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lack of emotion causes lack of progress tony robbins

Feeling Lack of Progress in Life:

“Lack of emotion causes lack of progress and lack of motivation.”

– Tony Robbins


Understand the meaning or big idea behind this quote:

Say what you want about Napoleon Hill and whether he is a fraud (it’s a long rabbit hole but you’re welcome for opening that door).

I still believe he was an early student of personal development and had some good teachings that are still relevant today.

For example, “The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

To me this internal ambition or desire to achieve comes down with constantly asking yourself what do you want to do in life? What do you want to contribute? What’s got you going?

The answers you come up with, the stronger they make you feel, the further you will be willing to go on the journey to be humbled, humiliated and still progress.

Tying this in with two other quotes or teachings of Tony Robbins

Tony asks when people first start learning something new, how quick do they learn?

The answer is really fast.

skill acquisition graph

There’s this rapid improvement, they get to 20-30% skill but most get to this plateau and then they quit. They say to themselves, “oh, that wasn’t for me.”

Tony says, “Some people, their philosophy of life is dabbling. Here’s what a dabbler does. They take on a sport like, let’s say, tennis. And when their brand new they know nothing about tennis, they don’t hold the racket. They don’t how to swing or to keep score. They think love is an emotion when it’s a zero (a tennis joke, took me a while to get it).”

Dabbler’s by their nature are not happy because they never get proficient at something. When you feel competent and in control at your position, when you struggle and get good at something, you’ll be happier.

Progress = Equals Happines

Second Quote:

success cycle

The success cycle can works in both ways, spiral up or spiral down. It’s the difference why the rich keep getting richer, and poor keep getting poorer.

The example Tony gives goes something like this:

A sales person comes to the door, he has little emotion and doesn’t believe in what he’s selling, he says, “you wouldn’t happen to want to buy this, would you?” Or he may not say that directly but it shows through his body and voice.

What kind of results would expect this to bring?


How does that affect his beliefs?

A lot.

What kind of potential would he believe he has?

Not much.

How much future action would he then take?

Tony says, “Most people don’t take enough action. But some do. Of those that do, they may not have enough belief in themselves or what they are selling. This has a massive impact on their results which reaffirms what they thought was possible minimizing their potential and future action.”

Other Famous Tony Robbins Quotes:

inspiration or desperation quote

“In life you either need inspiration or desperation”
– Tony Robbins

major in minor things quote

“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”
– Tony Robbins

if you want to be successful find someone who has achieved

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”
– Tony Robbins

knowledge is not power, knowledge is potential power

“Knowledge is not power, knowledge is potential power, knowledge is trumped every day by execution.”
– Tony Robbins

powerful driving force inside every human being quote

“There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.”
– Tony Robbins

Success leaves clues quote tony robbins

“Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to…”
– Tony Robbins

change your story change your life quote

“I would say change your story, change your life, because whatever your story is, becomes the shaper of all your perceptions. What you’re going to try or not…”
– Tony Robbins

change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than pain of change

“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”
– Tony Robbins

identity quote tony robbins

“We all have an identity — a set of beliefs that define who we are, what we can and cannot or will not do. And it’s based mostly on our past — some of which is painful, and some pleasurable.”
– Tony Robbins


“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”



“I can tell you the secret to happiness in one word: progress.”


Time Management quotes

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.”

Self Discipline

“Complexity is the enemy of execution.”



“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”


Change Your Life Quotes

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”


“It takes no courage to be a pessimist, to say it’s not going to work”

Feel free to add or start a conversation in the comment thread below with your interpretation of this quote.

Do you agree or disagree with Tony on this quote?

What other quote comes to mind when you read this?


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