Demystifying Life Coaching – A Brief Overview.
My life is exactly where I want it to be. I have overcome all of my faults, and found redemption. I am no longer afraid of death. I can handle any situation without stress or anxiety. And I am filthy rich. My family and friends are also perfect. On top of that, I am, of course, really, really, really, ridiculously good looking.
I almost forgot to mention – I have a sense of humor. And if you hadn’t guessed it already – that last statement is the only true statement so far. The above list merely represents my brief attempt to come up with some silly stereotypes about life coaching Program. Of course, none of these things are true of me (though the power of life coaching has got me much closer). They are impossible.
Fortunately, these silly stereotypes have nothing to do with my scientific approach to life coaching.
n.b. those lofty goals specified in such absolute terms only set us up for failure – they are neither Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic or Time Focused. In summary, they are not SMART goals. But more on that later. But more on that in a future post).
So what is life Coaching? Here is a brief overview of the evidence-based coaching model that I use.
Step 1: Measure your current condition Here I use a number of assessments to help assess the coachee’s baseline situation, such as current financial, health, family and employment status, and any levels of distress. n.b. Clients who are assessed as suffering from significant levels of distress, or a mental health condition, will at this point be referred for counselling/psychotherapy or to other appropriate services.
Step 2: Define your goals This starts with an understanding of the values of the coachee and establishing a congruent vision. This involves formulating and documenting a personal vision statement, that leads to establishment of SMART goals and related milestones.
Step 3: Formulate a plan for goal achievement This involves formulating what I like to call a MAP – Massive Action Plan – that breaks down the milestones into their individual components. The who, what, where and when.
Step 4: Implement plans for goal achievement: Where things get interesting! Here we use advance strategies to help maintain performance, focus and motivation. These strategies are forfrom evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioural and Neur-Linguistic Programming (NLP) models. This where you really get the benefit of having a psychologist as your coach – a rare and effective combination of skills.
Step 5: Assess the effectiveness of plans for goal achievement This involves techniques to assess the effectiveness of our plan, and modifying it in accordance with feedback. This also involves advanced techniques to anticipate and overcome barriers to change.
Step 6: Maintain Goal Achievement We need to make sure that goal achievement is maintained. Strategies such as regular monitoring, documenting achievements and building on a goal occur here. Opportunities for further development are identified here.
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. -Richie Moore PSYCoaching: Psychology Solutions – Your Choices.