I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Tony Robbins live for one day and also getting a personal letter from him. One of my top five goals or bucket list if you prefer…is to doing Tony Robbins four day seminar. I dream of the day that I do the fire walk and watch Tony’s face as if he were a proud poppa. Since I do not travel, I have to wait til he visits the Toronto area again for that magic to happen.
In the meantime, I’ve picked up “Awaken The Giant Within,” for about the fourth time. Unlike reading fiction, I have such a difficult time reading non-fiction. I know that if I read the book and truly follow the steps, I will awake the sleeping Jimmy.
Don’t get me wrong, I have made incredible changes in my life. Twenty years ago I was barely able to function. I worked, came home and slept. I avoided people and I certainly didn’t date.
Using some of the ideas from Tony’s first book, I was able to change. Using a scale of 1 to 10, I often joke with friends that 20 years ago I was a -3. Perhaps not that low but OMG, I was without a doubt one of the most introverted people you would ever meet.
About a year after starting to read Tony’s books and listening to some tapes, I met the woman of my dreams and after the 3rd date, she asked me to marry her. We have been together for 20 years and have an excellent marriage and friendship…despite my lack of Vietnamese and her being unable to pronounce certain words like “oshegano” oregano.
I really feel in all regards that I have moved up to a 7 out of 10 on the scale. Hitting a 9 or God forbid a 10, would rock my world.
So here I am again, trying to make my way through all 542 pages of Tony’s book. You know what? I am going to make it this time! And then I am going to complete all those exercises to the max.
Here is one major discovery that I made. Our sub-conscious mind is a pain in the ass for some things. As a child I was constantly given negative comments by my parents, the local kids (yeah you guys who used to chase me with frogs and snakes promising me that you would make me eat them) and the school system. I grew up in an army town, so even my doctor and dentist had lots of shitty things to say to me. Here is fine example of my doctor when I was about 11.
“If you come back here with a black eye again, I’ll blacken the other one for you.”
The dentist after ripping and I do mean ripping a tooth out of my mouth and causing me to bleed like I had been stabbed, was not impressed when I told him I doubted I could go back to school that day.
“Whadda want me to do, write you a note??”
Now I am not writing all this negative stuff to relive and whine about it. I am so over it:) I just wanted you to see how this and all the following teenage years built up a ton of garbage in my head.
Now here is the interesting thing I learned. For everything that was every said to me…such as the stuff above-my sub-conscious labelled it to mean this:
“I’m not good enough.”
Get turned down for a date, “I’m not good enough.” The boss thinks I should have handled the situation differently, “I’m not good enough.”
Learning this simple idea has transformed how I think about life and all the elements. I have now learned to say to myself, “I AM GOOD ENOUGH!”
Every day I look in the mirror and tell myself, “I am good enough.” Now whenever doubt creeps into my mind about something I want to write or create, I tell myself…”I am good enough.”
What limiting beliefs do you have? You can change any belief. Remember, we thought the earth was flat, the moon was made of cheese and there was no way that anyone except a white dude would be president of the USA. I think we all know now that someday, a woman will run for pres and win. Nothing is impossible and you can change…if you want to.
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