W H A T D O E S I T A L L M E A N ?
REAL YOU_REAL DEAL challenges the best and worst in us. This workbook will raise all kinds of direct and rhetorical questions. It’s up to you to determine which questions require actual answers. This workbook is very personal. It’s all about getting to the core of who we really are and who we want to become. Whether we accept it or not, many of us create “facades” or “masks” both consciously and unconsciously. We have facades for family, friends, work, social environments, and even church. However, we should be able to be the most transparent around our families, because they care the most about us. The same applies to church, since it can represent an extension of family.
So, it’s a delicate task to accept all of these hard facts. Needless to say, facing the reality of the truth about facades can be tough. That’s one of the primary purposes of this book; getting to the core of who we are sooner rather than later. When we accomplish this, at the end of our lives we don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t I become who I really am?”
As we all have unique life experiences, we should be careful with judging others. No one is perfect and no one lives in a perfect environment. So, our focus should be about seeking out ways to help us become our “true” selves. Social media is a very good resource for introducing ourselves to the world, as long as it is healthy and used with the right spirit. It’s important to share our names and faces, as they represent our families, culture, and legacy. However, our names and faces don’t tell our complete stories.
With that said, I want to introduce what I call “spiritual media.” It’s a sort of tag team with social media. We can use spiritual media to get to the core of what actually drives our gifts, talents, expertise, and ideas. Determining why we are, along with what really motivates us, is a good way to get to the source of our true selves.
This new and revolutionary concept takes our social experiences to another level. As social media is very public, spiritual media is also, but with an added layer of service, or a very public service. The focus is primarily on an exchange of good deeds and good will during this challenging time with natural disasters, seasons of war, unpredictable violent tragedies, and economic recovery. Spiritual media ultimately will create accountability for our social interactions and help define our true legacy. Furthermore, with less emphasis on names and faces, it will be more fulfilling.
We will launch a spiritual media network in 2013, but we will only introduce some of the concepts for spiritual media and public service in this workbook. The goal right now is to do some exploratory work to seek out information about our true selves. Please have an open mind about an unconventional system that will eventually network individuals, families, businesses, and charities in a very different way, without names and faces. All kinds of people, all over the world, who work in both the private and nonprofit sectors, along with students and seniors, will be able to network within this system. Imagine getting to know people based on their character and sharing gifts, talents, expertise, and ideas with them. Firemen, teachers, doctors, celebrities, stockbrokers, hair stylists, and philanthropists would network without revealing their names and faces. It will be revolutionary and exciting.
adjective 1. of, from, or relating to God 2. relating to the spirit or soul and not to physical nature or matter; intangible 3. standing in a relationship based on communication between the souls or minds of the persons involved
noun 4. a religious folk song of African-American origin
noun (plural) 1. the main means of mass communication(esp. television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet) regarded collectively
noun (singular) 2. an intermediate layer, esp. in the wall of a blood vessel 3. a voiced unaspirated stop; (in Greek) a voiced stop 4. an ancient region of Asia, southwest of the Caspian Sea
adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or devoted to the welfare or well-being of the community as a whole. 2. done, made, acting, etc. for the community as a whole 3. of, or pertaining to all humankind; universal
noun 4. a particular group of people with a common interest, aim, etc.
a. to issue stock for sale to the general public b. to present private or previously concealed information to the public c. to cause to become known generally, as through the news media
noun. 1. the occupation or function of serving 2. employment as a servant 3. the work performed by one that serves 4. a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony
transitive verb 1. to perform services
adjective 2. intended for hard or everyday use 3. providing services 4. offering repair, maintenance, or incidental services
Are you excited yet? Are you wondering how to get involved? The first step is doing the work in this introductory workbook. You may learn new things about yourself and embrace the “real you” 100%. REAL YOU_REAL DEAL explores the love, hope, faith, and unity you can bring to society. Let’s get started. The sky is the limit!
a workbook introduction to
a spiritual media network
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C O N T E N T S
SECTION I. SPRING | CORPORATE INITIATIVES
CHALLENGE 1: TRUE HEART DECISIONS
CHALLENGE 2: YES, MADAGASCAR!!!!
CHALLENGE 3: PREMIUM SEATING
CHALLENGE 4: MYOB2: MAKE YOUR OWN BED & MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS
CHALLENGE 5: SPEAK IT! BELIEVE IT!
