February 8, 2012 Leave a comment
If you think about getting the brain in a place where positive change is possible, then you know you have to get the brain in a forward-leaning posture, rather than a threat-response.
It is interesting to think about the science of the brain in the context of a coaching conversation. No matter who you are talking with and no matter what the challenge to overcome or the goal to achieve, the brain has to move into that forward-learning space in order to make progress. That means you have to STOP thinking about the problem and focus on the solution.
Makes sense, right? Only challenge is… that means that many times you have to interrupt a personal pity party. Whether blaming someone else, lamenting about your misfortune, or just being frustrated by a lack of progress, if you spend too much time thinking about the problem that is where you will stay! Instead, once you know just enough about the cause of the problem, move on to solution focus!
Get the mind focused on what need to happen to move onward and upward. Get a visual of the end-state. And, get the emotions focused on what it is going to look like and feel like on the ‘other side’ of the challenge!
Step by step, move forward in the plan and the process.