The Art of Strengths Coaching

R is for The Recentring Approach

This is an approach that people can use in different situations. They may do so when recovering from a setback, rehearsing doing a piece of work of exploring how to shape their future.

Imagine you want to take this approach in your own way. This may involve going through the following steps.

Recentring

You can follow your ritual for recentring, relaxing and taking time to reflect. You can then reconnect with your inner compass – the core principles you believe in following in life – and explore the possible routes going forward.

Looking back, can you think of a time when you followed elements of this approach? This could have been in your personal or professional life.

You may have been feeling vulnerable – such as when having an illness or having experienced a setback. You may, on the other hand, have taken time to pause and plan ahead when preparing to do a piece of work.

What did you do to buy time to reflect and recentre? You may have taken deep breaths, moved to a physical place where you felt at ease, gone for a walk, slept on the problem or used another method.

What did you do to revisit your inner compass? How did you focus on your core principles? How did you explore the ways to pursue these in the situation? Some people ask themselves the following questions when faced by a challenge or looking into the future.

“What are the core principles I want to follow in my life or work? How can I follow these in this situation?

“What are the possible routes forward? How could I pursue these principles in the short, medium term and long-term?”

Every person has their own way of recentring, so it is important to find the way that works for you. Sometimes you can do this by building on the approach you have followed in the past. You can then aim to follow this approach – plus maybe add other skills – to recentre in the future.

One of the most important parts is to clarify your inner compass – the core principles you want to follow. These can provide guidelines that you can pursue when tackling a challenge, doing a piece of work or shaping the future.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to complete the following sentences.

My Core Principles 

The core principles I want to
follow in my life or work are these.

I want:

* To

* To

* To

 

Refocusing

Imagine that you have revisited your inner compass and the principles you want to follow. You may also have explored the potential ways forward when tackling a challenge, doing a piece of work or shaping the future.

You can settle on your chosen route forward and do some research. Gather information about all the factors that could influence pursuing your chosen route. It will then be time to move on to the real work.

You can refocus all your energies on working toward your chosen goals. Bearing in mind what you can control, you can aim:

To clarify the real results you want to achieve – the picture of success; 

To clarify how you can follow your principles to do your best to achieve the picture of success; 

To rehearse how you can follow these principles – and translate these into action – on the way towards achieving the picture of success.

This is an approach we have explored elsewhere on the website, so here we will not go into it greater depth. You can then move on to the next stage.

Results

Imagine that you have done all your preparation. It will then be time to do your best to shape the future.

You can follow your ritual for clicking into action. Being fully present, you can follow your principles and aim to do superb work. You can also keep reading reality – what is working and what can be improved – on the way towards achieving the desired results.

Sometimes things will go according to plan. Sometimes you may also get knocked off course. How do deal with such situations?

If possible, you can buy time to relax, recentre and refocus. You can ask yourself:

“What are the real results to achieve? How can I continue to follow my principles? What is working? How can I do more of these things? What can be improved and how?  

“What is my action plan going forwards? How can I restart in a good way? How can I regain my rhythm? How can I get some quick successes? How can I then do my best to achieve the desired results?”

Let’s return to your own life and work. Can you think of a situation where you may want to follow some of these steps? This could be in your personal or professional life.

Looking ahead, how can you buy time to recentre? How can you revisit your inner compass? How can you clarify the principles you want to follow in the situation? How can you explore the possible ways forward?

How can you settle on your chosen route? How can you focus on the real results to achieve? How can you rehearse following your principles? How can you do superb work? How can you keep reading reality? How can you do your best to achieve the desired results?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to complete the following sentences.

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