Coaching and positive psychology ate a perfect fit – they both focus on optimal functioning and human happiness. Now, we can add emotional intelligence into the mix and get a potent combination for coaching success.
What is Positive Psychology?
In the late 1990s, psychologists began to wonder if there was a new way of approaching the pursuit of well-being and happiness. A new form of psychology emerged that focused, not on mental illness and disorders, but on strengths, talents, and happiness. Because coaching focused on strengths, potential, and goals, coaching and positive psychology were a perfect fit for all types of coaching practices, from life coaching to health coaching to executive coaching.
Coaches who apply positive psychology principles in their practices concentrate on talents, creativity, gratitude, optimism, and passion. They help their clients find pleasure, meaning, vision, and contentment in their lives.
What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence is basically the ability to understand, be aware of, express, and control emotions.
Applying emotional intelligence in our lives helps us:
- Use our emotional to help us instead of hurt us.
- Prevent outbursts that are emotional and in the heat of the moment.
- Manage our emotions more successfully in the context of relationships, which can create better and stronger relationships.
- Learn how to recognize emotional decision made by others.
- Learn to recognize emotions present in others.
Because emotional intelligence is about identifying and understanding emotions to improve your life is makes it completely compatible with coaching and positive psychology.
Emotional Intelligence, Coaching and Positive Psychology
Combining these three skills makes for one very powerful coach – one who targets the strengths and positive qualities of each client. Coaches and positive psychology have been an ideal fit for some time now, and those coaches who focus on enhancing their clients’ emotional intelligence will be able to offer even more outcomes for their clients.
How to Bring Emotional Intelligence into Coaching Sessions
Here are a few tips you can work with in your coaching sessions to get clients more in to9uch with their emotions and to improve their emotional intelligence.
- Get them to understand the power of the pause. Pausing, even for a few moments, before you say something or make a decision can make a world of difference.
- Disconnect periodically. In this age of social media and constant information, it helps build emotional intelligence to take a break from the 24/7 stream of information.
- Be proactive instead of reactive. Try not to react to things – instead, make your own story, create your own blog, write your own words. Making your own decisions instead of reacting to the decisions of others is a great way to exhibit greater emotional intelligence.
Be an Emotionally Intelligent and Positive Psychology Coach
The more tools you have in your coaching toolbox, the better. The more tricks you have in your bag, the more outcomes you can find for more clients. Emotional intelligence and positive psychology are two of the best tools to have – emotional intelligence, coaching, and positive psychology combine to make a great coach!
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