Title

The Leap: Going From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Location

Harborside Center

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

There are a 3 key ways that this proposal lines up with the two strands mentioned above, Academic Achievement and Leadership as well as Social and Emotional Skills.

Key 1 - From growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, witnessing my mom struggle with addiction and my dad leave my life at an early age, all the while being one of the few minorities at my school and being raised with my grandparents, I know what it's like when people don't believe that you'll make it. I used these "negatives" as abundant stepping stones to take me into college, graduating with a 3.4 in Accounting and moving towards my own entrepreneurial ventures.

Key 2 - In the process of going through these whirlwinds of life, I recognized how imperative it was for me to look deep within and embrace the underlying power that could propel me past the most chaotic situations and provide the fuel required to take me into my dreams.

Key 3 - My social and more importantly emotional skills enhanced in major ways as I ran into the storm and kept a firm understanding that while things may be difficult I have the ability to use love, appreciation and compassion to take me into higher levels of life.

Speaking at schools throughout the Atlanta area I've noticed first hand how many students are struggling with the same dysfunctional household that I was born into. I am here to remind them that it is possible and their lives matter.

Brief Program Description

When we look out across our globe, nation, and community we’re surrounded by “average.” Average grades, average goals, and average expectations, yet it seems the majority of students have an above average amount of doubt, frustration, anxiety and fear. Making the leap from ordinary to extraordinary requires students to drop the “average beliefs” and embrace the exceptional qualities dwelling within.

Summary

There is a very simple way that this Leap: From Ordinary to Extraordinary will be facilitated. This is done by dynamic and engaging stories from the stage as well as audience participation to help show the students how they can use the negatives as abundant stepping stones. In addition, I have a 4-part process developed that can be easily embraced and utilized in everyone's life. This 4-part process goes as follows:

  1. Embrace Empowerment - This helps the students recognize the vast amount of things that have took place throughout history to enable them to be here, today. This empowerment helps the students understand that empowerment may not be found out there in the world but can always be uncovered within.
  2. Direct Your Sails - This second section is focused on providing the students with practical ways to remember that they are the thinker of their experience. Despite how difficult it may be, they have the ability to think any way they choose.
  3. Doorways of Opportunities - As the youth embraces their power of thought, they will be taught the power of choice. Further realizing that making a new choice can create a doorway of opportunity where there was once only a wall of struggle.
  4. Action Time - Recognizing the empowerment within, their ability to direct their thoughts and choose their choices, the final section is focused on prosperous and abundant actions.

The goal of this is to share the formula which can help the students intentionally assist in the direction of their life. The formula is:

Inner Empowerment + Thoughts + Choices + Action = Experience


Once this formula is embraced in the individual life of the student, they will see that they are holding the steering wheel of their life.

Evidence

The evidence of this formula and the Leap is apparent in the lives of us all. We are where we are based upon what we believed we were capable of in the past. Shifting thoughts into inspiration and motivation, our choices are immediately affected. As our thoughts and choices change, our actions follow this pattern. From this we've reassembled our experience.

This formula has been taught to at-risk-teens at MLK Jr. Middle School in Kirkwood, successful 6th graders at Kipp Charter School, juniors in Roswell, GA, the homeless youth at the Atlanta Mission and within various spiritual communities where the teens are suffering.

After all, what else do we have that are fully in our possession and under our control other than the thoughts we think, choices we choose, and actions we commit to?

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Raised at the base of the snow capped Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jeffon Seely is a speaker, entrepreneur, community leader, author and family man currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Standing upon Mahatma Gandhi’s message of “being the change he wishes to see” Jeffon is committed to shining a light of hope, peace and power into every environment he enters. On a mission to empower One Million Minds by the end of 2016, Jeffon has spoke with entrepreneurs in Seattle, students in Utah, spiritual communities in throughout Georgia and held workshops as far away as Roatan, Honduras.

Keyword Descriptors

Leadership, Motivation, Inspiration, Empowerment, Hope, Belief, Goals, Prevention, Success, Dreams

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-8-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

3-8-2016 5:30 PM

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The Leap: Going From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Harborside Center

When we look out across our globe, nation, and community we’re surrounded by “average.” Average grades, average goals, and average expectations, yet it seems the majority of students have an above average amount of doubt, frustration, anxiety and fear. Making the leap from ordinary to extraordinary requires students to drop the “average beliefs” and embrace the exceptional qualities dwelling within.