A couple of weeks ago, I spent 10 days immersed in Life and Wealth Mastery.
This was actually composed of two back to back Tony Robbin’s seminars. The first, which I’ll discuss here in part 1, was Life Mastery. The second, which I’ll discuss in part 2, was Wealth Mastery.
Both of these seminars were from a package I purchased back in 2015 (How My Date with Destiny Found Me).
A lot of you are already aware of who Tony Robbins is, but there are certainly some who aren’t. For those of you unfamiliar with Tony Robbins, I’ll give you a quick overview.
Tony has been in the personal development space for over 30 years now. His mission as a peak performance coach and a speaker is to help empower others to become the best version of themselves.
He’s lived a fascinating life, chock with ups, downs, and triumphs. The guy is a machine! He owns dozens of companies that do $5 billion annually and has a current charitable goal to feed 1 billion people by next year.
Anyhow, I love the majority of what Tony teaches and I can attribute much of my own success to lessons that I’ve learned from him and his network of influencers.
Health & Wealth Go Together
The reason why the Life and Wealth Mastery seminars are typically paired together is that they go perfectly hand in hand.
Without a life that is healthy and full of energy, money doesn’t really matter much.
And, wealth is a function of health, relationships, and money.
I definitely learned a ton at both seminars, so I’ll do my best to share what I learned.
In this first part, I’ll discuss the health portion and share some distinctions I made while attending.
Life Mastery is a 4 and a half day seminar that focuses on your health and well-being. It’s an experience in which you learn from specialized experts, doctors, and scholars.
The goal is simple, to create more empowering habits that will ultimately lead to a more vital life.
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t the healthiest guy for quite some time. Prior to the event, I would have a least 1 frappucino, a significant dessert, and a ton of carbs throughout the day.
I didn’t necessarily look super unhealthy (my BMI was within range), but I knew I was slowly poisoning my body slowly with excess caffeine, sugar, and an overabundance of processed foods.
Because I took in a lot of caffeine and sugar, my energy levels would definitely spike up and down throughout the day. This would affect my moods, productivity, and other things I wasn’t even aware of.
The Location – Coronado, San Diego
Life and Wealth Mastery is often taught in Fiji, at Tony’s resort (Namale). However, they decided to bring it to my “backyard” here in Coronado, San Diego.
Since it was local, I debated whether or not to commute back and forth. It could have saved me a couple of grand, but I decided full immersion was the best way to learn. I also didn’t want any distractions.
I honestly came to this seminar a bit apprehensive. I knew I wanted to be healthier, but I also was conflicted because I associated a lot of PAIN with changing my bad habits.
The good news was that the other 750 participants had the same or similar feelings as well.
So first things first. We started out by staring down fear in the face.
This translated to a pole exercise where we literally climbed a 50-foot vertical pole, tried to stand up on top, and then jumped out to grab a trapeze bar.
The main purpose of this exercise was to help calibrate your thoughts and ensure you are in the right head space before moving forward.
For me, this meant clarifying my WHY for coming.
What it boiled down to is that I want to be around as long as I possibly can to be the best husband, father, and friend I can be.
Certainly, God has a say in this matter, but I want to do my part nonetheless. If I don’t take care of my body, it’ll inevitably begin to fail prematurely at some point and my family will have to take care of me (or bury me) which I don’t want!
So, part of this seminar was participating in a “cleanse”. This included a specialized meal plan which was primarily plant-based.
Some sample menu items were:
- Udo’s Oil (Blend of Omega 3, 6, & 9) with Pineapple
- Avocado Smoothie
- Kale, coconut, almonds, cucumber, ginger, green drink
- Vegetable Broth
I’ll be honest, I was dreading this part the most. But, one thing Tony likes to say is, “If you don’t think you can, then you must!”
I figured I’d give it an honest go and if I didn’t care for it by the end, I’d just go back to my normal routine.
The strangest thing happened though. I did surprisingly pretty well throughout.
Numerous participants had minor ailments which are apparently common with a cleanse. But, I didn’t have anything, like excess cravings, caffeine headaches, torn up bowels, etc.
I think the trick was they fed us pretty regularly throughout, even though it was all liquids, and we were kept busy absorbing great content non-stop.
So, why do we even need to cleanse? Well, similar to me, a lot of us beat up our bodies consistently with “junk”.
- Excess sugar
- Excess meat
- Excess Dairy
The problem is that our modern-day culture pushes this type of diet as the “norm” and our doctors are forced to deal with our symptoms, rather than with the root cause.
Consider a surgeon who performs a life-saving bypass on a patient.
His heroics are certainly appreciated by the patient and his/her family, but what caused the arteries to get blocked in the first place?
