How to get there from here – the power of hope

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During Oprah Winfrey’s recent landmark acceptance speech, she spoke of how: “I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.” So what is it about hope, the belief in the possibility of something better, that Oprah, and others, feel is the key to being able to withstand and survive difficult circumstances? Hope researcher Charles Richard Snyder believes […]

How to get where you want to go

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How do we get clarity on where we want to go, and how do we know it will lead to happiness and success once we get there? And how do we cross the gap between here and there, with all the obstacles and fears that hold us back from fulfilling our potential? In one sense, coaching can be seen as the process of building a bridge between where we are now, and where we want to go – similar to employing a qualified engineer to help draw up the plans and […]

The mystery of human motivation

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Whatever our understanding of how human motivation operates – whether we are interested in improving how we motivate ourselves, or others – we are aware that employee motivation is a key driver of productivity and achievement in our organisation. Daniel Pink, author of ‘Drive’, argues that our understanding of what drives our behaviour in the workplace needs to be upgraded from the belief in the universal effectiveness of punishment and reward, and he puts forward the idea that there are three universal motivators that drive our behaviour: autonomy – the need […]

Resolutions, and the power of hope

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It’s often at this time of year that any New Year’s resolutions can start to falter as our positive intentions hit the inertia of our old ways of being. The power of hope (a desire with an expectation for something, especially something good, to happen) can enable us to see possibilities where none exist, propelling us to move towards a better future for ourselves and others around us. Research has shown that people who score high in hope have lower levels of depression and anxiety, and higher levels of happiness […]

Imagine. Innovate. Implement.

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How does Solutions Coaching work? The coaching provided by Solutions Coaching is fundamentally based on three steps: imagine, innovate, implement. imagine: what is your ideal outcome? What would you like to change or overcome in your current situation, and what would be the end result? Whether we’re stuck in the middle of a problem, or stuck in a rut, it can be hard to see a way out of our present situation. When we’re in a “flight or flight”, stressed or fear-based state, we are not able to be as […]