The Free and Fit Challenge 2017 - Freedom in Reactions - Blog by Tim Cheux
Our energy and time are so often focused on persuasion, critical thinking and our opinion. Yet how we react is largely overlooked. When we interact with others our influence is often improved when we respond well. Finding freedom through positive reactions gives me personally great fulfillment.
As a wise man once told me our ears will never get us into trouble. The art of listening well can help build some of the strongest relationships in our lives. When interacting with others our responses should be first of all swift to hear (opening ourselves to listening to what they have to say). Secondly, slow to speak (not interrupting) and, finally, being slow to express our anger (responding slowly without demonstrating haste or reacting with wrath).
If instead of being angry we were to be kind to one another, tenderhearted and forgiving our friendships and family relationships would grow and prosper. Imagine! If instead of advising others when they shared their problems that instead we gave them comfort and encouraged them.
We could in fact replace advice with positive energy and share how far they had come and what a difference they can make in the future through this experience. Our responses matter! Our level of influence and impact are greatly improved when we react well.
It is also especially important that we do not express ourselves using negative body language, often this is worse than saying or writing anything negative. In order to respond well we must allow ourselves to pause, reflect and think before we speak.
One way I find confidence in responding well is by reciting positive reinforcements and counting to five. I recommend trying to count, reciting positive reinforcements and pausing to reflect as strategies which can help us to respond well.
When considering your own strategy remember everybody is different and our reactions are best managed through tried and tested tactics which help us as individuals. Whatever strategy you choose, remember to react well!
About the Free & Fit Challenge The Free and Fit course has been created to build strong social skills, charge healthy physical bodies and to instil a well balanced and sound mind. Participants who complete the full course over 12 months will learn how to work effectively with their team members to build strong values of power, love, and self discipline. Free & Fit Vision The vision of free and fit course is to engage, motivate, improve and hence find freedom in a physical and spiritual state. As such the freedom that leads to a peaceful heart; leads to a healthy body. The course is built upon the core value of learning together to be disciplined and motivated in our faith as well as our fitness. Instructions for Group or Individual Facilitator 1. Select a sport and space where you want to exercise, book a date and time to meet and invite your friends! 2. Before exercising ensure the space is safe and that no participants are experiencing any illnesses or injuries. 3. Set up a structure of three different exercise routines which you can introduce, read and reflect upon the selected bible verses. In the welcome and warm up introduce the topic and ask the members what they believe the topic to mean. 4. Read the verses in order before each exercise and ask the group to think about the verses during the three different exercise routines. 5. Reflect on the verses and topic at the end of session during a warm down and discuss the answers to each verse and questions at the end of the workout.
Bible Verses for Discussion on Reactions
1. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou answerest not; And in the night season, and am not silent.”
Psalms 22:1-2 ASV
2. “and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32 ASV
3. “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay; And he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
Psalms 40:2 ASV
4. “And as Jesus passed by from thence, two blind men followed him, crying out, and saying, Have mercy on us, thou son of David. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it done unto you.”
Matthew 9:27-29 ASV
5. “Ye know this, my beloved brethren. But let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”
James 1:19 ASV
Questions to be asked at the end of the Session Why is this topic important? What does this mean to us/me? How can we challenge ourselves with the verses we heard during the exercises?
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