Coaches can use the Thinking Path in their coaching sessions to help their clients gain a much deeper and clearer understanding of what is at the source of the issues and challenges they are facing and to define different scenarios that will generate sustainable improvements regarding these issues and challenges. The Thinking Path methodology requires clients to explore what is happening in the issue and challenge they are facing by completing a Current State Thinking Path including results, actions, feelings, and thinking. They then imagine a more desirable scenario and complete a Desired Current State Thinking Path.

To accomplish this, coach and client can use the Thinking Path template provided in figure 2 below. The instructions are simple:

  1. The client selects a real issue or challenge.

  2. With the guidance of the coach, the client identifies his/her thinking, feelings, actions, and results as they are occurring presently in the issue or challenge—this is the current state.

  3. The client also defines his/her thinking, feelings, actions, and results as they could be—this is the desired state.

  4. Coach and client may begin with either the current or desired state, and jump back and forth if they wish.

  5. Coach and client may begin at any level of the Thinking Path within both the current and desired states and proceed through the other levels using any sequence they wish.

  6. Coach and client may use the starter phrases provided above the blank lines in the template.

  7. The client may choose to write his/her responses down in the blank spaces or simply speak them.

Figure 2: The Thinking Path Template
a .pdf of Figure 2 for your convenience

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