Saturday morning I quickly downed some beignets and coffee at Huey’s on River Street …
boarded the Savannah Belles Water Ferry and crossed the shimmering Savannah River …
to Hutchinson Island and the Savannah Trade and Convention Center.
The purpose of my morning meandering? To attend the first event in Gulfstream’s Live Well, Be Well community outreach series. The international Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (which designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services business jet aircraft) is headquartered right here in my hometown and provides major support for such events as the Savannah Music Festival, the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, the Savannah Black Heritage Festival and Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. And according to the Live Well, Be Well website, “To help our local community make better choices to be well, Gulfstream is presenting some of the most respected people in health care and life management.”
Well, they certainly started off with a big bang by having peak performance coach Tony Robbins present the inaugural program.
I have followed and read Robbins for years but had never seen him live. What a treat! The man is life success and excitement personified. I was thrilled when I arrived and managed a fourth row seat. Seated next to me was Gulfstream employee extraordinaire Elizabeth Hill …
along with her husband Mark (of Savannah Audio Video Innovations). New friends! Especially since part of Robbins’ three-hour-but felt-like-one seminar was interspersed with explosive interactions of screaming ‘Yes!” to the folks around you, and excitedly jumping up and down to show how a change in our physiology can alter how we feel.
Okay, maybe I pushed the blog a little:
Dynamic Tony Robbins taught me so much about living life more fully. Before I tell you the heart of what I learned on Saturday, here are a few of my favorite quotes from the seminar:
“See things as they are, but not worse than they are.”
“Energy is a psychology more than a chronology.”
“Happy people get happier.”
“If you want to be good at something, make it a study.”
“Decisions are destiny.”
“Our stories shape us.”
“The quality of your life is the quality of where you live emotionally.”
“The secret to living is giving.”
My greatest takeaway from Anthony Robbins: STATE — STORY — STRATEGY.
He taught us that the STATE we are in (how we feel, what our emotions are like in any moment) is key to living successfully and joyfully. We must learn to manage our state, to feel better instantly. How? He suggested two ways. First, to alter our actual physiology–move, get excited, jump, find reasons to feel good and smile, learn our triggers for feeling persuasively terrific, shout “yes!” Second, to change what we are focusing on.
Next, each of us must learn to tell a more joyful, healthy “I can succeed” STORY (instead of “I never could do that, be that, go there, etc.”). As we improve our STATES and our STORIES, we will find the best STRATEGIES to fulfill our desires and quests in life.
I can’t imagine a more colorfully productive way to spend three pleasurable hours on a cold Savannah Saturday morning.