Coaching Psychology: 3 Reasons Why Every Coach Needs Coaching Psychology


So you’ve heard about coaching psychology, but do you know why it is so important for your work as a coach? And some simple techniques that you can use to start leveling up your coaching methodology. Well? We’re waiting. Hi, this is Ajit Nawalkha and today we are discussing what is coaching psychology and 3 simple ways to use holistic coaching to create holistic transformation in your client’s life. Coaching is an art, but unlike what you may think, just having the skills and passion to coach might not be enough to be an extraordinary coach. Like most things in life, there’s a scientific understanding of how coaching works, how transformation through coaching works. And if you understand the science, you will be able to create true holistic transformation in your client’s life. Coaching psychology is the scientific foundation for coaches to create transformation. It’s grounded in decades of research done by scientists and researchers to find the fundamentals of human nature. In its essence, it informs what we do and how we do it. It allows us to comprehend the thought process behind our decisions, our actions and our behaviors. When you understand the fundamentals of how human beings work, you understand how to coach someone holistically. Besides that, can you see how having a scientific background will allow you to present your analysis, present your theories to your clients a lot more effectively? Help you market yourself better? How to position yourself as an authority? And this will all be mine? Everything. Everything the light touches. I think you get the idea. I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of coaching psychology. If we get into that, it will turn into an eight-hour full-blown course and you for sure don’t want me to rant for eight hours straight. Or do you? Instead, I want to share with you 3 foundational areas of coaching psychology that can help you with your clients’ transformation. If at any point you want to dive deeper, we have Dr. Margaret Moore in a free masterclass with her where she shares 5 areas of creating holistic transformation in your client’s life. Dr. Margaret Moore has been associated with the McLean Hospital which is associated with the Harvard Business School. She has done years and years of research in the area of creating holistic transformation and holistic change in a client’s life. So if you’re ready to dive deeper into this topic, click on the link and you will be able to watch this class for absolutely free. Let’s get back to it. There are 3 areas that you need to work with to create holistic transformation in your client’s life. The first is called mind intelligence. Most of the time, our mind controls us. How we make decisions, take actions or deal with situations is controlled by our mind even if we would believe that we disagree with what our mind is telling us. Mastering the mind is major leverage in transforming one’s life. When you understand the science behind mind intelligence, you will be able to take all the chaos and anxiety that might be in your client’s mind and create calm and order. When calm and order is created in their lives, they can consciously start to take control of their lives. The mind also has 14 different states that influence our behavior any given day. Being aware of the state can help you bring that awareness to your client’s mind and as that awareness comes, it allows them to be able to change that state and create a state that is more conducive to growth. You’ll have the ability to navigate through tough situations, even when there is resistance, because you would know what’s the state of mind that your client is in and how is it that you can organize that mind for them to be able to get past that resistance. You have probably heard about the award-winning movie Inside Out. If you haven’t, check it out. It’s available on Netflix too which also, by the way, gives you the reason to go ahead on a Netflix binge claiming that you are “studying.” Inside Out is the perfect example to understand how our emotions influence our behavior. Which brings me to the second part. Emotional intelligence. I’m telling you, it smells like something died in here. Can you die from moving? Guys, you’re overreacting! Nobody is dying… A dead mouse! Great. I’m gonna be sick. It’s the house of the dead! What are we gonna do? We’re gonna get rabies! Get off of me! Our emotions are the messengers of our deepest selves and being able to recognize our clients’ emotions, to be able to understand the positive emotions and the negative emotions that they’re experiencing, allows us to be able to navigate those emotions and create a space for transformation. If you are looking to create emotional shifts, to create emotional wellbeing for your clients, you need to understand how these emotions show up and how to really navigate them. According to research, there are 9 families of emotions that we experience and every human being has different activity and different levels of these emotions. Identify which is the louder emotions and which are the more quiet emotions at play, and you will be able to understand how to navigate your client’s emotions more effectively. Understanding these emotions also allows you and your clients to understand what motivates them and what leads to self-sabotage. Which brings me to the third intelligence. Body intelligence. Now, hold up, hold up. That’s not what I mean. You know that saying, “you are what you eat”? What we eat plays an important part in how well our body functions and the state of our body plays a big role in the state of our brain and the state of our mind. But it’s not only about healthy eating choices, it’s about taking care of your body. For example, it’s widely known and researched enough times, that exercising actually reduces our stress hormones and increases something that is called endorphins which is our mood elevating hormones. A healthy body provides the basic resources that a client needs in creating a transformation in their life. Being able to tap into your client’s body intelligence and help them optimize it can help you create transformation in their life much more easily and a lot more profoundly. So there you go. The 3 fundamentals of coaching psychology that you can use to create transformation in your client’s life. Mind intelligence. Emotional intelligence. And body intelligence. Now it’s your turn. Tell us how would you use these 3 principles of coaching psychology in creating transformation in your client’s life? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, we love hearing from you! 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