CHALLENGE 6: MOTIVES: PERSONAL GROWTH
CHALLENGE 7: HEALTHY WORK ETHICS
CHALLENGE 8: FORGIVENESS | SACRIFICE
CHALLENGE 9: ROAD MAPS: MENTORSHIP | ADVOCACY | PHILANTHROPY | SUPPORT
CHALLENGE 10: PASSION MENTORSHIP DREAMSHOP
CHALLENGE 11: SPIRITUAL MEDIA | PUBLIC SERVICE PLEDGE 4X4
CHALLENGE 12: YOUR NEW AND UNIQUE CORPORATE IDENTIFIER
SECTION II. SUMMER | COMMUNITY CLINICS
CHALLENGE 13: RECYCLING LOVE, HOPE, FAITH & UNITY
CHALLENGE 14: “WE ARE US” HOPE CLINIC
CHALLENGE 15: “I AM YOU” FAITH CLINIC
CHALLENGE 16: “YOU ARE ME” UNITY CLINIC
CHALLENGE 17: “WE ARE WE” LOVE CLINIC & BONUS: RESPECT CLINICS
CHALLENGE 18: YOUR NEW & UNIQUE COMMUNITY IDENTIFIER
SECTION III. AUTUMN | EDUCATION EXERCISES & SEMINARS
CHALLENGE 19: LINCOLN DOUGLAS INSTITUTE
CHALLENGE 20: SUNRISE SUNSET INSTITUTE
CHALLENGE 21: “I AM YOU” INSTITUTE
CHALLENGE 22: CHECKMATE
CHALLENGE 23: GOOD NEWS
CHALLENGE 24: YOUR NEW & UNIQUE EDUCATION IDENTIFIER
SECTION IV. WINTER | HEALTH CLINICS
CHALLENGE 25: PROACTIVESTEEM: SELF-ESTEEM CLINICS
CHALLENGE 26: SELF-EXPRESSION: SMILE CLINICS
CHALLENGE 27: PEACOCKAREN CLINICS
CHALLENGE 28: PEACOCKAREN HEALTH CRISIS NETWORK
CHALLENGE 29: L3G: LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, GIVE
CHALLENGE 30: P.S.S.S.S.T. PRODUCING SOLDIERS, SURVIVORS, SUPPORTERS, SPECIALISTS
CHALLENGE 31: LOST-DISCOVERY
CHALLENGE 32: YOUR NEW & UNIQUE HEALTH IDENTIFIER
W H A T A R E T H E P O S S I B I L I T I E S ?
W H A T A R E Y O U ?
SON ATTORNEY CEO MANAGER ACCOUNTANT
BANKER RETIREE ENGINEER
SENIOR ORGANIZER AUNT DEVELOPER NEPHEW
LIFEGUARD NEIGHBOR PARK RANGER
COUSIN TEACHER DEAN FRATERNITY BROTHER
LIBRARIAN PRINCIPAL PARENT ALUM
DOCTOR NURSE FIREMAN BROTHER SURGEON
PATIENT NIECE COUNSELOR DONOR
S E C T I O N I. SPRING | CORPORATE INITIATIVES
Did you know that Corporate America reaches out in very unique and new ways to enhance its visibility and build brand awareness and product loyalties for Generation Y? This happens during Spring Break every year.* Corporations feel that students are trendsetters and if they like something, it can create huge profits. Resorts, hotels, airlines, retail outlets, restaurants, etc., all benefit from this huge marketing effort.
Whether you believe this or not, you are both directly and indirectly influenced by what students decide to buy. The marketing campaigns are everywhere and they prove this point. So, what we buy and the services we use shape our thinking and our way of life.
With this in mind, while our youth are so impressionable, they also make incredible impressions on us. Let’s make sure that we extend to them positive thoughts and good deeds to empower them and make them better people while they embark on their education and social journeys.
*According to Collegiate Marketing Group
THIS SPRING, COMMIT IN SOME DIRECT WAY TO OUR YOUTH ENCOURAGEMENT AND GOOD DEEDS TO EMPOWER THEM AND MAKE THEM BETTER PEOPLE.
REAL EFFORT HEART NUGGETS
“The Triceratops was aggressive & intimidating; he was HEAD first with everything. Move with your HEART. You'll enrich the REAL YOU_REAL DEAL in the process.”
“The Triceratops was a little bit more than two faced. How many masks do you have? What is the REAL YOU_REAL DEAL??”
“The Triceratops was a stone face. Charge forward in life--but smile! You'll fuel the REAL YOU_REAL DEAL all the while!!!!”
“The Triceratops was hard headed. Literally. Use your head, but have a heart! When you do, you will find the REAL YOU_REAL DEAL too!!!!”
CHALLENGE 1: TRUE Heart Decisions Make your decisions based on your heart and not just your head : )
Did you know that during the day your heart will beat about 100,000 times? Did you know that over the average lifespan, it will beat up to 2.5 billion times? It will have pumped 60 million gallons of blood. During this time, the heart never takes a day off. There is no coffee break. There is no lunch time.
We can’t afford for the heart to take a break. It only takes a few minutes without blood supply to cause severe brain damage. As vital as the brain is, it needs the heart to remain vital. The brain needs the heart. It can be argued that it is always possible to sustain someone’s life when they are brain dead. However, you have never heard of anyone living on without a heart. It is not possible.
Interestingly, with this incredible information and all of the statistics on our vital organs, we focus on the psychological issues of the heart more than the physiological. We simply don’t take the time to count our heartbeats. Do we? So, let’s make every heartbeat count! With that said…
“What impresses the world most is changed lives for which there is no natural explanation.” — Darlene Bishop
“First be sure you deserve to be an instrument of giving, in truth its life that gives to life, a self-proclaimed giver is just a witness.” — Peabo Bryson
“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts!” — Richard Young
1. Are you making decisions based on your “heart’s desires”? 2. Are you making decisions based on your thinking, or someone else’s?
