Unleash the Power Within

Last week, my entire family and I flew to Newark to attend a Tony Robbins event, Unleash the Power Within where we identify the fears that are holding us back and start living the life we desire.

It’s a 4-day event with Tony Robbins and his business partner, Joseph McClendon to help unlock and unleash the forces that are already inside us and break through limitations in order to take control of our life!

How It Happened

We had been discussing taking a Family Vacation for the last couple months but we couldn’t nail down where we wanted to go.  In between several of our unsuccessful family meetings to finalize a location, Jared and I started talking about going to a Tony Robbins event instead.

Since the desire for a family vacation was to get away and “relax”, we thought this would be an even better solution to find relaxation in every day life.

Everyone is in search of a temporary fix when it comes to stress.  We take vacations in order to feel like we’re escaping the demands of reality.  We force ourselves to unplug for a week or two, but as soon as we get home, we are back in our daily routines and the stress just piles up.

It’s rare to hear people that want to dig deep and find the source that’s preventing them from true greatness.

Arrival Day

After waking up at 3am to catch the first flight out, then finding out that the plane was having electrical issues which delayed us three hours and caused us to miss our connecting flight, we arrived seven hours later than expected into Newark.

We were able to see Scott’s sister and kids for dinner even though we were exhausted from a day full of sitting and waiting.

Day 1

We woke up early (again) to register for the event.  Luckily, it only took less than an hour to get our badges and material so we walked over to Whole Foods for breakfast before the event start at 12:30.

We found ourselves seated in different parts of the stadium  with three hours until Tony hit the stage.

I emphasized the importance not sitting together so we could all experience the event fully by being able to share freely with a stranger than censoring what is said with a loved one.

tony robbins upw 2018The countdown began and all 11,000 attendees started jumping and screaming with anticipation.  Tony’s dancers came on the stage and began their funny little clap dancing to get the audience even more pumped up.

Then finally, Tony came on stage and the crowd went BERSERK!  The music blared and everyone’s energy went to Level 150.

We spent the entire day in the stadium learning from the master.  We visualized our future, got leverage over ourselves when it came to fears and limiting thoughts, and got ready at the end of the night for the Fire Walk.  :O

Yes, you heard me.  We were all getting ready to walk barefoot across hot coals!

For those that know of Tony, he has an insane amount of energy considering how many hours he stands talking and jumping on stage.

It was 1:30am when we all took our shoes off and ventured outside in the 30° weather to walk across 2,200° coals.

It took Tony an hour or two to get us prepped for the firewalk because he had to make sure we were in a peak state.  As we walked from the Convention Center to the parking lot that held all 30 of the firewalk lanes, we were all to clap and say Yes. The sound of tribal drums boomed over the speakers and a true sense of ritual came over the mass of people. This tribal feeling helped to overshadow any self doubt and propelled, otherwise normal people, into being extraordinary.

I was thinking how we must look like a large cult to anyone that wasn’t part of the event, but it was amazing to feel the effect of what clapping and saying Yes did to my body and mindset.

Sharon and Scott had left before we took our shoes off because Sharon didn’t think it would be very safe to limp across hot coals.

I luckily found Jared and Alexa through the crowd (I can’t believe I did even though Jared is taller than almost everyone) to do this together.

Then we started creeping closer and we continued to clap and stay pumped.

I happened to be first among my family so I made sure to get super pumped before taking my first step.  They reminded me to look up and walk normally to the end.’firewalking at tony robbins eventAfter I took my first step, the rest was history.  I got to the other side, they hosed my feet off, and I celebrated my butt off!  Next was Alexa then Jared, so I watched them take their steps safely across.

After we all finished, we checked to make sure we still had our toes, then captured the moment.  You can see the pure joy on our faces after such an accomplishment.alexa jacobs, olivia chrisman and jared chrisman at UPW 2018

Day 2

Tony took the day to rest his voice and have his business partner lead the seminar.  Joseph was hilarious and full of knowledge just like Tony so he kept the momentum from Day 1 and challenged us to look deep within ourselves in order to identify our top human needs.

Unfortunately, because of the lack of sleep and travel, Alexa got sick and missed most of this day.  🙁

Day 3

Tony was back and Alexa was feeling good enough to come to the seminar to continue her path to greatness.

Around 4pm, it was apparently my turn to get sick.  Except my sickness was food poisoning and after four visits to the bathroom with my head in a public toilet (ew), I called it a night and took a taxi back to our hotel to sleep it off.

Day 4

Today was the FINAL day and all about Health.  This was the day that Jared was looking forward to most with his Wellness Coaching business.

I made it for the first hour and then decided to stick my head in a toilet again.

Even though Alexa and I missed good material, I wouldn’t change the experience I shared with my family for ANYTHING.

unleash the power within new york area 2018

We all learned so much and continue to inspire each other to live our lives with passion and not let limiting beliefs and fear take control of what we’re capable of becoming.


If you’ve ever considered going to one of his events, but want to talk to someone that’s attended, we are more than happy to answer questions and share our experience.

Thank you for reading,

Oliviajared and olivia chrisman at upw 2018

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