Tony…Tony…Tony.

For those of you that were following me on social media last week you may have a clue about what I am talking about but I want to share a little more about the back story!

Last week? I got the meet Tony Robbins. Mr Anthony Robbins himself. It was more than exciting for me and I have no words for what it meant to me but for more reasons than most people know. It was not a fan meeting. I was there to say thank you – let me back track a little…

Went to Say Thank You

For those of you that were following me on social media last week you may have a clue about what I am talking about but I want to share a little more about the back story!

Last week? I got the meet Tony Robbins.

Mr Anthony Robbins himself. It was more than exciting for me and I have no words for what it meant to me but for more reasons than most people know. It was not a fan meeting. I was there to say thank you – let me back track a little…

I have spent my entire life feeling frustrated, and I actually mean my entire life. I have always felt misunderstood, unseen for the real me and like I am not a part of a crowd/group. It has always been a small piece of me that was different.

When I was at my lowest and needing more than the therapists I saw could give, I turned outside of conventional help. I went to a conference with a one way ticket and was determined to get help. If it didn’t work? I was done. Done with this life, done with my world and I was not coming back. It was at that conference that I found my ability to fight for myself. I found my grit and determination and started my journey forward. It was not a Tony conference but it was where I met #2 and #3 on my list.  

My list has 4 people. The four people who literally saved my life. 

The first is a man named Dale Jones. He was the one who saw my pain flash on my face one day. He phoned me and recommended that first conference. I was sitting at my desk typing suicide letters when I got that phone call. I decided to go and what the heck, I could always write them again later!

The second and third were the leaders at that first conference. Dr John Townsend and Dr Henry Cloud. They are my heroes as well and I had the opportunity to thank them both the year after when I went back for a second time.

I reached out to his hand and shook it

The fourth and final to thank was Tony. I had just started my coaching practice and didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in. I was still feeling quite lost and all of the coaches that I spoke with and trainings that I looked into just didn’t feel as deep as what I was wanting. And then I got offered a cheap ticket last minute to a Tony event. To say that those 4 days changed me is an understatement and the high never wore off. I went to that first event and then booked a second. I started my coaching training through Robbins-Maddanes Training Institute and never looked back. I have done the work, but he facilitated it and I have always dreamt of meeting him and saying thank you.

Let me tell you, he is not an easy person to get alone with to say thank you to!

I added it to my bucket list and away I went. Living life and getting shit done and working on my dreams and goals. And then I saw the tickets. He was coming to Edmonton and I was going to get my chance. Through a series of laughs and promises and begs and borrows, I got that ticket booked and away I went.  

I was so nervous! And yet at the same time SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! My husband and clients just laughed at me. I had a few of them in the audience and it was amazing to see them there and they loved seeing me on the silly screen with my big ole chipmunk grin.  

It was happening.

At the end of the night when we were allowed to go get a picture with him, I walked in with a smile. And not in a celebrity crush way but a closure way. I had not realized how bad I needed to say thank you. I often feel that we don’t thank people enough for their positions in our lives and this meeting held more meaning for me than anyone could imagine. We posed for our picture and then as I was to be ushered out, I turned around and said “I came here today for one reason. You were one of four people who saved my life and the remaining one that I need to thank and so I wanted to come here today to shake your hand and say Thank you.” I reached for his hand and he shook it. He then said “You did the work, but you’re welcome. I am honoured” He gave me a massive hug, a kiss on the cheek and kiss on the head and hugged me again. There were tears in his eyes and mine as I walked out.

There was a feeling of relief that evening.

I sat in silence on my way home thinking about life in general. How we all have these pivot moments.  Where we were headed down one path and someone/thing interferes and we end up in a different direction. I played back in my mind all the times that this happened and started a new list.

Have you ever thought of that? Followed the rabbit trail back? While I have not always LOVED the turns that it took, I am sure glad that my life has ended up where it is now. So glad.

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