Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
- Shakti Gawain
Our work on the RYD Journey is to awaken our inner guidance, our Inner Wisdom. In Gear 0, the noisy voice of our small mind and our Hole in the Soul is so loud that we can't hear the gentle, soothing, centering, grounding, loving, nurturing, nourishing voice of our Inner Wisdom, our Big Mind, our Whole Soul.
Let's keep doing our daily RYD Habits with integrity, commitment, passion and enthusiasm to strengthen our Big Mind and to reduce the power of our small mind so that the noisy decibel level of its voice comes down for us to hear the soft whispers of our Big Mind.
The RYD Journey is over 3 tracks - starter, champion and mastery. We tend to give up on our habits because we experience failure on a daily basis as it is super difficult to be consistent. That is why most people give up on growth habits.
But, that is the design of the journey. We progress not because we never fall off. We progress because we come back every time we fall off. In the starter track from Gear 0 to Gear 5, we fall off 60% of the times. It's in coming back and coming back and coming back each time we fall that we step up to the Champion Track. Yet, on the champion track we fall off 20% of the time and the fall is steeper. It's in coming back and coming back and coming back that we step up to the Mastery track which is when we are on the path 100% of the time.
When we have mastered something, then we raise the bar and take on something new to master. It's an ongoing journey with no destination. Climb to one summit and from that summit, you will see other mountains to climb and other summits to conquer. The journey itself is the destination. The joy is in being on the good to great journey. Success is being on the good to great journey. Failure is to choose to play the good game and deny ourselves the joyous fulfilment of playing the Good to Great game.
RYD Gym is a structure of success for being on your good to great journey. When you complete from the RYD Gym and become a graduate, don't complete from your good to great journey because that belongs to you and is your gift to yourself. Find other structures of success, find other Consciousness Gyms for you to continue elevating your human consciousness to become the greatest version of you to make a massive difference to live your Purpose this Lifetime.
What does Consciousness mean? Consciousness’ refers to one's awareness of one's unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations and environment. In other words, consciousness is the quality or state of being aware of one's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Elevating our human consciousness means elevating our awareness of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies through Growth Habits (RYD Habits in our language) to create the highest level of health, fitness and joyous well-being.
Leadership Depth is the inner journey of personal transformation from our default Fear Consciousness to Love Consciousness, from being a Fighter or a Victim or a Rescuer to a Peaceful Warrior, embracing our default fears to become Whole and Complete by stepping into Pure Consciousness and Transcendent Love for greater impact in the world by living our Purpose of Life through our work.
Business Excellence and Craft Mastery journeys accelerate the Leadership Depth journey. Leadership Depth accelerates the Business Excellence and Craft Mastery journeys is equally true. Business Excellence accelerates the Leadership Depth and Craft Mastery journeys. Craft Mastery accelerates the Business Excellence and Leadership Depth journeys. These are all true statements because each one powers the other two Growth Levers. Therefore, it is important to travel all the three journeys together for us to travel with greater velocity.
How do we measure Leadership Depth?
The measure of Leadership Depth is to Have It All:
i. Deeply fulfilling, successful, profitable business supporting us to live our purpose of life; gifting us with impact, contribution and financial freedom
ii. Loving, harmonious, positive, uplifting relationships at work and at home
iii. Happy, healthy, responsible kids with their genius joyfully expressed
iv. Nourishing, nurturing ourselves to the highest level of health, fitness and joyous well-being - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual
v. Making a massive difference through the work we do
It's a high state of Consciousness that enables us to Have It All. That is what makes the Leadership Depth journey, our inner good to great journey of personal transformation, worthwhile.
RYD Distinctions (a distinct point on the ball of perspective that gives us access to our Power to Create) enable us to strengthen our Leadership Depth. RYD Habits help us to transform the intellectual understanding of the Distinctions into Experiential Understanding which is when our Inner Wisdom awakens.
Leadership Depth journey is from Gear 0 to Gear 5. At Gear 5, our Power to Create fully blossoms, we step into Pure Consciousness having dissolved Fear (impurities) from our Conscious, Sub-Consciousness and Unconscious Mind to become a Master Creator.
What is Craft Mastery?
The journey of playing to be the World's best, a Master of our Craft, in service of our customers' said and unsaid needs by becoming a Thought Leader and being at the source of Transformation of our industry globally.
Craft Mastery not for the sake of ambition, but as an outcome of being purpose-inspired to contribute and make a difference.
Reading and learning not for intellectual stimulation or entertainment or for making us feel good to about ourselves (in other words, for filling the hole in our soul), but for the purpose of contributing to the communities that we are committed to serve.
Craft Mastery enables the delivery of the Value Proposition at the level that our customers have no right to expect and has them queue outside our door to buy from us, instead of us having to chase them to sell.
