Combining the secrets of science and the heart
Our brain is the most valuable thing any of us possess. It’s the center of all we do, and where everything that makes us individuals and human beings is born and developed. Nevertheless, we make our brains work too hard and we don’t take good care of them. Because of this, we get decision fatigue and that fatigue grows as our willpower, clarity and energy decrease. It’s here where neurocoaching can help.
My work follows the parameters of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the New York Institute of NeuroLeadership. This brain-based training centers on getting results and improving performance by respecting a fundamental principal: no two people are the same because no two minds are alike.
With demonstrably high levels of efficiency, this type of training helps my clients achieve clarity and perspective. I like to tell them that it’s a lot like taking our minds to the gym. Our brain, the part of our bodies that we use the most, also needs exercise to stay healthy and get maximum results.
In a word, everything.
Coaching based on brain training to develop new habits enables change, starting by improving the way we think and reflect. This helps us to have a conscious understanding of things, to change in the direction we desire and speeds up our decision-making process. The key is switching out “I should” for “I want,” not self-imposing limits, overcoming our fears and believing in ourselves.
The coach mainly acts as a reflection companion or what we call a Thinking Partner. Neurocoaching isn’t a therapy or a study. The coach doesn’t do or decide. The coach accompanies, and guides via carefully selected questions to help you achieve your objectives. This process focuses exclusively on reaching hard for the client’s personal best, even if the client isn’t aware of what can actually be achieved. In reality, brain-based coaching is a trip and an exploration meant to unleash the leader all of us carry inside.
Essentially, the training’s intended to help individuals become conscious of their habits and actions and from there, modify their behavior accordingly depending on their priorities. The training also helps with establishing priorities, don’t worry.
The process is very simple. Its centered around not getting stuck in the past, focusing on solutions as opposed to problems and acquiring quantifiable commitments that help us to advance and improve the way we think and act.
Words, thoughts, and actions are worked on in unison, in such a way that it becomes easy to see the part they play in your life, and of course, the effect they have on the people that surround you. You can’t change something that’s unconscious. When you become aware of what you’re doing and why, it’s much easier to create new habits and conduct.
Although it’s a training based on neuroscience, and other scientific* aspects of brain function, the client need not concern themselves with the more technical aspects of the process. In the end, clients are receiving a coaching session, not a science class. Clients’ free introductory Chemistry Session serves to detect their needs and identify important priorities and goals. After taking into account this information, a personalized action plan is designed. In general, we work on:
• Enjoyment (optimism and pleasure derived from daily activities)
• Mental Flexibility
• Trust (in yourself and others)
• Calm and Tranquility
• Concentration and Conscience
To achieve the above objectives I train the client to:
• Fix clear objectives and goals
• Amend behavior (habits)
• Be conscious of emotions (mindfulness, presence and adaptation)
• Be aware of thoughts (beliefs and attitudes)
• Monitor time and energy (for self-efficiency)
Everything begins with a preliminary free session called a “Chemistry Session.” In this first meeting, the client and myself make sure we have the connection or “chemistry” necessary to build a successful coaching relationship. In this session, we identify the areas in which the client needs intervention. The length of the coaching process will depend on the client’s needs and the program agreed upon. Programs tend to run anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks of 50-minute weekly sessions. In person, phone, Skype and other online methods are all available.
Once initial objectives have been met and the process is on track, sessions can be reduced to a biweekly frequency. Following their initial coaching program, many clients choose to maintain periodic follow-up sessions and maintenance with my Coach On Call program. Others prefer to continue with regularly scheduled sessions even after they’ve *achieved their initial goals. Especially for people in management positions who are making decisions on a constant basis, a coach is a necessary sounding board to help them improve performance and widen perspectives.
Neurocoaching can help all kinds of people and can be adapted to a wide range of needs and circumstances. It first began years ago, and was successfully applied in the world of sports, and afterwards moved into the business world, and now is expanding into many different fields.
My areas of expertise include the corporate world, business people, entrepreneurs, and expats. I also work with artists, creative professionals and all sorts of folks who are under a lot of pressure and experience high levels of stress, in addition to those individuals who simply want to improve their quality of their relationships and communication with others. If you don’t see your particular situation reflected in the groups mentioned above, and you want to know if I can help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.