Free Coaching Exercise: “Building an Optimistic Attributional Style”

October 24, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

This free exercise, and dozens of others, were created for our book, Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don’t Get It. You can learn more about Clueless by visiting our site or you can buy it from amazon.com today.

Purpose of Exercise: Provides a four step process to building an optimistic attributional style.

How to Administer and Use this Exercise to Facilitate Behavior Change: People have different ways of looking at their successes and failures when it comes to goal implementation and behavioral change. These perceptions or attributional styles can either be described as optimistic or pessimistic. For example, individuals that tend to blame themselves for negative events or failures in their life believe that such events are a direct result of their efforts, will continue indefinitely, and will describe their lives in general.

This exercise provides a four step process to shifting pessimistic attributional styles into more positive ones. This is especially crucial when seeking to pursue development plans and making behavioral changes.

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