MI Model In Life Coaching

Aims at changing the attitudes and behavior of executives and this change is expected to translate into better styles of working and leadership. The secret to achieving such change is to get the client to commit to solving conflicts and achieving the predetermined goals. The Orange Academy makes use of the DANCE methodology, but there are several other styles that life coaching experts use depending on the situation, and one of these is motivational interviewing.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

William R. Miller who worked with alcoholics developed the basic methodology of motivational interviewing (MI). This methodology was first explained in the book he authored along with Stephen Rollnick titled “Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behavior.” Over time, several changes have been effected to the original definition and as of 2009, MI is defined as “A collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change.”
MI is a method of counseling that life coaches now use extensively to encourage their clients to explore the motivations behind particular behavior and carry out steps to make relevant changes. The coach does not sit in judgment over the client, nor does he confront him; the focus in on asking the client questions that help to identify critical areas of ambivalence. Often, the client is unaware of his exact position on a given topic and the life coaching expert listens in a proactive way to help the client identify and resolve this ambivalence.

Principles of MI Model In Life Coaching 

  • The main principles of MI include the following:
  • An empathetic approach in which the coach seeks to gain a better understanding of how the client views a particular issue.
  • Helping the client identify what are his guiding values and principles in life
  • Working with the client to explore the gap between these values and how much of it translates into practice or how he expects his life to  be like and what it currently is.
  • Helping the client examine the reason for this gap, and determine ways to make changes.
  • Encouraging the client to successfully make the transition with confidence.
For life coaching using MI to work, the coach has to adhere to the element of a collaborative approach in which the coach works in unison with the client rather than confronting him. By building a rapport with the client, the coach seeks to draw out the thoughts and ideas the client has about making a change. However, the most important aspect of this form of life coaching is probably the emphasis it places on giving the client full autonomy to determine his course of action.

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