Why Shoveling Is FUN!

๐Ÿ˜„ ๐’๐‡๐Ž๐•๐„๐‹๐ˆ๐๐† ๐ˆ๐’ ๐…๐”๐!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ…๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ. โค๏ธ

Last Sunday we had a blizzard in Chicago. As the inches piled up and the storm raged on, I decided to bundle myself up, step outside, and shovel the driveway. ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ

But in doing so I could hear that little voice in my head which was saying:

๐Ÿ—ฃ โ€œ๐˜‹๐˜–๐˜•๐˜ˆ๐˜“๐˜‹, ๐˜›๐˜๐˜๐˜š ๐˜๐˜š ๐˜—๐˜–๐˜๐˜•๐˜›๐˜“๐˜Œ๐˜š๐˜š!โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ

To be fair, this voice had a point! Why? Because the townhouse association I live under already provides snow plowers to do everyoneโ€™s driveways! ๐Ÿ˜…

In other words, I had no reason to step outside my warm, cozy home and out into the freezing cold to perform a job which was already going to be done for me! ๐Ÿคฃ

And yet…I did have a reason! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Have you ever done something you felt really proud of, yet in the eyes of others it could easily be seen as โ€œ๐˜—๐˜–๐˜๐˜•๐˜›๐˜“๐˜Œ๐˜š๐˜šโ€?

๐Ÿ“Œ You run a marathon…yet you NEVER need to run 26 miles in your life!

๐Ÿ“Œ You play a sport…yet you NEVER need to place yourself in harm’s way for bodily injuries!

๐Ÿ“Œ You learn a new skill…yet you NEVER need to learn one because you can always hire someone with the same skill!

Are we just masochists?! Do we just enjoy experiencing discomfort for the sake of it?! ๐Ÿ˜…

Not quite! ๐Ÿ›‘

I doubt most people would say they do it primarily for the pain. I know I donโ€™t! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ! ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ!

When I stepped outside last Sunday, I knew what I was getting myself into!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW the snow would blanket my face!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW the cold air would leak under my gloves!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW I would be sweating from shoveling!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW my muscles would be aching!

And yet…I still enjoyed it!

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง! ๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ! โœŠ

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐, ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ, ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ž๐! ๐Ÿ™Œ

In other words:

๐Ÿ“ You donโ€™t run a marathon just to exhaust your muscles. You also do it to see what your body is capable of.

๐Ÿ“ You donโ€™t play a sport just to risk bodily injuries. You also do it to see how you compete against other players.

๐Ÿ“ You donโ€™t learn a skill just to learn it. You also do it to see what else your brain doesn’t know about the world.

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ -๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ž๐”๐“๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐„, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐๐€๐ˆ๐!

As I was shoveling, I got so much into the flow of doing it I even shoveled the sidewalks too!

Again, there were plows for that too, but I didnโ€™t care! ๐Ÿ˜

There’s an ancient Greek proverb which echoed in my mind as I kept shoveling: “๐˜ˆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ.” ๐Ÿ™Œ

And once everything was done, I got to fully feel the fruits of my labor! โค๏ธ

๐๐‘๐Ž๐”๐ƒ! ๐Ÿ’ช

๐€๐‚๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐๐‹๐ˆ๐’๐‡๐„๐ƒ! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐€ ๐‰๐Ž๐ ๐–๐„๐‹๐‹ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐๐„! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

“๐Œ๐˜ ๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐Œ๐”๐๐ˆ๐“๐˜ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐’๐€๐•๐„๐ƒ!” ๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ

“๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ƒ๐‘๐€๐†๐Ž๐ ๐‡๐€๐’ ๐๐„๐„๐ ๐’๐‹๐€๐˜๐„๐ƒ!” ๐Ÿ‰

If I can make a task as “mundane” as shoveling a meaningful experience, I have to ask: what are YOU capable of making meaningful in your life? โค๏ธ

What dragons can you create to slay? What missions can you accept to accomplish? What hero’s journey can you undertake in your own backyard? โš”๏ธ

Because when you don’t have any, I encourage you to create some! The Stoic philosopher Epictetus had a point โฌ‡๏ธ:

“๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข, ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ณ – ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง? ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด? ๐Ÿค”

๐˜–๐˜ฃ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ. ๐˜š๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜น๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.” ๐Ÿ˜”

And that’s why I shoveled! It had nothing to do with the plowers! It had everything to do with creating a meaningful life. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ…๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ. โค๏ธ