Craft Mastery at its highest is a state of Consciousness in Gear 5 where the game is Excellence not for external applause or external validation but for the God within us, inside of our commitment to make a massive difference to our employee and customer communities.
Craft Mastery is to play the game to be so good in our work that Gods themselves bow down to us in reverence. If we try to skip the earlier gears (Gear 1 - Love for Self, Gear 2 - Gratitude for all in our Space, Gear 3 - Reverence for all of Life, Gear 4 - Integrity) and jump straight to Gear 5 from Gear 0 to play the game of Craft Mastery, then we are saddled with arrogance which drags us down to the very Hole in the Soul we set out to fill.
At Stage 5 of Craft Mastery, we become Master Contributors.
What is Business Excellence?
The outer journey of professional success by living our purpose through our work, leading our business from good to great, generating a healthy Triple Bottom Line (3P - Profit, People, Planet); creating a legacy by making a massive difference to our employees, customer communities, business partners, investors and all other stakeholders.
i. Nurturing Customer Relationships: Coaching our team to work from Being of Service consciousness, creating a powerful Value Proposition for our customers that makes a massive difference, by marrying what’s missing in the world for them with Craft Mastery. Frameworks to leverage: Blue Ocean, Verne Harnish’s Scaling-up’s 7-Strata, Alex Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas
ii. Operational Excellence: Creative ways to reduce our and our team’s time, effort and resources and yet increasing value for our customer communities creating a powerful Profit Proposition. Frameworks to leverage: 1FOR5 (1 Action to fulfil 5 Intentions), DLCM (Do Less to Create More Value), Verne Harnish's Scaling-up Methodology
iii. Extraordinary Service: Serving and contributing to our customers, employees, business partners, investors and all other stakeholders to the level they have no right to expect; sourced in a powerful People Proposition created through Leadership Depth.
Because our words create our world, here’s what is the RYD definition of common business terms inside of our commitment to transform what it means to be a business, what it means to be a leader and inside of that what it means to be a human being:
i. Business - Channel of Impact
ii. CEO - Chief Engagement Officer. The job of the CEO is to engage the hearts and souls of the people under their care (meaning all people in their organisation) by supporting them to joyously lead themselves and their business functions from good to great by living their Purpose through their work to make a massive difference, realize their dreams and have it all with ease and grace; while having lots of fun along the way.
iii. Reportee - Instead of Reportees (team members who report into us), we have Supportees (Hat Tip: Verne Harnish) in the RYD World. Supportees are our team members who we are responsible for supporting to lead themselves and their business function from good to great, realize their dreams and have it all with ease and grace; while having lots of fun along the way.
iv. Marketing - Communicating to our customer communities who we are as a Business by Making a Difference to them in ways that contribute to them
v. Sales is ‘our Impact in the world’
vi. Profit is the difference we are making to our people, our staff, our employees.
vii. Operations is ‘Do Less to Create more Value’
viii. Innovation is ‘Make a Difference to Customers’
ix. IT is ‘Ease of Making a Difference’
x. HR is ‘Happy Healthy Prosperous Employees’
xi. Corporate Social Responsibility is ‘Nation Building’
xii. Organization: Organised way to make a massive difference to communities that the business is inspired to serve
Leadership Depth, Craft Mastery, Business Excellence are a Parallel Journeys
Gear 1 Leader (State of Consciousness: Love for Self) - Stage 1 of Craft Mastery (Passive Learning) - Mountain 1 of Business Excellence (Mountain of Purpose)
Gear 2 Leader (State of Consciousness: Gratitude) - Stage 2 of Craft Mastery (Active Learning - implementing our learnings for the benefit of our employees and customers) - Mountain 2 of Business Excellence (Mountain of Value)
Gear 3 Leader (State of Consciousness: Reverence) - Stage 3 of Craft Mastery (Expert) - Mountain 3 of Business Excellence (Mountain of Growth)
Gear 4 Leader (State of Consciousness: Integrity) - Stage 4 of Craft Mastery (Mentor - Coach others to become Experts in our Craft) - Mountain 4 of Business Excellence (Mountain of Scale)
Gear 5 Leader (State of Consciousness: Excellence) - Stage 5 of Craft Mastery (Master - Coach Experts to become Mentors in our Craft) - Mountain 5 of Business Excellence (Mountain of Mastery)
Click here for more details on the 5 Gears of Leadership Depth, 5 Stages of Craft Mastery and 5 Mountains of Business Excellence - How to Lead your Business from Good to Great
At Gear 3, the leader becomes a Business Athlete. The highest expression of the leader is at Gear 5, when the leader becomes a Business Buddha.
Keep nourishing and nurturing the sapling of your undeniable greatness (if you are in the RYD Gym or are a graduate of RYD Gym, the seed of your greatness has already germinated) to joyously lead yourself and your business from good to great, realize your dreams and have it all with ease and grace, while having lots of fun along the way 💜