Notes From A Friend

by Tony Robbins

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Updated at: February 23, 2024
Notes From A Friend
Notes From A Friend

What are the big ideas? 1. Change in your life can be achieved by altering how you perceive things and how you act. 2. Believing in the possibility of change and fo

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What are the big ideas?

  1. Change in your life can be achieved by altering how you perceive things and how you act.
  2. Believing in the possibility of change and focusing on present actions are crucial for personal transformation.
  3. Persistent and decisive actions, even in the face of challenges, are key to achieving success.
  4. The decisions you make and where you place your focus ultimately shape your destiny.
  5. Your beliefs and focus significantly influence your actions and personal reality.


Change in Life is Rooted in Altering Perceptions and Actions

  • “Almost all the changes we want to make fall into one of two categories: either we want to change the way we feel about things, or we want to change our actions.”
  • “You can change anything in your life today by changing your perceptions and changing your actions.”

The Importance of Belief and Present Actions for Personal Change

  • “The only thing that’s necessary to make this work for your right now is to begin to believe that it is possible to change. The past doesn’t matter. Whatever hasn’t worked in the past has nothing to do with what you’ll do today. What you do right now is what will shape your destiny.”
  • “Often the reason that people say they can’t do something is that they’ve tried things in the past that haven’t worked.”
  • “Your past does not equal the future.”
  • “What matters is not yesterday but what you do right now.”

Success is Achieved Through Persistent and Decisive Action

  • “The key to success is to decide what’s most important to you and then take massive action each day to make it better, even when it doesn’t look as if it’s working.”
  • “Personal power means being persistent in taking action: Every time you do something, you learn from it, and you find a way to do it better next time.”
  • “No problem is permanent. No problem affects my entire life. This too shall pass if I continue to take massive, positive, constructive action.”
  • “Massive, consistent action with pure persistence and a sense of flexibility in pursuing your goals will ultimately give you what you want, but you must abandon any sense that there is no solution.”
  • “God’s delays are not God’s denials.”
  • “Success is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is the result of experience. Experience is often the result of bad judgment.”

Decisions and Focus Determine Personal Destiny

  • “The power of decision is the power of change.”
  • “Ultimately, it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives that determine our destiny.”
  • “The only way to change your life is to make a real decision.”

Beliefs and Focus Shape Personal Reality and Actions

  • “You can choose what to believe about yourself, and these beliefs will determine the actions you take."
  • “The fastest way to change how you feel about anything is to change what you’re focusing on.”
  • “The reality is whatever you focus on you move toward.”
  • “Whatever you think about most you’ll experience.”
  • “We all must realise that emotion is created by motion.”

The Influence of Perspective and Preparation on Success

  • “When you choose a metaphor to describe your life or your situation, you choose the beliefs it supports, too.”
  • “The harder you prepare, the luckier you seem to get.”
  • “Before something happens in the world, it must first happen in your mind.”

Daily Decisions That Facilitate Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Goals

  • The people who overcome the odds and turn their lives around make three powerful kinds of decisions every day:
    • What to focus on
    • What things mean
    • What to do

The Problem-Solving Mindset and Questions to Foster Improvement

  • The Problem-Solving Questions:
    • What is great about this problem?
    • What is not perfect yet?
    • What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?
    • What am I willing to no longer do to make it the way I want it?
    • How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the way I want it?


  1. How can changing your perceptions and actions today impact your life?
  2. Why is believing in the possibility of change important for your success?
  3. In what ways does your current action shape your future, regardless of your past?
  4. How can you distinguish between actions that are just busywork and those that drive you towards your goals?
  5. What steps can you take to ensure you're making decisions that align with your destiny?
  6. How does what you focus on influence your personal reality and emotions?
  7. What are some effective ways to approach problem-solving in your daily life?
  8. Why is it important to differentiate between emotions caused by past experiences and those driven by present actions?


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