The following is a technique I use with men in groups (Awareness Intelligence Cycle) that helps them improve as disciples and leaders. This is self-imposed activity is used for developing higher awareness as a disciple & leader that results in rapid personal development. If we can master this process in our personal and professional life, we will head down a path of constant improvement and overcome the obstacles to growth. The following is a short synopsis of the process.

AI-Cycle

1. AWARENESS OF AN INDICATOR

  • Person becomes aware that something is “out-of-place”
    • RESPONSE A: We address “out-of-place” issue (move to #2)
    • RESPONSE B:
      • Person ignores unintentionally (get distracted)
      • Person ignores intentionally (an ongoing flaw & offer excuse)
  • An Observer becomes aware that something is “out-of-place” with said Person
    • RESPONSE A: Observer could choose to increase our awareness but this:
      • Could be embarrassing (depending on the Indicator)
      • Could be difficult to navigate (supervisor, parent)
      • Complex to address (risk) by the Observer due to four factors:
        • The deeper the issue the higher the risk
        • The farther the relationship the higher the risk
        • The lower the teachability the higher the risk
        • The greater the isolation the higher the risk
    • RESPONSE B: Observer ignores and hopes the person will figure it out on their own.

2. CONNECTION OF INDICATOR TO AN EFFECT

  • We follow the connection of a sign (effect) to the issue (cause or the thing that is out-of-place)
    • Involves a sense of curiosity, mystery, wanting
    • Dependent on our ability and willingness to listen
  • Signs (effects) can come from different dimensions of our life
    • Personal Character
    • Leadership Style, Talent, Skill
    • How we Deal with Problems
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Authority
    • Time/Rest/Space

3. RESOLVING THE CA– USE

  • Resolution is relatively simple
    • Resolution completes the “aha” experience
    • Resolution increases the likelihood that the pattern of A.I. will repeat
  • Resolution is extremely difficult:
    • When it is a pattern that has played out for a long time
    • When it is a pattern that if changed could alter life
    • When it is a pattern that might disrupt a major area of life
    • Resolution creates new mental wiring that resulting from in experiential learning
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