Crossfit Vancouver is not just a gym, it is a community of exceptional individuals trying to pursue excellence in all aspects of their lives. Over the next few weeks in addition to developing our physical fitness there will be posts relating to nutrition, hydration and sleep - all important components of a healthy lifestyle and requirements to achieving your full potential, but todays post is going to be dedicated to something that we dont talk much about and yet in my mind is the key aspect to living a truly exceptional life and that is your ability to make choices. Last weekend I attended something called the Landmark Forum. It is hard to explain what it is all about and why I found it so valuable (although I have attempted to do so in the extended portion of the post below) but what I do know is that I got more value out of the $595 it cost me to do the forum than I have from spending over $50,000 on post secondary education. It is NOT a cheesy communications seminar filled with motivational speakers trying to show you the path and change your life, but rather a well constructed mentally exhausting weekend that teaches you the skill of transformation-something that will have a lasting impact on your life and you will be able to continue to use long after the weekend is over. Regardless who you are or how good or bad your life is; if you walk in with an open mind AND put the effort in, anyone can get a tremendous amount of value from it. The next offering in Vancouver is Mar 28, 29, 30 (http://www.landmarkeducation.com/landmark_forum.jsp) Give me a call or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and I will be happy to answer them and share my experiences. What its about: The Landmark Forum looks at the notion that while we think of ourselves as open-minded and objective, in fact our approach to ourselves, our circumstances and others is often filtered and even obscured by pre-existing notions and ideas by our upbringing, our values and our past experiences. It looks at hidden contexts from which we live that determine what we see and what we don't see; what we consider and what we fail to notice; what we are able to do and what seems beyond our reach and leaves the possibility for the first time to make a choice about who we are and how we can be separate from these contexts. It looks at the illusion of someday, the myth of Is, the idea of fear, the distinction between change and transformation, the nature of choice and the ability to be extraordinary. Rather than identifying quick fixes and continuous changes only to find yourself at the same place you were when you started, it teaches you the skill of transformation which is something that you are able to use for the rest of your life. What I got out of it: Although the experience is different for everybody, at a high level I realized the number of excuses I was making for the good life that I was living and how they were preventing me from choosing and doing what I really wanted to do. Realizing that I was living the life I was living because I chose to live the life I was living and that I din not need to justify my decisions to anyone else (including myself) opened up space and since finishing the Forum I made a huge step by quitting my fulltime/expected/stable job to be able to free up time and energy to delve into the area of nutrition, start putting together some Olympic weightlifting mini clinics, and do consulting for the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Coaching Crossfit will become my priority and Im going to be able to make the time to get to know my clients better and interact with people on a deeper level rather than making myself and my mind so consumed that I end up doing is bouncing around on the surface. Very exciting, very exciting. And if you don't understand all of the above, don't worry, neither do I , but I do know that it has had a big impact on my life. I encourage each of you to take the step and see what it can do for you!.