Mind coaching facilitates positive change by expanding the client’s awareness of previously unseen aspects of his/her experience. When we’re aware of something, we can observe, reflect on and act upon it. However, if an aspect of our experience is outside our awareness, we cannot see it and therefore cannot change it. This is why expanding awareness—bringing more of one’s experience into consciousness—is an inherent part of any process of authentic change.
Mindfulness increases awareness of not only our conscious behaviour, such as setting a goal and taking steps to achieve it, but also less-conscious behaviours, such as subtle shifts in emotions, impulses, and intentions. We are often unaware when we are having a thought. We just propel ourselves into action, on impulse. With mindfulness, we begin to notice the feeling of the impulse that precedes the action. This noticing creates the space for choice and the opportunity for change. Mindfulness encourages behavioural change by laying the groundwork for new habits that lead to changes in behaviour.
Thus, how we focus our attention matters, as it directly shapes not only our own minds and brains but also the minds and brains of others.