CHASING DAYLIGHT (Chapter 3.1): Knowledge is Potential Power | Keto Mom Book Club
Updated: Jan 18, 2022
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"The critical issue here is that when we become paralyzed in our first-dimensional faith, we are often told that we just don't believe hard enough. In most cases, first-dimensional faith is about obedience. It's about building our lives and moving forward with confidence, fueled by a commitment to the truth" ~Erwin McManus
Points to Ponder:
00:15 "Chasing Daylight" by Erwin McManus
01:29 Tony Robbins & Joseph McClendon III
02:03 How Do You Change Your Negative Mindset?
03:08 Morning Mindset
03:37 What Are You Thankful For?
04:59 How We Have Faith, Or Lack Thereof
05:23 First-dimension Faith vs. Second-dimension Faith
07:15 Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
08:54 Make Better Choices
09:51 Learning Something And Apply It
11:25 Knowledge Is Potential Power
12:07 Knowledge Isn't Power, It's The Action
13:31 I Want You To Just Smile
14:14 Dopamine Makes You Happy
Full Episode Transcript:
Good morning! Welcome to the Keto Mom page. My name is Stephanie, we're going to dive into the morning mindset. We're going to work on our minds. So as you're tuning in, where are you're tuning in from? We're still going through this book, "Chasing Daylight" by Erwin McManus. I've got a couple of notes that I want to share with you that I've learned this last weekend. So if you're watching live, post "One" below, but if you're watching a replay post "Two", I'm testing something... I just finished working out, and it's always funny doing a live video because you're always looking at your own face...
Good morning! It is Monday, and I had a great weekend. My family and I, had an incredible group of people in our home this weekend. We were learning together about ourselves, and about mindset. I'll give you a very brief overview, but there are so many things I want to share with you in little pieces. There's also one thing I'm going to share with you that I learned this weekend, and we're going to talk a little bit about the book also... So where are you tuning in from? I'm in Minnesota. It's a beautiful morning, it's a little foggy, but no snow yet. We'll see by the end of the month.
Anyways, I loved our weekend. Is anybody familiar with Tony Robbins? I'm sure you've heard the name. Maybe you don't know what he teaches or what he does. He actually does a lot of mindsets, and he helps people. I feel like people need to get through their past, to have a new outlook on life to go forward.
And we also got the opportunity to learn from Joseph McClendon III, who works right alongside Tony Robbins. He talks a lot about why you believe things, and how so many people's futures are being stolen by their past because they can't get out of their past. How do you change your negative mindset? Or change your negative feelings and negative emotions into a positive ones? How do you take all of those past hurts and stop them where they're at, and keep moving forward?
So many great things and great takeaways. I've been learning from him for the last couple of years. It was a lot of fun watching new people and learning from them, especially when I truly have some breakthroughs. And so, that's what we did this weekend... How about you? What did you do this weekend? It was beautiful here in Minnesota, you wouldn't even know it was Fall, it felt like a spring day... So anyway, we're going to get started on the book. And if you're tuning in live, type "One", or if you're watching the replay, type "Two". I'm doing a little test...
Going back, a lot of this book is story-driven. If you're asking what in the world am I doing? We go through a book every single morning, and I'm going to give you a thought, or something to think about. Let's just call it morning mindset. Because I believe that if you can get your mindset right, it's going to help your overall health in any area of your life. In the choices or decisions that you make, and in the way that you respond or react throughout your day.
I think it's really important, and if all you do is listen to me, or somebody else that you follow, then I hope you're getting your mindset right. Hopefully, you woke up this morning and felt like, "Yes! I get to do another Monday", and not "I have to". Your words are powerful...
