As a coach I use a lot of tools to help my clients discern, understand and integrate truths about their life and their history as they move towards manifesting their goals. This is a key step in the coaching relationship as the goal of coaching is to help the client reach their goals. The reason a client seeks coaching support can vary greatly from something very concrete like wanting to clean the clutter from their house to something very internal and personal such as being more heart centered. The coaching process supports the client in moving towards all types of goals, which makes it an extraordinarily useful and successful way to move towards the goals in your life. A crucial part of the coaching process is overcoming the obstacles a client experiences as they move towards their goals. When there is something that gets in the way of reaching that goal, like a habit, a pattern, a resistance to taking a step, a fear or feeling frozen or stuck then I have many practices and tools in my toolbox that a client can use to develop understanding of the obstacles. One of my favorites is this next exercise titled the “Life as a Metaphor Exercise”.
Write down 3 things that happened in childhood that were important, positive or negative, and only one line for each one.
Do the same for 3 important things in your life right now.
Write down 3 outcomes that you would like to see unfold for yourself in the future.
Take those 9 lines and write a one-page fairy story, fantasy or mythology, that uses those key guiding principles. Do not feel bound by reality, the presence of human characters or anything else. Tell a fantastic (and quickly written) story that uses these 9 key themes.
I love this exercise for several reasons. Writing this myth of your life is a creative process and I love to see the gifts of increased self-awareness through the creative flow as they blossom for my clients. I like how writing this myth reminds us of memories of childhood stories, books, movies and shows that had meaning for us and that we loved. I like the playful aspect of it, and at the same time there is a strong invitation to increased self-awareness and self-understanding. Finally, the process of writing a myth sparks our imagination, which is a lovely experience that invites us to enter that imaginative state more often. You may wonder how this exercise can aid in overcoming obstacles. The simple answer is that it opens the door to seeing your problem in a new light. As you move through this exercise you are invited to see your problem through the lens of myth and in the world of myth…anything is possible. Possibility is the opposite of living inside the box of your current understanding of your problem. As we open to imagination, we begin to imagine all the ways we can move towards our goal.
If you would like to experience possibility through many types of exercises, tools and practices I invite you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come imagine, play, create and reach toward your goals.
After 30 plus in the business world Karen Herold considers herself a recovering CPA, finance and executive management business leader. She left her business career to pursue a master’s in transpersonal psychology followed soon thereafter by certification as a psychosynthesis life coach. She brings her wisdom and knowledge as a yoga teacher, creative expression arts facilitator, energy psychologist and a life transition coach to each coaching session. Karen is also a member of the faculty at Sofia University. Karen empowers and encourages her clients to embrace Transition as an Invitation to envision, create and manifest their next stage in life as one that is filled with Purpose, Meaning and Value. Karen is a contributing author to The Call of Self: Psychosynthesis Life Coaching, which is a journey to understanding transpersonally oriented life coaching where she shares her experience of the intersection of life coaching and volleyball coaching.
Karen is the mother of three adult daughters…all of whom she coached in club volleyball at one time or another. She is also grandmother to four young grandchildren and is recently married to her loving husband Chris.
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