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The Landmark Forum sessions can increase your self-awareness

Have you ever heard of the Landmark Forum? The chances are that everyone should have. The Landmark Forum conducts self-realization and awareness programs all around the globe. You can find these courses in practically every top city in the world. How did this course become famous? What is it that the course teaches that people do not know already? Questions like these can arise at times. Unless one attends the Forum, he or she would not be able to comment on these issues.

Of course, one has the option of reading a Landmark Forum Review or two. However, these Forum Reviews tend to be personalized opinions. You can relate to the situations of others. By imagining being in their shoes, you can think and act differently. The Landmark Forum encourages you to do so. It welcomes your interpretation of things from a different angle. It is not that the original view is wrong. By looking at a problem from different angles, the chances of solving the same increases exponentially.

The best part of the program is that the Landmark Forum encourages you to apply these principles in your real life. Unless you do so, you are not able to reap the benefits of the course. Secondly, by discussing these problems on a public forum, you learn to shed your inhibitions. This can result in the development of your personality. We speak about the psychological personality and not the physical one.

This program teaches you better methods of communication. The lack of effective communication between people is the reason for many an avoidable conflict. In today’s fast-paced world, people have lost the art of communicating with grace. This Forum attempts to bring back the original values in life. Therefore, at the end of the course, one can develop a refreshing feeling. By implementing the principles taught in these courses, any person can transform his or her life considerably.

You learn to appreciate the good qualities in people. In doing so, you foster better relationships with people. People feel that this might not be something new in life. Of course, Landmark Forum does not teach you anything new. It plays a great part in rediscovering your potential. In the tremendous rat race today, certain values and principles need constant re-invention. People tend to forget the same along the way. The Landmark Education performs this job admirably.

The courses at the Forum are a revelation of sorts. This is because people have lost the awareness of things around them. These courses allow you to become open in your relationships with people. Having an open mind allows you to accept suggestions from various quarters. Some of these suggestions could be very useful in finding a solution to your issues. Some of these solutions could be downright simple. People tend to wonder as to how they missed it in the first place. This is because of lack of proper awareness of the situation.

The Landmark Forum is famous for conducting such revelation courses all around the globe. People can benefit by attending the same.

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The Landmark Forum encourages you to think out of the box

In these times of stress, it would be difficult for any person to maintain his calm. There would be occasions when he or she might react inappropriately. This can cause a strain in the relationships. The relationships could be at home or at work. It does not make any difference. If you try a patch up, there are going to be knots. You could have avoided the same quite easily had you undergone the three and a half day personality development course at the Landmark Forum.

Naturally, the question would arise as to what is the Landmark Forum and how do they propose to bring about a change in the personality. The Landmark Forum is a worldwide body conducting such courses all around the world. They have their presence in almost every big city in the world. The Landmark Worldwide believes in changing the way one approaches life, in general, today.

The Landmark Forum acknowledges that no one would be able to change the functioning of the world. The easiest thing would be to change their behavior and point of view. Automatically, the world would change. They conduct these three-day courses from Friday morning to Sunday evening. These courses would be exhaustive. They have a quick recap of the events on the following Tuesday for half a day. Hence, the total course extends over to three and a half days.

These three and a half days can bring about a massive change in one’s outlook towards life. The participant would start viewing everything from a different perspective. Usually, you would find people seeing their own self as being part of the problem. Under such circumstances, they would never be able to find a proper solution. The Landmark Forum teaches you to approach the problem from outside detaching the self from the problem. You would notice that the problem might have an easy solution. You might have missed the same earlier.

They teach you to have clarity of thought and see every problem from various angles. One of the angles would offer a simple solution. You can always see that the most difficult problems would have the simplest of solutions.

We shall cite one example to prove this point. In a job interview, the interviewer asked the candidate to draw a triangle with two lines. The candidates were aghast, as until now they had learned that a triangle has three sides and drawing a triangle with two lines would be an impossible task. One candidate, however, found a simple solution. He drew the triangle in the normal way and then drew two lines inside the triangle. He explained that this is a triangle with two lines. He got the job. Of course, the question or the problem might not seem tough to solve now. It required clarity of the mind and the ability to think out of the box to find out the solution.

