Radical Coaching Aims
- Get rid of excessive internal and external noise and find your personal clarity
- Create space in your mind and body to be the person you want to be
- Own your own body
- Pull back and see the fuller picture – the spectator sees more of the game
- Being authentic living your values through your actions
- Feel heard, challenged and supported
The 4 Principles of Radical Coaching
1. You Are Good Enough Now
The starting point of Radical Coaching is that you are good enough now. Physically, mentally and emotionally. If you have ever been told ‘that’s the way you are’ it’s not true. You have the potential to change and thrive if you want to.
Regular coaching implies and reinforces there is a mythical ‘better’ version of yourself that you ought to be. This comparison is the thief of your joy. Radical Coaching challenges this approach.
It’s not about playing the game, being a better person, where you are lacking or what is wrong with you. There is no ‘better’ version of you. It’s arrogant, even patronising, when you are told there is.
You are incredible you may not just believe it right now. Every decision and choice you have ever made has got you to where you are today. That’s to be celebrated. You made it. You survived. Where you go from here is over to you. You have the capacity to change and will change even if all you do is get older! More than that can happen though.
You may make changes that enable you to thrive rather than survive. You may accept who you are. You may decide to keep the same habits. Knowing yourself, patterns, blindspots and values, is knowledge and power in itself. Changing them is over to you. You do the work.
2. Feeling Safe
You live your life according to how safe, or unsafe, you feel. Your brain is continually asking how safe am I now and how safe will I be in the future?
Your perception and prediction of your physical and mental safety rather than reality dictates your focus, choices, energy, habits, movement…absolutely everything in your life. It is determined by your experiences every day and throughout your life.
When you feel safe your body and mind thrives. You see possibilities instead of threats. You perform at your best in every area of your life. Even the way you move improves.
When your brain perceives you are, or could be, threatened, it uses every trick it has to limit your potential. Decisions become harder, choices feel limited, your body tenses and you focus on survival. Life needs more energy.
By understanding how you brain works, applying simple techniques and using the principle of ‘Am I Safe?’ to your advantage, Radical Coaching helps you makes changes in your mind and body that impact on your performance in any and every area of your life.
3. Mind and Body – Somatic Connection
Most people are stuck living in their head. They have a six lane motorway to their body and a cycle path back from their body to their head and have forgotten that their body has a role to play in living their lives.
The mind, body and emotions are all related and connected to each other. As a result, the stress of past emotional and traumatic events affects the central nervous system and can cause changes in the body often resulting in changes in movement, posture, body confidence and experiencing physical pain.
Through developing awareness of the mind-body connection and using specific interventions, Radical Coaching helps you to release the tension, anger, frustration and other emotions that remain in your body from these past negative experiences. The goal is to help free you from the stress and pain that is preventing you from fully engaging in your life.
You live and experience your life through your mind and body and you store those experiences and their impacts and outcomes ion your mind and body. Working with only your mind, or only your body, is not enough to make a difference to you and your life.
To make changes in your mind and body you have to use your mind and body because you are both!
4. Your Responsibility
Radical Coaching doesn’t have your answers. You do and it’s great to realise that you do. Through supported exploration and discovery of the patterns and habits of your mind and body you develop your own awareness and create your own strategies to manage, and overcome, the pressures and demands life invariably presents.
Your empowerment and confidence comes from trusting and believing in yourself and the choices you make.
This means you have to show up. You’re expected to be present and engage. There is no spoon feeding and imposing outcomes. It’s over to you. It is your responsibility.