Should motivational speakers make you feel like a failure?

I am a big fan of those books you find in “personal development” sections of a bookstore.  Robin Sharma, Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Lisa Nichols, Brene Brown, Jack Caulfield.  Bring them on.  The more, the merrier.  My hubby refers to me as his dippy hippy wife but he happily buys more for me to read or listen to.

I have a huge audio book section on my iPod with their books and “how to” guides and actually enjoy long car journeys so I have the opportunity to listen.

I cannot rate Tony Robbins highly enough.  I could listen to him all day.  His passion and his very dry sense of humour together with his real language and lack of jargon make him a lot of fun to listen to and read.  He also seems to keep it real.

I really love Robin Sharma’s voice and his calm presence.  I always have “aha” moments when listening to him however, I sometimes feel like he lives in a world I can only dream of entering.  It’s not about the goals he sets, or the insightfulness he brings to situations.  It’s not that I don’t want to put the work in, it’s just that I find some of his methods somewhat out of my reach, even with all the positive thinking in the world.    Isn’t is strange how one thing can make all the other achievable stuff seem pointless?

The 5am club:

motivational speakersThis is Robin’s mantra.  Get up at 5am and “spend the first 20 minutes of your day in exercise. Second 20 minutes reviewing your goals and daily plan. Last 20 minutes reading something inspiring or listening to audiobooks so you outperform who you were yesterday.”  Sounds great and so many people do this, to great effect.

So what’s my issue here?  If it works for so many people, it has to be do-able, hey?  Well, I have three children.  All three have special educational needs.  Two of these children like to bounce around the house most of the night so I am always awake at 5am but….  I am not alone.  Ok, you say, get up at 4am.  Well, usually I am awake at 4am too and guess what?  I’m not alone then either.

So, perhaps I should consider doing this 20/20/20 later in the day?  I considered that but he talks a lot about how spending that first hour doing his 20/20/20 sets you up to be great for the day ahead.  My first opportunity would be 9.30/1