contemplating a vacation seminar, lots of thoughts go through your
head. How to choose one? Will it be
worthwhile? Will it ask me to change too much? The list...
go on and on.
So, I thought I'd do a quick article
about my thoughts and experience while I went through the process of
attending such a seminar...
thoughts of those around me at the time and how they reacted.
quickly discuss “what exactly is a vacation
vacation seminar can be different things to different
The simplest way to sum it up is
away from your daily routine and investing time into your self and your
life that will cause improvement to your life upon your
That definition sounded pretty
“dictionary-like” didn't it?
put, a vacation seminar can be a few different things, depending on
what you want from it.
It can be:
chance to “get away” from it all and develop
yourself in a deep, meaningful way
chance to get a tan (so everyone's envious back home)
chance to “take a break” from your life so you
can tune in with yourself and your family
chance to eat, sleep and relax in the lap of luxury
chance to dramatically change your trajectory of life!
I decided to attend a vacation
seminar, it was for purposes outside the realm of this
article. But, nonetheless, I was initially excited about the
The personal development event I
attended was a 3-day
personal development conference that included walking on fire and
overcoming other physical obstacles.
When I first
signed up for the luxury event, like I said above, I was
excited. My husband, however, was extremely apprehensive and
skeptical about the whole affair...
In fact, it
caused him quite a lot of anxiety over the whole thing, I must admit.
nonetheless, I got the airplane tickets and as the date approached,
surprisingly enough, I too became very skeptical and even rather
“frightened” (although I didn't realize it at the
time that I was frightened) about attending...
started saying over and over again that I didn't want to go...
didn't want to leave my “cozy nest” of a home...
didn't want to leave my cat...
“didn't need” to walk on fire to prove anything to
And the list went on and on and on.
negative thoughts and
apprehensions, I got on the plane and before I knew it we arrived in a
tropical paradise and the warm weather eased my anxiety and I
began to relax...
Swimming in the warm water and
laying by the pool gave me a sense of “Okay, this is
The warm sun relaxed my body...
everything was alright...
Well, until we
got into the first
day's meeting where we found lying on the table in front of us "real"
arrows that we were going to break with our necks!
I've attended personal development conferences, but no conference got
me “into the game” so quickly...
Other personal development
conferences usually consist of only lecture, nothing physically
So here I am “Miss Personal
Development Herself” staring at this arrow on the table and
thinking, “Are you nuts? That tip is
going to go through your throat, Suzanne. And all the
thinking in the world can't match up to that arrow point!"
little did I know that this particular part of the conference would
have the strongest impact than anything else I'd experienced in my life.
fact, I can't recall ever feeling such fear and then such
ever before in my life...
And, yes, I was the
“odd man out” as everyone else around me just
and did it...
Here I am before
Do I look a bit scared...
I'm feeling some negativity about my ability to do the exercise as
is me after the
That look on my face is
sheer exhilaration of overcoming an incredible
“block” that had been with me all my life.
deeply-seated block that was too "obstinate" to disappear through my
own personal development endeavors because I would never have tried
this stunt at home (and you shouldn't either!)
HERE'S WHY IT
that first photo where I was
terrified, I “gave up,” sat down in a heap on the
floor with my head down, hands over my face and was sobbing my eyes
Before I knew it, there were gentle hands
touching my head and shoulders and [as reported to me] I was
completely enveloped by people reaching out to support me...
before I knew it a man took my face in his hand, lifted it to his and
softly spoke to me [not a word of which can I remember]...
immediately I got up with a new determination and sent that arrow
didn't think I could do it, yet I
was proven wrong with the support
of the positive community around me.
That Do For Me?
that experience did for me was ignite
a power inside of me
that I didn't think existed...
showed me [with
tangible evidence] that I could physically overcome things that I
“believed” were impossible through my limited
And it catapulted my experience
throughout the rest of the conference into a realm of power and courage
which I have brought home with me and which has dramatically changed my
Because I received
physical anchors inside my body that told me that I could overcome
This “body memory” has
stayed with me through life's daily obstacles and has prodded me into
doing things that I believed were “impossible” and
“impractical” but were necessary for my success.
body “knows” the feeling of success and I have
brought that back to my daily life on a level that I couldn't have
And I use it every day!
is a vacation seminar worthwhile?
To quote my
“skeptical, money-conscious, What Were You Thinking,
Suzanne?'” husband, here's what he said on the way home...
was the best money we've ever spent!”
in over 30 years with the guy, I've never heard him say anything like
His breakthrough came with the fire walking...
if you get the chance to attend something like this, I say, "Go for
it!" It could drastically change your life!
And here is another
article about combining a vacation seminar with a personal development
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