Tony Robbins on How to Resolve Internal Conflict


Tony Robbins

“You can’t be grateful and angry simultaneously.” – Tony Robbins

The last time Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) was on the show, so many listeners found one of his exercises so helpful that they suggested I feature it on its own.

This guided meditation from Tony is designed to help you overcome stress in a way that’s backed with quantifiable neuroscience. If you’ve been worrying about unfinished business without resolution, this is a powerful tool to help you resolve the situation.

This is very short and very powerful. Enjoy!

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Scroll below for links and show notes…

Selected Links from the Episode

  • Connect with Tony Robbins:

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Show Notes

  • You can resolve internal conflicts when your heart and head — unconscious mind and conscious mind — are in alignment. [01:13]
  • “Your mind’s great for strategy, but it’ll never make you enjoy your life.” This exercise is designed to give your unconscious mind control. [02:30]
  • Reflect on what your heart has guided you to do for which you’re proud or grateful. [04:25]
  • Think of one exceptional moment in your life for which you could feel so grateful. [05:23]
  • Gratitude derails anger and fear (the two emotions that “mess us up most”). [06:20]

Posted on: September 18, 2016.

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32 comments on “Tony Robbins on How to Resolve Internal Conflict

  1. Love it, Tim. I wish there was just a bit of space between the end of the exercise and the five bullet Friday announcement to allow space to pause and reflect.

    Thank you for isolating this segment, I will come back to it again and again.


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    • Tim, this “guided meditation from Tony” was preceded by commercials and followed by commercials. Not so effective for a meditation. Leave the commercials off of these snippets, perhaps? Next time.


  2. I’d recommend watching some videos of the indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti on youtube on internal Conflict..his discourses are like a meditation, structured in an hour and made to look like you’re having a dialogue with him..


  3. Very insightful post. Discovered your blog, work, and podcasts a few months ago. Have made a point to listen to one of your podcast episodes a day if time allows. Thank you for the content you’ve shared with the world. They’ve certainly helped me better myself and have kept me productive. A suggestion for a future interview would be Stephen King. If you’re looking for a fiction read that is unparalleled check out his The Dark Tower series. Best series I’ve read or likely ever will read. And not in the horror genre that people assume are synonymous with King.

    Thanks Again Tim.


  4. Tim – leave space at the end of this after Tony finishes speaking. The exercise is pointless if you are immediately woken by you plugging something. You need to balance your content and your adverts for products and services as sometimes these distract from the message. Not cool.


    • Agreed. His documentary is very disappointing too, it’s just an infomercial on steroids. Also tried a couple of his books and found them a bit lame and patronising. It’s like he’s gathered a monumental following through hypnotising the vulnerable through NLP, tapping in to peoples’ typical exposures; fathers, relationships, addictions etc etc. Very cultish and akin to Scientology, in my humble opinion at least

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  5. Thank you Tim. Loved the 1st exercise. Thanks for bringing this to us. Yes, I endorse the documentary by Tony. REally enjoyed it and definitely started using some of the tools from the doc.


  6. Considering how Tony’s content and meetups usually ends up being evangelical and almost cult-like, I’m fairly disappointed he’s being featured here. He’s always come across as a vampiric shill whose only skill is to talk and sell his so-called self-help scheme.

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    • Your’e not the only one dude. Sadly, we are in the minority it seems. I got sucked into this (Tony and the rest of them) myself many years ago. Thank god I woke up a little. All “self-help” talk and philosophy is “self-delusion”. You experience a false sense of growth because you lower your awareness, blinding yourself to your problems instead of truly facing them. As a general rule of personal development, whenever you do something that lowers your awareness instead of raising it, you’re making a mistake.

      Personal growth is more than merely conditioning yourself to feel better about your life. While some people clearly need an attitudinal adjustment to make progress, the optimal attitude for personal growth doesn’t arise from self-delusional positive thinking. You don’t need positive thinking for personal growth. You simply need intelligence. Awareness is a crucial component of intelligence. To make intelligent decisions, you need accurate data. If you ignore valid data, you lower your awareness and thereby your intelligence. Imagine how your computer would function if it simply disregarded the contents of its memory on occasion: “I’m not going to read that part of my RAM because it looks like there’s a lot of work for me to do in there.” Stupid of course… yet this is precisely what we humans do that holds us back.

      Positive thinking can reduce intelligence by lowering awareness. Instead of facing your real problems and challenges, you try to write them off with affirmations. That isn’t the way to grow. It’s better to face and accept the whole truth, even if you don’t like what you see. A little pain now and then isn’t going to kill you.

      Don’t be so naive as to think that there aren’t forces working against you (and everyone has equal opportunity). There are. But fortunately, those forces aren’t strong enough to stop you if you continue to intelligently pursue the development of your own consciousness. Self-delusional positive thinking merely perpetuates fear and shoves it below the level of conscious awareness.

