Consciousness and the Brain–Part 3, Coaching at Different Levels of Effectiveness

Coaching by Level of Effectiveness

This post is Part Three in a series on the brain and consciousness. For more on the specifics of each level, including what is happening in the brain, see Part One and Part TwoFor a complete overview of the Seven Levels of Effectiveness, Click Here.

Level 1-Hopelessness

Language Cues

I can’t; what’s the point; yeah but; you don’t understand; that won’t work; I’m worthless; resigned/passive victimhood; unable to see ANY other perspective. Saboteur voice is so loud client cannot differentiate saboteur from self.

Energy

Heavy, dense, tired, sad; coach can get sucked in and lose their own trust in the process                                 

Coaching Tools

  • Holding client in light and perfection
  • Referral if necessary
  • Process—using metaphor to be present to the energy
  • Non-resistance

Level 2-Fear      

Language Cues

What if ______ happens? It’s too risky; I need to be careful; I don’t do that sort of thing; (FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real); stuckness.

Energy

Jangled, frenetic, and/or frozen, pulling away, backing up, client disappears                          

Coaching Tools

  • Balance/Reframing
  • Process—loving the fear
  • Baby steps with accountability (create new evidence)
  • Pointing to other areas of success
  • Presencing the internal judge/saboteur

Level 3-Frustration       

Language Cues

It’s not my fault; they did it to me; I need to get even; I’m better than s/he is; why is everyone else so much luckier than me? Complaints; blame things or people outside me; victim/retribution.  I need to prove myself, justifications.

Energy

Hot, volatile, unstable, dangerous, unpredictable

Coaching Tools

  • Help them focus on being a solution instead of a problem
  • Fulfillment/values—who do you want to be?
  • Strengths focus
  • Calling forth the highest self

Level 4-Courage               

Language Cues

Maybe; I might as well try; it can’t be any worse; it’s time

Energy

Unstable possibility; going for it without the evidence

Coaching Tools

  • Any standard coaching strategies should work, however tight accountability is key because courage wanes on its own
  • Cheerleading
  • Acknowledging
  • Baby steps with celebration

Level 5-Engagement     

Language Cues

Let’s; I have an idea; what do you think of this? I think I can try that; let me tell you what I did this week that worked, email updates

Energy

Eager, willing, reaching out, part of something bigger, open heart

Coaching Tools

  • Solution-focus
  • Make sure there is a good mix of forwarding the action and deepening the learning
  • Any competent coaching works great at this level and most coaching clients come to you in this level
  • Vision / future self

Level 6-Innovation        

Language Cues

I can see my patterns; what I have been doing no longer makes sense so I need a new way; what are the resources I can use; open to possibilities

Energy

Solid, thoughtful, reflective, unattached, open mind

Coaching Tools

  • Share research-based information (brain, consciousness)
  • Back off on tight accountability—if a person is truly in this level, they don’t need it
  • Absolute honesty and truth telling, they can take it and are hungry for it

Level 7-Synchronicity 

Language Cues

I have basically no complaints; I can see the blessing/gift; I need to shift something for myself in this situation

Energy

Peaceful, easy, joyous, light, open soul

Coaching Tools

  • At this level, coaching needs a light touch
  • Guided meditations, non-traditional methodologies such as Tarot, Numerology etc.
  • Speak to spiritual perfection, hold paradox of human/spiritual
  • Coach’s intuition
  • Coaching becomes more of a partnership exploration and less traditional
  • Focus on gratitude

Additional Tools

  • 7 Levels – teach client this and start using the language.  Simple questions like “what level are you in now?” and “what level do you want to be in?” are surprisingly effective
  • Teaching about basic brain function (amygdala hijack)
  • Mirror neurons – your body (as the coach) knows what is going on over there (in the client)
  • At all levels, encouraging mindfulness of any form can also be hugely effective, either in the coaching session (as guided meditation or process coaching) or as homework

If the Seven Levels of Effectiveness intrigue you and yo’d like to learn more about recognizing them, understanding what is happening in the brain at every level, and innovative tools for shifting to higher levels, please join us for our Advanced Coaching Series—Neuroscience, Consciousness, and Transformational Coaching, open to all experienced coaches.

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