The Landmark Forum review would be full of such simple examples that could help you to think differently. Thinking differently would result in having a fresh approach to the problem.

Landmark Forum looks at both sides of the picture

It is very easy to judge other people’s mistakes, but never theirs. This is one major cause of disharmony between people that disturbs relations between them. It can always happen that the mistake might be on your account while you keep blaming your neighbor. This will never let you have friendly ties with your neighbor at any time, especially if you keep blaming him for every problem. The situation demands that you do a thorough introspection. It is difficult for people to learn these aspects of life in school and universities. You need an organization like Landmark Forum to teach you these aspects of life.

How does Landmark Forum deal with such issues? They explain these problems using simple examples. When you recite anecdotes, people relate to it in a better manner. We reproduce one such anecdote to make these things clear to you.

A woman was waiting in an airport longue as there were some time for her flight. She had bought a packet of cookies and placed it on top of her bag kept near her seat. A young man was sitting beside her with her bag separating the two. She was reading her book and started munching the cookies. To her dismay she found out that the man was also picking up one cookie as she picked up hers.

One by one, the cookies were exhausted. There was one last cookie that the man laid his hands on. She immediately snatched that cookie from his hand and started munching the same. She started to think, “What a rude man he is? He has the temerity to eat my cookies and does not have the nerve to show a bit of gratitude.”

The man nonchalantly got up and walked away. This lady was absolutely livid. She started cursing the man in her mind and called him a lot of names like thief, robber, and so on. In the meanwhile, her flight was announced. She made her way to her seat. She started reading her book with full intent. Her hand instinctively reached inside her bag. To her surprise, she found her packet of cookies intact. This was shocking news for her.

This entails that she was the person who was eating from that young man’s packet. Hence, every comment that she made on that young man were actually directed at herself. She realized that the man was ready to share his cookies with her and it was she who was rude to him. Now, she could not even find the man to thank him for the gratitude he has shown.

This is what happens when you think instinctively and speak without thinking too much. You find that most of your actions are unwarranted. Given an option, you would not act in the same way again. This brings us to the point that one should look at both sides of the picture and then comment on the same.

Such examples by Landmark Forum remain on the mind of people for a long time.

Convert weakness into strengths the Landmark Forum way

Image result for weakness into strengthEvery person in the world has his strengths and weaknesses. The only road to success is to master his strengths and convert his weakness into his greatest strength. Does your school or university teach you these tricks? No, it does not. You have to learn them from the hardest school you ever go to, LIFE. There are organizations like Landmark Forum to help you in this regard.

How do you think the Forum helps you? They come up with inspirational anecdotes that register deeply into your mind. This is the best way to make the point. Let us look at one such simple inspirational story.

A young Japanese boy of 10 years wanted to learn and master Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left hand in a terrible car accident. The judo master taught him for three months to master only move. The boy asked his master, “Master, you have taught me only one move. Should I not be learning more moves?” The master replied, “Son, this is the only move you know. This is the only move you need to know as well.”

The boy could not understand why the master was saying like this. Anyway, he continued his training and became the master of the only move he knew.

Some months later, they went to participate in their first tournament. The boy won his first two matches quite easily. The next match was a tough one as the opponent was a big boy and a champion n his own right. However, after a tough fight, the young boy won this bout as well. This was because the bigger boy became impatient that he could not beat a boy with one arm. That moment was enough for the boy to defeat the champion.

The next bout was the final round. If he won that bout, he would be the champion. His opponent was an undefeated champion for the last three years. He was bigger and stronger. The tournament director asked the judo master whether he should cancel the match considering the handicap the boy had. The master refused. He asked for the match to take place.

The match began. The young boy was finding it difficult as he was facing a real champion in the finals. However, the boy was waiting for his moment. He got it and suddenly the big champion had to bite the dust. He lost the match as he could not match the boys move. The tournament had a new champion now.

The boy could not resist asking the master, “Master, how did I win the tournament with only one move?” The master replied, “Champion, you have mastered the most difficult of moves in Judo. Secondly, your move requires the opponent to grip your left arm to defeat the move. Thus, your weakness became your greatest strength. This is why you won the tournament.”

This is how you convert your weakness into your strength. The Landmark Forum drives home the point with a simple but effective story.

