Often people come to coaching and mentoring with beliefs that limit their progress. These may be long standing voices in their heads or stories they have told themselves about their past or their abilities. The coach can support the coachee to “reframe” these beliefs and view them as something they can choose to get rid of.
Getting people to focus on their strengths by asking them to list their achievements can be revealing. Often they are able to list their faults and development areas, but have difficulty listing their strengths. If your coachee is visual they may like to fill in a SDOC:
- Development areas
They will all have areas of strengths even if it is not connected with their job role or work. Often people forget to mention that they were the most successful fundraiser in their local charity or that they led a march on Downing Street to protest about the cost of fuel. All these achievements can be highlighted during the sessions.