AO: 3rd F (Faith), location: Ebenezer Youth building AKA the TED Shed
3rd F today will be a hybrid of a TED talk followed by a Workshop, with plenty of opportunity for iron to sharpen iron. I signed up earlier this week, and have had my radar on all week, and have been grabbing things as they come my way, and come my way they have. It seems this week, or October in general has a mental health awareness towards it, so there has been a consistent theme to draw from regarding material.
What follows is a true mashup, with a common theme. Let’s begin with a prayer. “Holy Spirit, you are welcome here. Father God Almighty, please bless our words and thoughts and help us to sharpen one another now so that we can further bring your Kingdom to this world through our words, thoughts, and deeds Amen.”
“7 For as he athinketh in his bheart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. ” Proverbs 23:7
This is a great verse, isn’t it? It’s worth being reminded of. However, if you look at the numbers of this chapter and verse it is 23:7. If you were to take those numbers and look at them as they appear on a clock, an alarm for 11:07 (military time) would be a little too late at night. So, with the theme of “thinking” in mind, I challenge you think a little, flip the numbers around from 23:7 to 7:23. Now that is a more appropriate time for an alarm or phone reminder.
I challenge you to set an alarm for 7:23 AM and PM and name it As a Man Thinketh or “AMT”. When it goes off, I challenge you to audit your thoughts, then shift them to God.
Keep a tab of what you are thinking of when the alarm goes off. You may need to jot down what is a recurring theme. For example, if it is anxiousness, bitterness, anger, or any other non-productive thought, note it, and take steps towards becoming it’s master rather than vice versa. Help is out there and seek it. The only shame is in letting nonproductive thought remain your master. Further along we will discuss how much better your brain can work when you begin to free up your brain from non-productive thought.
When the alarm goes off, take note of what you are thinking about. Then, shift your thoughts to a) gratitude, to b) praying for someone or c) something. You can even hit snooze and try to take the ten minutes for gratitude an prayer, as these times of day generally lend themselves to having that availability. Let us shift gears and begin the TED Talk mashup…
To quote the first part of Ryan Holladay’s new book, Discipline is Destiny,
“We live in times of plenty and freedom that would have been unfathomable to even our most recent ancestors.
An ordinary person in a developed nation has at their dis-
posal luxuries and opportunities that all-powerful kings were
once impotent to acquire. We are warm in the winter, cool in the
summer, stuffed full far more often than hungry. We can go
where we want. Do what we want. Believe what we want. With
the snap of our fingers, pleasures and distractions appear.
Bored where you are? Travel.
Hate your job? Change it.
Crave it? Have it.
Think it? Say it.
Want it? Buy it.
Dream it? Chase it.
Nearly anything you want, whenever you want it, however
you’d like it, it’s yours.
This is our human right. As it should be.
And yet… what do we have to show for all this? Certainly
not widespread flourishing. Empowered, unshackled, blessed
beyond expectation- why are we so damn unhappy?
Because we mistake liberty for license. Freedom, as Eisen-
hower famously said, is actually only the “opportunity for self
“Unless we’d rather be adrift, vulnerable, disordered,
disconnected, we are responsible for ourselves. Technology,
access, success, power, privilege–this is only a blessing
when accompanied by the second of the cardinal virtues: self-
However, the precursor to the 4 cardinal virtues would be thought. To quote Seneca, “Sow a thought, reap a word; sow a word, reap a deed; sow a deed, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”
Thoughts, therefore, are the most basic elements of which we must mold into tools we can wield wisely.
Here is a quote through the app which gave me the idea for setting the alarm. Motivation – Daily Quotes app is an app that goes off a few times a day for me as an alert, and this one popped up this week: “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.”
Proceeding directly into phase II of the TED Talk, we will hear from Entrepreneur magazine:
“How to Retrain Your Brain and Achieve the Highest Levels of Success
Jean-Paul GravelOctober 5, 2022
A common misconception tells us that we fail to reach our maximum potential because we only use 10% of our brain. This statistic is often repeated, but that doesn’t make it true. In fact, functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, reveals that the majority of our brain is in use even during very simple tasks. The truth is that achieving our highest potential and entering the ranks of the ultra-successful has much more to do with how we are using our brain rather than how much of our brain we are using.
So many people never learn how to use their brain in a way that unleashes its full potential. Instead of engaging with what matters most in the moment, they unknowingly focus their attention on activities that hinder, rather than help their business performance.
