Early 2017 looked very similar to previous years, not boring, but there was nothing significantly exciting. I wasn’t worried about this because I felt like I didn’t need to make any dramatic changes. I was pumped for the new football season, looking to go one step further than when we fell short in 2016.
In late January, Mum was nagging me to watch a documentary called ‘I Am Not Your Guru’ about a guy named Tony Robbins. She wouldn’t leave me alone. I just wasn’t interested and too busy, until she said, “if you like him I’ll take you to LA with me in March to watch him.” So, as you can imagine before I even watched it I told her I loved it and wanted to go see him, so I could get across to America. The documentary did look incredible, but I was still very sceptical about whether he was the real deal like what people were saying.
Day 1 of his event ‘Unleash the Power Within’ (UPW) was interesting but very long. I’d never experienced anything that put me so far out of my comfort zone. I hugged around 50 random people that day and jumped and danced like crazy! I was only doing this because everyone was; at the time, I was thinking what on earth am I doing, get me out of here. At the end of day we were highly encouraged to walk barefoot across 5 metres of 1200 degree coals. The theory behind it was that, ‘if you can walk barefoot on fire, you can do anything!’ Lots of people at the seminar didn’t do the fire walk because they feared hospitalising burns. Fair enough to fear that! However, most people at the seminar did the walk. Tony used a process where he got us so hyped up that it put us into a mental state where we believed we were unstoppable and capable of achieving anything. I can imagine that is hard for you to understand reading this, but that is why you need to experience him yourself. I was standing in line and I’d watched lots of other people do it without burning themselves, so I thought I MUST do this. It took all my courage, but I did the fire walk! This was the exact moment where I changed. I was hooked. I knew from that moment on, that this guy was indeed the real deal because I felt like I could do anything I set my mind to.
“One entire life changes in a moment”- Tony Robbins.
I became obsessed with the feeling the fire walk brought me. I’m sure you would agree, that there are not many better feelings than walking into something that is really important to you with the utmost confidence. After the fire walk experience, that is how I felt all the time!
Ever since that seminar in March, I’ve been applying the processes that I learnt, making them a part of what I do daily. I’ve become more grateful for what I do have in life. In the past, my focus was always on what I don’t have, and I was jealous for what others do have. Changing this has really made me appreciate so much more and it helps me put my life into perspective. I keep a journal where I write what I’m grateful for almost every day. Even if you are having a tough day, then it’s a great reminder for you to remember how lucky we are.
I’ve embraced my changes and I love being different. This is something that I used to struggle with a lot as I didn’t want to be judged so I would be like everyone else. Now, since the seminar, I have such a level of confidence that I’m happy to say I honestly don’t care near as much about what people think. I enjoy being different, being uncommon.
I always thank my mum for taking me to LA for the opportunity to see Tony Robbins. One day I’ll be lucky enough to meet him and thank him in person for my transformation.