The “Thinking Coach”
by Dr. Elliott B. Rosenbaum
A good friend of mine once told me that I am “very busy in my head.” I instantly knew exactly what he meant. I tend to have a million thoughts and ideas swirling through my head at all times and I spend a LOT of my personal time thinking. Often, I find that my thinking gets clogged up and when this happens I use my two favorite tools to get my mind clear:
- Talking to a “Thinking Coach”
Journaling has always been one of my favorite ways to clear my mind and I have spent thousands of hours journaling my thoughts. I rarely re-read my journaling because it is the clarity of journaling that I am seeking.
While I really enjoy my journaling time, I have come to appreciate having a Thinking Coach even more. A Thinking Coach is someone who is trained to listen, reflect and ask questions in a way that helps others think better and become really clear about what they are thinking and feeling. Often a Thinking Coach will help others identify what they really want in any given situation and will help them figure out a great strategy to get it. A Thinking Coach will usually be more interested in helping others find their own best solutions but will also offer their own ideas and suggestions. Unlike a sports coach though, a Thinking Coach is trained not to give advice or tell others what to do. This keeps the thinking centered on the ideas and solutions that come from the client. While many people really want someone to tell them what to do, I personally prefer working with a coach who will listen to me and help me find my own best solutions. I am amazed at how quickly I can find my own solutions and clarity when I have 15 minutes with a transformational listener who asks powerful questions.
Wouldn’t it be great if we all had someone who listened to us without judgment and helped us find our own best solutions?