3. Should you be asking yourself new “heart” questions?
4. What are you thinking right now?
REAL EFFORT UNIQUENESS NUGGET
“No one is an island—one is an island with unique qualities…an island near the mainland”
CHALLENGE 2: YES, MADAGASCAR!!!!
Madagascar is an island about 300 miles east of southern Africa. Did you know that it actually used to be a part of Africa? It is believed that 165 million years ago, Madagascar was connected to Africa, but began to drift away from
the continent over the course of 15 million years.
The country is also referred to as the Red Island, due to the red color of its soil, which is a unique mix of plants and animals—many found nowhere else in the world.
Almost all of Madagascar’s reptile and amphibian species, half of its birds, and all of its lemurs are unique to the island. They can be found nowhere else! Madagascar is also home to some of the world's most unique plants.
Madagascar is not only unique for its species, but also for the species that are not there. Most large mammals are missing from the island. There are no lions, hyenas, elephants, zebras, camels, and giraffes. Others that are missing are cheetahs and antelopes. The island’s isolation created this representation.
Making matters more complicated and even more unique, the only large African mammal that is located on the island are the hippopotami. The hippos swam to Madagascar from the mainland -- unbelievable! So, the hippos are even unique to the island.
The ‘Malagasy’ people come from a number of different origins, including African, Asian, Arab, French, Indian, Comoran, and biracial African/Europeans. All the different groups contributed parts of their culture. This blend creates the Malagasy culture.
My great-grandfather, Jack, was born in Madagascar. I take pride in knowing that my family has origins in such a unique place. That is truly a treasure to me.
The Malagasy language is generally spoken throughout the island. French is also spoken on the island because for a time it was a French colony. Madagascar had one of the highest literacy rates in Africa.
Fewer than half of the Malagasy are Christian. Many people follow both Christian religion and traditional beliefs.
So, there you have it. Culturally, Madagascar is still a part of the African continent. It is no less valued or appreciated—only separated by water. Unique!
1. You have unique qualities.
2. You are separate from the rest. There is no one else that can be just like you.
3. Celebrate your uniqueness! You are the best you.
4. Nobody can be you—but you!
No one is an island—one is an island with unique qualities…an island near the mainland.
1. Do you believe that there is someone else like you?
2. Do you think that there is someone else with your exact same qualities?
3. Are you trying to be someone else?
4. Who are you? The real you.
1. Who truly appreciates your uniqueness?
2. What good things do people say to you about you?
3. Are you convinced that you bring something special to your family? Your job?
4. Are you happy with you?
CHALLENGE 3: PREMIUM SEATING
Generally, do we ever question a chair’s ability to hold us up? Do we ever study chairs and question if they work? The chair works. Celebrate your chair! Celebrate your seat! Celebrate where you are even if no one else does. If you think that you have a “raw” deal, or made a bad decision, then “change seats,” but believe that the best seat is always yours. You have the best seat in the house.
You have PREMIUM SEATING | The best seat in the house is always yours! Focus on your seat; focus on you! ; )
1. Do you think about what your friends and coworkers have? 2. Do you compare yourself to them? Occasionally? Frequently? 3. Do you envy them? 4. Are they thinking about you?
Very often, we think that if we had more money, bigger homes, and even fame, we would be happier. Money is great to have, but “things” don’t motivate me anymore. Quality time with family and friends drives me more than anything. Solitude motivates me, too.
Would you be willing to sacrifice your privacy for fame? A trip to the gas station, grocery store, and movies would no longer be private. How about going to the restroom? Would you want someone to follow you into the restroom to ask for an autograph or picture? You know, there would be a very awkward exchange if an adoring fan wanted to shake hands in the rest room. Fame is not just what the media tells us…there’s more to it.
Have you ever thought for a moment that while you may dream about what a celebrity has, that they may be dreaming about what you may take for granted? Precious privacy? Quality family time? Trustworthy people?…
1. Do you focus on what you lack more than what you already have?
2. Is it possible that you may have the real “treasures”?
3. Do you think celebrities can envy you?
4. Why might a celebrity “switch seats” with you? For more privacy? For true friends?
CHALLENGE 4: MYOB2 Make Your Own Bed & Mind Your Own Business. The ultimate discipline and exercise for success is to…make your own bed while minding your own business!
Making Your Bed Can Lead to Minding Your Budget,
Happiness, Productivity, and a Successful Business.*
1. Did you know that making your bed every morning is connected to being more productive and having better budgeting skills?* I’m proof! You should see my household budget spreadsheets. Lots of colors!!!
2. Did you know that making your bed can generally make you happier?* My wife and I generally feel better when we see the bed all made up during the day and at the end of the day. It’s definitely been a psychological boost!
3. Did you know that it is documented that consistent bed making is very impactful with creating more structure in people’s lives?* When I started making the bed consistently, I became interested in doing the laundry more often.
4. Did you know that making your bed regularly can be an incentive for making you perform other tasks better?* I’ve been folding clothes better! Additionally, I started simplifying my life with getting rid of junk much more quickly than I used to.
*Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestselling book "The Happiness Project"
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