A blockage of that magnitude is the result of many years of consistent poor choices.
I for one would prefer to take preventative action to avoid such an issue.
I’ve already seen both of my parents get hit by debilitating disease at a relatively young age, and want to do my part to stay healthy and live with as much natural energy as I can.
Here’s a simple area that everyone can improve on relatively easily… drink more water!
Our body is composed of ~65% water by weight. Yet most of us don’t drink enough water.
The formula we learned is to drink half of your body weight (lbs) in ounces.
So for me, I weigh 144 lbs currently. And my ideal water intake should be somewhere around 72 ounces per day.
It should also be spread out over the entire day as best as possible.
The many benefits include:
- maintain balance – digestion, absorption, circulation (blood, lymph, etc.), saliva, transport, & body temperature
- better brain functionality
- help with weight loss
- reduce the risk of kidney stones
- better skin
- maintain normal bowel function
How many of us take breathing for granted?
I know I did for many years.
But, if you think about it, it’s a critical component to our health. This is the way we transport oxygen to our blood.
In our rushed modern-day society, I think many of us get so caught up that we forget to really breathe.
Let’s do a quick experiment.
Touch both your chest and abdomen. Take a really deep breath for several seconds through your nose, hold it, and breathe back out.
Did you feel your chest rise when you drew in your breath?
I know I did the first time I tried this.
However, if you take a really deep breath, it should expand your lungs completely, press down on your diaphragm, and cause your abdomen to expand.
This is called diaphragmatic breathing. Want to learn how to do it? Here’s a quick video.
Some benefits include:
- More oxygen to your vital organs
- Reduction of stress
- More energy
- Improves focus
- Improves sleep quality
- Lower/stabilize blood pressure
You Are What You Eat
Remember our old basic food groups that used to be touted at schools as “healthy”?
It looked something like this…
Little did we know, this structure was not super ideal for optimal health.
It’s in fact been revised and now looks like this (a lot easier to read)…
You can see that vegetables & fruit are much more prevalent in this structure now. However…
Raise Your Consumption Standard
Well, Tony and his team of health experts take it to the next level… level GREEN!
Tony has long been a vegetarian and literally cut out nearly all meat, dairy, and refined sugars & carbs and refined oils.
He teaches us to eat a lot of green vegetables – broccoli, spinach, lettuce, sprouts, & legumes (beans) to name a few based off of a simple model of acidity and alkalinity.
It’d take me much too long to write out his overall approach here, so I’ll let him explain it in a quick video:
He also brings in Dr. Udo to the seminar to discuss the importance of consuming the proper fatty acids.
All matter, in so far as we know, is created with energy. Yes, even down to our very cellular levels, and further to molecules, atoms, and more.
Likewise, our nervous system uses electricity to operate.
So, Tony also teaches us different ways to manage our energy beyond food and breathing.
This could be from:
- Martial Arts
- Pranic Healing
- Massage (I always need an excuse for more of these!)
- Some form of artistic movement/expression
By managing your bio-electrics, you are able to become more centered and clear your mind from “noise” (stress, distractions, etc.).
We participated in a few of these different areas which were unique and interesting to see and feel.
I can’t say that I’ve totally bought into all of these practices, but I can certainly appreciate the art of slowing your mind down and to just be.
Post-cleanse, I have been pretty diligent about bringing back certain foods into my life. During the second part (Wealth Mastery), I opted to stay on the meal plan. It was heartier substances vs. liquids, but still primarily plant-based foods.
I’ve yet to have a coffee these past 2 weeks and haven’t really had a strong desire for one. Willpower will only go so far. The trick to alter a habit long-term is to replace it with something that can meet my same needs.
So in lieu of my sugary & caffeinated coffee drinks, I’ve been making blackberry, raspberry, kale, coconut, & acai smoothies. Sure there’s sugar in this, but it’s at least natural and a far superior option compared to my typical frappucino at Starbucks.
Well, this is a lot to digest all at once and it’s a touch challenging to cram everything we did into a single post. But, if nothing else, hopefully, I’ve convinced you to drink more water!
As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop once in a while, you might just miss it.”
It’s easy to get caught up in doing doing doing in life (yes, I know you all are overachievers here!), but finding your own personal balance is really an important key to finding fulfillment in life.
I don’t know that I’ll do everything that was taught to a “t”, but Tony always tells us to just take what works for us. We are all unique individuals, so we have to decide what’s right for us. You ultimately know your body best.
What I’ve taken away from this seminar is a deep appreciation for my body and mind. I’ve come this far and I deserve to treat it well so I can continue to serve for a long time to come.
Readers, have you considered the tight relationship between your health and your wealth? What do you do (or would like to do) to improve your overall health?
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