The Lesson: Tony Robbins defines the single most powerful motivational function of the human mind: the desire to stay true to one’s identity. He banishes myths such as “lucky coincidences” and the notion that one can “stumble into success”; because the difference between people who are fit, wealthy, and have fulfilling relationships and those who do not is the standards to which they hold themselves. Those who fundamentally define themselves as people who are overweight, condition their minds in order to stay overweight – and those who define themselves as athletes will do whatever it takes to maintain their identity. In this talk, Tony Robbins breaks down these standards into bite-sized, daily pieces called rituals that make it possible for anyone to become more disciplined and achieve all of their goals.

Notable Excerpt: “I remember one time I was with my family at the circus and they had this big giant elephant and they take this little rope and put it around this elephant’s neck and they drive this stake into the ground and you know that elephant could rip down that entire tent with almost no effort and yet the elephant doesn’t struggle, doesn’t try. Why? Because the elephant is conditioned. And they take that elephant and condition it when it’s a baby elephant – that’s how they train them. When it’s a little baby elephant and it doesn’t have the power yet, they put a big rope around it and drive this huge stake in the ground and the elephant fights and fights and fights and one day finally that elephant decides – I’m not capable of pulling this out. And once that becomes the definition of an identity of anyone – an elephant, in this case – they don’t even try anymore. It’s just who I am, that’s how it is, that’s just the way it is in my life. I’d like to ask you to take a look at any place in your life with a limitation and ask yourself: when did I decide to accept that limitation?”

The Speaker: Tony Robbins is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, life coach, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. The California-based strategist has become such an influential lecturer, over 4 million people have attended his live seminars. In addition to founding several different companies (and his own foundation), Robbins has also done with work with such charities as Feeding America, Spring Health, and Operation Underground Railroad.

Podcast: The Tony Robbins podcast is available for free on Spotify and iTunes. You can also find more of his motivational talks and interviews on his YouTube channel.

Books: Robbins is the author of “Awaken the Giant Within,” “Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook”, “Money: Master the Game”, and “Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement”.

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