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Tony Robbins: Time to Rise

Here’s how to take back control of your life in 2024. 

By Tony Robbins

As we look ahead for 2024, one thing is clear: We are living in uncharted territory — a time when the economic, political, and social landscapes are changing at a record pace. We are all being touched by the events happening around the globe. No matter where you live or what you do for a living, what is happening is unlike anything we have ever experienced. 

While this is a time of massive uncertainty and endless complexity — if you’re prepared — it’s also a time of exponential opportunity. The winter season offers us the unique opportunity to grow, become more, give more, and share more. It can be the greatest season for any leader if you can develop an unwavering confidence amidst the storm. 

What Will Hold You Back

What will hold you back is only one thing: fear. Fear that you’re not enough or don’t know enough. Fear of failure, fear of rejection. Fear can hold you back in subtle and insidious ways. Fear can also outright paralyze you from taking action. 

The truth is, there is a part of you that will always be fearful — but you can’t let it be in charge because it will rob you of the life you deserve. It will cause you to miss the call — the call to become more, to experience that incredible nectar of growth, expansion, and contribution, meaning, impact, and achievement. The call to rise up and feel fully alive. 

As we move forward in 2024, to have the life you desire, you must feed the best part of yourself every single day, demand the best part of you, and not settle for less than you can be, do, share, create, or give. 

Here are five keys to help you to rise and make 2024 the best year yet. 

Feed your mind.

You need to feed your mind daily with substance — not social media or news. My original mentor, Jim Rohn, taught me that you must stand guard to the door of your mind. Bring something new to it; otherwise, you will keep operating off the same old beliefs, the same old thoughts, and the same old emotions that will not get you to the level you want. 

Growing up as a kid, I didn’t have any role models, so I found them in books. I read history, biographies of great leaders, businesspeople, philanthropists. I learned what made them successful and extracted the principles and applied them to my own life. 

Strengthen your body.

Strengthening your mind is crucial, but equally important is strengthening your body. The mind and body feed each other. Go on a sprint, lift some really heavy weights, go on a really long walk. The key is to push yourself. 

Every single day, I begin my morning by plunging into a pool of 56-degree water. And if I’m not home, I’ll jump into a nearby river. I don’t do that because it’s fun; I don’t do that because I want to do it. I do it because I’m training my body so that when I say go, we go. I don’t negotiate with my mind. 

Priming your physical body can set the stage for the change you want to drive in yourself mentally and emotionally.

Find a great role model.

If you want the best year of your life, you need to decide to find a great role model, someone who is already getting the results you want. 

Why? Because success leaves clues. 

One person that I identified in my own journey was Sir John Templeton, once called arguably one of the greatest investors of the 20th century by Money magazine. He started out with nothing, just like me, and became the first billionaire investor. 

Whom can you model? 

Surround yourself with high-level people.

Think about whom you spend time with. If you want to raise your game this year, you must get in proximity to someone who is playing the game at a higher level than you are. Proximity is power.

Say you’re playing a sport like tennis. If you’re always playing against someone worse than you, you’re never going to get better. Always surround yourself with people playing at a higher level. 

Pay it forward by giving more than you expect to receive.

In 2024, you must also find a way to add value to others. I truly believe that the secret to living is giving, and it’s what truly makes us alive and live not just a successful life, but a fulfilled one.

For me, feeding people and making sure families are nourished has been my passion for nearly five decades. I was fed by a stranger on Thanksgiving when I was just 11 years old. As a result, I started to feed others. Even when I did not have a dime to spare in my younger years, I managed to find a way to provide a meal or two for struggling families.  

You can find a way to give back too, no matter what your current situation is.

As we all look to rise out of fear in 2024, one gift I would like to give you is an opportunity to join me for my Time to Rise Summit. This is a completely free virtual event that I do every January as a way to give back. The goal is to help you create momentum in your life by arming you with the psychology, tools, and strategies to make 2024 the best year yet. Find details at

Looking forward to seeing you there!  

Tony Robbins is one of the world’s leading life and business strategists and ranked No. 1 on the 2023 Real Leaders Top 50 Keynote Speakers list.

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