Landmark Education and the Landmark Forum

August 24, 2010

Why ‘Breakthrough’ Failed

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A lot of people I know in the United States who have taken the Landmark Forum and are interested in personal development have been talking about the brief life of Tony Robbins’ “Breakthrough” television show – specifically, why no one turned out to watch it. The show, which featured Tony Robbins coaching people to have breakthroughs in their lives, was canceled after only two episodes due to poor ratings.

Some of my friends thought it was canceled simply because it didn’t execute – it wasn’t good television in that some of what Robbins had people due was so outside the realm of what normal people could do without the financial help of a TV show made it hard for people to connect with.

Others cynically say that television viewers aren’t ready for good news. A show that is neither tragedy nor comedy just doesn’t get watched.

This begs the question, though, why wouldn’t people watch a show about personal breakthroughs or inspiring stories. Obviously, the success of reality television in America proves there is a huge market for real life stories.

My answer, and this comes back to the whole topic of personal development and the Landmark Forum, is that uncomfortable is a hard sell.

The act of watching television is an inherently ‘comfortable’ one. You are sitting somewhere comfortable (hopefully), taking your mind off your troubles, seeking to be reassured, or at least transported to some other reality that makes you forget your own.

Comedy is comfortable. It reassures you that all is well in the world. Action, fantasy, and science-fiction, are comfortable as well – they carry you off into a different world. And tragedy and most reality television, surprisingly, are also quite comfortable. Bad things happen, but by showing people with such huge problems, or in the case of most reality television, such a huge degree of pettiness, we feel comforted that whatever our problems, we are better off than the people we are watching. We may be petty people with human foibles, but at least we’re better than most people we see on reality TV.

Ordinary real people having real breakthroughs and doing inspiring things, on the other hand, is not comfortable. Watching such a show raises the uncomfortable question of why aren’t I having such breakthroughs or doing such inspiring things? Such self-examination isn’t part of the comfort that television is selling.

And I think this is why personal development will always have to deal with something in the selling of it, whether it’s a television show or a course. The decision to do something uncomfortable, look at oneself truly regardless of what one may end up seeing, isn’t a quick and easy sell.

I’d love to hear what others think on this one.

April 16, 2009

Decisions Made in the Past

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This post quotes Chris Hughes, who has been very successful in the personal development field. He blogs that he just completed the Landmark Forum, and describes the course and what he got out of it. I especially like how he talks about realizing that he made decisions that he wasn’t good at certain things, particularly sports.

How to Transform your Life in 3 and a half days

This past weekend I attend a weekend “seminar/workshop.” It’s called Landmark Forum. Many of you have probably heard about it. I have had several people BEGGING me to attend over the years. They were all so EMPHATIC about it. And even with their curious enthusiasm, I never went. I thought, “Yeah, yeah yeah. I’ve been to these things before. They are all the same.” I could not have been more wrong… more ignorant. The Landmark Forum is unlike ANY personal growth book, audio or seminar I have ever experienced. There is absolutely NO COMPARISON.

Everything in the world of personal growth has been an addition to that which I experienced in the past. It has been in attempt to fix, alter, better or add to my past experience. The Landmark Forum, instead of additive learning (adding to what you already have), will foster transformational learning, leading you to TRANSFORM your life, creating new realms of possibilities, rather than altering or adding to what you already have. It’s interesting that I was not allowed to take notes for the 3 1/2 days of the seminar, yet the shifts that occurred and the benefits received, again, can not be compared to any other event I have attended, wherein I  did take copious notes. The transformation can be compared to riding a bike. When learning to ride a bike, you didn’t take notes, you just got it. And once you got it, you never lost it. That’s what happens in the Forum.

You will be given access to what you DON’T KNOW that you DON’T KNOW. I got to swim in this never before explored area of my mind and I had many, many, many breakthroughs that make my life being the same, an absolute impossibility.

Let me share one of the minor breakthroughs and realizations I had (I had many, some of which are very personal and which rocked me to the core and gave me deep understanding of why so much of my life doesn’t work, even with all that I know and have experienced).

Any of my readers who know me well, and have invited me to participate in any sport, have probably heard me say, “Oh I suck at sports.” I have declined invitations to play sports dozens of times over the years. Now the truth is, I don’t suck. I’m not that great, but I don’t suck. Even sports I have never or rarely played, I’m still alright at. I don’t “suck.” Prior to this weekend, I had never considered why I always tell people that I suck at sports. It’s not true, so what’s up with that? I figured it out in the Forum.