Landmark Forum teaches you to take your team along

Life is all about taking along people with you. It could be work or play. You should learn to take your team along with you. That is your measure of success. People love it when you do so. How do you do this in life? No school has ever taught you how to do it. Yes, you never learn these things in school. You have to attend a bigger school known as LIFE that will certainly teach you these aspects. You can also learn such things from psychological development courses conducted by Landmark Forum. This is how they drive home the point using short funny and inspiring stories.

Once there was a young boy in a village. He had the gift of running extremely fast. He had lots of stamina s well. He used to win whichever race he participated in. Naturally, people used to cheer him for that. One day as usual, he challenged people to have a race with him. Two men volunteered. They obviously lost the race. The crowd started cheering for him wildly.

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He wanted more, so he threw the challenge again. Two more young and fit men came forward to accept the challenge. They lost the race promptly. The crowd started cheering for him again. He threw the challenge again. He was addicted to people cheering for him. An old man was watching all this from a distance. He moved forward and got two new contestants, an old frail lady and a blind man.

The young boy protested that this was no race at all. The old man insisted him to run. There are no prizes for guessing who won. However, he found out that not a single person cheered when he finished the race. He was stunned. He looked behind and saw that the two competitors did not even start the race. He went to the old man as asked him what the matter was.

The old man smiled and asked him to race again, but with a condition. This time, he had to finish the race together with the two competitors. The boy understood and agreed. He gently took the hands of the old lady and the blind man and started walking at their pace. They crossed the finishing line together. This time, the flurry of clapping was unbelievable. The boy had never received such applause. He asked the old man for the reason for the same.

The old man replied that by taking the two contestants together with him, he had won much more than just the race. The crowd did not cheer for any winner in this race because there is no winner. You have left your ego at the sides and helped your team mates cross the line together. This is the biggest ever victory you will achieve in life.

Landmark Forum uses such beautiful snippets to drive home certain important lessons in life. People remember such lessons when you illustrate it with examples. Just giving out a lecture would never have helped at all.

Landmark Forum makes you think

Which is more satisfying, ‘Giving or receiving’? This depends on the situation. However, one must say that being able to give something is always a more satisfying feeling than giving. Secondly, it depends on how much you give. Giving can give you an exhilarating feeling. It does not come on its own. One is born with this trait. It is difficult to learn something that one is not accustomed to their nature. Landmark Forum tries to drive this point home using some beautiful examples. We shall see some of them here.

There was a small boy who approached an ice cream parlor with the intention of having a Sundae. The parlor was crowded and many people were waiting for their chance to sit. The boy stood patiently in the queue. When his turn came to have a seat, he proceeded to do so. The waitress was working since morning. She was not is a very good mood. She asked the boy for his order.

He asked her, “What is the cost of a Sundae?” She said that a Sundae costs 50 cents. The boy started counting his coins. The other people were getting impatient. The boy went about with his job calmly and found out that he does not have enough. He then asked for the price of a plain ice cream. She was getting impatient, but she replied that it costs 35 cents. The boy ordered for the plain ice cream. She went about murmuring that people do not have enough money but still harbor great dreams.

She placed the ice cream on his table. The boy had his fill, kept the tip and walked off after paying the bill. The waitress started weeping on seeing what the boy had left behind. He left behind everything he had, 15 cents. The boy could have very well had his Sundae. There is no rule that says it is mandatory to tip the waitress. The boy could have had his Sundae and paid for the same without having to worry about tipping her. She cried because the little boy made the sacrifice of settling for the plain ice cream just to be able to tip her.

What is the moral of the story? People might argue that the waitresses do not need tips as they are paid to serve people. That is not our topic of discussion. Our discussion is about the joy the boy got on giving the tip. It is more commendable because the boy gave everything he had.

Now, we come to the statement that the satisfaction depends on how much you give. If a millionaire leaves a tip of $1000 and a poor woman $5 out of her meager salary, which one is more valuable? The second one is more valuable because the $5 might be the only money left with the woman. She has given more than what the millionaire has given. The quality of her donation is better.

You get to learn about such stories in the Landmark Forum courses. They can serve as an eye opener to all.

