Energy in the Moment

I met Tony Robbins for the first time this past spring, at a special screening of the Netflix documentary Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. I had heard plenty of stories about the man, read his books and listened to interviews with him. I thought I knew what to expect. But I was still blown away.

What strikes you most about Robbins in person is the energy he has for the moment. For all the lessons he can share on strategy and leadership, for all of the positivity he radiates, and for all his charisma, the most compelling thing about him is just how awake, alive and present he seems at all times.

That energy is contagious. Being around Robbins has the same effect as walking through a Las Vegas casino, with its heightened levels of oxygen pumping in through the vents—your senses are heightened, and your ability to focus is amplified. The appeal is obvious. We wanted to explore the Robbins phenomenon on a deeper level in this issue, getting to know him up close in the January 2017 cover story by Editor-at-Large Michael J. Mooney and in my audio interview with him for this month’s SUCCESS Talks, as well as from afar. In researching Robbins, Assistant Editor Cecilia Meis took the opportunity to attend one of Robbins’ massive seminars. When she told her story to us in the office, Meis drilled down to what makes our appreciation for coaches and mentors like Robbins so great: As unbiased observers, they see our lives more clearly than we see ourselves.

Related: 17 Tony Robbins Quotes About Becoming Who You Were Meant to Be

Think about what insights you might give a stranger about his life. Without knowing a thing about this person, his talents, challenges, circumstances or fortunes, you might assure him how lucky he is to have this unexplainable experience of consciousness and power of self-determination. You don’t need to know someone at all to know how lucky they are to have this day, this moment.


The January 2017 issue of SUCCESS, built to help you create a life you’ll someday look back on proudly. The key is to embrace the power and potential of your life right now.


And yet how often do we consider just what an infinite blessing it is to have today, with all of its possibilities? Robbins seems to me like the kind of person who can ponder himself and constantly remind himself that today (and in fact this very instant) offers a trillion reasons for gratitude, a feast for the senses and spirit.

The January 2017 issue of SUCCESS, built to help you create a life you’ll someday look back on proudly. The key is to embrace the power and potential of your life right now. We’ve included practical advice to help you harness your courage and your means. Another story will have you marveling at the immensity of this world, its people and the time we share, providing the motivation to keep you pushing forward. And, for the third straight year, we’re unveiling our SUCCESS 25, a list of the most influential visionaries and changemakers in the world today—life-shaping authors, speakers and entrepreneurs who devote themselves to helping people like you make today your best day, so your tomorrow can be even better.

To make the most of your time on this earth, make the most of your time. When you’re finished with this issue of the magazine—my team and I believe—you’ll have done just that.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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