As we gear up for a New Year, I wanted to share an exercise that I use with 1-to-1 clients. But before we dive into the “Exception Reflection Activity” I wanted to disclose what my coaching style is all about!
I believe that in order for many women (including myself) to achieve sustainable results, we must shift the focus from what is wrong to what is right with our fitness transformation and from what is not working to what is working.
I specialize in ‘Positive CBT-Fitness’ which aims to improve women’s health and well-being by emphasizing and exploring exceptions to the problem as opposed to the problem itself.
Self-monitoring of your problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in coaching sessions is a classic technique that many coaches utilize. This technique allows you to gain a more accurate understanding of the problem and the context in which it occurs, as opposed to relying on recall.
From my perspective of positive CBT-Fitness coaching, self-monitoring in this way only encourages you to develop a narrow focus on “the problem.” Subsequently, you may miss the opportunity to observe and learn anything else.
With Positive CBT-Fitness, self-monitoring is not about your problems or symptoms, but about your strengths and exceptions to the problem. This approach enables you to learn more about yourself as well as about what works and what is going well for you, which you can then use and apply to change your situation for the better.
I invite you to keep an ‘exceptions reflection journal’ to begin to document and thus focus on when the problem does not occur and why.
If you are a 1-to-1 client, then please send over your filled in PDF worksheet – and we will discuss on our next call.