Coaching Modalities

Cumulative Effect of Tiny Steps

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Success seems to be about making your time count. It is not necessarily about squeezing more into the time you have. This means you do not have to be stressed out and time-pressured to make great progress. You just need a great goal and great steps.

Begin by effectively defining your overall goal. You need to have a sense of what you don’t know and what is realistic. In other words, you can definitively identify the gap between where you are now and where you want to go: With an understanding that you cannot become a world-class athlete if you have never worked out.

Next, you need to be motivated to engage. Your plan should include opportunities to put what you are learning into practice and get some kind of feedback that allows you to adapt. This is where the steps you identify are critical.

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Mind Mapping for Clarity, Accountability, and Motivation

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A Mind Map is a simple but powerful brainstorming technique. It is formatted like a flow chart with the lead item in the center and lines drawn to a bunch of boxes surrounding the center. Each box addresses a particular aspect related to the central theme. The theme can be anything from an action plan to a personal skills analysis, to an overview of something you are creating. It can also capture different lengths of time such as detail for a day versus an outline for a month.

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Embracing Uncertainty and Not Knowing

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The space of uncertainty is magical because it contains the seeds of creation. Not Knowing is OK, but it often doesn’t feel that way. When we don’t know, it can be uncomfortable because we have no framework from which to plan our activities in the external world. However, this is a time for internal rather than external movement. A process that is driven by much questioning and reflection and the opportunity to connect to our intuition and higher-self more deeply. Moreover, it is well documented as a critical stage in the developmental cycle. In other words, it is absolutely a part of the human process.

One of these models is Frederick Hudson’s Cycle of Renewal which has four phases.

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Using the Wheel of Life to Target What You Want to Change

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The Wheel of Life is a very powerful coaching tool because it prompts a conscious examination of your experience of life. You can repeatedly apply this tool over time as a prompt to refining your life.

However, to get the absolute most out of this coaching tool you have to be open to change.

Often our mindset can impede our ability to fully engage if we think things are set as they are. This includes our ability to change ourselves and our capabilities as well as our ability to change things in our environment and circumstance. In other words, our belief that our internal attributes or our external situation is fixed can prevent us from taking action to make small changes.

So, start by setting the intention to be wide open to any adaptations you might need to make and then engage in the Wheel of Life introspection.

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