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About Tony Robbins



Tony Robbins (born 1960) is an American life coach, self-help author and motivational speaker. He became well known through his infomercials and self-help books, Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within.  Wikipedia

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Tony Robbins (quotes)

Thoughts on success

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Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, with whom you want

  • Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.
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Success is maximising pleasure while minimising pain

  • My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain — and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
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Success is about making progress

  • Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.
  • It’s not about success, it’s about progress.
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Success without fulfilment is failure

  • I have seen business moguls achieve their ultimate goals but still live in frustration, worry, and fear. What’s preventing these successful people for being happy? The answer is they have focused only on achievement and not fulfilment. Extraordinary accomplishment does not guarantee extraordinary joy, happiness, love, and a sense of meaning. These two skill sets feed off each other, and make me believe that success without fulfilment is failure.
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Follow these four steps to success

  • The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
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Recognise the power you have to transform your life

  • I’ve continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I’ve learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright.
  • Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”
  • Realise the power of a single choice acted upon immediately and with total conviction.
  • We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.
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The power of decisions

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Decisions are a source of great personal power …

  • What changes your life is not learning more. What changes your life is making decisions and using your personal power and taking action.
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… with the potential to greatly shape your life

  • It is in your moment of decision that your destiny is shaped.
  • Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.
  • Any person can do almost anything they want to if they make a decision to commit to that course, starting now.
  • The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today.
  • Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.
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Build your decision-making muscle

  • Build your decision-making muscle.
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Exert control over your consistent daily decisions

  • To direct your life, you must exert control over the consistent daily decisions that you make.
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Don’t make a decision from a place of fear

  • A decision made from fear is always the wrong decision.
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Make a decision about who you want to become

  • You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.
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Empower your decisions by taking immediate action

  • A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
  • Realise the power of a single choice acted upon immediately and with total conviction.
  • Decisions are the father of actions, which in turn leads directly to results.
  • A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
  • Never leave the site of setting a goal without first taking some form of positive action toward its attainment.
  • The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
  • What changes your life is not learning more. What changes your life is making decisions and using your personal power and taking action.
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Empower your decisions by committing fully to them …

  • Any person can do almost anything they want to if they make a decision to commit to that course, starting now.
  • As soon as you truly commit to making something happen, the ‘how’ will reveal itself.
  • I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.
  • There’s no abiding success without commitment.
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… while staying flexible in your approach

  • Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
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Setting goals that inspire

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Set goals that inspire you …

  • Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
  • The secret of unleashing your true power is setting goals that are exciting enough that they inspire your creativity and ignite your passion.
  • People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.
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… and that allow you to grow on the journey to their attainment

  • Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfilment.
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Life is not about what you get but about who you become

  • It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute, that gives meaning to our lives.
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Never leave the site of setting a goal without taking some action towards it

  • The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create momentum. The most important rules that I ever adopted to help me in achieving my goals were those I learned from a very successful man who taught me to first write down the goal, and then to never leave the site of setting a goal without first taking some form of positive action toward its attainment.
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Change your behaviour by leveraging pain and pleasure

  • The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviours.
  • Remember, we will all do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure.
  • Sense the huge benefits in changing your behaviour. Imagine the price (pain) you’ll pay for not changing.
  • The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
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Harness the power of your passion

  • Passion is the deep, inner drive to reach for what we love.  Passion is the genesis of genius.
  • There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.
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Harness the power of focus

  • Focus on what you want, not on what you fear or don’t want. Focus on what you fear and that’s exactly where you’ll end up.
  • Focus! True direction is being woken up at 3 am and knowing exactly what your one goal is.
  • Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
  • One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
  • We can only focus on a couple of things at a time. Ensure they are positive, constructive and uplifting.
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Harness the power of empowering questions

  • All human progress is preceded by new questions.
  • For any question you pose, your brain provides an answer. Always make questions positive, actionable and constructive. Questions are lasers of human consciousness. Their power can cut through any obstacle. Ask empowering questions that will increase the quality of your life and uplift your spirit. Questions create answers – even where they seemingly do not exist.
  • Questions are lasers of human consciousness. Their power can cut through any obstacle. Ask empowering questions that will increase the quality of your life and uplift your spirit. Questions create answers – even where they seemingly do not exist.
  • Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
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Harness the power of empowering beliefs

