Self-Leadership means having: A developed sense of who you are, where you’re going, and what you want, as well as... The ability to formulate a strategy and influence and inspire yourself and others to follow it through.
Self-Leadership is probably the most important skill you can ever develop as a person and as a professional. And as you see, it’s quite complicated. WATCH VIDEO.
The importance of self-leadership, has been taught since the beginning of history, when the ancient Greek sages recited The Odyssey, the story of King Odysseus setting out on a journey to return to his homeland after the end of the Trojan war.
He famously faces countless dangers and hardship - monsters like the Cyclops, the Scylla and Charybdis, enchantresses like Queen Circe and the Sirens, but he never loses hope or focus, no matter how big the obstacles, because he knows what he wants. He wants to return home to his wife and family.
To his kingdom. It doesn’t matter that the gods, the winds and the sea are all against him. He conquers his demons, adapting to changes, keeping his course, fighting through storms and monsters, to the very end, because his goal is clear, virtuous and heartfelt, and it gives him the strength and purpose he needs.
“The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.” - Plato
Watch today's VIDEO (above) episode where I share with you part of my speech at Stoicon Athens !
It was featured in The Sunday Times Magazine...
WhY the sunday times wrote THAT silicon valley c.e.o.S love stoicism, and how I got featured in it...
The SUNDAY TIMES (Dec. 8, 2019) recently published an article about "Stoicon Conference of Athens" explaining how Silicon Valley CEO's are turning to Modern Stoicism for wisdom and strength. Here is how it begins...
"About 2,300 years ago a successful businessman suffered a reversal of fortune over which he had no control. Zeno of Citium was sailing from Cyprus with a ship full of expensive purple dye, which had been squeezed from special snails – a costly procedure. There was a storm, the ship went down and, with it, Zeno’s livelihood. He was left a beggar, roaming the streets of Athens in rags. But rather than becoming depressed or trying to get his snail-dye business going again, he became a philosopher, launching a school of thought that would become known as Stoicism, based on the central premise that we shouldn’t get upset about things over which we have no control...Much has changed in the past two millennia, but mankind still seeks answers to the complexities of life.."
In 2019 I had the honour of being chosen to co-organize STOICON, the annual conference of the Modern Stoicism Movement, that was born in Great Britain, (Professor Christopher Gill, University of Exeter), Donald Robertson, Therapist, Professor John Sellars etc) but has spread rapidly to North America and the rest of the world, especially through Ryan Holiday (best-selling author "The Obstacle is the Way").
The conference in Athens, was a historical event, as Stoicism returned to Athens after thousands of years, a great success with over 350 attendees from all over the world. So we have decided to make StoiconX an annual event, here in Athens, Greece...
The Sunday Times featured my photo in the article...Of course, I was happy about it, but we Stoics don't get too excited about these things : )
Here are the six ways of thinking so that YOU can practice, a Stoic way of life:
1.Tell yourself: “It’s not things that upset me, but my opinions about them.”
2. Describe upsetting events without any emotive language or value judgments, instead sticking to the facts.
3. Picture the longer-term consequences of allowing fear or anger to guide you, versus responding rationally, with greater self-discipline.
4. Ask yourself what someone wise, just, self-disciplined and courageous would do when faced with one of the problems you’re facing.
5. Imagine a situation that’s troubling you from high above, as though looking down on it from a hill or mountaintop.
6. Come to StoiconX in Athens, Greece each year or at a Stoicon near you.
Watch Video to find out more...
How to overcome fear and any obstacles in your way?
"Life IS Trouble"- Said Zorba, a character in a book by the same name by Nickos Kazantzakis....Especially you, who has so many responsibilities on your shoulders. How can you overcome all those obstacles, like Odysseus, the hero of Greek mythology, and finally achieve your goal of happiness, thriving fulfilment?
This week's video is of a short speech I gave at the 8th Arab-Hellenic Forum,
where I shared The ALKISTIS Method, based on Aristotle, Socrates and the Stoic schools of
philosophy, (combined with Neurocoaching and CBT).
May the Light of Greece Inspire You To Be Your Best Self.
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Do you ever wonder how some people just seem to have calm
and certainty, no matter what they are faced with?
This is sometimes referred to as "stoic'"calm, because Stoics,
since the times of ancient Greece, were known for their mental
and emotional resilience.
They practiced "Ataraxia" (serene calmness).
In today's video, I will reveal to you 2 central concepts of Stoic practice,
that can help you face life's challenges and obstacles with self-mastery.
