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Narrative Coaching: What is it?

“Narrative Coaching is a Mindful, Experiential, and Holistic approach that helps people get to the crux of their stories about themselves, others, and life itself to create new possibilities and new results.” ~DAVID DRAKE

Narrative Coaching focuses on stories we carry within us. Stories that shape our beliefs, influence our behaviors, and lead to unlocking the outcomes. Narrative coaches work with individuals to uncover & explore these stories, helping them gain insight, make positive changes, and create new narratives that align with their goals & aspirations.

The Power of Stories

Human beings are natural storytellers. We use narratives to share our experiences, communicate with others, and define ourselves. Our stories are the lenses through which we view the world. Narrative Coaching harnesses the power of storytelling and its impact on personal growth & transformation.

Narrative Coaching Process

  • Story Exploration: Deep dive into your narrative. Work closely with your narrative coach to unveil your stories, examining your values, beliefs, & underlying assumptions. This reveals limiting beliefs & patterns.
  • Self-Reflection: Reflect on your stories and how they shaped your life. This encourages self-awareness, and you determine why you make confident choices over others and why you tend to react to certain situations differently.
  • Reframing & Empowerment: Eliminate the stories that no longer serve you and rewrite them. Narrative Coaches will help you reframe your narratives more positively, which gives you more control over situations and helps you perform better.
  • Goal Setting: With your Narrative in place, collaborate with your narrative coach to set a clear goal/ SMART goal with your revised stories. These would pave the way & become a roadmap for your journey forward.
  • Action & Accountability: Narrative Coaching is not just confined to talking; it’s all about taking action. You’re held accountable by your coach to achieve the goals. This accountability is a crucial element in driving meaningful change.

Key Benefits of Narrative Coaching

  • Self Awareness
  • Empowerment
  • Improved Relationships
  • Enhanced Problem-Solving
  • Clarity of Purpose
  • Stress Reduction

In Conclusion

It is a journey of self-discovery. You need not be confined to your own story. Still, you can go beyond unpacking the customer stories and embark on new opportunities by rewriting, reframing & empowering in a more positive outlook and leading to personal & professional growth.

So, if you feel stuck or want to create a new chapter in your life, consider Narrative Coaching.

Reference: ‘Narrative Coaching: Bringing Our New Stories to Life’: written by David B. Drake

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Sunil has 16 years of experience in BI, DWH, DB, UI testing and project delivery across Healthcare, Insurance, Banking, & Telecom industries. Currently Working with Mindset as a Project Delivery Lead, Sunil likes to learn new technologies, and follow current trends. He enjoys going on long drives, trekking, playing badminton, & listening to music.

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