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The Dickens Process

The Dickens Process: What is It?

You have probably heard of the motivational speaker Anthony “Tony” Robbins. He is also known as a life coach and author of self-help books, such as Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within.

In his Unleash The Power Within seminar, Tony Robbins employs a life-changing experience, or technique, known as “The Dickens Process.” He is recognized for popularizing this process of transformation.

Why is It Called The Dickens Process?

The process is based on Charles Dickens’ popular story A Christmas Carol, in which the iconic miser Scrooge, experiences three ghosts on Christmas morning and is shown his past, present, and projected future of what his life will be like if he keeps up his selfish and heartless ways. This causes so much pain for Scrooge that it changes his life forever, and affecting everyone around him, in a positive way.

The Dickens Process uses some simple yet amazing technology from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other sciences. NLP is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy whose creators claim that there is a significant connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.

The Dickens Process is not designed to simply consciously think your way into changing, because this never works. This process operates on a subconscious and emotional level.

Motivational speakers, such as Tony Robbins, guides the audience through The Dickens Process, during which audience members are told to visualize their future, as it would be if they continue on the path they currently (figuratively) tread and therefore, not having achieved what they wanted to in their lives. The facilitator emphasizes the failure and regret and then brings the audience members back to the present-day. The whole exercise is designed as a very powerful process to give people the leverage required in order to finally take action.

The Dickens Process: My Experience

I didn’t know what to expect. I had never heard of the Dickens Process beforehand. However, I have recently been involved with transformational work and trainings so I am very open to this sort of thing. Perhaps it was helpful not to know about the Dickens Process and so as not to have any preconceived notions, expectations, or biases.

Our facilitator, Dug McGuirk, comes from a very impressive background. He was the Senior Performance Strategist for Tony Robbins and is a Master Trainer of NLP. While working with Tony Robbins, Dug facilitated trainings that he brought into successful companies whose top people saw the benefits of participating in and having their employees participate in transformational processes such as The Dickens Process.

My experience was very powerful and profound. After the process, I felt lighter, both figuratively and literally. I could breathe easily and felt as though a weight had been lifted. I also experienced a greater clarity and sense of urgency that ‘life is now’ and thought, “what am I waiting for?” I was ready to begin taking committed action towards the things I have been wanting to achieve.


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