Make life fun, even when there’s no reason to! But just don’t forget that making it fun is YOUR responsibility! ๐Ÿ˜„

Why Tony Robbins is NOT My Guru! (PERSONAL)

Written on May 26, 2019

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๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย โ€œEvery end is a new beginning.โ€ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

The past 10 days Iโ€™ve had the privilege to volunteer at Tony Robbinsโ€™s Date With Destiny 6-day event here in Australia.ย โค๏ธย Amidst all the recent Buzzfeed shenanigans, amidst Tony still recovering from a stomach ulcer which had him losing 1/3 of his blood, all of us here pulled through nevertheless to put on an amazing event 2500 souls will never forget!ย ๐ŸŽŠ

When I look back, it was only a few years ago that I was standing on the Schaumburg Convention Center floor participating at my first Tony Robbins event. Little did I know I’d be standing here today in the Cairns Convention Center halfway across the world as one of Tony’s regular volunteer Crew members.ย ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

To recount everything thatโ€™s happened in my life these past few years would take ages!ย ๐Ÿ“šย But my story, specifically with Tonyโ€™s work, goes back even further…โ†ฉ๏ธ

I’ve never written it all down before until now. But it’s time you all knew, because I have something important I also need to share with you all!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

As a teenager, the first job I ever had was working as a Boy Scout camp counselor in the small town of Wild Rose, Wisconsin.๐ŸŒฒย For 8 weeks every summer, hundreds of staff like myself committed to serving thousands of Scouts and Leaders in an unforgettable camping experience. It was a key part of my life for 6 years.ย ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

To make things even more fun for Scouts, the staff members would not use their real names. My nickname was โ€œDohnutโ€. Yes, it was spelled that was because I said it was!ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

One week up there, I met a Scout Leaderย Sudesh Kannan. I donโ€™t remember how we initially started talking, but what I do remember is asking him for a list of books he recommended I read. If I recall, he was more than happy to. Correct me if Iโ€™m wrong as you read this Dr. K!ย โœ…

Among his list of book recommendations was Tony Robbinsโ€™s โ€œAwaken the Giant Withinโ€.ย ๐Ÿ“–ย But first and foremost I have to admit something right now. And I think this may shock many of you who know Iโ€™m a big fan of Tonyโ€™s work today.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐Ÿ™€ย Embrace yourself! Are you ready?!ย ๐Ÿ™€

I have NEVER read any of Tonyโ€™s books in their entirety! Iโ€™ve read portions of them here and there, but never one in full! Crazy, right?! “…And you call yourself a fan!”ย ๐Ÿคฃ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย โ€œSo if youโ€™ve didn’t read his books, how did you ever get interested in Tony’s work???”ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

My dear friends: the Internet is a beautiful thing! Online, I watched recorded videos of his speeches. I read many of his quotations. I followed his social media page.ย ๐Ÿ’ปย I became a fan of his work real fast. Something about it just resonated with me!ย ๐Ÿค”

I made a pledge to myself that attending one of his events would be on my bucket list.ย ๐Ÿ‘

And then one day in 2015 I went onto his official website to see if he had any upcoming nearby events.ย ๐Ÿ“†ย To my astonishment, he did! He was coming to to Chicago that July, only a few months away! Even better, he was going to be hosting his Unleash the Power Within event at the Schaumburg Convention Center just 15 miles away from my house!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I grabbed my tickets promptly!ย ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

I remember UPW being the most transformative mental and physical experience I ever had to that date!

โœ…ย I remember the beginning music playing on Day 1.

โœ…ย I rememberย Jennifer Hylandโ€™s intervention with Tony.

โœ…ย I remember the radical honesty sharing with others the limiting beliefs I was ashamed to admit.

โœ…ย I remember crying my eyes out during the Dickenโ€™s Process.

I remember for the first time I experienced what some would refer to as a โ€œspiritual awakeningโ€, minus the woo woo or religious dogma that often tends to come with the idea of spirituality.ย ๐Ÿคฒ

To summarize in a single sentence: I truly felt alive! It was a euphoric experience in many ways I could not put into words!ย ๐Ÿ” 

I remember the day after the event ended I weighed myself: 234 pounds exact. I remember that same day I also quit drinking soda, going from a daily 3 to 4 cans a day to 0. None! Zilch! Zip! And ice cold water replaced my new favorite drink.ย ๐Ÿ’ฆ

I started focusing on exercising more and finding healthier food options.ย ๐ŸŒฑAnd over the course of 2 months I lost over 25 pounds!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

