THE THINKING PATH - PAGE TEN

CONCLUSION

How do human beings change? What causes sustained change in human beings? Why do some individuals succeed in changing their behaviors and results, and why do others fail? These were the three questions that inspired the creation of the Thinking Path over 20 years ago. Today, hundreds of coaches and a multitude of clients from around the world have benefited from this simple yet effective framework. Many coaches describe it as an essential component of their coaching toolkit and one of the lenses through which they engage with their clients. Many clients speak of the deep insights they acquired and the sustained thinking and behavioral changes they made using it.

I have personally witnessed deep and lasting transformation in many leaders who have used the Thinking Path in their coaching work. Whether working in large corporations, small businesses, government institutions, NGO’s or nonprofit organizations, these leaders were able to clearly understand the current source of their limitations. They were able to recognize that their thinking is linked to their feelings and that by changing their thinking, they also change their feelings. They realized that their thinking and feelings drive their actions and results and that when they change their thinking and feelings, their actions shift, and their results change. And they took greater responsibility for generating sustained improvements in their actions and results by intentionally shifting their thinking and their feelings and creating new realities that better serve them and the people they serve.

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