When conducting life or recovery coaching, have you ever felt that you’re just going around in circles with a client or that you’ve hit a barrier? Then, this article may help you in your work. It is about a process known as meta-programming a form of neuroscience called Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I like to refer to this term as habits of thought: How people think, make decisions, and how their thinking styles influence and motivate their behaviors.
There are many reasons why clients can’t move forward with the goals they have set for themselves: fear, unrealistic plans, goals set to high, and one hundred other reasons. But the main reasons may be right in front of a coach’s nose. Experienced colleagues in the field of recovery and life coaching have contributed common mistakes they once made when first starting their coaching careers; mistakes that can be happening to you today, or will happen as you grow in your profession. This does not mean that you are a poor coach, but that you must constantly be on the lookout for simple mistakes or unproductive behaviors that may get in the way of a client moving forward on the agenda he has set for himself.
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