‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.’ – Walt Disney/Quotes

What comes to mind when you hear that topic?

What came to my mind was the uniqueness and off-the-cuff strategies that the coach brings into the coaching conversation with the coachee.

I have thought about and worked around creativity in education and the results are excellent – I relearn, relearn and usually, faced with surprises.

Tools For Nurturing Creativity in Coaching

  1. Disney Creative Strategy

According to Wikipedia, “Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons”

When I think about how cartoons create wonders and help the creativity of both children and adults to flourish, I am thinking to myself, how did Walt get to pioneer all that development?

His strategy was highlighted in 1994 by Robert Dilts (an NLP expert), who defined the technique as Disney’s method for turning ideas and dreams into reality.

The method is in 3 stages. In each stage, we have to assume a specific role and approach the process of generating ideas either as the

– Dreamer

– Realist

– Critic.

I will use one of my ideas as an example of this creative process:

The Idea or Dream: Visit every country in the world by 40 years old, by having a friend in all countries of the world in 5 years, training and coaching to launch their awesome dreams.

The Dreamer
Here, I am brainstorming – there are no right or wrong answers – radical, subjective and objective answers are welcome.

When you are at dreamer’s stage, it makes sense because you are able to release your imagination to flourish.
Possible Questions
What is possible with this dream? (What do you want with this dream)?  -Limitless Living (breaking barriers), as an inspiration to others.

What if there were no limitations, what could you do?
-I will start travels right now.

What innovative ideas can I create in relation to this dream?
-Launch an idea that goes viral. Launch a program that is relevant to all countries and is irresistible (e.g make people country directors, etc).
-Be in a position that makes this possible.
-I should learn new languages.
-Get the passport of another country with higher passport index

What are the benefits of applying these solutions to you or your world?
– Making people believe that there is no limit and that they can use their strength and education to make their purpose happen.
The Realist – Turn your dreams into real actions, now.  Questions.

If this can be a big picture plan, how will it look like to execute with this idea on the ground?
-It will impact a lot of people to break their boundaries. Limitlessness. A world of no barriers and limits (break the barriers and limits that will pop up).

How can you apply that idea in your current reality?
-Make it happen in 1 year. Reach out to the already networks I have.

What are possible 3 steps to get you to the outcome? What is the timeline for the 3 steps?
– highlight what people in every country may be looking for (1 month)
– create the solution (2 months)
– run it into the hands of people that are looking for solutions (3 years).

How will I evaluate my ideas/action steps in relation to the outcome?  
The CriticQuestions
Leverage on my current networks.
How will you imagine the solutions to be?
What do we need to overcome to make the goal happen?

What could go wrong with the plan or the dream?
-Get lost, tired and family to take care.

What could be missing?
-The resources to make the goal happen
What could be the weaknesses (internal) of the plan and threats (external) that may impact your plan?
-Country restrictions, etc.

What could not be ‘possibly’ applicable?

What are the possible threats?

2. The Circles Of Influence

– Control (in any problem, the big red dot shouldn’t be the core problem). Many things aren’t in our control

– Influence (you may not be able to control, but you can influence it)

– Opportunity (the largest place where you can make magic happen).

In coaching and in my personal life, I can use the following questions to help gain clarity.

-Write 10 challenges

-Highlight the ones I am in control of.

-Highlight the ones I have Influence (or co-influence) on.

-Then, ask where can opportunities be created?

3.  The power of INSTEAD

This tool can help the coachee to reflect on their answers with different perspectives that challenges their initial line of thoughts.

What do I want instead of this (job, work)?

Who do I want to be instead?

What do I want to be thinking, feeling instead?

What do I want to be doing or saying instead?

Where do I want to be going instead?

4. Super Hero T.E.A

This tool can help the coachee to imagine or thing forward what they will be if they had had a super hero Being and Doing.

Some of the questions are: What if you could have a superhero T.E.A of yourself?

Imagine having a super hero Thought, with a super hero Emotion and super hero Actions, how would that impact your life, decisions and dreams of yourself?

My key Takeaway:

Creativity takes courage!