Coaching Model 3

A coaching model doesn’t have to have a catchy name or follow an acronym. Most important is that my model is aligned with who I am, with my beliefs and my own style.

A big part of who I am and what I’ve learned is that thoughts lead to feelings, which lead to actions. And changing actions is important, but it can be pre-mature. To me, it’s important to be able to feel what is going on in the body. That signal can take us back one step further, to ask the question, “What thought was going through my mind when this feeling started?” When we can learn to become aware of our thoughts, study them to see if they are true or beneficial to us, then we can work through the whole chain.

Some coaches will want to be very action-oriented, for example. But I’m a big picture person. My goal in coaching is to help people make life changes that will last. So I don’t want to be too quick to jump to action, which might be appropriate in a business setting.

That being said, it is important also for me to come up with a model that looks at the small picture also–not only the sweeping changes, but the way I want my sessions to be organized. A model that looks at what the current step is for me and for the client.

I’m going to continue to play with my model, be curious about it, and test it out on a few people. And I’m going to focus on what I actually do while coaching so that I can describe a one-session-at-a-time coaching model.

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