Were you thankful this morning? What were you thankful for? I'm thankful that I got to work out this morning, and for another Monday. I told my husband I don't feel like I had a weekend. I feel like we had a great weekend, but it wasn't a normal weekend. So I'm diving right into this week because "I get to". I'm thankful for my health, and I'm thankful that you're here watching me. Your presence matters, thank you for tuning in. Thank you for participating, because it helps me as well. If you wake up with a thankful heart, you're going to have a better day. You're going to have a different outlook on your day, like "I get to" go to work, "I get to" take my kids to school, "I get to" eat healthily, "I get to" drive past the drive-thru because I packed my lunch...
Alright! Basically, he's telling a ton of stories, and we're starting on page seventy-two (p.72). He said "Beginning the journey of faith". He talks about faith, he's a pastor. I'll be giving you a very brief overview of the next few pages. So if you're following along page by page, I went from seventy-two to seventy-eight (p.72- 78).
He told a ton of stories, but the main point was he talked about "How we have faith or lack thereof". Why people just don't do things because they don't have the faith or belief that they can do it.
We talked a lot about that this weekend, and I loved what he said. He said, "As he has lived his journey of faith, and he served within his community of faith, I have noticed that faith has two particular dimensions. I describe them as a first-dimension faith and a second-dimension faith. First-dimension faith involves when we step out into our area of trusting God outside of our experiences"...
It's when we decide to do something that we didn't know we can do, or we've never done before. Like "I'm going to do this, I'm going to eat healthier", "I'm going to go to the gym", "I have a gym membership", or "For the first time, I am going to make a salad". That was me six years ago. When we step out and do something that we've never done before, that's first-dimension faith. He said, "But the challenge before us is clearly in the realm of the "Possible". God is asking us to do something that he has done in the lives of others, we just haven't experienced it. Sometimes, it's as practical as God calling us outside of our personal experience and our comfort zone, to step into doing something that we've never done before"... Maybe you feel like, "Yeah I know, I need to do this", "I know I can do it", "I've never done it before, but in order for me to move forward, I must do this thing"... Is there anything in your life that you feel like, "I want what's out there, but I'm way back here", "I know I can do it, but I've just never done it before", "It seems awkward, but I don't know exactly what I'm doing", "It's out of my comfort zone, but in order for me to get here, I have to do what's right here". It takes some faith and some action.
He said, oftentimes people just don't do the action, because they feel like "I've never done that", "I don't know how to do that, it seems awkward and uncomfortable". He talked about the power of faith, but also getting out of your comfort zone. He said "The critical issue here is that when we become paralyzed in our first-dimensional faith"...
When we look at the gap, and we go, "I've never done that, and I don't know how to do that". "I've never had a gym membership before". "I don't know how to make that healthy food". "I've never used a sugar replacement". "I've never gotten up that early before", "You want me to read a book before I go to work, and get my mindset right? I've never done that"...
He said "The critical issue here is that when we become paralyzed in our first-dimensional faith, we are often told that we just don't believe hard enough. In most cases, first-dimensional faith is about obedience. It's about building our lives and moving forward with confidence, fueled by a commitment to the truth"...
In anything that we read, there's a ton of stories. Let me see if there's one more thing I underlined. "If everything else remains uncertain, be clear on this point. There is a calling on your life"... Oftentimes, we get so stuck and paralyzed thinking of things like, "I've never done that", "I don't know, this gap is uncomfortable", "I want to get there, but I'm back here". "In this, I need some faith", "I need to take some action". "I don't know if I can do it"... But you know you can do it. You know that you can get up early. You know that you honestly can pick up a book and read one page a day. You know that you could drive past that drive-thru. You have every capability to make a better choice. You make choices all day long, every single day. And you know you can, but it's uncomfortable. It's the uncomfortableness that you need to go through. It's the obedience of getting through that, that will get you here.
And so I'm going to end on page seventy-eight (p.78). It was all story-driven, I wish I could read all the stories to you. You should grab the book. The next book we're going to go through is going to be more on the action, and it'll be an easier read. This is a great read, I'm not saying that it isn't, but it's just a different read... I also want to share something with you from this weekend.
