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29 Tony Robbins Quotes on Changing Your Life

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For things to change you have to change. For things to get better you have to get better. This post compiles the 29 best quotes to help inspire you to make that change in your life, whatever it may be.

Change Your Life Quotes by Tony Robbins


Jim Rohn was Tony Robbins first mentor. He taught, “don’t wish for a better wind, the key is to wish for the wisdom to set a better sail.”

I believe what he meant by setting a better sail is to get your disciplines and your habits aligned. To work on yourself, i.e. personal development.

Life won’t magically change unless you start doing something different. And it’s not enough to do it once but to do it daily.

Changing is easy to do. But what’s easy to do is also easy not to do. That’s why two people can work in the same job or be raised in the same environment and yet end up in totally different place 3, 4, or 5 years down the line.

If you’re looking to make a change, either financially, in your business, career, or in your relationship I believe this post will get you one step closer to achieving whatever it is your after.

Remember as Jim teaches, “You don’t have to be the same after tonight, only be choice”.

Tony Robbins Quotes on Change


1. Setting Aspirational Goals

“They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins

people have impotent goals

Since Jim was Tony’s mentor, you’ll see the similarities in what they teach.

Jim taught that everyone has goals, some people just have lousy ones. You can’t wake up in the morning all excited and say, “wow, another day to go to work to pay my bills”.

That doesn’t happen.

This person has a goal but the effect is bad.

Tony’s version of that is they have impotent goals, goals that do not inspire them to reach. And it’s not because they are lazy, most people do work hard.

2. Create whatever meaning moves you

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” – Tony Robbins

beliefs have the power to create or destroy quote

3. Goal setting practice

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

setting goals is the first step quote

I believe you can interpret this in two ways.

The first being likened to the quote by Carl Jung, “until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Meaning whatever we focus on is what we move towards.

So, if you’re going through life sleeping walking (unconscious) everything that will happen you’ll call fate or destiny. But if you’re conscious and actively working towards a goal or a destination, you will rise above what you were originally capable of.

The second interpretation – A lesson from Jim Rohn. He asks, is it possible to see a house built before it’s there. The answer is OF COURSE (in his funny, exaggerated voice), someone had to have the vision to see it there before it was built.

For you to achieve some goal you have to have it in your mind before it’s realized.

4. Asking good questions.

“Questions control what you focus on. What you focus on is what you feel. What you feel is your experience of life.”

questions control what we focus on

5. Who is you?

“Human beings absolutely follow through on who they believe they are, if you said to me, well, I’m really going to work hard to stop smoking, but, you know, I’ve been a smoker my whole life and you know, I am a smoker. I know your days are numbered. You’re going to be back smoking cigarettes again because we all act consistent with who we believe we are.”

human beings absolutely follow on who they believe they are quote by tony robbins

6. Talk is cheap, it’s easy to feel good about ideas.

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins

 A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action

I take the lesson here is to not delude yourself by thought. It’s easy to feel good and say, I am going to workout tomorrow. Why have you chosen to skip out today?

Take action, do something.

Lie to others, don’t lie to yourself.
(disclaimer: that’s a joke. I am not liable for any lies perpetuated.)

7. Begin with what you believe

“All personal breakthroughs being with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief.” – Tony Robbins

how do we change quote

8. Your baseline standards

“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.” – Tony Robbins

raise your standards quote

9. Habits and Systems Triumph

“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” – Tony Robbins

how to change quote by tony robbins

10. Another quote on your standards of life

“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.” – Tony Robbins

baseline standard quote tony robbins

11. Decisions shape your destiny

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins

 It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped

As mentioned in the intro of this article.

What’s easy to do, is also easy not to do.

It’s choice time.

Know every choice has an outcome. If you don’t like your current results just look at the past history that’s got you there.

Don’t repeat if you’re not happy with it.

12. The effect your decision can have

Here’s another variation of the same concept of quote #11 said in a different way.

“More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.”

decisions determine destiny quote

13. Anything is possible

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

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

Anything’s possible!! (Kevin Garnett voice)

Now, are you going to become an NBA professional basketball player? I’d wager, probably not (no offense).

But can you shape up to be a person you can be proud of. Most Definitely.

You can change your life for the better at any given moment. It’s a decision you make by upholding yourself to some values. These values are different for each individual but must be decided yourself. You then defend those values everyday and make sure the weeds don’t take the garden.

14. Just commit

“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” – Tony Robbins

make a committed decision tony robbins

15. Resourcefulness

“The ultimate resource is resourcefulness. That’s what makes someone successful. And here’s what’s great about resourcefulness. Who has it within them? Who, who? Every human being. The question is whether you access it or not.” – Anthony Robbins

The ultimate resource is resourcefulness

16. We all have the same 24 hours in a day

“Don’t buy the story that you can’t do something because you don’t have the time. It’s a lie. You just need to get more strategic. You need to get a little smarter.”

 Don't buy the story that you can't do something

Jim teaches, that there isn’t any more time.

You can’t say if only I had some of Harold’s time, I could get Harold’s results.

There isn’t any more time.

What you got is what you got.

You have to make the best of it. And if you tie this with quote #15 you’ll realize the thing you need to be most is more resourceful in your approach. That’s the answer.

