The Coaching process?
The Coaching Process
Coaching is a collaborative process, using a questioning approach, to help take you from where you are now, to where you want to be. The specifics of what we work together on will vary person to person, sometimes it could be a single thing to change or work on, a goal, a challenge, and sometimes it could be multiple areas of your life that you would like to see change. Change is an important word in coaching, as if you want your life to change then you will need to also.
Typically I follow the process below;
This gives us a baseline from which to move forward. It can actually feel cathartic to have a brain dump of everything that is going on in your life and helps us to understand where and what changes you want to make in your life, or what challenges you are facing.
Understanding and clarifying our values can help us in everything we do. Keeping these in mind when faced with choices to make, can help us make decisions that remain true to who we are.
Having understood your current reality, we now move to create a vision of the life you want.
Now that we know what your vision looks like, we start creating goals for how to achieve it. This involves a lot of questioning. Why do you want to achieve this? Why will your life be better if you do? How would you feel if you achieved it? What is the upside of achieving this goal and what is the potential downside if you don’t? All these questions help us to strengthen your motivation, to understand your why. We also look at what obstacles are in your way, what your options are to achieve it and clearly define what you will do to achieve it and how we will know whether you have been successful or not.
Having created your first set of goals, we now create a list of tasks, daily, weekly etc. that you will do to work towards your goals.
Once all the above has been agreed, we then undertake a regular review process. What has been going well, what challenges are you facing? Do we need to re-evaluate any of your goals and tasks? Additionally when you have reached your goals, do you want to create new ones?
Managing challenges in your life
Whether they be internal or external the above process still applies but additionally we spend time focusing on all the areas of your life causing stress, anxiety etc. and we determine which are within your control & influence and which are outside of your control and influence. That enables us to create a plan as to where best to focus your time and energy and create a set goals and tasks to help you manage them.
I also underpin this coaching process with the 5 pillars of happiness. Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning & Achievement.