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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: vcjustice


Alertness: An Overview Exercising my physical & spiritual senses to recognize the danger that could diminish the resources entrusted to me. : Alertness: An Overview Exercising my physical & spiritual senses to recognize the danger that could diminish the resources entrusted to me. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52 Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 76-77 Information also drawn from CharacterFirst !, various Character Councils, & other websites Etymology: Etymology a- lert - ness   n 1: the state of being watchful & prompt to meet danger or emergency 2 : being quick to perceive an act 3 : being in a state of readiness In 16 th Cent. Italy, the military call , " Alla erta ! " meant "To the lookout!" The French adapted this command as  á l` airte , which later became   ” allerte ” from which the English word “alert” is derived. Attentiveness or Alertness?: Attentiveness or Alertness? Attentiveness = focus on a specific task Alertness = awareness of circumstances beyond the immediate focus which may modify the situation… supply shortages sudden mechanical failures new people danger weather The Importance of Alertness: The Importance of Alertness *It makes right responses habitual… *Thinking skills expand to meet challenges & “go out of the box”… *Cause & effect relationships are more clear… *Problems show up “at the bud” stage… Balance Alertness with…: Balance Alertness with… *Take responsibility… “knowing & doing what is expected” *Use discretion… “recognizing & avoiding words, actions, & attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences” *Exercise caution… “knowing how important right timing is to accomplish right actions” 5 Keys to Building Alertness: 5 Keys to Building Alertness *Anticipate obstacles *Connect signals with meaning *Tell those affected *Act immediately *Take time to analyze Upcoming areas of Alertness…weeks 1 & 2: Upcoming areas of Alertness…weeks 1 & 2 * Recognizing Opportunities & Dangers Which Others Overlook (anticipate obstacles) Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. * Acting Quickly Upon Danger Signals (connect signals with meaning/act immediately/ tell others) Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, & will increase learning & a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. Weeks 3 & 4…: Weeks 3 & 4… * Anticipating the Actions of Those Who Seek to Cause Harm (anticipate obstacles/ connect signals with meaning/act immediately/ tell others) Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man forseeth the evil, & hideth himself; but the simple pass on, & are punished. * Visualizing the Consequences of Subtle Dangers (take time to analyze/anticipate obstacles/ connect signals with meaning) 1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. Our Overview Takeaway ~ The 5 “I Wills” : Our Overview Takeaway ~ The 5 “I Wills”  1. Keep my eyes & ears open… 2. Recognize & heed warning signals… 3. Choose to do what is right before I am tempted… 4. Warn others of dangers… 5. Stay away from unsafe places…

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