The purpose of positive psychology coaching is to understand the human strengths that enable individuals to thrive and positive psychology coaching exercises can steer your clients towards that direction.
Positive psychology coaching can be accomplished by having the right frame of mind. The truth is, our thoughts are very powerful and they are capable of influencing every aspect of our daily lives. You’ve probably heard of the adage, “As you think, so shall you be.”
If you want to improve your clients’ lives, you must first harness the power of their thoughts in a positive way. But how? How do we take something as intangible as thoughts and manifest them into something real?
We must first understand that positive psychology coaching is a mindset, a way of interacting with your clients, and a way of thinking. Mastering this train of thought is not easy, but it is simple enough if we keep working on it consistently and diligently.
Some Positive Psychology Coaching Exercises You Can Apply to Your Coaching
Following are some positive psychology coaching exercises that will help your clients experience the fundamental pillars of positive psychology coaching: a good and fulfilling life.
Exercise 1: Gratitude Journal
Having gratitude is appreciating what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.
A person with a grateful disposition—one who notices and appreciates the positive in the world—has greater physical and mental wellbeing. Grateful people experience more positive emotion, feel better about themselves, are less depressed, and are more satisfied with life in general.
Clients should take a few minutes each day to express heartfelt gratitude for the good things in their lives. Even more powerful, they should write a few of these blessings down each day. This helps to put their focus in the right direction—on abundance, not lack.
Ask them to use positive affirmations to begin training themselves to think positively, for example, “I am” statements such as “I am worthy of all that is good.” Then, instruct them to write the statements down and repeat them nightly before bed. Over time, this will implant these thoughts into their subconscious minds, and they will begin to naturally believe them.
Creative visualization can help your clients achieve happiness and success in their lives by determining what it is they wish to achieve, and then thoroughly creating that image in their minds.
Encourage them with the belief that they can achieve great things. This could also be one of their affirmations, but expand on it. Allow themselves to believe all things are possible and they will gain the confidence needed to reach higher than they ever imagined they could.
Exercise 2: Defining Values
Values are what we find meaningful in life, what you care about, and what you consider to be important. Everybody’s values are different, and they can change over time. They reflect how we want to engage with the world, with the people around us, and with ourselves.
Values are different from goals. Goals can be ‘achieved’ whereas values are more like directions that we want to take. For example, we might have the value of being a good worker which might require great effort, and the specific achievable goal of giving the best we can at work. Or we might have the goal of going for a jog or eating healthily while placing a value upon our physical health.
Ask your clients to answer the questions below and write a brief description of their values. This positive psychology coaching exercise will help your clients think about what is important to them and what they think makes for a meaningful life that they could value.
What kind of relationships do they want to have with their families? What qualities do they want their families to see in them?
What kind of husband/wife/partner do they want to be? What kind of relationship do they want to be a part of?
What sort of friend do they want to be? What friendships is it important to cultivate?
What kind of work is valuable to them? What qualities do they want to bring as an employee?
Education/Personal growth & development
How would they like to grow as a person? What kind of skills would they like to develop?
How important is their health to them? How do you want to look after themselves?
What kind of relationship do they want with God/Nature/the Earth?
By incorporating these two exercises into your coaching, you can determine what is important to your clients and are in line with their dreams. No matter what happens to them, they can choose positive thoughts and build the life they want.
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