Are you on the fence about going to the UPW event?
I was too and below I review my experience at Tony Robbins Unleash The Power Within, or as the cool kids say, UPW or #upw.
I didn’t resonate with every aspect of the event, but there was enough value that I would recommend doing it. #doit
Here is a fun graphic I found just before the event . . . the perfect image to represent what was coming the week before I got on a plane for Australia.
Uncomfortable Moments & Fire Walking
UPW is well orchestrated.
Each day is split into themes and we followed those themes through Tony’s (and others) guidance and mentorship.
Tony is live for two of the four days, his entourage takes the stage for the other days. You do get sprinklings of Tony via video when he is absent, which is a bit weird.
The videos are recordings of Tony Robbins giving various talks on subjects that follow the theme for the day—some of them are a little dated and he does repeat concepts now and again—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Day one and three are the best, though I did find jewels of value here and there on the non-Tony days.
Many of the exercises and topics made me feel uncomfortable, it pushed the boundaries of myself into very intimate areas.
I laughed. I danced. I hugged complete strangers. I gave and had group messages. I cried.
It was cathartic.
I touched deep sorrow inside myself and ecstatic joy.
I witnessed people’s outer shells dissolve while they touched intimate psychological wounds inside themselves.
I listened to complete strangers tell me their most celebrated dreams.
It was an atmosphere of jubilation: dancing, shouting, jumping, and screaming.
The event is like the best rave you have ever been to, but stone-cold sober.
When I first heard about the fire-walking I was reluctant to do it.
I walked across 2000 degree hot coals at the end of the first day and if you decide to go to UPW you should do it too.
Fire-walking is Tony Robbin’s signature activity and it sets the stage of the rest of the 4 days.
Don’t chicken out on the firewalk, this is why you are going to UPW, to push your limits—you can do it.
How I Got To Tony Robbins & Unleash The Power Within
I was first attracted to Tony Robbins when I watched his Ted Talk.
TR Ted Talk is like a condensed version of what he teaches, it is a great jumping-off point to learn about him and his methodology.
Tony resurfaced again for me a few years ago on a podcast with Tim Ferris which talks about morning routines and peak performance—subjects I am very interested in.
At one point I researched his events and looked at attending one but then life caught up with me and I forgot about it.
This year my business partner Neil told me he was going and I jumped on his coattails and we attended together. I fly to Sydney to attend the event there, it was well worth every penny.
Neil and I decided not to sit next to each other to make the experience as raw as possible. It’s too easy to fall into common patterns when you are next to someone you know—we wanted to remove the safety net.
One of the most powerful exercises at UPW was looking into limiting beliefs. In this exercise, we examined the beliefs that hold us from realizing our full potential. It’s a wonderful process and well worth the price of admission.
Tony attempts to uncover your hidden self and helps expose those limiting beliefs with neuro-linguistic programming (NPL) techniques.
My Doubts Unveiled
There was a more cynical part of me that also questioned the entire event, with its bright lights and loud music. I asked myself, usually during the sales pitching part of the event:
Am I just being manipulated?
Tony and his crew are in the business of personal development, it attracts money and they rake it in.
Mixing money with personal development is a tricky business and it made me think about the intentions of the event. We all got to make money somehow—right?
Some Things I Learned From UPW
I touched some profound areas of myself during UPW.
Major takeaways from the event include lessons around gratitude, celebration, energy and uncovering limiting beliefs.
Would I recommend you attend the Tony Robbins event?
As Derek Sivers would say, hell yes!
You might hate it, and you might love it. One thing is for sure, you will learn something about yourself in the process and hopefully gain some insight into your limiting beliefs.
The following are some magical lessons that I took away from Unleash The Power Within:
- Belief is an excuse for an experience.
- Discipline your disappointments.
- Expectation stands in the way of joy.
- Life happens for you, not to you.
- We get what we tolerate.
- Trade your expectations for appreciation.
- Complexity is the enemy of execution.
- Leaders anticipate, not react.
- Emotional fitness is a state of readiness.
- Money magnifies who you already are.
You get what you tolerate.~ Tony Robbins
Are you ready to jump into UPW?
If yes, you can find Tony Robbins UPW schedule here.