For a time, I in fact didnโ€™t return back to the Tony Robbins environment for a while. It wasnโ€™t until a year and half had passed that I finally decided to Crew Tony’s UPW event in November 2016 in San Jose, California.ย โœˆ๏ธ

There I had the privilege to make new friends likeย Steven L Parry,ย Austin Sprinz,ย Charles M. Hawkins, and who I said was โ€œa very happy ladyโ€ย Rocky Jacobson.ย ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

But at the time I was a nervous wreck!ย ๐Ÿ˜จ

I was so worried about doing something wrong and getting in trouble. I wanted to make a good first impression on Crew. I tried to help everyone as fast as I could. I overexerted myself to the point I wasn’t taking care of my own health!ย ๐Ÿค•

And I can assure that’s NOT what anybody says when it’s continually emphasized to all the Crew: “Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water. Take breaks when you need to.”ย ๐ŸŽค

But it wasย Rebekah Koon-cassonย who really helped me one day I was there when she looked me in the eyes and told me something I’ll never forget: โ€œWhat are they going to do?! Fire you?!โ€ย ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I never forgot because I laughed and it made me calm down. Rebekah, I use these exact words today towards other new and nervous Crew members just like how I was. I hope you don’t mind!ย ๐Ÿ˜

And that event would be but the first of 8 more UPW events Iโ€™d Crew, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Newark to London.ย ๐ŸŒŽย Over that time I met hundreds of new Crew members, connected with so many amazing event participants, people from all walks of life, and took on leadership roles such as Floor Captain.ย ๐Ÿฅ‡

I consider it a privilege to be a part of giving back the experience which was first given to me to thousands of more people.ย โค๏ธ

And now I’m hereโ€ฆpresent day! Iโ€™m 165 pounds now. Personal growth has become one of my top priorities. And Iโ€™m about to close the current chapter in my life!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

What do I mean by that? Don’t worry, I don’t plan on leaving Crewing anytime soon! But a new chapter is in fact beginning for me.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

That young camp counselor. That 23 year old boy at UPW. That first-time anxious Crew member. None of them would foresee this new chapter about to be written. None of them would ever foresee the day I would be telling you all that I’ll be officially working for Tony Robbins.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

You heard me right! As of May 28th, the day I arrive back home from Australia, Iโ€™m officially an employee at Robbins Research International under their amazing Sales team, working for the #1 personal development coach in the world!ย โœŠ

To say this realization still hasnโ€™t fully hit me would be a bit of an understatement. But I can certainly say Iโ€™m more than excited for this next chapter in my life to be written!ย โœ๏ธ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย โ€œYouโ€™re obsessed with Tony Robbins! It looks like some cult!โ€ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

To all my friends who are skeptical about why I’m so passionate about Tony Robbins, I absolutely understand that. From an outside perspective, for anyone who’s never been to an event, my enthusiasm might seems a bit uncalled for. What’s all the fuss, right?!ย ๐Ÿค”

Let me clarify: Iโ€™m a “Fanboy” for Tonyโ€™s work and mission, not the Man himself. Contrary to popular belief, Iโ€™ve never even personally met the guy! No handshake. No photo op. No small talk. It’s not a priority for me!ย ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ“Œย I donโ€™t consider him a guru.

๐Ÿ“Œย I donโ€™t worship or blindly idolize him.

๐Ÿ“Œย I donโ€™t place him on some godlike pedestal.

๐Ÿ“Œย I agree that blind worship towards anything or anyone is not healthy.

For the cynical, I can assure he has not โ€œbrainwashedโ€ my intellectual capacity to critically think about him or his work objectively.ย ๐Ÿ˜Ž

For me: Tony Robbins is a damn fine teacher.ย ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซย A psychologist. A philosopher.ย ๐Ÿ‘คย A person I consider a mentor with over 40 years in the field of personal development. A person who is genuinely intent on seeing the world suffer far less through authenticity and personal responsibility.ย โค๏ธ

Heโ€™s promoting a mission I believe is strongly needed for our long-term society: the psychological and spiritual growth of the individual.ย ๐Ÿ’ช

For those who take the time to dive into Tonyโ€™s material, youโ€™ll see how deep it actually goes. It’s far more than a lot of the self-help drivel you see today.ย ๐Ÿ‘

Parts of his material is rooted from many places. Existentialism. Essentialism. Stoicism. Plato. Aristotle. Sigmund Freud. Carl Jung. Hypnotherapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Neuro Linguistic Programming. Archetypal Psychology. Meditation Mindfulness. Pavlov conditioning. Buddhism. Hinduism. Mythology. And the list goes on!ย ๐Ÿ“š

Tony has taken complex concepts and simplified them into a pragmatic form of understanding. He’s taken what people often see as difficult and painful to do (breaking old habits, changing oneโ€™s life) into easy and simple steps.

