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