Everyone has times in their lives that are trying. What matters is not what happens to us, but how we react to these hiccups in our lives. Tony Robbins has inspired countless people to pursue their dreams by providing the practical tools and resources necessary to do so. We’re happy to present stories of people who were able to change their habits and lives for the better, and ultimately unleash the power within.
“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
In February 2014, Jenna Jackson received some of the worst news you could imagine — a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia, a direct precursor to cancer. Stunned and not quite able to process the news, she arrived and checked in on the morning of the first day of Unleash the Power Within (UPW), just going through the motions. Sitting at a table by herself in the cafeteria, she replayed the call from her OBGYN over and over in her mind. She was a “fairly” healthy person. She went to the gym, tried to eat well, liked to party on the weekends with friends. Her life was nothing out of the ordinary.
The doctor had told her the biopsy results were within the worst 3% of reported cases. The best thing she could do would be to immediately return home and have an ultrasound done to see if the cells were already spreading. She was dating the man she knew she would marry but with this diagnosis, her chances of carrying a baby to full term were now too low to safely consider it. Jenna’s mind raced with fear and uncertainty — she burst into tears. Is this how quickly life falls apart?
Alone at the table, she was approached by a man named Mark, a volunteer trainer for Tony Robbins at live events. Mark helped to calm Jenna, encouraging her to consider that her entire experience, that very moment, was all happening for a reason — even if it was terrifying. Mark explained Tony’s research into the healing power of alkalinity and how she could learn to give her body what it truly needs to restore and repair itself. He relayed the experiences of people just like her who reversed cancer and other diseases using the methods Tony teaches.
When you’re treating your body the best you possibly can, you’re more full of energy and your mind is better able to focus. Mark encouraged Jenna to rely on principles from Tony’s 10 Fundamentals of Living Health. Although Jenna already considered herself a fairly healthy person, there were things she wasn’t incorporating into her daily life. The 10 Fundamentals of Living Health recommends ways to maximize health through a quality diet and proper exercise, including how to restore pH balance in the body, breathing techniques and meditation.
As they spoke, Jenna thought to herself, “How am I supposed to jump up and yell and be excited at this event when I just got this news? I can’t stay. I’ll just bring everybody else around me down.” She initially brushed off Mark’s advice about practicing a more healthy lifestyle. He gently urged her to stay. Looking back, she is so grateful she did.
After the event, Jenna returned to her fiancé and taught him everything she learned at UPW that empowered her to change her health and reinvigorate her body. The pair entirely altered their diet to achieve healthy pH balance. Portions of Unleash the Power Within focus on healthy eating strategies and creating energy naturally to reinvigorate the body, specifically sections like the 10 Fundamentals of Healthy Living. During her 4-month checkup, her doctor broke the amazing news that her dysplasia had stopped spreading. The pre-cancer was gone.
Jenna looks back with an incredible amount of gratitude for Mark and Tony and her entire experience at UPW. As she told us, “I don’t believe in coincidences. Tony has changed my life and I could never thank Mark or Tony enough for what they did for me.”
This story of hope is inspiring, but not a standalone success. There are many people in the world who have benefited from attending Unleash the Power Within, transforming their minds and bodies during the process — and you can, too.