"The greatest victory, is over oneself"- Plato.
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Although physically ugly, Socrates had great charisma
and a brilliant mind.
Everyone in Athens agreed that there had never been
anyone quite like him
and probably wouldn’t be again.
He was unique....But he was also extremely annoying.
Socrates described himself as one of those horseflies that
have a nasty bite—a gadfly.
They’re irritating, but don’t do serious harm.
Some loved him; others thought him a dangerous influence.’
Socrates would approach perfect strangers in the marketplace and
ask them questions about their life...
While Socrates’ questions often seemed ‘straightforward’,
they were really designed to make the other person think
hard about his beliefs and re-evaluate things that they would
normally take for granted.
Watch this week's episode of 'alkistisTV', and as always, share your views !
Ethos, should be the first filter any decision we make needs to pass through.
It is our character - our only true possession.
Your Ethos, apart from personally empowering you, will also make you more trustworthy, gain you a better reputation, an invaluable commodity in business and personal relations.
A leader with Ethos will attract the best people into his/her business, the business will gain a better reputation, better partners and, everything else being equal, more clients. This will drive others to do the same, in order to compete, which will improve the economy on the whole, to the benefit of everyone. Ethos will create a healthier overall environment wherever it’s applied; a beneficial rising tide that sweeps through our society, lifting everyone up.
Virtue (Greek: Areté), the cornerstone of Ethos, is not therefore an abstract term for philosophy, but a very concrete aspect of our personal happiness, freedom and fulfillment. We should be ethical, not only because it’s the ‘right thing’ to do, but for purely selfish reasons. It benefits us and our well being.
Ethos is so important because it becomes the backbone of our character, an experience of our Self in our most empowered state. It provides us with an armour to fight off fear and doubt. It gives us strength, purpose and direction, which are the most empowering traits one can have. Without it, we are a ship without a compass.
As Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and devout student of Greek philosophy wrote 2,000 years ago:
“No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be good. Like gold or emerald or purple repeating to itself, ‘No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my colour undiminished.’”
Click the graphic below to find out more about "ETHOS" as a life-changing tool
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What is the one key to happiness and freedom that has been a constant from the time of Socrates and the Stoics to today's modern psychotherapy practices like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) etc?
The answer is best expressed by a quote of the Greek philosopher, Epictetus who taught that, 'It isn't events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them.'
This week's video is a clip from the book launch of two books on Stoic Philosophy by Donald Robertson and John Sellars, where I was recently asked to translate at IANOS bookstore in Athens...
Watch our lively discussion and find out how Modern Stoicism can help you create more happiness and freedom in your life.
THIS IS ALKISTIS from Athens, Greece sharing the eternal "Light of Greece"
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As I look back on my childhood, I can clearly see that I was
introduced to Greek philosophy by my father. From a young age,
instead of fairy tales like Cinderella, my father would read us
bedtime stories from Aesop’sFables, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Much later, it was through leadership training, that I was introduced to
Aristotle’s timeless system for influence and persuasion: He
wrote the worlds’s first ever manual on the Art of Persuasion.
It’s called, “The Rhetoric” .
Little did I know, that within this system, lies the key to navigating life...
Like an "Inner GPS"
Learn more about my dramatic journey to discover this "Inner GPS",
by watching today's video, then, click the graphic below
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How can a philosophy which is over 2000 years old, help someone like you
to overcome anxiety, anger and frustration?
I recently co-hosted a big conference here in Greece (Stoicon) where over 300
people came to find out exactly that.
It went so well, it looks like we will repeat it next year!
Hope to see you there too ! Watch video to learn more.
Enjoy the video, and as always, make sure to leave a comment, or contact me with
your views and questions!
This is Alkistis
Dr Alkistis Agio,
World-class Leadership Trainer & Philosopher,
Founder of The ALKISTIS Method
"There are things which are within our power, and there are things
which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire,
aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own.
Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and,
in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs...."
So starts the first lesson in The Manual For Life, from the teachings of
the great Greek philosopher, Epictetus.
Click on the image below to watch and listen to my latest guided meditation.
You have to admit it, that there is a great wisdom in knowing
what things you can control, and what things you can't control.
Much of our anger, frustration and anxiety stems from things
that we can't control, and it is a waste of time and energy to
be worried all the time about them.
It's like the weather: Can you control the weather? Of course not.
So simply take your precautions and make auxiliary plans, but being anxious,
angry or frustrated is not going to help at all.
Enjoy the video, and as always, make sure to leave a comment,
or contact me with your views and questions!