Research Paper By Nasos Fotopoulos
(Life Coach, GREECE)
With our questions, as coaches, we challenge their awareness, and help them to gain clarity in their visions, goals, and options; we support them as they put together their action plan, and as they move towards the realization of their dreams.
One of the main goals in coach is to help someone to help themselves. The best solutions are not created for the client but from the client.
A solution focused coaching approach stays clear of exploring what triggers a situation or problem. Rather, the coach asks the client such questions as: “What skills did you use successfully at the past?”, “If you woke up tomorrow and your problem was solved, how would you feel or in what ways would you feel different than the way you are feeling now? “
Albert Einstein has said that no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
The main goal of solution focused coaching is for the client to have awareness of the solution. Consequent-ly, the coach’s questions aim at shifting the client’s perception and attention from the problem to the solu-tion.
The client´s perspective, beliefs and goals are fully respected in the coaching process. The coach doesn’t try to change the client. The approach is non-confrontational and non-judgmental.
There are a lot of solution focused coaching techniques. Below there is a review of the most important of them, in my opinion.
The miracle question helps the clients to focus, in as much detail as possible, on what their preferred life will be like and then make them think about how they might get there, beginning with the very first step. Knowing exactly what they want allow them to develop a clear action plan. We can use it with all clients but especially with those who want to establish goals but they are stuck, perhaps having trouble to think creatively or generate options. This question is an important tool of the solution focused coaching. The coach says to the client to suppose that they were to go home and at night, while they were asleep, a mi-racle happens. They don’t know anything about it, since they are asleep, but when they wake up next morning, everything is different.