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"There comes a point in most workouts where you question what you're doing and you simply wish it would end. This happens for me in longer workouts usually---one's that are over 15 minutes and/or 7 rounds or more. I'll be plowing along and in the 4th round out of 7 I'll think, "This is stupid. I don't even care about my time. If nobody were here with me I would stop." It's at that very moment that I draw on information that I received at Greg Amundson's CrossFit Goal Setting Course. I remind myself to think positive. It takes effort but I have to block out those negative thoughts and concentrate on, "Feeding the right dog....the dog of courage." Greg beautifully illustrates how to set this plan in motion and if practiced it can have an immediate impact on your outlook both in and out of workouts. I use pieces from the Goal Setting Course in my daily life and my daily workout and the results have been nothing short of amazing."

— Rob Orlando

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Fortified Tower

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“The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” – Proverbs 18:10

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Castle walls were designed as a defense mechanism against threats to the population of a kingdom. In the event an enemy force threatened the community, an alarm would sound, and all the villagers would retreat into the safe-walls of the castle.

From the castle walls, the villagers and knights of the castle would mount their defense. In the rare event the castle walls were breached, another alarm would sound, and all the villagers would further retreat into the Fortified Tower.

Every castle had a Fortified Tower. Built with such attention to detail, magnitude and strength, often times all that remains of medieval castles are the Fortified Tower. The Fortified Tower had two unique characteristics:

  • The Fortified Tower was located in the center of the castle. In this manner, it was equal distance to the tower from all walls of the castle.
  • The Fortified Tower was the highest structure within the castle – reigning even above the height of the castle walls. This height allowed the defenders to look out over the interior of the castle at the attackers position.

The Fortified Tower is a beautiful example for the development of our Spirit, and the castle walls our body. By strengthening our body, we forge a strong and durable defense mechanism which protects us from attack. These attacks may indeed by of the physical nature, but more often than not, the attack is in the form of a worldly challenge we are called to face. However, we must remember that regardless of how strong our castle walls are, we must spend time building our Fortified Tower – our Spirit.

All castle walls are subject to breach.

Our Fortified Tower is impenetrable – indestructible –  everlasting.

This is the Way of the Warrior of Light.

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