Tony Robbins has always been one of my favorite “coaches” and motivators I’ve been introduced to.
I own several of his books, audio files, and watch Tony Robbins’ YouTube videos often.
Touching on it briefly in The First Rule Of Fight Club article I felt I should expand on it more.
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Exercising your mental and spiritual body is equally if not more important than training your physical body.
I’m constantly reading books and listening to audio on self improvement.
Often modern Martial Artists focus solely on the physical aspects of Martial Arts and ignore the training of the mind.
What many fail to realize is that harmony and a concrete connection between the mind and the body are crucial for Martial Arts.
Physical barriers can always be overcome with proper commitment, mental barriers however are difficult to overcome.
Mental barriers include motivation, determination, and commitment.
Unfortunately, most Martial Art instructors themselves have forgotten to master the true source of power in Martial Arts; the mind!
Tony Robbins is no Martial Artist, there is no Tony Robbins YouTube video you’ll find showing how to throw a perfect roundhouse kick.
But what he certainly has unlocked is the secrets for impeccable motivation and determination.
For those who don’t know, Tony Robbins is an American author, philanthropist, and a life coach.
He’s called upon to coach some of the world’s finest entertainers, athletes, presidents, and fortune 500 CEOs.
In June, 2019 he interviewed the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor, discussing the post-fight meltdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov following UFC 229.
Below are 10 quotes by Tony Robbins to help you unleash the power of a fighter’s mindset.
“There is no greatness without a passion for being great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artists, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.”
Most people have started practicing a Martial Art sometime in their lives.
Most give up after a few weeks, some leave after a few years.
Meanwhile, some people go to bed with bruises and sore muscles after practices and still wake up the next day eager for the next training session.
The difference between these 2 types of people is passion.
Passion is the key to consistency; You got to love what you do before you can achieve greatness in that field.
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
Many Martial Artists blindly follow their masters.
They don’t, for a moment, stop to think and try to understand the principles behind the technique.
The key to unlocking the true understanding of martial arts is to question how and why the technique works rather than question how to perform the technique.
The more you understand the technique, the more confidence you gain in yourself!
“If you want to make it big, you’ve got to push yourself beyond your limits. You’ve got to pump yourself up and get yourself into a hyper mental state. And you have to do this yourself. Nobody can do this for you.”
There is a huge difference between going to practices thinking “I just want to get this over with” or “I am going to push my boundaries and kick ass today. ”
You become what you believe.
Visualize who you want to be and get into the mentality of that person: Always believe you’re stronger than you actually are.
This way you cut loose everything that is holding you back.
The moment you remove this mental block, you start tapping into the limitless potential locked inside you.
“Create a vision and never let the environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions.”
Goals will stay goals unless you work for it.
While working for it, you’ll have to face endless criticism.
The transition between effort to success is believing in and sticking to your decision.
If your goal is to achieve a certain level of fitness, work for it.
People might laugh saying that your goals are impossible.
Sometimes, you might have failed to achieve that goal in the past.
You have to prove your strength!
“Deciding to commit yourself to long-term results rather than short-term fixes is as important as any decision you’ll make in your lifetime.”
This is true for both Martial Arts and fitness.
In Martial Arts, you must master one technique and refine it, before you start learning a new one.
It’s a common mistake, mostly among novices, to rush onto new techniques every week.
One perfected technique trumps several mediocre techniques.
In terms of fitness, people tend to take shortcuts, performance-enhancing drugs, to achieve results within a short time period. More often than not, these ‘shortcuts’ lead to health implications later in life.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
If you stick to the same training routine all year round, you slowly stop improving until a point your skill will stagnate no matter how strictly you stick to your training routine.
It is always important to improve, refine, and evolve your training routine.
Always try to pick up new things from other Martial Art styles, cut down what is unnecessary and most importantly, train harder than your last time.
Learn from your opponent, learn from your mistakes and fix them by the time you spar again.
“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.”
You’re not truly defeated until you accept it.
It is you who decides whether you’re going to give up or stand up and keep going.
In Martial Arts, you’re going to lose sooner or later; it is inevitable.
It’s your decision whether you give up at that point or start working to come back stronger or faster than you’ve ever been before.
“Repetition is the mother of all skills.”
There is no such thing as being born a martial artist.
True, there are some people born with superior genetics, giving them an edge over most people. But, there is always a constant in the formula for success in all martial artists, that is repetition.
You can master a move with a few dozen repetitions, it takes hundreds of thousands of repetitions over a matter of years to develop the move to a level fluid enough to call it a skill.
“Commit to CANI!- Constant And Never-ending Improvement.”
Martial Arts is a never-ending mountain.
There is no peak where you can reach and say “it’s finally over”, the moment you master a technique you can’t just stop.
You got to practice it constantly to keep your skill at a peak condition.
While you’re constantly practicing it, you got to improve it.
Sometimes, improvement means breaking down the techniques into its fundamentals, un-learning what you’ve already learned and discarding what’s limiting the technique.
“Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is only potential power. Action is power”
Knowledge is like learning how to perform a kick from a YouTube video; theoretically, you know how to perform the kick.
The moment you try to execute the kick however, you learn you lack the balance or flexibility to execute it.
Until you start practicing and learn to overcome the practical barriers, your knowledge is just potential power.
True power is when you know how to practically utilize your knowledge in real-life situations.
Hopefully these quotes can talk to you, give you pause and reflection.
If you haven’t before I recommend you visit Tony Robbins’ YouTube channel and start watching some videos.
Pick up some of his books, download some audio, and start focusing more on the mental side of your game.
If you’ve watched Tony Robbins YouTube videos already or read his books, what kind of impact did they have on you?