Like the greatest of teachers, Tony has interconnected all these ideas into programs and events which help people better themselves as individuals.ย ๐Ÿ˜„Like the teacher John Keating does for his students in โ€œDead Poets Societyโ€, Tony Robbins inspires his student participants every event to show how we all can also โ€œseize the dayโ€ too!ย โœŠ

And THAT is why I support his work so much! So much for just some โ€œpositive thinkingโ€ โ€œrah rahโ€ events, right?ย ๐Ÿ˜…

I challenge my friends who are skeptical of his work: donโ€™t mistake my online positivity for naivety. Itโ€™s not the man himself Iโ€™m a “Fanboy” of; itโ€™s his work and the long-term impact I see it having on our world.ย ๐ŸŒŽย I should know; it did for my own life!ย ๐Ÿ‘ค

Thank you Tony Robbins for the work that you do, and I look forward to now being a part of it even more!ย โค๏ธ

For all the negative gossip posts the past week with Tony, I’d love for you all to SHARE this post. Let others hear from people who are actually in the community! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Why Death REMINDS You! (PERSONAL)

๐Ÿ™Œ BREATHE A SIGH OF PEACE! ๐Ÿ™Œ

My emotions were so close to overwhelming me as it happened! ๐Ÿ˜–

But I laid my heart open and expressed them! โค

Perhaps I get “too emotional” these days! But then again, I remember the days as a child when I use to always downplay my emotions. It wasn’t pleasant to say the least! ๐Ÿ˜…

But now, all I can think about as I write this is how great it feels to simply express myself. Now, even with the smallest gesture of kindness, I give myself permission to get teary-eyed. ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Remember when I told you all about Kieran? He was the friend I helped get to UPW last month in London. ๐Ÿค” If not, you can read about it here: http://bit.ly/2JunhbJ ๐Ÿ‘

What Iโ€™m referring to happened one evening after I finished talking with Kieran, after we had parted ways for the night, when my emotions started getting to me. ๐Ÿ˜ข

It must have been a late evening, because as I walked into the Crew Break Room I remember it was completely empty apart from 2 other Crew members: Jamie and Aaron. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

I didnโ€™t plan on telling either of them what was going on. ๐Ÿคซ

A part of me just wanted to leave the venue and get some shut eye for the night. On Crew we can have some very long days! ๐Ÿ˜‚

But I would be lying if I didnโ€™t say another part of me had the desire to share with them what I was feeling. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Being assigned to a Floor Captain position that event, I wanted to set a greater leadership example. But I can tell you: even the best of leaders should not be afraid to reveal their vulnerabilities from time to time. ๐ŸŒŸ

Looking back on what I told them, I only remember fragments, but I ended up sharing what had happened…

I told them about Kieran, how grateful he was for me helping him get to the event, and how touched I was by his many thanks to me. โค๏ธ

I held back additional tears as Jamie and Aaron listened intently. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

What initially was a single moment of gratitude in my mind morphed into a recollection of many more: grateful to be back in London again, grateful to impact thousands more lives for the better, grateful to see the impact of my actions up close and personal, etc. โค๏ธ

And then came the final exclamation mark! ๐ŸŽ

I told them the thought thatโ€™s been crossing my mind the past yearโ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Itโ€™s one Iโ€™ve honestly been very hesitant to share, let alone on social media, because I feared it would be taken the wrong way. But I promise what Iโ€™m about to share is by no means meant to come off as โ€œdepressingโ€ or โ€œmorbidโ€. ๐Ÿ™‚

Itโ€™s a thought that’s crossed my mind often, whether it’s when I’ve been falling sleep or when I’ve taken short moments to deeply reflect on my life. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Itโ€™s the thought of Death. But not in the way you may be thinking! Let me quickly assure you my mental health is absolutely fine. In fact, it’s better than fine! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Allow me to explainโ€ฆโœ

As I sat there still emotional, I told Jamie and Aaron this thought Iโ€™ve had, this unconditional feeling of having lived a “full life”. The only way I can describe it is a feeling of transcendence, a feeling of “completeness”, a feeling that if I were to somehow die in the near future that I could feel rest assured to take my last breath in absolute peace. โค๏ธ

It’s an emotional state where you’re always grateful enough to say: โ€œI’ve lived a full life, one I’ve deemed worth living, and should I have the pleasure of experiencing another tomorrow allow me to keep living just as fully.โ€ ๐Ÿ™

To summarize in one word: fulfillment.

