I'm just about two months out from an extraordinary set of 5 days in Palm Beach, FL at the Tony Robbins "Unleash the Power Within" seminar.
Why I went:
It's been an item on my bucket list for YEARS. I went through a pretty dark period my last two years of college and Tony Robbins' Ultimate Edge helped pull me through. Ever since then, I've been dying to go but never prioritized it or saving for it. More than 10 years later, I finally just booked it all on my credit card and made it happen. At the beginning of this year, I read Shonda Rhime's book, "Year of Yes", which gave me the inspiration to make 2016 my Year of Yes - that is, do all the things I normally say "no" to. Unleash the Power Within was one of those things.
What to expect:
Expect 5 days of insanely high energy. Expect to have break-throughs and break-downs. Expect hours to pass in a matter of minutes. Expect to be exhausted and pumped on life, all at the same time. And expect to freeze!
Here are the things I wish I'd known going into UPW:
- Dress really warmly. They keep the room extremely cold. You will be miserable if you don't bring multiple layers, pants, and shoes (not flip flops!).
- Sit as close to the stage as your ticket allows you to. I was in General Admission, and the first day I sat in the back (as I normally do in any group setting). It's safe in the back. You can sneak in and out in the back. But it's where the skeptics and low-energy people sit. Sitting closer to the front was the single best thing I could have done to improve my experience. Higher energy people, extroverts that push me outside my comfort zone, and you're overall more enveloped in the experience.
- Bring lots of snacks. There aren't meal breaks and the convention center food stands' offerings didn't jive with my paleo ways, so I found myself either having to make concessions on being paleo (which messed with how I felt) or live off the few snacks I could find that were OK.
- Drink lots of water. I didn't drink much water the first day because I didn't want to have to keep running out to the restroom and miss good content. But it also meant by 11:30 that night, I was foggy, tired, and ended up talking myself out of the Firewalk because I was so tired. Biggest regret of the trip.
- Do the Firewalk! Don't skip it like I did and regret it later. I woke up on Day 2 feeling refreshed, hydrated, and full of energy. And the comparison to the night before made me feel terrible that I couldn't pull it together to do the Firewalk. This was multiplied by the crowd at the convention center the next morning being on a whole new level of energy and confidence because of that shared experience. Sad face.
- Fully give into the experience. Don't let any skepticism you might have get in the way of fully immersing yourself into those 5 days. You'll get out of it waht you put into it.
- It's an emotional experience. Bring tissues and make-up to reapply.
- Don't plan on being able to do anything else. Don't think you'll be able to answer work emails, take work calls, or do any before-hours or after-hours work. You'll just be way too exhausted to do it. The days are long - the shortest day was 12 hours and the longest day was almost 18 hours.
- Sign up for the text message list they'll offer. You'll be texted start times of each day, which is important to sneak in a few extra minutes of sleep or "me time".
- Sign up for the Facebook group they'll offer. It'll give you momentum after you leave and you can make some great connections.
Most of all, have fun and trust when I say, your life will never be the same!