Philosophy of Self-Directed Solution Coaching -The C.A.R.E. Framework

People who are using CARE say: “It helps me focus on my strengths and the future I want, rather than the past or problems”.

CARE®—Stands for:

1. Constructive & Clear Goals

2. Awareness–Self and others (relatedness)

3.  Responsible and Rational Thinking ( Certainty and control)

4. Engagement through Meaningful Self-Coaching practices. (autonomy and independence)  

CARE® is a philosophical and practical, self-discovery and effective communication system developed by Mark W. Hardwick, Ph.D. from research and interviews of people who have experienced business, political, interpersonal and life happiness. The target for this  “process with structure” are people who are continuously trying to create meaning and live a life on purpose through effective mental and behavioral life strategies and tools.

CARE is designed to:

  • Increase caring activities to overcome barriers of self-destructive thinking and behaviors.
  • Challenge false assumptions and perceptions about who you are and where you want to go. Focus on mental maps and mental toughness.
  • Identify and change thinking by accepting the past and feelings. Then executing behaviors to create a meaningful and improved Quality of life.
  • Increase personal empowerment and skills to achieve personal goals and dreams by finding balance between your inner and outer lifes.

CARE is a structured system with proven and powerful tools and processes to monitor uncomfortable and distressing symptoms. The system can help you modify or eliminate those unwanted responses and behaviors by using clear, concise solutions and constructive daily actions. This includes methods for how you want others to treat and respond to you both in ordinary circumstances and difficult situations. These new behaviors and responses will help you grow, develop and live your life on purpose and with meaning.

Self-Directed Solution Coaching (SDSC) is a personal development framework focused on present realities, personal strengths and new mental maps to meet the demands and desired wants for the future. The framework uses cognitive behavior change process and reality ‘target coaching conversations’, as a new way of thinking, feeling, self- talking and behaving.

This coaching framework is grounded and based upon neurology research, social psychology and rational-emotive change philosophy. It focuses on what clients want to achieve through coaching rather than on past issues or problems. The approach focuses on the past only in order to activate conversations about solutions, resources and past successes. Predominantly, it purposefully activates and focuses conversations on the present and future.

Critical developmental tools of the SDSC “structure with process” are  “plus one exercises” and “smart-step change” methods designed to challenge old habits and  invite the self-directed coaching process to envision a preferred future. The self-coach learns by focusing on self-awareness and insights into personal strengths that motivate the person in the direction of positive small dose activities for constructive and continuous personal change. To support this, questions are asked about the self-coach’s  story, strengths and resources; and especially, about any exceptions to perceived problems and reasons for not taking action. In the “structure with process” system focus on what you will do and not on what you won’t do is a powerful source and motivation for personal development and change. Get specific. Be realistic. Be optimistic. Have clarity on end point and how many steps it will take to reach your goal. Be mentally tough in recognizing and removing distractions. Train your inner critic to be more self-compassionate when things fail or don’t go as you desire they would.

The Self-Directed Solution coaching framework believes personal change is already constant. By helping people identify positive directions for change in their life and to attend to changes currently in process they wish to continue. The SDSC structure help people construct a concrete vision and a purposeful plan to create a preferred future for themselves.

Self-awareness, self-determination, personal responsibility, empowerment, and self-advocacy are essential to implementing the Self-Directed Coaching Process.

The following core assumptions are at the root of Self-Directed Solution Coaching and provide key ideas that drive the practice and techniques of this coaching framework:

  • Change is constant, inevitable, and contagious. And successful people need to learn how to deal with change and embrace it.
  • Self-Directed solution-building conversations identify, elaborate, and reinforce positive change in behavior.
  • You are THE “expert” on your life. The Self-Coaching “structure with process”  framework is designed to support and amplify this expertise by building on self-awareness and strengths of the coach–YOU
  • The presumption that change is all we can count on in life and that it will occur, creates an atmosphere empowerment and autonomy  of “when,” not “if.”
  •  You have strengths, resources, and managerial coping skills that drive change while generating optimism and hope for living a more constructive and meaningful life.