Looking at the doughnut or the hole?

“As you ramble on through life, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole.” Margaret Atwood 

Noreen Coomey of Transition Coaching and Psychotherapy looks at how solution-focused coaching helps with workplace and life transitions.

Solution-focused coaching is a powerful approach that can help you not only navigate but also survive and thrive amidst rapid changes that happen in how you live, work and communicate. Here’s how:

Clarifying Goals and Vision: Solution-focused coaching begins by helping you clarify what you want to achieve despite the change you are experiencing. It encourages you to envision a positive future and articulate clear, actionable goals. By focusing on what you want to accomplish, rather than dwelling on the uncertainties of change, you can maintain a sense of direction and purpose and control.

Identifying Strengths and Resources: During times of change, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about your abilities. Solution-focused coaching helps you recognise your strengths, skills, and resources that will support you through the transition. By emphasising your capabilities, the coaching process boosts your confidence and resilience, enabling you to face challenges with a degree of control and a proactive mindset.

Embracing Flexibility and Adaptability: Change often requires flexibility and adaptability. Solution-focused coaching helps you discover how to embrace uncertainty and view change as an opportunity for growth rather than a threat. When you see change as a natural part of life that leads to new possibilities, you become more open to exploring different paths and better at adapting to unexpected circumstances.

Breaking Down Barriers and Overcoming Challenges: Change can bring about various obstacles and barriers that hinder progress. Solution-focused coaching helps you identify these challenges and develop practical strategies to overcome them. By breaking down complex problems into smaller, manageable steps, you will make progress towards your goals despite the obstacles.

Building Resilience and Coping Skills: Change often tests our resilience and coping abilities. Solution-focused coaching equips you with resilience-building techniques and coping strategies to navigate the inevitable ups and downs of change. By developing resilience, you become better equipped to bounce back from setbacks, adapt to new circumstances and thrive in the face of adversity.

Celebrating Progress and Success: In the midst of change, it’s essential to acknowledge and celebrate your progress and successes. Solution-focused coaching encourages you to recognise and appreciate your achievements along the way. By celebrating milestones and accomplishments, you reinforce positive behaviours and build momentum towards your desired outcomes.

Maintaining a Positive Outlook: Finally, solution-focused coaching helps you maintain a positive outlook and mindset throughout the change process. By focusing on solutions, possibilities and progress, rather than dwelling on problems and setbacks, you cultivate a sense of optimism and hope. This positive mindset not only helps you navigate change more effectively but also enhances your overall well-being and satisfaction with life.

In conclusion, you can use solution-focused coaching to clarify goals, leverage strengths, embrace flexibility, overcome challenges, build resilience, celebrate successes, and maintain a positive outlook. You can  therefore navigate change with confidence and emerge stronger on the other side. Keeping your eye on the doughnut not on the hole!


WCP Staff

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