I drew my inspiration for the blog posts this year from Frederick Buechner's wonderful book, Alphabet of Grace. In it, he invites us to discover the hidden wisdom that can be gleaned through a heightened experience of daily life. This seemed fitting for a blog about narrative coaching and design and their focus on getting to the crux of the matter through simple, deeply human processes. In keeping with his alphabet, I will write about one element of this work each week—from A to Z.
Each post will be structured around the Pivoting tool from narrative coaching. Pivots are designed to help us be aware of moments when we have a choice between an old story we want to move away from and a new story we want to move toward. For example, "In this moment, will I avoid making the call to ask for the sale (because I am afraid to fail) or will I act (because I want to learn and improve)?
As you think about your life or practice, what is your golden cube? What is the old story that needs to be released or reconfigured so you can be more in alignment with what you truly want? For example, it could be a belief that you have to be completely prepared before you can even start. I know I often struggled with this one in the past. I integrated design thinking into this work in part because I recognized the value in just getting started sometimes. Align yourself with new stories that serve you AND be willing to break free of old stories when you need to adapt or grow. Start small; keep it simple; nudge yourself. That is the narrative coaching way.
Dr David Drake is the founder of the field of Narrative Coaching.