What Tony Robbins and Gary V Don’t Know

Odille Remmert
4 min readJun 10, 2022

I followed coaches, teachers, and trainers like Gary V, Tony Robbins, and others who teach “boot-camp” style motivation — threw myself into “massive action” and “hustling”… and all it did was keep me stuck in the mud with my wheels spinning. Now I know why!

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Here’s what Tony Robbins, Gary V (and others who teach a tough-on-yourself, do-what-others-won’t-do, sleep-when-you’re-dead, push-yourself-harder approach to achieving results) don’t know…

1. There’s no such thing as doing nothing.

2. The human brain is more effective on “feel-good” chemicals, enthusiasm, enjoyment, and excitement, than it is on stress and discipline.

3. You don’t have to use force and discipline to get yourself to do the things that need to be done.

Of course, the reason they teach the things they teach is because that’s the best method they know of, for getting results. But before you get behind the donkey and continue to push with all your might, consider the following options for walking around to the front, and leading it, in a more enjoyable and effective way:

Doing Nothing is Never Doing Nothing:

Since our brain chemistry determines our perception, how we feel, and how we think — it also determines what we’re prepared to do and whether we stick to a certain habit long-term… and therefore, our results.

When we’re “doing nothing” — we’re not really doing nothing. Neurons are constantly connecting in the brain, creating chemicals that cause feelings and emotions… which determine… well, everything!

Doing Nothing IS Doing Something!

Taking no action, but feeling worried, stressed, frustrated, and other negative emotions — is very much doing something. And not in a good way! It’s creating the fight-freeze-flight state in the body, and affecting what we will (or won’t) do, moving forward.

Taking no action, but feeling good (grateful, relaxed, enjoying the time, peaceful, safe, etc.) is very much doing something. And it is, in fact, the most Powerful action you can take. Because it sets your brain and body up for success, moving forward — including bringing your prefrontal cortex (cognitive thinking) online!



Odille Remmert

Author of: "Change What Happened to You: How to Use Neuroscience to Get the Life You Want by Changing Your Negative Childhood Memories"