Landmark Forum teaches you to make others happy

What is life without its problems? It would be as bland as tea without sugar. You need problems in life to bring in the spice factor. However, you should have the knack of solving the problems as well at the same time. That is the sign of fulfillment. Landmark Forum teaches all its participants the bitter truth of life. That is life has its share of problems. It depends on how you approach them. A session or two at the Forum courses can bring about a dramatic change in your approach. Let us see some small anecdotes that can drive home this fact.

The great Bill Gates had once remarked that he used to entrust the toughest jobs to the laziest people in his companies. He reasoned that the laziest people would find the easiest solutions to the problems. If this is true of an entrepreneur as successful as Bill gates is, then the logic should be true.

We shall look at another example where adopting a different way of solving the issue can help in resolving the toughest of issues.

There was a party going on in a hotel. There were more than 50 guests at that time. A motivational speaker was delivering a lecture on this aspect. He asked his assistant to count the number of people in the room and sent him to purchase one balloon for each guest.

On receiving the balloons, he asked each of the guests to write their names on it. He asked his assistant to collect the balloons and keep them in an adjoining room. He then asked the guests to go into that room together and search and bring their own balloon back to the main hall. He gave them only one minute to do so.

This resulted in a frenzy of activity. Within no time, the one minute passed away with not a single person being able to retrieve his or her balloon. They were naturally disappointed. The speaker then gave them another task. He asked them to go into the same room, pick up a balloon at random, call out the name of the person and hand it over to him or her. The time limit was again one minute.

It could surprise you that each person came back with his or her balloon within half a minute. How did this happen? They had been given the same problem some time ago but all of the failed to do it. How were they successful now?

This is the lesson you gain from this story. Every person in the world is searching for his or her happiness. The best way to be happy is to make others happy. You will automatically become happy. This also drives home the fact that adopting innovative ways of solving problems will definitely bring good results.

The Landmark Forum is all about sharing such beautiful experiences. Many people have the belief that the Forum courses are drab affairs without any charm. It is only when they attend them that they know its worth.

Landmark Forum advocates to look at problems from a different angle

Most of you would have read ‘The Merchant of Venice”. The story says that the moneylenders, irrespective of the place where they belong to, have the habit of squeezing the last drop of blood from their debtors. Being poor and indebted is a crime according to many. However, one can tackle the toughest of situations with a great deal of tact. This is what Landmark Forum explains to people when they enroll for their courses. Let us look at a simple way of tackling the toughest of situations in life.

The reason why we brought up The Merchant of Venice analogy is because this story is also based somewhere in Italy. This is a similar situation where a businessman was unable to repay the amount he had borrower from a sly moneylender from an Italian province. He expressed his inability to pay stating that he suffered a loss and thus, asked for an extension.

The moneylender was unwilling to give the extension and insisted on immediate repayment. Hearing the commotion, the young daughter of the businessman came out of the room. She was a beautiful damsel. Immediately, the moneylender had wicked plans. He offered an alternative.

He started to lay the trap. He offered to place one black and one white pebble in his bag. The daughter has to pick up the white pebble to free her father of all his debts. In case, she picked the black pebble, she would have to marry the moneylender. This option also allowed the business man to walk out free from his debts. In a way, both the options ensured that the business man would not have to pay anything, but he was putting his daughter’s future at stake.

They offered to carry out the challenge in front of the sheriff. The man did not have any option but to agree. The moneylender was a crooked fellow. He slipped two black pebbles in his bag so that the poor girl should not get a chance. The daughter saw this happening. However, she had to counter the threat. She had three options before her.

One was to expose the moneylender before the sheriff. The second was to refuse to pick up the challenge thereby risking sending her father to jail. The third was to swallow the bitter pill and take up the challenge and face the inevitable.

She had a plan up her sleeve. She put her hands inside the moneylender’s bag and pretended to tremble while taking out the pebble thereby dropping it intentionally. Now, the money lender was infuriated. However, the girl was calm. She apologized to the sheriff for her mistake, but suggested that they can very well check the color of the pebble in his bag. This will determine the color that she had picked. Now, the moneylender was cornered. He had to let go of his debt and freed the man and his daughter.

The lesson you learn from this story is that every problem has a solution when you look at it differently. This is the subject of many a Landmark Forum review.

