How Do We Commemorate September 11?

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It’s hard to believe it has been eleven years since the horrific attacks of September 11. For many of us, it that day is still as vivid as yesterday. Thousands of us suffered the direct loss of a friend or family member, and many more suffered from shock and fear in the weeks that followed the attack. However, looking back over a decade that has been indelibly altered by those events eleven years ago, the anniversary has noticeably shifted. How do we treat this anniversary as the years continue to pass? What’s most important for us to remember?

You’ll find a variety different answers to that question all over the media and internet. Many focus on the importance of remembering the pain and loss. Others remember the way our nation responded over coming years. However, for me, what’s most important to remember is that, eleven years ago this day, faced with total chaos and destruction, hundreds of heroes in New York and Washington chose to step into the wreckage and save the lives of others. Thousands of people across the U.S. came to the support of the families and friends of those who had been lost. And millions of people across the world mobilized, in one way or another, to bring aid and badly-needed funds to those in need.

What’s most important to remember is that when crisis hits, when chaos seems to take over, you have the power to remember what is most true about you. And what is most true about you is: in any situation, you have the power to do what’s right. You can do what’s right for you, for others around you, and for the greater good. It doesn’t matter how deep the pain or fear, it doesn’t matter what other people are saying or doing, it doesn’t even matter what kind of chaos it is. This part is always true: YOU CAN CHOOSE to make a difference.

So how do you do that?

When the terrorist attacks took place, Tony Robbins was giving a leadership workshop for over 2,000 people from 45 countries. More than 50 people in the audience had just lost friends, families, and businesses in the destruction. The room was in chaos. Because of the diversity in the group, some people were distraught, others were nonchalant, some were frozen in shock, and some were even amused or rejoicing. Like millions of others across the world, people were distraught, confused, and unable to think of something meaningful to do. Tony decided to guide the group through a process that would unify and empower them in a unique way.

At one point, a young Pakistani man stood up to interrupt everything. He said, “My first reaction to this event, as a Muslim, was ‘Hey, this is retribution.’” Next, a Jewish man from New York stood up to challenge the young Pakistani, and there seemed like an argument might break out. Tony brought the two men onstage. The two men thought they were stepping up to have a debate. But the real reason Tony had them step up… is to exercise their ability to choose… the ability to choose and take action in a way that was authentic for them individually. What’s right for them, and what’s right for the greater good. And as it turns out, after going through this process, the men embraced and went on to start an organization for religious tolerance.

So in honor of this day, in honor of those who were most deeply affected by September 11, and in honor of those who have affected us, we’re pleased to offer this film. We hope you find it meaningful.


Mark Peysha
CEO and cofounder
Robbins-Madanes Training

P.S. Here’s Asad nine years later speaking at the TED conference in Karachi Pakistan


Overcoming Barriers in the Family (new video)

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Do THIS to win back your future!

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Ever had a situation come crashing down around you while you’re wondering, “Now how am I going to fix this?”

Of course you have. The question is: when something goes wrong – whether it’s a work situation, a relationship, or a financial matter how do you get yourself 100% PRESENT to address it? Because when human beings get stressed, we tend to hide. Then we create a story in our minds about why this bad stuff is happening, and why we can’t change it. You have to be SO careful – because this reactive mindset can creep up on you and prevent you from coming up with a great solution.

Most people don’t realize that many or most problems can be solved through a) presence and b) strategy. Everyone experiences obstacles. People who can be present with the problem and present with their outcome – they make use of everything that comes in their way. They see strategies that can be put in play, and they take action.

 There’s an old saying: “In crisis lies opportunity.” Because crisis destabilizes everything, it enables you to see situations in a fresh set of eyes – and reassemble what’s there into
something that is much more meaningful. And guess what? You pull out of the crisis, take advantage of your resources and later, you’ll find yourself grateful that the crisis happened.

 Why? Because it forced you to make things even better.

In today’s film, we’re going to see how one man who thought he was wiped out by a crisis – then arose to turn it all around within one hour. With Tony’s help, he got present, got a strategy, and found an opportunity… that had actually been waiting for him. Within months, he was much happier than he had ever been before. You’ll see him several years later as he shares his results.

 This film is special to me because we have received over a dozen emails from people telling us this film literally saved their life. I hope you find it helpful and meaningful as well.


Mark Peysha


Robbins-Madanes Training

P.S. One of our students writes:

Words cannot begin to express what I’m going through in this training program. It is amazing! My mind is changing and I understand so many things I was blind about. I still have a lot of work, but I can already see and feel the results, and I’m enjoying the journey. I really appreciate your work and honor you. Thank you so much.

-D, Israel


Weight Loss and the Secret of Profound Change

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Today’s video may surprise you. It’s about a woman named Beverley, who was pushing 50 and had spent her entire life overweight. She was 5’6″ and 360 lbs (“bigger than a linebacker” in her words) when she stood up to work with Tony.

One hour later, she sat back down and went home… not with a new diet, not with an exercise plan, in fact with no specific plan for losing weight whatsoever… but with a new understanding of herself. She went home and lost 236 pounds, naturally. No drugs, no surgery.

In this video, you’ll see Beverley literally a transformed woman five years later. It’s like her self-esteem and appreciation for herself grew tenfold.

