Circle of Life

The Circle of Life Health and Wellness Coaching Process

Steve Rosen Certified Circle of Life Coach

Circle of Life

The Circle of Life Health and Wellness Coaching process is a best practice lifestyle coaching method. Its six phases maximize accountability and support continuous improvement for work-life balance, stress management, better health, and peace of mind.

Phase 1 – Assessment and Self-Inquiry

Phase 2 – Readiness for Change

Phase 3 – Design Change with Intentions, Goals, Challenges, Affirmations, Actions and Accountability

Phase 4 – Plan Actions

Phase 5 – Take Action and Access Resources

Phase 6 – Re-evaluation, Course Correction and Accountability

“How The Circle of Life Self-Assessment
Process Worked for Kate”

Source: Circle of Life Website

This example will give you a sense of how the Circle of Life works. Kate is in a 5 Week Circle of Life program sponsored by Salem Keizer Education Association. The group meets every Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and there are 11 others in the group. Kate’s arthritis is beginning to cause increased discomfort and limitations in her life. It is impacting her work, particularly when her pain is distracting. She doesn’t like the side effects of the pain medication and yet her condition is worsening.

STEP 1
First Kate evaluates her situation and satisfaction with life through self-inquiry using the graphical Circle assessment form. The self-inquiry process revealed Kate’s greatest strengths and her areas needing support.

STEP 2
Each participant in Kate’s support group shared out loud one of their strengths. Kate’s area of greatest strength was in the spirituality and intuition aspect of her life. She felt rich in her spiritual life and knew that could help provide inner strength to support her to change in her weaker areas. The group discovered that some of their strengths matched up with other’s areas needing support, so they could be a resource for each other.

STEP 3
Kate decided to focus on Exercise. She also thought about Spirituality, but understands that change is challenging and it’s best to focus on one area at a time.

STEP 4
Next she turned to the exercise section of the manual, read through the self-inquiry questionnaire and jotted down her responses.

STEP 5
The group participants each shared ideas, information, testimony and referrals pertaining to the topic of exercise. From the self-inquiry questions and from the group sharing, Kate began to formulate a goal and some appropriate action steps to take. She turned to the Strengths, Goal, Challenge, Action sheet and filled it in.

STEP 6
She then turned to the weekly schedule and wrote down the action steps she wanted to take for the following week.

STEP 7
Kate shared her goal, challenge, affirmation and action steps out loud to the group and to the facilitator for accountability and support.

STEP 8
In the next meeting participants reviewed their goals and action steps. The facilitator went around to each person asking them to share the successes of taking their action steps or share what they learned from the process. Kate took one action step out of the four she committed to. The facilitator asked her questions about what she experienced or learned about the size of her action steps, scheduling, challenges etc. Kate realized she tried to do too much, which set her up for overwhelm and failure.

STEP 9
Through the group sharing, the facilitator’s questions and her own learning, she reset her action steps to be smaller and more realistic. She originally set her goal for exercising one hour 5 times a week. She adjusted her action steps by changing to a more realistic program. She decided to start easier and slower which was to do 15 minutes of appropriate exercise 5 days a week. She would increase a little bit each week until she reached her new goal of 45 minutes every other day and 20 minutes on alternate days.

STEP 10
After four weeks of the Circle of Life program, Kate and her group re-evaluated using the Circle self-inquiry assessment. Her scores increased from two up to six in exercise and from two to six in diet, but she was still deficient in self-care. After four weeks Kate had already begun to experience more mobility, and her pain diminished somewhat without needing additional medication. This naturally gave her more self-confidence and comfort in her personal and work life. She and the group continued the process and she now began to study and implement self-care methods.

Results
After 5 weeks, Kate had met her two original goals which were to have more mobility and less pain. Through the process of clarifying her intention and taking reasonable, consistent steps she found that the power for healing was within her own control and that she could create positive life outcomes. The process was so life changing that she wanted to continue progressing. She and another member of the group continued, on a weekly basis, to support each other using the Circle of Life method.

The Circle of Life Health and Wellness Coaching process is a best practice lifestyle coaching method. Its six phases maximize accountability and support continuous improvement for work-life balance, stress management, better health, and peace of mind.