What is Executive Spiritual Development?
Executive Spiritual Development is the merging of two disciplines: executive coaching and spiritual direction. The coach is ultimately a facilitator that guides you into deeper encounters with God through prayer. When this happens, you receive personal renewal, strength and a new perspective. In Executive Spiritual Development, ultimately innovation is driven by insight from God.
Why Executive Spiritual Development?
Executive Spiritual Development is a response to a growing need among professionals to live an emotionally healthy, balanced, and authentic life. Modern society has often told us to “fake it until you make it.” For many of us we have found that this only leads to imposter syndrome: the belief that you are inadequate and incompetent despite evidence that demonstrates otherwise. At 4C Business we believe that emotionally healthy leaders make better decisions, have more insight, and burn out less frequently. It also makes the task of growing your organization much more enjoyable.
What is Executive Spiritual Development like?
In the Christian faith, spiritual directors have guided people through the process of discerning God’s leading for two thousands years. It all starts with clarifying the questions you have for God. These questions can be personal, relational or focused on how to engage difficult situations. The coach will ask you questions that are meant to help you reflect and then guide you through prayers that are meant to help you gain clarity with God’s leading. Many people report feeling peace, joy and empowerment as they engage God with their questions. The goal of the process is a transformed mind that reveals new possibilities for action.
1) I believe there is a God.
This reality opens up a whole new world of exciting possibilities, but only if we learn how to practically discern, accept, and follow God’s leading.
2) I believe you can discern God’s leading with a little help.
God doesn’t hold back; we do. Intimacy, peace, and clarity become our reality when we are able to move past our blocks in our relationship with God.
3) I believe God transforms individuals, relationships, organizations, and culture through people who follow.
Transformation starts with us but doesn’t end there. It extends through us to our
organizations and then through our organizations to our industry and culture.
4) I believe that you can flourish spiritually, emotionally and financially.
Any time we takes steps to grow, money follows. The key is to take the focus off money and put it on growth.
5) I believe gratitude shapes our view of everything.
By staying in the place of gratitude we stay creative and productive. Gratitude is the foundation for enjoying our families, careers, and life.
6) I believe freedom is the experience of walking in our calling.
God’s goal for our emotional life is the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace…) not dread. The experience of dread reveals our need for God’s guidance and empowerment.
7) I believe you have permission to be your unique self.
Discovering our uniqueness is the first step to making our unique contribution to the world.
8) I believe we are called to influence through our industry.
God has placed us in positions of authority for a purpose. Knowing the purpose clarifies our partnership with God.
9) I believe challenges are an opportunity to demonstrate our greatness.
God has made us to shine in this world. When we view challenges as opportunities to demonstrate greatness they become the foundation for our growth and advancement.
10) I believe character and integrity matters.
We don’t do the right thing in order to earn God’s blessing. We already have that. We do the right thing to demonstrate the heart of God to the world.