17. Proverbial glass ceiling

“I mean, very often we made decisions in our youth or when we were very young about what to believe, about what we were capable of, about who we are as a person. And that becomes the glass ceiling, if you will, that controls us.”

don’t believe that you’re incapable of change

Tony tells us a story of the elephant:

“There’s a corny metaphor, but it’s true. I remember one time I was with my family at the circus and there was a person, and they had this big giant elephant. And you look at this elephant, and they take this little rope put around their neck, and they drive the stake into the ground.

You look at this, you know that elephant could rip down the entire tent with almost no effort. And yet the elephant doesn’t struggle. Doesn’t try. Why? Because the elephants conditioned.

They condition the elephant when it was a baby elephant. That’s how they train them when it’s a little baby elephant and it doesn’t have the power yet. They put a big rope around it’s neck, and they drive this huge stake in the ground and the elephant fights and fights and fights. And one day, finally, that elephant decides I’m not capable of pulling this out.

Once that becomes the definition of an identity of anyone, an elephant in this case, they don’t even try anymore. It’s just who I am. That’s how it is. That’s just the way it is in my life. I’d like to ask you to take a look at any place you’ve got a limitation and ask yourself, when did I decide to accept that limitation?

18. Running in figure eights

“I’ve learned in my life not to mistake movement for achievement.”

 mistake movement for achievement quote
This is something Jim Rohn talks frequently about. Mentioned in the time management quotes, the focus should not be on how many hours were worked but what we put in those hours.

My recollection of one Jim Rohn’s lecture, he mentions major time and minor time.
Major time is spent in front of the prospect. Minor time is finding, qualifying and scheduling to meet with prospect. It’s possible to be busy, busy, busy but you have to stop and ask yourself doing what? Because you can be so busy but you’re running in figure eights. This is where I believe the old adage of “work smarter not harder” comes into play.

19. Why do you want to change?

“It’s not just getting a target, but knowing why we want that target. That’s what will get you to have the energy to actually follow through.”

not about just getting a target

The infamous goal to become a millionaire is a bad goal.

A better goal is to want to become a millionaire because of the person you must become in order to achieve that level of financial success.

In other words, it’s not the destination but the journey.

20. Taking control of your time

“Do you spend a lot of your time really looking for distraction, looking for a way to escape the stresses that are already there in your life? Or do you spend more of your time getting seduced by things that really aren’t important but they appear to be urgent? You kind of delude yourself and saying, well, I got to do this right now and really, truly, you don’t have to do it right now, but you add that additional stress.”

21. The relationship between knowledge and power

“Knowledge is not power, knowledge is potential power, knowledge is trumped every day by execution”

 knowledge is trumped every day by execution

In the talk Tony elaborates,

“And if you really want to change your life, you can’t let the learning you have lead to knowledge or you become an idiot. You got to let your learning lead to action and then you can become wealthy, financially, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and everything else.”

22. You got to be Hungry

“Once that hunger is strong enough, it will pour you into action. So step two is you’ve got to take massive action. Massive action is the cure all.”

take action quote tony robbins

Tony continues,

“People say, I don’t know what to do. Here’s what to do. Try anything. Don’t know where to start? Throw up a rock, wherever it lands start there. The next person goes by go “I need to talk to you, you’re the first person after the rock.” Take massive action and effectively execute.”

what to do when you don’t know what to do

Peter Thiel in a lecture discusses how we was able to leave his law-firm to start the famous company you now know called PayPal. A co-worker asked, how did you do it? His reply, I just walked out the front door.

People get trapped in this mental Alcatraz and forget you can try new things.

It’s going to be uncomfortable and it may not work, but that’s how things will begin to change for you. When you decide to change.

Things don’t get better by hope.

23. You are not your past. Everyday think that you’re reborn.

“Whatever stopped you in the past fear, time, energy, thinking you’re not enough. Put that aside and just decide.”

your past doesn’t have to define you

24. Controlled by questions

“Focus is controlled by questions.”

If you ask a different question continuously, not once continuously, you will get a different answer.

If you ask a lousy question, you get a lousy answer in a lousy state.

ask a lousy question get a lousy answer quote

So why does this always happen to me?

It doesn’t always happen to you but the brain’s like a computer ask it a question it’ll have to come up with an answer. It may say, “because you deserve it, you idiot.”

Some one will say, how come I can never lose weight?

You can lose weight, but if you keep saying, ‘how come I can’t ever lose weight?’ then we’ve got to come with an answer and it goes, because you’re a pig.

Lousy questions, create lousy answers, ask a better question, get a better answer. Now, here’s what I want you to get. I want you to get that you can change your state. And if you get the habit of doing it, you’ll have have a different life.

25. The pain of staying the same

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

change happens when quote by tony robbins

26. Strongest force in the universe

“The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.”

tony robbins strongest force in the universe is human identity

27. Choosing to be happy today is a refreshing change.

“You don’t have to have a reason to feel good you’re alive; you can feel good for no reason at all!”

learn to feel good for no reason

“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” – Tony Robbins

28. Identity and Beliefs

“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.”

identity quote tony robbins

Why is identity so important to dig under? Because beliefs about ourselves are among the strongest forces shaping our lives. beliefs control behavior.

29. How do you communicate?

Change your words, change your life!

change your words, change your life quote tony robbins

Here’s a question Tony asks to leave you with something worth thinking about and push your boundaries of what’s possible for you.

Q: Could you do something today to redefine yourself? Something more encompassing of all of you today? Forget your past, who are you now? What have you decided to become?

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