  • All personal breakthroughs being with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting a new, empowering belief.
  • What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.
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Dismantle beliefs that limit you

  • The only reason we don’t have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can’t have them.
  • The only thing keeping you from what you want is your story about why you can’t have it.
  • Belief in limits creates limited people.
  • And my personal belief is that the only thing keeping you from freedom is all the beliefs you have about what has to happen before you can be there.
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When you interpret events that happen to you, assign a meaning that empowers you

  • Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.
  • Suffering doesn’t come from the fact; it comes from the meaning we assign to the fact.
  • It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.
  • You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.
  • You want to change your life? Control the only thing you can control: the meaning you give something.
  • If you’re gonna make a change, you’re gonna have to operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.
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Harness the power of small, consistent steps

  • Small steps become giant strides.
  • The ability to progress and achieve extraordinary results even in the midst of chaos is to take just one step at a time in the right direction.
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Harness the power of gratitude

  • When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
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Harness the power of determined action

  • Action is the foundational key to all success.
  • A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
  • Never leave the site of setting a goal without first taking some form of positive action toward its attainment.
  • Realise the power of a single choice acted upon immediately and with total conviction.
  • The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
  • What changes your life is not learning more. What changes your life is making decisions and using your personal power and taking action.
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Harness the power of consistent practice

  • In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
  • Repetition is the mother of skill.
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Harness the power of words

  • Most of us make unconscious choices in the words that we use; we sleep-walk through the maze of possibilities available to us.
  • Realize now the power that your words command if you simply choose them wisely.
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Harness the power of determination

  • Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.
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See problems and challenges as opportunities to learn and grow

  • Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.
  • Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.
  • Problems are God’s resistance to create spiritual muscles.
  • Problems are spiritual lessons from God–spiritual lessons to be learned.
  • Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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See failure as a stepping stone

  • I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
  • If we don’t see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
  • There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.
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Be open to changing your approach if you want a different result

  • If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
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Learn to master time

  • A mastery of time allows you to squeeze the maximum possible achievement in the direction of your dreams out of every hour, every day – without going crazy.
  • Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year –  and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!
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Learn from and model those who are successful

  • Accelerate your progress towards success by modeling those who are already successful. It’s much easier to copy what someone else has already done. What’s even better, is you can then improve upon what someone has done and achieve better results, often in a shorter period of time.
  • If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.
  • It’s much easier to copy what someone else has already done. What’s even better, is you can then improve upon what someone has done and achieve better results, often in a shorter period of time.
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Learn to manage your energy

  • The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.
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Learn to communicate effectively

  • The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.
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Let go of perfectionism

  • Perfection is the absolute lowest standard you can ever have for yourself because it’s impossible to attain.
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Embrace uncertainty

  • The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.
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Embrace the unknown

  • Why do people persist in a dissatisfying relationship, unwilling either to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing.
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Focus on what you want, not what you fear

  • Focus on what you want, not on what you fear or don’t want. Focus on what you fear and that’s exactly where you’ll end up.
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Get perspective on your troubles

  • Ten years from now you’ll laugh at whatever’s stressing you out today. So why not laugh now?
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Don’t major in minor things

  • Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.
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Apply what you know

  • It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.
  • I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
  • You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.
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Recognise life as a gift

  • Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
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Resolve to live life fully

  • Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.
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Ask yourself these questions

  • How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?
  • What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?
  • Who will you have to become to achieve all you want?
  • You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.
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Realise the importance of quality relationships in determining your happiness

  • The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.
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See relationships as an opportunity to give, not get

  • Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.
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Realise that most of life’s meaning lies in making a contribution

  • Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfilment.
  • Power moves with you when you have an intent to serve more than yourself.
  • The secret of living is giving.
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Tony Robbins’ list of 6 human needs

  • Certainty – the need to be safe and comfortable
  • Variety – the need for physical and mental stimulation
  • Significance – the need to feel special and worthy of attention
  • Love & Connection – the need to be loved and connected to others
  • Growth – the need to develop and expand
  • Contribution – the need to contribute beyond yourself
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More thoughts from Tony Robbins

  • Happily achieve instead of achieving to be happy.
  • For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.
  • In life, you need either inspiration or desperation.
  • It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
  • Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment.
  • Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life.
  • The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.
  • The past does not equal the future unless you live there.
  • The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.
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