Welcome leaders and coaches. Today we are talking about two brain tricks into a successful future: what does that look like and how do we get there? Marilyn O’Hearne here with weekly wisdom.
Brain Trick One into a Successful Future: Look into the future and imagine the headline six months from now or 12 months from now.
- If we were reading about you or your team what would we be reading?
- What would be the success in the title and within the article?
- What would we be reading about the obstacles that we have overcome or you have overcome?
Then we (if we are partnering for team or leadership coaching) work backwards along the timeline of what needs to happen and what obstacles might be encountered. By stepping into the successful future and looking back, this brain trick avoids some of the fear and the drawbridge coming up in our brains when we think about moving forward and the obstacles that we may be encountering. So that’s step one or one option.
Braintrick two to a successful future: When you are coaching or you’re in a leadership meeting guiding someone else and they’re uncertain, which is so common today in our rapidly changing world, instead of focusing on the fear and obstacles, ask “what is the part of you that will move you forward?” It’s a strength-based approach; that’s what coaching is about. As coaches, we believe people are creative, resourceful and whole and that question is a way of accessing strengths.
Another question you can ask is “How have you successfully handled this in the past?” And if the person or the team doesn’t have an experience at successfully handling that in the past then you can say “Who do you know that has, and what have you learned from observing them?” Again instead of focusing on the fear and the obstacles, it’s on the strengths and the part of you that you know will move you forward.
I learned this from a neuroscientist. If we’re focusing on the obstacles and fear that’s where we will stay, where our brain stays instead of into the solutions and the way forward to your successful future. Imagine the shift in your team and organizational culture when you make this shift.
I hope you find these two brain tricks into a successful future, for unlocking potential as you successfully step into your future helpful.
I look forward to hearing from you about how you are stepping into your successful future!
To our potential, prosperity and peace-we are in this together!
Marilyn O’Hearne, MSW, MCC, LLC
CQ Master Certified Coach, International Coach Federation