THE BIG LIFE COACHING SECRET SAUCE
At Big Life Coaching, we follow a Solutions-Focused approcah to coaching. But, like most coaches, we've put our own stamp on it. We like to call it our 'Secret Sauce' So, what are the key ingredients in that secret sauce of ours? Well, let's find out...
We mentioned how we follow a Solutions-Focused coaching approach, but that we’d put our own stamp on it. So, before we look at how that approach actually works, let’s take a moment to look at that ‘Stamp’, shall we?
A focus on strengths
Big Life Coaching focuses heavily on your strengths. Strengths are innate – they aren’t something you pick up through hard work or learning – they are already present in you. In simple terms, they are built-in capacities for certain thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.
We use the VIA Strengths Inventory to help you assess where your key strengths – your signature strengths – lie to inform our coaching conversation.
During your coaching sessions, your coach will help you accurately assess your strengths, unpicking and unwinding any distortions that may have crept in over the years; and develop strategies for applying those strengths not just in the pursuit of your coaching goals, but also in other areas of your life where you may not be getting the most out of them.
An emphasis on values
Alongside your strengths, Big Life Coaching also places a strong emphasis on your values. Values are abstract, desirable end states that people strive for, or aim to uphold, such as freedom, loyalty, or tradition. They inform your decisions and, when the values you hold are present in your day-to-day life, they give a sense of alignment, security and wellbeing.
So, your preliminary sessions with your coach will involve work to identify and clarify your values, so that care can be taken to ensure that all your coaching goals line up with your own value system.
A grounding in Positive Psychology
In addition to (or, perhaps alongside) our focus on strengths and values, Big Life Coaching is grounded in the principles and practices of Positive Psychology.
Described as "the scientific study of what makes life most worth living" (Peterson, 2008), Positive Psychology is essentially a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It focuses on strengths instead of weaknesses, building on the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to 'great' instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to 'normal' (Peterson, 2008).
Positive Psychology particularly focuses on the positive events and influences in life, including: positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love); and positive states and traits (like gratitude, resilience and compassion).
As a field, Positive Psychology spends much of its time thinking about topics like character strengths, optimism, life satisfaction, happiness, well-being, gratitude, compassion (as well as self-compassion), self-esteem and self-confidence, hope, and elevation.
Big Life Coaching specifically adopts positive psychology in its approach to coaching as, when used in a coaching environment, in addition to the general aim of coaching we’ve already talked about – to positively impact your life, in particular - positive psychology seeks to:
- Increase your experience of positive emotions;
- Help you identify and develop your strengths and unique talents;
- Enhance your goal-setting and goal-striving abilities;
- Build a sense of hope into your perspective;
- Cultivate your sense of happiness and well-being;
- Nurture a sense of gratitude in you;
- Help you build and maintain healthy and positive relationships with others;
- Encourage you to maintain an optimistic outlook;
- Help you learn to savour every positive moment.