Yesterday, I returned from spending 2½ days with one of my chiropractic heroes, Dr. Larry Markson, attending his new program called The Cabin Experience.
The event, which takes place in a gorgeous lodge on an island in the middle of Salmon Lake in Western Montana, is the next phase in Dr. Markson’s evolution as a leader and influencer. Before I explain how I benefited (and how you would as well), I’m going to tell you a little about Larry—an individual who rarely prompts feelings of ambivalence and who, it seems, is either revered or reviled.
This is the new Larry. Sure, he is as opinionated and certain as ever. And yes, he is incredibly observant and detail oriented. But when you attend the Cabin Experience, you’re going to meet a kinder, gentler, more compassionate Larry. The self-confidence that many have written off as an unattractive arrogance has mellowed into a gentle, approachable intimacy. The strident confrontation I remember from the past has been replaced with a wisdom that is not only attractive, but inspirational.
The new Larry created a safe place for the 24 of us (chiropractors and non-chiropractors) to face ourselves, dream bigger dreams and grow emotionally and spiritually. It wasn’t a seminar. It wasn’t an encounter. There weren’t any “hot seats.” There were plenty of potty breaks and time for self-reflection in a serene, natural setting.
Larry, who has taught me the importance of details, has left nothing to chance. Starting with the venue in the middle of nowhere. Many attendees had to take three airplanes to get to Missoula. And then there’s the almost one-hour van ride to the ferry that takes you out to the island. The fact this takes place on an island is significant. There’s no escaping. (Most of our breakthroughs come in the areas we don’t want to face or look at.) But who would want to escape the opportunity for personal growth and the chance to experience the world-class food, accommodations and hospitality, plus the deep connection with two-dozen like-minded people who want to be their best?
Most in attendance had done other self-development work, whether Total Solution, Landmark Education, Demartini Breakthrough Experience, etc. I won’t spoil it by explaining how Larry does it, but the effect for everyone was significant. He uses a much different approach than I do for The Conversation! Here’s what I brought home:
Live less in my left-brain. I’d heard this before, but I really “got” it this time. My ability to think through problems and use my mind to uncover solutions has been my strong suit. But I’ve relied on it too much. From now on, I’m going to be more present to that “wee little voice” whose guidance I’ve either vetoed or frankly ignored.
More risk taking. It may look to outsiders that I’m not risk-adverse, but compared to others I admire, I tend to play things too safe. I learned that this tendency is based on a mistrust of the universe! While not conscious of this, I now see countless examples from the past in which I imagined that I’m not living in a supportive world. I’m now taking bigger risks.
Create my future. I became present to the fact that I rarely invest much time or attention in creating what I want. And that starts with taking time at the beginning of the day to stop, listen and be still. Instead, I tend to react, abdicating my responsibility to proactively plan my future. It has cost me countless opportunities to serve others and make a difference.
Those were the biggies for me. I promise that everyone took home something different, based on where he or she is on their journey. That’s because, as Larry says, it’s all about the who, not the do. However, the one thing we all took home was a new understanding of ourselves. I can't think of too many things more valuable—regardless of the price one pays to obtain it.
(There are a couple of more Cabin Experiences planned. I urge you to reserve your spot now!)