Stage 9 – Deliberate Practice
“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel they are valued.”
In the first eight stages of the LIONS program, we focused on inner work—discovering and deconstructing your existing thought processes so you could then rebuild your mental maps. In Stage 9, we now shift into outer work, where you begin to embody those meaningful changes.
Enacting change can be one of the most difficult stages of the transformation process because of the way our brains work. Once we’ve learned a new behaviour—like learning to drive a car—the brain transfers that behaviour from our working memory to our long-term memory, freeing up the working memory to take on new learning.
Thus, the behaviours that we’ve done for a long time get stored in our subconscious, so that we can execute them without expending a lot of mental effort. That’s why it’s easy for you to drive your car, for example, without even really thinking about it anymore. “Driving a car” is now stored in your long-term memory.
When you learn something new, however, it creates hard work for the brain because it now has to construct new connections between neurons. As you practise a new habit or behaviour, you will initially feel a temptation to go back to doing things the old way, because it is so much easier and more comfortable for you.
That’s why, during Stage 9, you’ll engage with a variety of role-play techniques, so you can consistently practise your new behaviours until they become stored in your subconscious.
Once your learning becomes cemented in your long-term memory, your new behaviours will feel natural and instinctive, and you will achieve real and lasting change in your habits.
How this stage will support your growth and self-development:
- Make your behavioural changes lasting by accessing the brain’s powerful neuroplasticity.
- Incorporate what you’ve learned in Stage 1–8 until it becomes natural, instinctive behaviour.
- Continue to identify any areas where you would benefit from further practise.
What to Expect
In Stage 9, you’ll take part in a variety of different role-play scenarios, which may include one or more of the following:
- Interactions between you and Tammy, both during and after the session.
- Interactions between you and your circle of influence.
- Interactions between you and your ecosystems, in both your home and workplace.
- Interactions with a mentor or expert who has achieved excellence in the areas you’re working on.
This is where the real adventure begins! I’d love to hear from you.
Extraordinary Times Need Extraordinary Leaders
The LIONS program is a unique and holistic approach to leadership. In the program you’ll learn how to utilise tools, strategies, and mindsets to reinvent yourself and become the extraordinary leader you were meant to be.
Book your free 30-minute strategy call with me to learn how the LIONS program can help you.