!! I feel the passion for a life, love, honesty... I feel it inside... I feel real human being...
      The deep reason of being...

      M.

    38. In true gratitude for having my own Fitness & Wellness syndicated shows on TV for 18 years now, I understand how the popular shows- that do not educate, only entertain- have always had the most opportunities... It is sad and frustrating... FORTUNATELY, there is a shift taking place ... It is a matter of becoming more conscious as a planet... On the other hand, I love the fact that you are so honest  with us; )  Only when we go deep, do we realize our true reasons/excuses/judgements... What you said/confessed here makes me admire you EVEN more, Randy... THANK YOU for existing!

    39. In true gratitude for having my own Fitness & Wellness syndicated shows on TV for 18 years now, I understand how the popular shows- that do not educate, only entertain- have always had the most opportunities... It is sad and frustrating... FORTUNATELY, there is a shift taking place ... It is a matter of becoming more conscious as a planet... On the other hand, I love the fact that you are so honest  with us; )  Only when we go deep, do we realize our true reasons/excuses/judgements... What you said/confessed here makes me admire you EVEN more, Randy... THANK YOU for existing!

    40. Nice! It's good that you can be openminded and say "I like this about his work but I don't like that." We don't have to be so black and white about everything all the time and just say "I don't like him". As for NLP, I agree with you. I had a boyfriend who was a practitioner and I just felt manipulated all the time so it ended. NLP doesn't strike me as a particularly subtle way of getting what you want, but I think it's supposed to be...Maybe I was just aware of it, as you were.

    41. Nice! It's good that you can be openminded and say "I like this about his work but I don't like that." We don't have to be so black and white about everything all the time and just say "I don't like him". As for NLP, I agree with you. I had a boyfriend who was a practitioner and I just felt manipulated all the time so it ended. NLP doesn't strike me as a particularly subtle way of getting what you want, but I think it's supposed to be...Maybe I was just aware of it, as you were.

    42. I agree there is a lot of people who try to manipulate using NLP. I almost think that it's a "Character" issue. They haven't developed the character to use their power responsibly yet. For me learning about NLP taught me about myself and helped my to overcome some issues I was having. Fixed a lot of things in my life, and it has allowed me to help others too. I think like the "The Force" in Star Wars. There is always a Luke Sky Walker or Darth Vader way to handle power...though just my thoughts...

    43. I agree there is a lot of people who try to manipulate using NLP. I almost think that it's a "Character" issue. They haven't developed the character to use their power responsibly yet. For me learning about NLP taught me about myself and helped my to overcome some issues I was having. Fixed a lot of things in my life, and it has allowed me to help others too. I think like the "The Force" in Star Wars. There is always a Luke Sky Walker or Darth Vader way to handle power...though just my thoughts...

    44. @Randy_Gage Insightful post, Randy. Breakthrough is an excellent show! I was sad, disappointed and confused when it was cancelled. So glad to see it being given more press. This kind of stuff is desperately needed on TV ~ hope they're planning on keeping it going.

    45. @Randy_Gage Insightful post, Randy. Breakthrough is an excellent show! I was sad, disappointed and confused when it was cancelled. So glad to see it being given more press. This kind of stuff is desperately needed on TV ~ hope they're planning on keeping it going.

    46. Well done that u stopped been victme of tony, we all have that story that we are telling to ourself about someone else and by that we give him thr power to control us

    47. Well done that u stopped been victme of tony, we all have that story that we are telling to ourself about someone else and by that we give him thr power to control us

    48. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will also pass it along. I attended Tony's Maatery University, a 3 week, intense value, belief shifting event with some of the best of the best, over 15 years ago. It changed my life and I have a heartfelt respect for Tony and all his passion. I am so well pleased with you Randy, for coming from truth and growing. I have followed you a long time, and I will testify to a massive change occuring with you and there is no doubt, manifesting in your life. It all comes down to one law, "Love one another" and do the will of God. Everything takes on a new meaning after that and you finally realize what life is supposed to be about and what our purpose here is for, to glorify God and have Jesus as our role model. Fabulous stuff Randy.

    49. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will also pass it along. I attended Tony's Maatery University, a 3 week, intense value, belief shifting event with some of the best of the best, over 15 years ago. It changed my life and I have a heartfelt respect for Tony and all his passion. I am so well pleased with you Randy, for coming from truth and growing. I have followed you a long time, and I will testify to a massive change occuring with you and there is no doubt, manifesting in your life. It all comes down to one law, "Love one another" and do the will of God. Everything takes on a new meaning after that and you finally realize what life is supposed to be about and what our purpose here is for, to glorify God and have Jesus as our role model. Fabulous stuff Randy.

    50. So true.
      We all need to look back at our previous judgement, judgements we made before we started growing; in my case in network marketing and listening to and learning from great people.

    51. So true.
      We all need to look back at our previous judgement, judgements we made before we started growing; in my case in network marketing and listening to and learning from great people.

    52. Everyone including myself is leary of the salesman.  I appreciate Tony Robbins for the great things he has accomplished and his outlook on life.  He truly seems as if he is trying to help others.

    53. Hi Randy,
      I did the Mastery University with Tony many years ago and it transformed my life and got me in line with my true values and belief systems. I am pleased that you were able to speak your truth about your previous perceptions about Tony. I did want to make you aware, if you are already not, of a new product I ordered, and I'm not an affiliate, so I don't make a dime sharing this. It's called Power Habits by Noah St. John. It can be purchased through Nightingale Conant and it is amazing. May want to check it out. Take care. M-E

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