Six thousand people attended the Unleash the Power Within event in San Jose this past weekend. Six thousand people. I believe that's a record for the United States. Six thousand people looking to change their lives in a positive way. Six thousand people stepping up, taking action, saying "I want my life to be different." Six thousand people looking for hope, inspiration, leadership. Six thousand people wanting to make their lives, their communities, their world, better.
Six thousand people did a firewalk. Twenty-one of those people sought medical attention afterward. Of that twenty-one, most had only minor blisters. Three had real burns. Three. Out of six thousand. That's .0005%. And what does our media choose to focus on? Do they focus on six thousand people wanting to do something positive with their lives? Certainly not. Do they focus on the five thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine people who walked the coals without getting hurt? Obviously not. Do they focus on the many thousands of people who have walked the coals with Tony over the years without incident? That would definitely be out of the question. Instead, let's talk to a person who wasn't even at the event and really had no idea what was happening. Let's show video of people celebrating at the end of the firewalk and portray it as "screams of agony."
Where is the outrage over the increase of type 2 diabetes in children, something rarely seen before the 1990's? Where is the outcry about obesity in children being nearly TRIPLE what it was in the 1970's? Or the fact that deaths from prescription drugs now outnumber traffic fatalities?
What really matters is, does this in any way, shape or form have anything to do with you and your goals? My guess would be no. So let's get on with living a life of fulfillment and purpose and let the sensationalists who pass for journalists in our society get back to the Kardashians and Lindsay Lohan.
Board certified executive coach, mentor and life strategist.
"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
--Norman Vincent Peale