I had a great opportunity to attend a seminar today hosted by The Power Within and featuring Anthony Robbins, Jack Canfield and Sir Richard Branson. Needless to say, after 8 hours listening to these and 4 other speakers I am again motivated to succeed.
If you’ve never attended a seminar like this one, I strongly suggest that you do. Not only is it an excellent way to network with like-minded people but the motivation and direction you can get in your life is invaluable.
I arrived at 6:50am (doors open at 7:30) and thought I would take a quick look at the venue then go grab some breakfast and a coffee. As I walked up to the building I noticed that there was a line-up already forming in the general admission section. I knew from previous presentations that once the line started, it wouldn’t be long before it was huge. I got in line and ended up in about 50th place. I was a little worried until I realized until there would be 4,000 people attending!
While waiting in line I ended up in front of a real estate agent who was interested in talking. Since I had at least 40 minutes until the doors opened I had a great conversation. As her friends showed up, I quickly got to know the group and then sat with them for the entire day.
Looking back, what a different day I would have had if I’d taken just one train earlier or later in the day! I’ve now made a few great contacts in three different industries and have a potential group of people who enjoy taking courses on personal development. You never know where your opportunities will come from.
If I could sum up the entire day in just one sentence it would be this:
Your life is a result of the actions you’ve taken so, if you’re not satisfied, change your direction and take different action.
This lesson permeated each of the presentations that I was privileged to see. Anthony Robbins said that your life is a result of what you’ve decided that you must do. For example: if you’ve decided to live paycheck to paycheck, somehow you’ll always have exactly the amount of money you need each month. If, all of a sudden, your parents need to move in, somehow you manage to find the income because it’s something you must do.
I was once again reminded that everything I accomplish (and don’t accomplish) is as a result of my actions. An amazing story from presenter W. Mitchell, who had burned over 65% of his body in a motor cycle crash and then was paralyzed in plane crash, showed me that “events” or “what happens” in your life should not change how you feel and the results are all about what you focus on.
In a nut shell, don’t let other people determine how you feel, act or believe. One great example by Jack Canfield was about a potnetial rejection. He said:
Suppose, in front of 4000 people, I told a woman in the front row that she was mean and selfish. Would this raise or lower her self esteem? (The crowd overwhelmingly said “LOWER”) Jack replied – NO! It don’t matter what I said, it only matters what she believes. If she takes this as a fact then her self esteem would lower. She may reply, you’ve only known me for 10 minutes and you’re just discovering that? – in which case there would be no change. Her last response could be – out of all the people in the entire building, I caught his eye – thus raising her self esteem.
What a story! Think about how you take comments from other people and how those words affect your mood.
A New Me
After taking all of this information in, I now have the challenging task of integrating it with my home and work life. From this event, I have decided to take a new approach to life. I am going to take the next 30 days and truly change how I live my life. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clear understanding of what that will entail.
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