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  7. Amazing podcast again! Thank you! I love when you’re your own guest as well. Tim I’d love to find out how you’re using these 3 months to promote your Tools of Titans book that’s coming out this fall. Out of your experience, what has been converting and what were some wasted marketing efforts in your previous book promotions. This post would make a lot of new authors happy!


  8. Tim – you are smashing it! Great posts and I love the structure and access to key points, related posts, etc. Tony Robbins is the real deal – don’t be put off by the Infomercial history, if you ever get the inclination to attend a live event (with TR personally hosting) just do it! Date with Destiny changed our marriage in the best way.


  9. Tim
    I heard of your podcast because I was a colleague of Dom D’agostino. That meditation with Tony Robbins was very powerful. I used it while waiting for my son from swim practice and had 10 minutes. What a powerful feeling, thank you for bringing this to the world.


  10. Exercise was insightful. I came to a conclusion.
    Executing the conclusion is the hard part though. When I go to do it the fear comes back. Whats the best way to deal with that?


    • Hey Chris and everyone else,
      just ask yourself: Does this situation threatens my life? (answer with your conscious mind, not with your emotion) – repeat this about 5 times until your fear vanishes (assuming your situation is NOT REALLY dangerous :-))
      Fear, in the end, is always fear of dying.

      Unfortunately the old parts of our brains wich make the emotions misinterpret the evaluations of the new parts wich do the conscious thinking.
      New part says: “Oh, new situation! I dont know what will happen. Probably people dont like me.”
      Old brainparts react: “New situation! Possibly life threatening! Make FEAR so organism stays away from it!!! People dont like me? Probably kill me or ban me from the tribe! Make fear (or shame) so organism stays away from danger!!!
      Or the old parts make all kinds of “negative” emotions to better “educate” the “bad ones” in our “tribe”🙂 (whether it be our spouse, kids, dog, computer or car or even the traffic! :-D)

      Thats the reason for approximately 99.99% of all the unwanted emotions we feel throughout the day.

      Heres a little “Emergency Plan” for whenever you have a “problem” or just for fun (good to have it written down and put in your wallet or so).

      Ask yourself
      – Why is my life NOT in danger? (repeat and answer 5 x, you should feel great relief by now)
      – With whom i can feel connected, close to? Why? Do i like him/her? Any similarities? Same goals? … feel it. Really get yourself into that feeling.
      – What can i enjoy? What else? What else? Why? … (same as above)
      – What can i look forward to? Now? Later? Why? (fun, happiness, relief …)
      – Bonus question: Is my problematic situation really THAT bad? Why not? …

      Have a nice day🙂


  11. I appreciate all things Tony Robbins, thank you for making the effort to make us a meditation clip. If possible could you post it on YouTube as a more proper meditation. Joey, below pointed to some good points.

    P.S. Just received all your books, you are my reading list Sir! And on the flip, could not thank you enough for introducing me to HEADSPACE!


  12. Thanks to this audio it eased my agitation during a miserable, slow two-hour commute. I started reminiscing about very precious moments and I drove home with a smile. Tim, I appreciate your resources and I appreciate your hard work. Tony thank you as well for everything you do to make life better.


  13. Tim, you were literally the voice of god for me last night. I’ve been going through an incredibly trying time, and this exercise helped me step away from the fear, and get closer to who I was. Thanks for all the wonderful work


  14. I love Tony. For me personally though, I find there is too much thinking involved in this “meditation”. I prefer Headspace to calm me down. Being in a calm state typically helps me to sort out internal conflict.


  15. Tim – Thanks for this tidbit, truly a diamond in the ruff off all the amazing material you continue to share.

    On a different note, I haven’t seen you tackle how to master a foreign language yet? If you have, is their a program you recommend, if not, great subject matter for you to tackle?


  16. Excellent podcast. I’ve been using meditation for the past 4 months and with only 10 – 15 minutes a day (even before going to sleep) it really is making a huge difference in my life. I had to do something for the stress I was encountering a bout of recent anxiety attacks. I never ever had these problems until a few months ago. I use meditation techniques I’ve learned from the Head Space App, and this one from Tony was excellent.


  17. Question about the guided meditation exercise Tony Robbins detailed for Tim: What does it mean to “breath deep into your heart”? Is that just taking deep, slow, focused breaths? Am I trying to read too much into the way Tony explained that part of it?


  18. Tony really helped me get my e-book going again. Thanks so much. What you dudes don’t know or appreciate is how bad it can be. You say live for a week frugal. Dress in old clothes and eat beans. You’ve never been on the streets. Try not having an apartment, car, money and family. You are too soft now. Too much money. Too caught up in your little world. Get some God in you. You show no spirit, just love for money.
    Bruce Slaugenhaupt