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  • Writer's pictureJudy Slater


Stay at home. Shelter in place. Quarantine. Lockdown.

These words traditionally have had negative connotations: Historically, they’ve been used to keep people in their homes during a time of crisis, such as war, and they are associated with needing protection from danger, isolation and illness. “Lock down” in particular is used in prisons, when all inmates are locked in their cells to prevent riots or unrest from spreading during an emergency. It’s jarring.

But as Tony says, the meaning of certain words can shape our behavior. Each word we use is imbued with multitudes of personal meaning, and those meanings are not set in stone. They weren’t chosen by us, they were given – by what we’ve read, heard and experienced.

Right now we are all struggling to adapt to our new lifestyles. Your inbox and social news feed is flooded with tips and tactical advice on how to work remotely, how to balance your responsibilities, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

We’re not going to tell you any of these things, because that’s not what we specialize in. Our business is not about how to make things easier, it’s about how to do difficult things better, and with grace. Tony Robbins is not a motivator, he is a strategist – he is obsessed with finding strategies that create real results. He knows patterns and how to change them. And he teaches people like you how to make psychological shifts that make a significant difference in the quality of your life.

So today, start with one word that you’ve been hearing or using lately. Change its meaning. Perhaps, instead of being on “lockdown” and feeling trapped, like your freedoms have been taken away, replace it with “grounded.”

How does that make you feel? The term grounding is synonymous with getting out of your head and into your heart space. It’s about being rooted and firm, like a strong tree that weathers any storm. It’s a phrase that beckons us to walk away from the noise of the news, and to tap into the things that make us human: love, joy, connection, planning, dreaming and creation. It’s not about the freedoms we have been stripped of, but the freedom our undistracted hearts now have to relish in.

Shifting your emotional patterns is the key to shaping your decisions, actions and life. Create a choice instead of a habitual reaction. Create an opportunity instead of a hardship. Challenge the emotions that cross the threshold of your mind and channel this unique time into a personal victory for YOU.

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