Anthony Robbins is one of the biggest names and brands in the self-improvement field. He has been credited with being responsible for creating the life coaching and success development industry. An industry that is now worth hundreds of millions (and you can count that in pounds, dollars, yuen or any currency on the planet). He has consulted with all kinds of people from the homeless and addicted to world leaders such as Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.
In his seminal book “Unlimited Power” (Amazon UK link) (Amazon US link) Anthony Robbins records what he considers to be the 7 core disciplines required to bring success into your life. This is your crib sheet summarised specially for the readers of Inspiration Zone.
Always Act From Personal Power
Anthony Robbins defines Personal Power as the ability to take action. This is a crucial component for success in all forms. If you want to find a partner you need to take action to meet new people. If you want to improve a relationship, do something fresh and unexpected. A surprise dinner or gift can mean a lot. In business, success means taking your plans out of the business plan and into motion.
Be Totally Responsible for Your World
If you’re not in charge of your life, somebody else will be. One thing that all super-successful people know is that your successes as well as your failures are down to you. Consider this: there are no failures. Everything you do is successful at producing a result. The trouble comes when we do something that produces an undesirable result. The good news is, if you do something that produces the best result, that’s because of you too.
If You Can’t You Must
We all know what we should do, whether it’s eating less, exercising more, being more even-tempered or more disciplined with our time. So why don’t we do it? The fact is that the things we absolutely have to do always get done. Ever finish an essay in plenty of time when you were at school? If you put off projects until just before the deadline, you’re not the person you need to be. Change your perspective, identify what is important. You know what you should be doing. It’s time to upgrade your ‘should’ to ‘must’.
Be Committed to Unconscious Competence
I sometimes fall into the trap of over-thinking things. I like to understand why we do what we do. However, one of the things I’ve learned about business over the years is that sometimes it’s best not to go too far into why. Sometimes it’s enough to know that doing action A produces result B. Anthony Robbins uses the analogy of a light-switch. We all know that if we flip the switch, the light will go on or off. We don’t need to know how the electricity supplies power and how the bulb converts that power into light. Most of us just need to know that it’ll work. Don’t waste time trying to understand everything, life’s too short.
Be Congruent With Your Beliefs and Aims
We’re all guilty of this sometimes. We can lose focus and end up working on the wrong things. When it’s time to do the accounts, I’ll be much more likely to be found playing with a design for a client or sketching ideas to improve our website. Other times, we might catch ourselves working on two things at the same time. Success means focusing on the things and goals that match your main purpose. Make sure your actions match your targets.
The Meaning of Communication is the Response That You Get
If I say “red” and you hear “blue” whose responsibility is it to iron it out? If I want to elicit a certain response from you, the responsibility is mine. So the next time you need to motivate your team or convince anyone to do or feel something, talk to them in a way that they will understand. If they don’t get it, adjust your approach. Don’t keep repeating yourself, that’ll never work. Take note, tourists abroad, talking loudly is not the same as communicating.
Be Committed to Do Whatever it Takes
This is a given, isn’t it? Giving up before you reach your goal is a guaranteed way to fail. Doing the same thing over again will not produce different results. There is only one caveat: do nothing that will harm others. Apart from that, zig when everyone else is zagging, modify your actions based on your results and make progress towards your goals.
The Next Step
How you apply these disciplines to your life is up to you. You could take one a week and work on developing that to a point of mastery. Alternatively you may prefer to tackle two or three at a time. However you do it, promise me one thing: come back here and let us know how you are getting on.