Transformation: A Marked Change in Form, Nature, or Appearance.
How does one measure one’s transformation? Surely there needs to be a before, during and after, where one can review all of one’s past (as the past) and declare a transformation has occurred. I share the following, with 26 years of experience with personal development organisations, as evidence that digital disruptor: CharlesCrawshaw.com ! has become unrecognisable, to the Charles Crawshaw everyone knew, before the Landmark Forum in October 1993.
BEFORE: A Beginning for Transformation, if chosen
Charles Crawshaw Age: 30
They say that “the more you try to change, the more they stay the same” and that was my evidence of my last party I organised for The Chilli Club.
It was my first ever ‘personal development’ course and I had one focus :
THE Chilli Club : Is it a Pipe Dream?
I started it in1990 with a few friends. It was a social club where “some members” liked eating chillies. Its vision included a membership questionnaire (for All Members) to choose who, where and what OUR CLUBHOUSE would look like. Our target was to gain 2000 members.
Once accomplished, a trust fund would be set up and everyone who ‘ticked’ the $500 box,(versus $1000, $2000 and $5000 options!), would become a founding LIFE MEMBER.
CLUB MOTTO: “” Your friends, my friends, OUR FRIENDS; WE Party Hard Together.
Over the years, I organised the following:
- Parachuting WEEKEND
- Sailing WEEKEND
- Skiing WEEKEND
- Canoeing WEEKEND
- Black Tie Ball Disco at Centre Point Tower
- Dragon Boat Racing Team
- Chilli Club Fire Breathing
- Balmain Treasure Hunt/Pub Crawl
And it was the last party, a “Black Tie Ball” at the Sydney Town Hall that really challenged me. Indeed, although a success, the strain on some friendships and the worry involved on ticket sales and hire equipment for the night left me with one question:
Is the Chilli Club a ‘pipe dream’?
DURING : Marked Changes Evolving
Charles Crawshaw Age: 30 – 40
I have shared some of what I discovered in my Landmark Forum here. I participated in the Advanced Course, the Self Expression and Leadership program and then the Communication programs run by Landmark Worldwide.
I have shared on the blog called: Communication: Another Access to Transformation 19 0f 36 one example of a MARKED CHANGE, as a growth in transformation. One of the things I learned over these years was my wish to ‘BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY’.
Huh, yes I discovered that my “Class clown ACT” really kept me from this dream. As time progressed, and having now discovered I was gaining mastery in 2 domains:
- In developing membership and media
- In building and strengthening support
I caused some spectacular national and international news footage in the name of World Peace and Fire Breathers.(watch video)
AFTER: Continuum; Ongoing as a Possibility
Charles Crawshaw Age: 40 – current 56
My participation in the Wisdom Unlimited Course for my second year has, as suggested, GROWN and EXPANDED me exponentially. I was sharing only yesterday (to a fellow graduate) how my experience of ULTIMATE JOY keeps surprising me, as it is EXPANDING. How happy can I get?
Indeed, on 15 SEPTEMBER 2019, I shared one transformation around World Peace by 2020, that I never saw coming: “WORLD PEACE TAKE OFF”, shouted by a 12 year old girl called Lucy: Read more here. The fact that a 12-year-old can dialogue with a 56-year-old man such that he gets INSPIRED! Yes “TAKE OFF” is such a cool new way to go!
For myself, I can see that my transformation has come in the form of BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY and that LOVE is all around me, by virtue of my declaration! How cool is that?
Where have you transformed or where are you “out to transform” right now?
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