All right! I talked about when you learn something, you're learning. If you hop on my afternoon lives, you learn something. I give you a value like here's a net carb, here's a total carb, here's how you track your food, how much water should you drink. When you learn something, you need to apply it. If you learn something at work, at school, from your kids, your mentor, or a book, you have to apply it.
When you apply it, you should pay it forward and teach somebody else, because that's how it gets in you. The fastest way to get something in you, to start doing it, is to share it with other people.
If you're asking, "How do I do that?". Share what you've learned with somebody who's on the same journey as you, a spouse, your kids, or co-workers. It's so interesting, he said, "It's not what you know, that gets you the results"... I need to share this, everybody knows how to lose weight. You know how to lose weight. You stop putting so much food in this hole (mouth) and move your body. Stop eating so much, and move your body. Everybody knows "How to"... They know they should get up in the morning. We have this instinctive nature that we should get up, and not sleep in. Like, "I should take care of my body", "Maybe I should go for a walk, and I should probably drink some water instead of pop in the morning". "Probably this donut is not serving me"... You know the things that you need to do.
He said, "Knowledge isn't power". I've said this before also, knowledge is not power. It is a misused quote, and people would say "Knowledge is power". Nope! Not at all. Knowledge is not power, it's potential power. Knowledge is potential power. It can be used, but the kicker is, remember that gap that's uncomfortable? That gap that makes you think, "I don't know", "I need a little bit of faith, faith the size of a mustard seed", "I need something to get me to that gap to where I want to be"...
You know how to live, you know how to lose weight, you know how to eat better, you've got to eat less food, and you've got to move. But it's the action that flips the switch. Knowledge isn't power, it's the action. Take what you learned and put it into action. When you put it into action, share it with somebody, and that's what makes it stick. You learn you apply, you pay it forward.
How do you fill in this gap from where you are today, to where you want to go. This is the gap of the uncomfortableness of the things that you need to do like you apply it and you take action. When you do that, you'll make little baby steps forward, and you will get to where you want to go. Okay! I'm going to end with this, and I need all of your participation. It's very important, I'm going to teach you one thing that's going to change your entire day or the way that you feel.
Because if you do this one action when you're feeling stressed when you're at work, or maybe you're not having the best day. I need you to just do this one thing, and I need you to do it with me. So go walk into the bathroom and look in the mirror, or just wherever you're sitting or watching, I want you to "Smile". I want you to just smile. Do it right now. I can't see your face, but I'm going to believe that all of you are smiling. I'm going to tell you why, in a second. "Smile", wherever you're tuning in from, if you're sitting in your bed, in your office, on the toilet, I don't care what you're doing.
Smile! One thing I learned this last weekend, and I've learned this in the past. By the way, if you're smiling, put a smiley face below. Okay, so when you smile, like in any situation if you can just tell yourself, "You know what, it's not a big deal".
Raise your eyebrows, smile, and it releases dopamine into your brain. Dopamine makes you happy. And when you have a smiling face, what happens? If you decide to bark at your kids, your spouse, or you get angry at your office, and you're smiling, it's hard to be angry when you're smiling. It almost wants to make you laugh. And so if you want a way to flip the switch, or change your environment, change the feelings that you're feeling at the moment, just try to be happy and smile. It's going to change the way that you feel, our brain and our body like dopamine. You can create it, and you're going to change the way that you feel. You're going to take a breath, you're going to choose to make better decisions, and have a better day.
One action step, Smile. Get up, I look like a crazy person, right? But it works. It does. He made us all stand up smiling at ourselves in the mirrors. If you do that one thing, when you feel frustrated or angry, just put a smile on your face. It's going to make your whole body happy and then move forward.
Alright! That is my action step for you. Remember, Knowledge is potential power. Knowledge plus action will get you the results that you want. Take what you learn, and put it into play. I hope you have a great morning. Happy Monday, and thank you for tuning in. Smile! Have a wonderfully blessed day. We'll talk to you soon.
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