A Coaching Model Created by Stacie Dickerson Cole
(Health and Wellness Coaching, UNITED STATES)
This is a simple model, visually appealing, and easy to understand. The green is a fresh color that represents growth and renewal. The gray is a bit vague and works well for the not yet defined future. Overall, the model shows change as a deliberate process, not something done overnight on a whim. The Missing Link Coaching Model will work well with the health & fitness niche, especially as it applies to a weekly coaching format for a client trying to lose weight. Many exercise goals fall into a weekly pattern.
The right mindset is very important for a client to reach her health & fitness goals. There is a lot of “how to” information: how to eat, exercise and even many compelling reasons why. If it were as easy as knowing what to do, everyone would be at their goal weight. The self awareness and values clarification is the missing link for many people.
The Missing Link Coaching Model
The Missing Link coaching model is in the shape of a plus sign. All that takes place in our coaching environment is from a place of positivity and support. A client must be in a positive place to see future possibilities for herself. Also notice that at the center of it all is self awareness, the ability to see one’s self almost in the third person, which is necessary for change. It allows a client to examine her actions, behaviors, thoughts and feelings and ask “why?”
The individual steps of the model flow clockwise, starting at the top. The solid link represents the client’s current reality, opinions and attitudes about herself. The blurry link represents the client’s vision of her future self. It is not yet clear. In between vision and reality is values clarification as well as action and development. What value or belief is leading the client to want to make a change? What actions and self development is the client able to accomplish to move toward that goal?
Creating lifestyle change is an evolution, not a revolution. Change is an ongoing process, ever-evolving. This model flows in a circle and can be repeated over and over again. As people grow, their beliefs change. As their beliefs change they grow even more, shedding values and beliefs that no longer serve them.