States of Being: The What Why and How of Coaching Urgent School Leaders
Intuition is where experience and the unconscious mind converge and inform each other. Intuition can inform decision-making and problem-solving.
Supporting States of Being
See the Higher Self: Coach to assets. Honor Story: Listen. Be Curious: Ask nonjudgmental questions. Be present: Remain unattached to the outcome. Everyone has a Piece of the Truth: Gather Perspectives.Imbue others with their own intelligence: Help them connect the Dots. Be Compassionate: Walk in their shoes. Be Bold: Hold their hand while holding their feet to the fire.
Begin with Self: Am I actively addressing/practicing the 7 Essential Equity Questions?
Imagine the person at a moment when you saw her* succeeding.
Inhale 4 counts/exhale 8 counts: Breathe in listen/breathe out compassion or love
Read environmental and non-verbal cues to receive what’s unspoken
Listen to and trust your inner voice to access what you unconsciously know
When you hear yourself say: “Something tells me…” this is an intuitive moment
Observe judgment rise and watch it float by
Close by asking: What is clearer to you now?
This works with students, too.
Allowing reason to interfere with the unconscious mind
Allowing judgment to cloud intuition
Being controlling as it detaches you from intuition
Feeling stressed which blocks intuition
*In each State of Being, I will toggle among pronouns She, They, and He.
Linda Belans, EdD