Self Coaching Sunday is a blog about a few easy tools you can do for yourself at home or work.
In between coaching sessions I encourage clients to use tools that supports the coaching process, and provide ongoing opportunities for development, reflection and clarity.
Three of these tools are called art journalling, vision boards and a thought diary, they are fun, creative and really useful in providing insight to your thoughts, behaviours and ideas.
1. Art Journal: A scrap book for creative expression, sometimes words can’t capture a feeling or thought so having a visual diary is a good way to put your ideas out on paper. You might like to express your goals visually, reflect on the past, illustrate your vulnerabilities or express the style of an idea. Try using vivid colours, typography, drawing and letting your brush strokes flow freely. Stackable water colours are a great tool for art journalling, also cutting magazine pictures, collecting fabrics and nature can also be fun.
2. Vision Board: A vision board is a pin board or poster with all your future goals, bucket list, or vision. Use cut outs from magazines, books, catalogues and focus on building style, themes, and emotive pictures to put together in a collage. You may use this tool to style a project for the home or business, it may be a team development tool to collaborate creatively and bring a shared vision into order or it may be something you keep around the home to remind you of your plans and hopes for the future or to celebrate and revere what you are grateful for now.
3. Thought Diary: A thought diary is a CBT tool used in coaching to help clients get clear on auto-magic thoughts and the feelings, beliefs and behaviour that often follow. It is used to help clarify the triggers, to be more mindful and aware when faced with these situations. We usually prepare a thought diary with columns, date, auto-matic thought, action (what triggered the situation), feeling (how it makes you feel), belief (what belief is underlying the auto-magic thought) and an alternative explanation or exception to the first auto-magic thought. For example, when I find mess on the floor in the lounge room, my auto-matic thought is ‘She is so selfish she doesn’t care about the hard work I do keeping things clean’, the action is when I walk into my newly cleaned lounge room and find crumbs all over the floor. The feeling is frustration/anger. The belief is she is selfish and inconsiderate. An alternative might ‘she is just absorbed in her project, or she didn’t realise she made a mess.’
So there is three great examples of self-coaching tools we use to support coaching and encourage clients to use on-going to develop their self awareness and keep them on track to reaching goals. People with goals in life are generally happier and feel a sense of accomplishment when reaching them. If you’re interested in working with a Life Coach please contact me for a no obligation chat about how coaching can accelerate your personal or professional growth.
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