The goal of the LIONS program is to strengthen all four layers of the self and teach you how to call upon each one when needed. To do so, it’s important to understand how each layers of self is inextricably intertwined with the others. If you’re struggling in one layer, that strain inevitably ripples outward to affect your other layers.
For instance, a leader who neglects his physical health will soon find his mental and emotional health suffering too. A leader who is unable to listen and respond to the language of emotions may find himself struggling with burnout or depression. And leaders who fall out of touch with their vision and purpose may find themselves unable to navigate periods of intense stress.
That’s why LIONS focuses intensely on holistic development to help you access the full power of your essence.
As an experienced leader, you know that the most effective individuals in the business world have the capacity to go beyond what most leaders can envision. The relentless pressures and constant changes that a leader faces daily demand intense attention. In time, we can become dysfunctional and learn poor habits just to stay on top.
However, you can regain your inner power—and the LIONS program will help you do just that.
In order to command from our most aligned and empowered selves, we must master our self-awareness. We must learn to hear and interpret our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves.
In the LIONS program, we focus on bringing you to this heightened level of self-actualisation. Through each of the elements of the diverse 12-stage program, you’ll learn how to better reflect on and assess your four layers of self on a day-to-day basis—creating a foundation of self-knowledge that allows you to lead with more vitality, authenticity, charisma, connectedness, and impact.
We have designed the program to have a substantial “inner practice” component so that the knowledge the LIONS program exposes can be transformed into real change in your habits and behaviours. We then dedicate time to supporting “outer practice,” so that these habits and behaviours become part of your subconscious.
Your emotional self is your inner influencer: It creates your internal experiences and affects the decisions you take or are prepared to make. Humans today, in their hunger to move faster and do more, have learned to ignore the messages their emotions are trying to communicate. Thus, this powerful fuel remains buried deep inside or is used in a dysfunctional way. However, it’s only when we learn to harness our emotions—a skill we address in all 12 stages of the LIONS program—that we can achieve inner vitality and outer charisma.
Your spiritual self provides you with a powerful source of motivation, determination, and endurance. Without honouring this aspect of yourself, you cannot reach true empowerment, no matter how you might excel mentally and physically. Thus, in all 12 stages of the LIONS program, we work with your awareness of your spiritual self to help you recognise and embody your soul’s purpose and perform at the height of your powers.
A man sits in an orchard, fruit trees full and the vines plump. He has his head on his knee; his eyes are closed.
His friend says, “Why stay sunk in mystical meditation when the world is like this? Such visible grace.”
He replies, “The outer is an elaboration of the inner. I prefer the origin.”
Natural beauty is a tree limb reflected in the water of a creek, quivering there, not there. The growing that moves in the soul is more real than tree limbs and reflections.
We laugh and feel happy or sad over all this.
Try instead to get a scent of the true orchard. Taste the vineyard within the vineyard.
by Rumi, 13th-century poet