The Coaching Spiral of Life
- A model to guide the coach and client's work by:
- Aligning the clients values and identity with their purpose
- Discovering the client's core resources
- Ensuring the process is growing what is life-giving to the client
The Coaching Spiral
We identify three major areas of focus in coaching Environment, Skills, and Motivation
Within the area of motivation there are four interrelated domains
Expectations: our beliefs about how successful you will be. Typically we are more motivated to engage in behavior that we believe will result in success.
Values: the relative importance we place on behaviors and outcomes.
Identity: our sense of who we are and the role/s we play.
Purpose: understanding how we have a purpose and how that has a meaningful connection with something greater than ourselves.
We can map these domains on the unfolding spiral life, where life is seen as flowing from the Source of our Existence out through the domains. For life to flow the seven domains need to be congruent or aligned.
Different coaching styles or strategies are required for each of the domains. The words in bold at the bottom of each domain describe the coaching strategies for use when seeking to discover and access resources from that domain.
The most powerful place to intervene is closest to the Source of Life. Changes made at the Core Purpose or Identity will transform the domains further out, where as making changes in the Environmental or Skills domains will have minimal impact on Identity or sense of Purpose.
Environment: Consulting and Advising
The coach, relying on their specific expertise, advises people on alternate ways to respond to their environmental demands.
Skills: Training and Teaching
The coach teaches or trains the person to perform specific behaviors or skills to develop personal competence.
Expectations: Imagineering and Inspiring
The coach helps the person to use their imagination in role rehearsal or to grow a realistic expectancy of success.
Values: Mentoring, Clarifying and Aligning
The coach models values and helps people clarify the values that they in turn would like to live by.
Identity: Sponsoring and Blessing
When a person is acknowledged for who they are, they discover that they exist, have intrinsic worth, and a personal identity. The coach helps by sponsoring or blessing the emerging identity.
The coach cannot create nor impose purpose, they can only help people awaken to their purpose or the life that lives within them. This is the work of awakening or soul friending and the coach is often known as a "Soul Friend."
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