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This is a quote or saying that has been around for centuries. It’s similar to the biblical saying, “seek and you shall find”. There’s two variations of this quote I came across in listening to lectures from Tony Robbins.

whatever you look for you will find
whatever-you-focus-on is what you feel quote

What you seek is seeking you:

“What you look for, you’ll find. When you decide you can’t find something, you’ll also discover you won’t find it.”
– Tony Robbins

Other Variations

Have you heard the same idea said in a different way and it makes you realize the deeper meaning of the original quote you read? Here’s the many different variations of this quote:

“Whatever you look for you will find”
“What you seek is seeking you”
“If you look for the bad you will always find it”
“If you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will” – Abe lincoln
“You find what you’re looking for quote”
“Whatever you are looking for is also looking for you”
“You are what you are looking for”
“Whatever you focus on you’re going to feel”


What you seek is seeking you quote meaning:

I am no philosopher but I believe there’s a big idea behind this quote. Here’s my take:

Life is indifferent towards our feelings.

We are born on this earth and we get bombarded with stimuli and our sensory organs detect these changes and we respond. We do this for an average of 79 years and then we die.

Everything that happens, is happening inside you.

It’s all in our brain.

Tony says, “So whatever we focus on, it tends to show up in our life. It’s working on your underlying philosophy of how you see the world which influences what you’ll find and how you’ll interact with it. Getting people to have the courage and the faith to realize there there’s no security in life and there is no security in relationship, there’s only what you can contribute. There’s only what you can create.”

As Jim Rohn puts, “stand guard at the door of your mind” he advises not to let anyone dump whatever they want in your mental factory because you’ll have to live with result. You can’t expect a rich, dynamic, spiritual life with garbage in your head.

A child asked of him, how do you build the good life?

His reply, is how do you build anything? You get the right ingredients and keep out the wrong ingredients, and it starts with thought, everything starts with thought. If your best friend or your worse enemy puts strychnine in your coffee you’ll be dead, so it doesn’t matter who hands you the wrong stuff. All that matters is if you get the wrong stuff and it’ll do it’s damage on your bank account, your relationships, your friendships, spiritually and financially. It’ll destroy you.

So the idea is be very careful of what you go looking for, because whatever you look for you will find. And what you go looking for is who you’ll become. If you care enough you will get the answer or whatever it is you are seeking. Whether that’s wealth, relationships, adventure, danger if it’s your sole focus you’ll find a way. You may also want to examine your limiting beliefs because as Tony says, “when you decide you can’t find something, you’ll also discover you won’t find it.”

“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

Other Famous Tony Robbins Quotes:

the ultimate resource is resourcefulness

“When you realize that your problem is not a lack of resources, it’s not a lack of money or technology or contacts. It’s your psychology because the ultimate resource is resourcefulness and human emotion…”
– Tony Robbins

dirt road to happiness and highway to pain

“Most people have a dirt road to happiness and a highway to pain. Condition yourself so that you have a highway to pleasure.”
– Tony Robbins

success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure

“Success Without Fulfillment is the Ultimate Failure.”
– Tony Robbins

past failure and frustration quote

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”

– Tony Robbins

the secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure quote

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you”

– Tony Robbins

progress equals happiness quote

“Progress equals happiness. Even if you’re not where you want to be yet. If you’re on the road, if you’re improving, if you’re making progress, you’re gonna love it. You’re gonna feel alive.”

 – Tony Robbins

it's not what we get but who we become

“It is not what we get, but who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.”
– Tony Robbins

storytelling leadership quote

“”Leadership is the capacity to translate a vision into reality.”
– Tony Robbins

be in a good mood quote

“The most important decision of your life is deciding you will be happy no matter what.”
– 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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