We have the potential to grow and learn and change throughout our lives. Known as the concept of neuroplasticity, coaching can help us to create new pathways, build mental skills and create lasting change.
It is now well-established that the brain remains adaptable throughout our lifetime. And by rewiring the brain through experiences, shifting thoughts and adapting our mindset, we can actually live the lives we say we want.
Science has shown using a more positive approach such as coaching, we can help the brain visualize a better future.
The truth is that neuroscientists have confirmed what we instinctively have always known: transformative, lasting change is harder than we think. Consider the major changes you have attempted and how many have failed. 85% of change initiatives in organizations fail because leaders focus on the wrong things and don’t understand what it really takes for people to change their behavior and beliefs.
Information and motivation are not enough to inspire people to change.
Transformation, whether on an individual or organizational level, requires on-going, focused attention on new possibilities and new behaviors – not on the problem as most of us have done before. And while coaching can be effective within a short period of time, it does require real commitment and effort over time.
Setting goals, making connections, becoming more aware, seeking breakthroughs and taking action – the ‘stuff’ of coaching – parallels what neuroscientists tell us works in helping the brain operate.
Coaching ultimately can help you by applying simple strategies that increase the likelihood of reaching your goals. By using powerful questions, exploring insights, creating opportunities to reflect, asking for commitments and accountability, you’ll find yourself achieving more of what you want – quickly.
There is also evidence that when people arrive at their own insights their brain makes multiple connections that gives them a rush of energy that not only uplifts them but gives them the motivation to take action on their insight.