Tony Robbins is a positive person ― indisputably so. As a life coach, the “I Am Not Your Guru” star has spent decades empowering people to live the lives they want, and he always seems to do it with a smile. Robbins’ seemingly boundless positivity has prompted many to ask him a pointed question: How does he stay so “up” all the time?
As Robbins tells Oprah during an interview on “SuperSoul Sunday,” the key to maintaining his positivity begins with a 10-minute ritual that he does each morning. Once Robbins “changes” his body with a radical breathing pattern, he feels ready for the ritual and starts with a focus on gratitude.
“[I do] three and a half minutes of pure gratitude about three things,” Robbins says. “I pick one of those three to be simple... the wind on my face, my children’s faces, anything.”
The reason he starts with gratitude, Robbins explains, is because of its ability to overpower the dangerous emotions that can sidetrack us.
“The two emotions that mess us up the most are fear and anger, and you can’t be grateful and fearful simultaneously. They don’t go together,” Robbins says. “And you can’t be angry and grateful simultaneously.”
After spending a few minutes on gratitude, Robbins then shifts his focus to envisioning three larger successes he’d like to see six to 12 months down the line.
“I do three minutes of my ‘Three to Thrive’ ― what are three outcomes or results I’m really committed to?” he poses. “I see them as done and fulfilled ... When I feel it’s fulfilled and done, I give thanks for it.”
With that, Robbins says he is primed to have a positive day.
“At the end of those 10 minutes ― and usually it’s 15 or 18 for me ― I am so wired,” he says. “I’ve done that for years.”
“SuperSoul Sunday” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on OWN. You can also watch full episodes online for a limited time through SuperSoul.tv.
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