Eliminating unhealthy internal monologues
When it comes to unlocking your brain’s total capacity, unhealthy internal monologues are your biggest enemy. Technically, you can call them dialogues. You are, in fact, talking to someone: yourself.
During these unhealthy dialogues, we tell ourselves that we cannot do something, even if or when we have no evidence to support that position. We belittle ourselves, our abilities, our relationships or the people around us. You probably are not even aware of the vast majority of these conversations. To many, they sound like a constant buzz in the background of your brain.
During important interviews or crucial negotiations, your mind brings memories of insecurities, past injustices, personal losses and mistakes to the surface. All the while, it directs you to smile, look relaxed, portray confidence and avoid stepping into future blunders. All of that effort eats up valuable mental energy.
If you could put an end to the conflict caused by that internal noise, the extra energy and thinking capacity could be devoted to decision-making and strategic thinking, giving you a higher chance of success. Everything would be easier. Freeing up and tapping into that abundant energy is how elite entrepreneurs achieve unprecedented levels of success.
Picture a successful entrepreneur stepping into an elevator that will take him to a critical business meeting. Years of strategic work and planning culminated in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him to stand in that specific room surrounded by those specific people. Yet, instead of feeling excited, he is distressed. His mind is racing, but not with thoughts that will help him. The stress of the moment renders him overwhelmed, worried and anxious. How much stronger would his chances of success be if his mind was focused on reassuring, calming and empowering thoughts rather than “what-ifs” and worst-case scenarios?
Learning to unleash your brain’s full capacity
I want you to start thinking differently about what it takes to be successful. Rather than allowing your mind to work against you with unwarranted thoughts and self-criticism, learn to utilize its full capacity on every task. By limiting or doing away with detrimental thought processes, you free up the mental resources you need, empowering greater success without expending additional effort.
Think of your brain as a computer. When your laptop slows down and the little colorful wheel starts spinning, you don’t type harder on the keyboard; instead, you focus on fixing the computer’s problem. The computer may be bogged down because it is storing too much information, running too many programs, fighting a virus or dealing with a corrupt file. Whatever the case may be, years of experience have taught you that if you don’t respond to the malfunction, the computer’s sluggish performance makes you waste your time. To get things running optimally, most people need expert help learning how to offload superfluous files, delete corrupted ones, shut down unnecessary programs, fix bugs and get rid of any problematic viruses or malware.
How does this translate to your brain’s potential? You must minimize the thoughts and emotions working against your mind to optimize its performance. Harnessing the entire capacity of your brain makes you faster, sharper, and smarter.
Every day as a business leader, you complete a wide range of tasks requiring high levels of processing power. You strategize to drive performance, innovate products and processes, motivate teams to overcome challenges and attract business and talent. When your brain is unable to function optimally during these tasks, it stands to reason that your success is limited. To ascend to the highest levels in the business sector, you must first understand that the most powerful ROI is achieved by investing in improving your mind. This investment provides benefits in the business arena, and it also results in a fuller life and improved relationships.
As a business leader, you face technology, market rules and even workplace cultures that are constantly evolving. Still, the most daunting challenges will always be in your own mind. If you seek to excel in life by unlocking your potential, commit to caring for your brain’s health and doing everything possible to enhance its functionality.
When unleashing your brain becomes your priority, you achieve heightened mental clarity, enhanced creativity and advanced problem-solving skills. You multiply your potential, seize opportunities and avoid leaving money on the table. If your goal is greater business success, prioritize your most important asset: your brain.”
From here we digested the TED Talk and shared our thoughts.
Nurse Jackie and Cinnamon use GeoFences from the apple Reminders app. When leaving work, they automatically text loving words to their wives.
Cinnamon shared the Think-Feel-Do-Get Model in which “Godly thoughts lead to Godly emotions which will motivate Godly action resulting in Godly outcomes.
In addition to that, Nurse Jackie mentioned how he became aware of how music being played can affect their kids, and lyrics can be repeated at times when parents would least expect or want. We must guard our thoughts but also our children’s, which means playing some defense regarding what is being consumed digitally as well as what music is heard by their ears.
As I was preparing, I wanted to see if the sun was going to rise during 3rd F, but it turns out it was going to stay dark. There was a pretty cool God Wink though. Do you recognize this time?