- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Nightingale Conant Corp (a); Bk/Cas/Vid edition (1 June 1996)
- ISBN-10: 9997667689
- ISBN-13: 978-9997667687
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.7 x 31.8 cm
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Personal Power II Audio Cassette – Import, Jun 1996
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Then, listen to it again, and get on with what you have to do in your life.
Just for a reference point, my own life challenge was a career transition from one highly specialized career to a different and equally specialized career in an only loosely related field. I didn't specifically want to become a millionaire (though I wouldn't mind if that accidentally happened as a result of doing his program) and I've always been athletic and fit and healthy, so I didn't need a weight loss/energy program. I needed some encouragement and a new way to approach my life transition, and if that new approach came in the form of a change of focus or a change of mindset - and it worked to break through the seemingly impenetrable brick walls I was facing trying to enter a new career field - then I would consider that a success.
I've done the 30 day program twice now, and each time I've done every assignment, written in my success journal, kept track of the assignments that are supposed to be done from Day X --> the end of the program and made sure that I did those each day. After the smoke has cleared, I'll say that I've met with mixed success.
To start with, I get the feeling from listening to Tony Robbins that he's a genuinely good man, a genuinely motivated and curious man, and one with good intentions. I believe he wants to help people. I think he's probably got a very powerful presence in person, and I really appreciate that he tries to use his voice to convey that presence in audiobook form. I came to really like him and felt like I got to know him over the 30 days. I really appreciated how much personal information about his successes and failures he was willing to share, and his humanity and humility in some areas of his life were touching.
As far as the program itself goes, there were some pros and cons for me.
- Without a doubt THE most helpful day for me was the day when he had us examine our core values, and list them for all areas of our lives. Considering this was (I believe) at the heart of his program, I think he could have split this into several days and eliminated a lot of the fluff he has filling other days. I ended up re-listening to this particular day 4 or 5 times, because it took me an hour or more to really think and feel and work out on paper what my life values were, and then the next day I revisited the questions in the context of my career, then the next day in the context of my relationships. Then as I became better at visualizing and putting words to my feelings and instincts and tendencies I went back and revisited the "life values" I'd written down and redid them with some new insight. Super helpful. Hard work.
- The goal setting workshop. Another really powerful assignment that deserves a few revisits. I also think he could have stretched this out for some extra days, because it feels like this is the other half of the heart of the program, and it deserved a lot of time and effort and thought. If Tony ever redoes this program my wish list would be an entire week or more of values and goals, separating out the different areas of your life so you can focus on one at a time and really get into the meat of it.
- Massive action plan. Now this wasn't explained very well in the program, but I felt like it was what I was looking for when I bought the program, so I did a lot of googling to understand what this planning was all about. The first time I listened to the program I thought I'd missed a day, because he was suddenly talking about massive action plans as if he'd spoken about them a lot before, but this was the first I'd heard of them. He insists they're important, but doesn't do a good job explaining the what/when/how of it all. I had to go outside this program and find his website and other websites in order to figure out what it is, and how to do it. Having said that, it was a perfect follow up to the values and goal setting workshop days. Because naturally when you figure out your direction you need to do something to actually get there. Again, in a redo of this program I would love Tony to spend a few days on this concept and break it down in the excruciating detail he does for other parts of the program.
- Talking about failure. I thought this was really important and relevant to me, and I'm glad he addressed it. Because of course if you're trying to change something in your life you're going to encounter a lot of closed doors and mistakes and failures. It was actually just this type of bashing into closed doors that brought me to the program. The take home message of this was pretty much just commiseration - failure happens - and a way to reframe the feelings and ideas that come from failure and use them to motivate you further forward. I REALLY appreciated that.
- Namedropping and famous person love. Okay, I get that using the names of famous people he's helped is a way to establish credibility. I do get that. But he does this CONSTANTLY and I simply can't relate to their problems (they have a billion dollars but are still not happy, so in comes Tony and tells them to reframe their lives, and now they're happy), so they aren't very good examples for me. My assumption is that the people who purchase the program are not billionaires, heads of government or famous athletes at the top of their game who already know what it takes to become the top xxxx in the world, and simply need a small tweak and refocus. Instead I think the folks buying the program are like me - everyday people who want to take their lives and amplify some portion from the ground up. There are very few examples of regular, relatable people in his program. And the ones he mentions are more like "This average couple wanted to make money very quickly and they didn't have any capital, so they bought lottery tickets at the local bodega and they won $50,000". I get the impression Tony doesn't know any "regular" people, so he's very fuzzy on what the average person actually has to work with. His financial days were all therefore all completely wasted on me.
- Relationship stuff - meh, it might have been good but I didn't need any advice about it and it was given a pretty superficial and shallow treatment. I also found one of his examples totally WEIRD - an obese woman from his audience being told to stand on stage and make advances at various men in the audience so the men could reject her (??) and then later implying that she'd gone home with more than one of the men that night? SO weird.
- The 'creating associations' for me was only of limited use. I won't go into the details but essentially you're supposed to create negative imagery around whatever you'd like to change, and positive imagery around the thing you're working for. I feel like a lot of that is self-defined and engaging in the imagery further only stressed me out. I'm already a very motivated and hard working person, so that wasn't very useful for me.
- The weight/exercise stuff. I get that he was finding his audience by doing infomercials, and those who watch infomercials are probably sitting on the couch at the moment his infomercial is playing, so maybe his target audience were couch potatoes. If you're already athletic and fit and healthy, then the weight and exercise stuff won't help you at all. It's mainly motivation to get off the couch and move.
- Tony doesn't know the definition of "depression". He uses the word, but what he means by it is someone who is feeling temporarily sad. He is talking about people who are going through a stretch of feeling a little down on themselves, a little negative, a little sad, a little pessimistic. A few times he verbally imitates someone he considers depressed by saying that they walk around drooling and making this noise:, "Duuuh...duhhhhh...."(picture the noise you'd make if you were 7 and you wanted to bug your sister by saying she was stupid - that noise). Ack - fast forward. I think what he was trying to say was that if you're a bit gloomy, you can change this state of mind. And that's probably true. But he did it in a really awful way.
- His "examples". Tony does a lot of straw-man building. He will be talking about some point he wants to make, and to illustrate it he will either use a famous person as an example (in which case he will present a real but unrelatable famous-person problem, and detail the solution), or he will use a story of the average Joe, or 'this lady who came to one of my seminars' - and they are all completely fake and ridiculous sounding. He cured someone with MPD in 5 minutes. He cured someone with depression by telling them not to be depressed anymore, and they weren't depressed anymore. Or a woman came to him crying that her marriage was falling apart and Tony threw water on her, and it made her laugh, and then her marriage was better. Stuff like that.
[in my dream re-do of this program, Tony actually meets a few regular people who have started at the ground and developed something solid, and uses their success AND failure stories as realistic examples]
So that negative list was long, but honestly the positives were more heavily weighted in my mind. After going through the 30 day program twice, I was left with more positive than negative. If you want to closely examine where you're headed in life, and why, and take the first step on planning how to get there - somewhere in week 2 you'll have a fantastic chance to do that. It's worth the program just for that part alone. I'd love to see a new program that takes people who have made those first steps and moves us further along the path, with more detail on how to follow through and gain momentum.