Who is Tony Robbins?
Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, life coach and bestselling author. He’s a philanthropist, meaning he seeks to promote the welfare of others, which he successfully does through the Tony Robbins foundation.
He has influenced the lives of millions of people through his business and personal development events. His warmth and humour shines through when you watch him live. It seems as if every word he’s saying, he’s saying directly to you.
How did I first come across Tony Robbins?
I first came across Tony Robbins when I watched his documentary on Netflix ‘Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru’. This documentary goes behind the scene of his popular seminar Date with Destiny to show how one man can impact millions of lives. This film captures the life changing transformations of the people that participate in his events.
After watching this documentary and seeing how Tony Robbins helped people to transform their lives, I wanted to experience this transformation myself. I started to read some of Tony Robbins books such a ‘Awaken the Giant Within’. I started to learn how I could take control of my mental, emotional, physical and financial life. I felt empowered after reading Tony Robbins book, but I felt like I needed more, I needed a life changing experience.
What is Unleash the Power Within?
Tony Robbins ‘Unleash the Power Within’ is a four day long event that helps people to break through their limitations and take control of their lives. This event is a unique and immersive experience that you share with thousands of other people.
UPW is the ultimate weekend for personal growth and personal development. It drives you to achieve your greatest goals and to make the most of your life. This event gives you the momentum you have been waiting for. It encourages you to break through your limitations in order to begin your new life. Committing to this weekend is the best decision I’ve ever made.
A few days really can change everything.
What ticket did I go for?
I went for a VIP ticket as I wanted to be far enough forward to see Tony Robbins clearly, but far enough back to get out quicker when the seminars finished. When Tony Robbins walked around the arena into the seating area, there were many times where he was about a four foot from where I was sitting. There are many points at UPW where you get up to dance and jump around, so I made sure I was near the outside of the row making it easier for me to quickly get up and down again.
Included in this ticket was:
Day 1: Turn Fear into Power
I was incredibly excited to begin my journey of transformation and I could hardly sleep the night before the first day. Me and my friends had come to London the day before meaning that we were able able to register the day before the event started. There was no queues at all, whereas they had warned of large queues for those registering on the day of the event. This meant the day of the event we could relax, eat breakfast and prepare ourselves for the day instead of rushing to get registered.
The event for this day started around 12:00pm so I got there about 11:40am to find out where I was sitting and relax before it started. As soon as it did start, everyone was up on their feet. Tony Robbins crew began the event with a warm up to loosen our body. The atmosphere for this was incredible, the lights were flashing and everyone was taking part. They were building us up for Tony Robbins to come on stage and they did a brilliant job.
After a while the song suddenly changed and Tony Robbins came running on stage, dancing to the music, clapping and jumping along with us. You could hear the crowd clapping and cheering over the music, it felt amazing and I couldn’t believe I was seeing Tony Robbins in the flesh.
After the music stopped and the crowd has calmed down, Tony Robbins greeted and welcomed us and then the day began.
The first day focused on how to turn the fears that limit you into focused positive actions. We were made to think of all the things that we feared in life and we concentrated on how to overcome those personal fears. Tony Robbins spent the day building us up to complete the Firewalk that was taking place that evening.
Before I knew it the evening had come. Tony was preparing us for the Firewalk, he wanted us all to overcome our fears and symbolise that by walking across hot coals. Everyone took off their shoes and socks, and barefoot we all began to walk to the fire pits outside. Thousands of us were all walking together, barefooted, cheering, singing as if we all knew each other. This had to be one of my favourite moments of the entire event as it felt a part of something and I felt empowered.
The Firewalk itself was amazing. Tony Robbins crew were there to encourage and support us. I walked across the hot coals with my head held high. They were very hot on my feet and it was a feeling I’d never experienced before, at the end of the walk we were met with cold water to cool our feet down. After crossing those coals, I felt as if I could conquer the world.
Day 2: Turn Dreams into Reality
Quickly the second day appeared. This day was an important day for me as it focused on helping you gain a clear understanding of what you want to achieve in life. Realising what I wanted in life was the main thing I came to discover. For years I’ve been uncertain of what I wanted to do in my life or what my priorities were, but at this day help me discover what my goals are in life and what I want to achieve. Tony Robbins guided everyone through the process from getting where we are in life to where we want to be.
Day 3: Breakthrough to Your New Life
It felt like I had been on my journey to transformation for a long time, the last two days passed so quickly, but also managed to feel like years because of the amount I had changed my mindset, my goals and my attitudes towards life. This was a day full of empowerment and a real feeling that I had clear goals and plans that I couldn’t wait to begin when I got home. At this point in the event I no longer had those negative beliefs that had been holding me back for so long. I felt free and excited to begin my new life.
On this day they had a surprise in store for us too. We had a set from Pitbull, who has been inspired by Tony Robbins himself. This was a great surprise and Pitbull had the entire room jumping.
Day 4: The Power of Pure Energy
The last day came around fast. The focus of this day was how to live a healthier and more energised life. I knew that to achieve my goals I needed to start a new healthier lifestyle too. I learnt what foods I needed to increase my energy and how important the role of water and being hydrated is. Having the UPW workbook to write notes in throughout the event was a massive help to me. The workbook for Day 4 is something I refer to regularly. It gives you the best foods to combine and what the best carbohydrates and proteins are to consumer.
How this experience changed my life?
This experience has changed my life in several ways. My lifestyle itself has changed completely. The foods I consume increase my energy and my body feels renewed. This change in diet has also help me mentally. I think clearer, my stress levels have decreased and I wake up everyday ready to face it.
This experience allowed me to gain clarity of what I want in my life and now I’ve achieved that I’m on my way to achieving everything I’ve ever wanted to. My outlook on life is completely different after attending UPW. I feel as if I have only just started to live my life to its full capacity. I have prioritised the people in my life that make me a better person and I have surrounded myself with people that are passionate and supportive.
This event opened my eyes to a entire new way of living and a new world for me. I would encourage anyone that has the opportunity to attend UPW to go for it.
Four days can truly change everything.
Recommendations for the event:
Due to the fact I’d never attended the event before I was unsure of what to expect, but now I have experience it there’s a few tips I want to share.
I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes as the days are very long and you do spend time dancing and jumping about. You don’t want to ruin the experience by holding back because you have a blister or because you can’t jump in heels. Stick with flat shoes, preferably trainers to ensure you can participate fully in everything.
There’s an option to register the day before the event starts, I would recommend if you arrive the day before, just take some time to look around the ExCel, find out where the toilets are and register early. Registration took me under 15 minutes and was incredibly easy. Also, remember there are many different ticket resellers at the event and you have to register through whoever you bought the ticket with. This should be stated on your ticket.
Bring along snacks to the event. The seminars are long, but you don’t want to miss out on anything by having to go get food. Pack your bag with some snacks to eat through the event to keep you going to the break.
Would I return to UPW in the future?
I’m returning to UPW again next year. I want to take part in that experience again and learn different lessons to what I did last time. It’s also a great place to meet like-minded people. There are many people I met there this year that I’ve planned to meet up with at UPW 2019.