This was not my first TR event; I had previously attended Unleash The Power Within in London (Apr 2018), and watched I'm Not Your Guru. As such I was aware of the "6 basic human needs": 1.Certainty, 2.Uncertainty, 3. Significance, 4.Love/Connection, 5.Growth, 6.Contribution. I also learnt that you can change your state whenever you want to and the way you act; whatever you focus on, energy flows in that direction .
I decided to attend DWD as it is Tony's flagship program and I've heard good things from multiple trusted sources.
I joined Tony's Platinum Partnership Program ($85k USD for all events + approx $10kUSD more for each Platinum event), so DWD was included. Tickets usually cost around $4-10k USD depending on the type of seat and timing you choose to purchase. It is cheaper if you buy through a platinum partner or as a group to enjoy discounts at events such as UPW.
I went into DWD wanting to understand myself better:
1. To understand the reasons I do things
2. How to get into peak state more often
3. To understand human needs more
Additionally, I was also excited to meet other Platinum Partners as this was my first platinum trip. I assumed the average calibre of these people (who are paying more than $85k USD for Personal Development) would be very high.
I was not prepared for how much I was going to discover and learn at this event. In 28 years, I can honestly say that I have not had so many breakthroughs during a period of 6-days. My mental model of the "6 basic human needs" was lacking; I found out here that there's a paradox between certainty and uncertainty, as well as, significance and love/connection. It was difficult to list only 3 key distinctions, because there were so many, but here are my top 3.
1. I found out what were my "towards values" and "away from values", things that I strive towards (growth, success, love) and away from (unworthiness, disrespect, feeling trapped). I also learnt that the "rules" that I had in order to feel like I reached those "values" were tough to abide by. As such, I had made it almost impossible for myself to feel was happy.
2. I have a "primary question" that runs in my head all the time, and if I tweaked it from "How can I be more worthy" to "How can I be even more worthy so that I can love and serve even more", mentally, I'll already be presuming that I am worthy and that I am here to serve others; which pleased me.
3. At the highest levels of relationships, it's not about equality but about the merging of needs: "Your needs are my needs".
In order to make sure that I bridge the gap between theory and practical, I always set up action steps for myself after events. The following are my 3 actions steps from DWD:
1. Repeat my mission statement every morning during my affirmations - "The purpose of my life is to be a loving force for good, enjoy the gift that every moment gives, and do empowering things for myself and others."
2. Clarify my towards values and rules, to make it easy for me to feel happy.- previously in order for me to feel like I was growing I needed to read 10 books and 5 online courses within a short period of time; i.e. completing many things at once. However I realised that if those are my rules it'll be difficult for me to feel like I'm growing. Hence, I changed my rules. As long as I learn or read something new everyday, it is enough for me.
3. Set daily reminders on my phone for my new primary question. For example, I set a reminder on my iPhone such that at 8pm everything I will receive this message: How can I appreciate my worthiness even more so that I can love and serve even more?
To say that DWD was a life changing experience would be an understatement. As I've shared above, this is the programme that has radically changed my way of thinking and my views on life. I enjoyed DWD so much that I am even going again this year,
DWD Cairns (20th-25th 2019).
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