LRS 076: Your Tough Childhood Doesn’t Define You. Here’s How Tony Robbins Handles It 65

Your Tough Childhood Doesn’t Define You. Here’s How Tony Robbins Handles It - the let's reach success podcast

Episode 76 of the Let’s Reach Success podcast will be filled with some powerful insights, lessons and success stories that are part of Tony Robbins’ life.

Now, when I dedicate an episode to the life of a successful entrepreneur, or someone who’s doing big things and leaving a legacy, I begin by introducing them with a few sentences.

Usually, I saw what they do, what company they run, what famous product they’ve created, where they’ve appeared online, or anything else most people will be familiar with, that’s also a proof that this guy or woman is a big name.

Now, however, I really don’t know how to summarize such a legendary life in a paragraph, before moving onto the nuts and bolts of it to see the lessons we can extract.

So before sharing where it all started and how his mindset was formed, I’ll talk about how exactly Tony Robbins is spending his time, and how it affects other people’s lives and the world in general.

Show Notes:

  • What is Tony Robbins famous for and what industries he’s changing [1:23]
  • How his life can be summarized in one sentence, and what’s the purpose of this episode [5:40]
  • What was going on in his home as a child, and how he developed an interest in personal development [8:25]
  • How a bad childhood usually affects kids, even as adults [11:20]
  • 3 ways to push past fear that Tony Robbins teaches his audience [12:54]

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Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You) 27

Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You)

If you want to perform at a high level – whether in tennis, chess or at work – you either have to study how the masters in that field train and operate, or you need to be so stupendously talented that nobody is in a position to give you any advice at all.

For most of us, the latter doesn’t apply, so getting better is partly a question of emulating what we see those we admire doing. At the C level in top companies, this obviously includes things like actively networking, knowing as much as possible about your industry and training your subordinates.

A less visible habit is becoming more popular among top executives, though: meditation. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why some business superstars consider this a vital part of their daily routine:

Rebooting a Negative Mindset

When you have to deal with dozens of issues each day, it’s inevitable that you’ll have some successes and some failures.

The problem arises when our responses to setbacks start bleeding over into other matters. Meditation helps us to dispassionately examine our negative thoughts and get back on an even keel before the next meeting.

Most of us will have experienced days where we hit an upsetting snag first thing in the morning, after which nothing we try seems to go right. Rationally speaking, this can’t be because your horoscope says that your day will suck or accidents come in threes: the most likely explanation is simply that suffering a reverse conditions us to act in a way that doesn’t lead to success.

Remaining Objective

Although we’d like to deny it, our “rational” decisions are shaped at least as much by our emotions as by the relevant facts. This becomes even more true when we’re under pressure; anyone interested in how this works will find plenty of examples in Ben Horowitz’s book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things.”

Simply put, when our emotions are engaged, we become less able to find creative solutions to problems, see the wood for the trees and tell our needs from our wants.

Meditating, even if only briefly, helps us separate fact from perception and feeling from thought, leading to better judgment and more a consistent management style.

Releasing Stress

Although closely related to the previous points, the negative impact of persistent stress on our health makes it worthwhile discussing this separately.

The roots of stress are many: frustration, anger, disappointment, anxiety. These feelings can’t really be avoided in a management position, so many executives turn to a therapist or therapy, exercise or uninterrupted time with their family for release.

These approaches are all effective, but meditation has the advantage that doing it regularly trains our minds to enter a “centered” state within a very short time of closing our eyes and stilling our thoughts.

Once the habit has been established, whenever things get to the point where our palms are sweaty and we feel the need to yell at the wallpaper, we need only take two or five minutes to get back to the “real” us. This ability is simply invaluable for anyone who has to be at their best all the time, which means that it’s great news that meditation can be learned by anyone.