Communicate effectively using Landmark Forum techniques

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This is a rat race out there in the world. Everyone is trying to outperform the others. In this race, everyone is running as fast as he or she could. In the bargain, people are ignoring small things such as maintaining cordial relations with people, having effective communication with their near and dear ones, etc. The result is that people are moving further away from each other. This has brought out the selfish nature of the human being into the forefront. However, is there a way to rein in these things? It can surprise you that completing a course at the Landmark Forum can change your lives forever.

Lack of effective communication with our near and dear ones is what is costing us dearly. Of course, people do converse with each other but there is a difference between communication and effective communication. The Forum teaches you what effective communication is. Any young executive on the threshold of a great career in a corporate company should develop this skill of effective communication. He has to correspond with his bosses as well as extract work from his subordinates. This is a tough job. It is very easy to get sandwiched between the two. It is very difficult to manage both these sections simultaneously. Each one of them requires special handling. The executive who manages to do so goes a long way in his career. The Forum is always available to help you in this regard.

How do you develop your skill of effective communication at the Landmark Forum? The Forum encourages you to speak on the stage. When you do so you have to be extremely careful with the words you use. A slip here and there can spell disaster for you. The counselor is available on hand to correct you whenever you go wrong. This small story will explain the importance of using the right words at the right time.

An Emperor from India was discussing a dream he had with his council of ministers. He dreamt that he had lost all his teeth except one. He asked the ministers and astrologers present in the court to decipher the meaning of the dream. They discussed and came up with the explanation that the relatives of the Emperor will all die before he does. The emperor was naturally unhappy as no one wishes death on their relatives. The court jester was watching all this drama from his seat. During such times, the Emperor always used to rely on the jester’s advice. He veered towards the jester. The jester immediately got up and remarked that he had a different explanation to this dream. The Emperor became curious and asked him to spell out his version. The jester said that the Emperor will live much longer than his relatives. The Emperor became very happy and showered gifts on the jester.

The jester did not say anything different from what the others had said but he used the words intelligently. This is the secret of effective communication. Your words should make an impact. The Landmark Forum places great emphasis on this aspect.

Landmark Forum teaches you not to prejudge people

A human by nature is a very fickle personality. It is very difficult to predict what he will do at a given time. Hence, one has to be very careful while dealing with fellow human beings. It is east to tackle a tiger because you know that it will attack you. You can take remedial steps to thwart such attacks. However, you cannot say the same about humans. They may be docile one moment and aggressive the very next. Therefore, human psychology is a difficult art to master. There are organizations such as the Landmark Forum that teach you how to approach life in the right manner so as to avoid unnecessary conflicts with fellow humans.

This makes us prejudge people. This is the most dangerous thing to do. Appearances can be very deceptive. It is not necessary that whatever opinion you form about the other person is always right. He or she might be under stress at a given time. You never know what they are going through. Under such circumstances, prejudging them from their behavior can be disastrous.

The following example will clear up things for you. There was an emergency case in a hospital. A young boy was fighting for his life. He needed an urgent organ transplant. The replacement organ had arrived but the doctor qualified to replace the same was nowhere to be found. Naturally, you can expect the boy’s father to be wild at the attitude of the doctor and the hospital staff. After some frantic phone calls, they were able to contact the doctor who rushed to the hospital immediately.

He literally ran through to the operation theater when the boy’s father questioned him about the reason for the delay. Not having much time to reply, the doctor rushed into the operation theater stating that nothing can go against the will of the Almighty. This infuriated the person greatly but he controlled his anger because his son’s life was at stake.

After two hours, the doctor came out of the operation theater and started rushing out immediately. The boy’s father could not control his anger. He asked him how his son was. The doctor hastily remarked that the operation was successful and that the boy would recover in time. He then remarked that the man should put further questions to the chief nurse instead of asking him anything. Saying thus, he rushed out of the hospital.

The man formed the impression that the doctor was a haughty person and hence, he commented about this behavior to the nurse. He wondered if the doctor would have behaved in a similar manner if the boy on the operation table were to be his son. The nurse calmly told him that the doctor had just lost his son the day before in an accident. He was at the funeral performing the last rites when the emergency arose. He left it halfway and rushed to the hospital to save the boy.

This opened the eyes of the man. He understood that it was wrong on his part to prejudge the doctor without knowing the situation he was in at that time. The Landmark Forum courses are full of such interesting examples.