The video is a 15 minute excerpt from an 80 minute film. You’ll see Beverley when she first met Tony, then you’ll see her in the midst of her transformation, and you’ll see her five years later and 230 pounds lighter :-)


So the question is…

What could empower a 350 pound “chronically obese” grandmother to shed 230 pounds -from a size 28 dress to a size 8- without any of the modern tricks (surgery and pills)?

Well…It’s the same thing that empowered a timid, self-confessed “terrified” woman to become the wise, witty, crackerjack of a lady Beverley became (as you can see in the video).

In other words, Beverley’s weight loss was not so much about diet books and exercise tapes. The real source of Beverleys’ shift lay in:

  • Understanding her real beliefs and values, and how she creates meanings
  • Empowering herself to act on what she believes is right, to express herself, and appreciate herself
  • Resolving the pain of something that happened to her a long time ago
  • Making new choices about the way she relates to people NOW so that her relationships bring her joy

Now, many of the changes listed above are “big ticket items” that we hope to resolve in a matter of years, right? What’s special about the video is that Beverley handled these items in a matter of an hour.

This is one of four new intervention films on weight loss and health in our Coach and Strategic Intervention Training.

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Mark Peysha
Robbins-Madanes Training


5 Part Strategic Intervention Training

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What is it that holds us back, and what is it that sets us free? This week we’re doing a case study on the beliefs, habits, and motivations that dictate 90% of your happiness and success. And we’ll show how a young lady stood up to learn these principles from Tony, how she went home with a new action plan, and how within two months meeting Tony, she completely transformed her life.

These five videos are an excerpt from a new project we’re developing called Outstanding Relationships. Each video is about twenty minutes long and will guide you through some of the most powerful principles of Strategic Intervention.

Mark Peysha
Robbins-Madanes Training

Part 1: Emotional Patterns

In today’s video you’ll learn about how emotions are created – and how to “break down” any experience in your life into three things that you can control and use to shape the emotions you want to have. Enjoy.


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Part 2: Shaping Your Emotions

How do you change your emotions? Our culture has become overrun with messages claiming that there’s some mysterious emotional part of us that can only be influenced by a pill – as if taking an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety med were like an antibiotic that will just “wipe that problem out.” Only now are studies becoming widespread exposing the negative side-effects, risks, and failures of psychotropic drugs.

On the other hand, we all know the pull between what we want to feel and what we’re actually feeling. Ever felt sad, mad, or scared despite “knowing better” intellectually? If feeling arrives faster than thought, how can you change it with thought? Today’s session will answer those questions. Tony will help Tahnee understand what she’s really feeling when she’s “depressed” and how she can take full control of her emotional reality in a simple, practical way. You’ll also learn how to quickly understand the emotional dynamic of any person you meet. So enjoy the video, and we’ll see you soon.


Part 3: The Seven Master Steps

Strategic Interventions like to follow a master template for creating change, called the Seven Master Steps. This is a sequence refined by Tony over the years for making sure that you fully understand the person and they feel understood, so that you can direct them through the actions and experiences that will create lasting change. SI is a very active and strategic approach to coaching, where you actually give the person a short, easy task to do that will create massive changes for them. For instance, the way Tony is inviting Tahnee to “put herself in depression” is actually permanently altering the way Tahnee will experience depression in the future (i.e., she won’t have it anymore). We do a comprehensive training on these steps, but in today’s mini-training you’ll see how Tony helps Tahnee by putting the seven master steps to work.


Part 4: Life Stages

Why do some coaching methods fail – leading to a quick “pump up” followed by a loss of momentum… while Strategic Interventions create permanent change where people not only help themselves, but then turn around to help others? The focus of Strategic Intervention is to create a processional effect – where the person who previously needed help, now becomes the helper, like ripples expanding on a pond. Very often a person who gets helped by Tony, when we check in with them later, reports that they’ve had a major effect on 5-10 other people in their lives.

You see, in order for personal change to be truly effective, it must a) engage the person’s innermost human needs b) empower that person in their relationships c) be right for their stage of life – in other words, trigger a whole new level of growth in the person d) ultimately lead to leadership and contribution – helping others.

Today we’ll focus on a) your needs and c) your life stage. These two go together. You see, every moment of your life, every decision you make is influenced by the way you meet what we call your Six Human Needs. This is a universal way to understand anyone in your life – especially yourself. If you can understand and create a change in your human needs, you transform your life (guaranteed). The second factor is understanding life stages. You see, life is made up of a series of life stages, where the “game changes” and requires a whole new approach. If you can understand and manage your stage in life, you’ll trigger a whole new level of growth. And our students know that if they can understand someone’s life stage, they can easily help them meet the priorities that will move them forward.


Part 5: Paying It Forward (Breakthrough Day!)

As we said, lasting change is rooted in our needs to grow and to contribute beyond ourselves. Raise your standards in any area of life, and soon you’ll be looking around to see whom you can help. And that’s the next level for you.

Now that we’ve gone through the Six Human Needs, today we’re going to see how by understanding her needs and the way she has been using them, Tahnee made a conscious choice that transformed her life, career, relationship… you name it. And as we visit with Tahnee several years later, you’ll see how by making a commitment to growth and contribution, Tahnee found herself not only prospering but becoming a leader and a positive example… even to her mother.



I hope you’ve enjoyed this training series as much as Cloe and I have. PLEASE SHARE YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS below – and keep your eyes on your inbox for your next video from Robbins-Madanes Training.

Talk soon,

Mark Peysha


Robbins-Madanes Training



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