Some of you might be reading this and thinking: “DONALD! YOU’RE ONLY 27! YOU’RE LIFE’S JUST BEGUN” ๐Ÿ—ฃ

But let me ask: what if tomorrow wasn’t 100% guaranteed? What if we lived each day of our lives with a reminder that tomorrow is never promised? Would you be living the same way you are today? I donโ€™t mean to ask this like some clichรฉ motivational quote. โŒ

I mean if you REALLY thought about it DEEPLY, how DIFFERENT would you be living your life? ๐Ÿค”

The philosopher Seneca said: โ€œLife is long, if you know how to use it.โ€ I think I know what he means. ๐Ÿ™Œ

A person could live a hundred years and feel they hadnโ€™t lived a full life. But another could live a mere 10 years yet feel they’ve lived a full life. How is that so? ๐Ÿค”

Because itโ€™s not about the number of years you’re alive, but about the years you’ve actually lived. ๐Ÿ‘

Some may see the idea of Death as โ€œdepressingโ€ and “morbid”. But I see Death as the most powerful motivator you have at your disposal in this game called Life. This very acknowledgement of Death is what’s pulled me forward the past few years:

๐Ÿ‘Š To do things I wouldnโ€™t normally do

๐Ÿ‘Š To travel to places I wouldn’t think of going to

๐Ÿ‘Š To take risks my old fears would’ve normally dissuaded me from doing

Perhaps, there is much more to the term “You Only Live Once” than I once gave it credit for! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I took this photo while at the Glasgow Necropolis in Scotland last month. Walking among the tombstones, I was reminded again of all these ideas. ๐Ÿ™Œ

You can surely see Death as a negative, something which creeps into all our lives at one point or another. ๐Ÿ˜จ

But you can also see Death as the greatest tool you have while you’re alive: to transform your negatives into positives, to remind you of the things which truly matter, to push you towards living in ways you could only best describe as “a life worth living”. โค๏ธ

๐ŸŒŸ WHEN YOU EMBRACE DEATH, YOU IN TURN EMBRACE LIFE. ๐ŸŒŸ

As Martin Heidegger put it: “If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life – and only then will I be free to become myself.”

Here’s to hoping many more heartfelt moments to share with you all! I love you, and thank you for reading! โค๏ธ #EudaimonicLife

Why You Should EMBRACE Personal Growth!

Why do I embrace personal growth? More importantly, why should you even consider it?ย ๐Ÿค”

It may surprise you, but I won’t say you “have” to do anything. I’m just one guy on social media sharing what’s been serving me well and what I see serves others to also know.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

This is a path I’ve chosen for myself. It’s one I personally believe if others took it would also greatly enrich their lives.ย ๐Ÿ˜„

But again, I’m not here to make you do anything. I’m not here to speak in absolutes like I have every answer. Sure, I may speak like that at times in my posts, but I want to remind you that you can always take and leave my posts as you’d like.ย ๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŒŸย If you want to work on yourself, do it for You. Not for me or anyone else.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

So why do I work on myself? Sounds a bit selfish, doesn’t it? Why do I make the daily effort to become a better person?ย ๐Ÿค”

Let me put it this way: it’s less about Me and more about We.ย ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

When I work on myself, it will reflect in my future behaviors and actions towards others. When I allow myself to become a better person, I in turn will allow others to become better people. It’s like a ripple effect.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

Think of it like this: the personal growth I don’t do for myself now, the internal demons I don’t address now, will be passed on in the future for others to deal with. I don’t want others to have to.ย ๐Ÿ‘Ž

๐ŸŒŸย Personal growth is not about becoming flawless, but about always seeking to become your best self.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

Overall I believe the better I am for myself, the better I will be for others. And if we all as a society made a commitment like that to ourselves, imagine how different our society would be today!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Personal growth is a lifelong journey. Many will never begin that journey. But you can be one of the few that do. And if you won’t do it for yourself, think of the people you will impact just by doing it.ย โค๏ธ

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