Several times during the weekend, someone Assisting in the back of the room would bring a note to the Forum Leader (Richard). I noticed that sometimes Richard would read it and put it on the podium. Sometimes he read it and put it in his pocket. And sometimes he would read it, crumple it up into a ball and throw it in waste basket about 3-5 feet behind him.The first ball of paper he threw into the trash went right in. For some reason I was struck by how confidently he did the job. That was a great shot! I thought. There was something about watching that happen that captivated me. Later he did it again. Two points! It went right in the waste basket, no rim, just right in, just like the first time. And again, I was captivated. Great shot! I thought. He is so confident. I continued. And later he did it again. And again it went right in. Man he is good at that, I thought. He is so confident. So committed. He knows he going to make the shot. Why don’t I do that? I almost always miss the basket, even if it’s right in front of me. The thoughts were coming about one a second. Then this understanding came out of know where. I don’t commit because I believe I will miss, therefore I hesitate and don’t follow through and therefore am the very cause of missing and therein reinforce my belief that “I miss.” (I hope you will read that last question twice. It is WHY most people don’t succeed in life.)This realization lead me to think about how I approach all sports, and perhaps even much of, if not all of life. Thinking back to my child hood, every time I was at bat, I was thinking, What if I miss? When out in the field, and the ball had been hit to me, I thought, I hope I don’t drop it. When shooting a basket, What if I miss? When hitting a golf ball, What if I shank it? I realized that my whole life has been plagued with fears of failing, of looking stupid and wondering what people might think. Where does this come from, I thought.

Inexplicably, my thoughts took me to my very first sporting memory. It was soccer try-outs. I was 4, maybe 5 years old. It was my turn to kick the ball, so “they” could see how “good” I was. I remember two rows of people. One on the left and one on the right, and me and the soccer ball in the middle. The ball was on the ground about 5 feet in front of me. I ran toward it and kicked! My foot almost missed the ball entirely. I kicked the very left side of the ball causing it to shoot quickly to the right. The ball went more right than it did forward, and I felt like an idiot! I felt like everyone was watching. I remember yelling at my shoe if you can imagine. Stupid shoe! Stupid shoe! Then I bent over and starting hitting my shoe with my fist. Stupid shoe! Stupid shoe! How redonculous huh? I realized that in that moment I determined that, I suck! And that became my belief about myself in regards to sports, and who knows what other things. My life has been less than whole and less than complete because of something that happened nearly 32 years ago. And again, this is just one of the lessor meaningful breakthroughs I experienced.

July 29, 2008

Cup of Teachings

Filed under: Breakthrough Results, inspiration — Tags: , — landmarkeducationinaustralia @ 3:52 pm

I found another new extraordinary personal development blog–They seem to be popping up all over the place. Check out Cup of Teachings to what else is there now. Here was part of her introductory post:

Thank you taking the time to visit this blog! I am excited to share my knowledge, thoughts and ideas on nutrition, leadership and personal development, tea and more!

I am currently developing my business, West Coast Specialteas and myself through Landmark Education, readings of Eckhart Tolle, Wallace Wattles, Robin Sharma, Jim Rohn and James Ray.

To get things started:

This morning I enjoyed one of my favourite teas – Golden Yunnan – I got to thinking about the game of life. So many of us humans are conditioned into thinking we are not good enough, we can’t do things because (place what you want here), we play the “what if” game, or we listen to other peoples opinions about whether or not we can do it. Perhaps many of us are afraid of failure, or success. Maybe we have it that we can not be an Einstein or a Alexander Graham Bell. Yet those who have accomplished something in their life that we may consider to be “way out there” are people like everyone else. The difference, one could say, is that they chose to play a big game – they went after and created the idea based from their imagination. These people or “geniuses” as some would say were put down continuosly by those around them. Yet they decided to pursue the dream, to play the big game and make it happen.

One of the things for me is that I have had a belief about myself that I am not good enough. I am never a good enough mom, ball player, I can’t be competitive in bodybuilding because I am not good enough to do so, I can’t possibly be a business woman because I am not good enough at bookkeeping or sales and I am not a good wife. What I am able to get is that I have made all of that up!! It is a story that I tell myself to get out of doing things!! This is such a limiting beleif about myself. I may have had someone tell me that I had a lofty goal to compete in bodybuilding – which by the way I intrepretated that I am not good enough! Yet it was completely untrue.

So then what’s next? Once you are able to see that about yourself, or myself in this matter, then it is time to come up with a game to play. Somewhat like a goal. The context of goal and game is quite a bit different. For me, hearing ‘goal’ is something that is far away…and sometimes un-attainable (which is my “not good enough” dialogue with myself). But ‘game’ is in the now. I can be in the game of bodybuilding at all times. Each time I work out, each time I eat – that is the game of bodybuilding. In the context of ‘goal’ a workout may seem more like work to get somewhere. Whereas in the game, I can have fun and be winning at it all the time. It is in the being in a game that is exciting and you want to do it.

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