A great time was had by all at the MSA Scotland Conference at the Westerwood Hotel yesterday afternoon with a talk on choice, consequence, responsibility and the fact that thoughts cause feelings, not events.
We started with a crash simulation with cardboard boxes and then went onto discuss how the way we think about something produces an emotional response. I used a horn blast as an example. Imagine someone blasts their horn in your vicinity when you are driving. How does it make you feel? Some people will feel anger; others might feel embarrassment or denial or any number of emotions based on the thoughts that go through your head at that precise moment. However you feel will have an impact on how you behave. Someone, who is quick to anger may feel a rush of rage, which will narrow down their vision and prevent them from making safe decisions for the next few moments whilst they are driving. What if this is your pupil once they have passed their test? Do you ask your pupil to consider how they feel when someone has just sounded their horn? Or do you tell them not to worry because it has nothing to do with them? Do you feel protective towards your pupil? Encouraging your pupil to explore their emotional response to a situation like this helps develop their self-evaluation skills and therefore helps them to make safer decisions when something similar happens when they are driving on their own.
Our next Scotland BTEC Level 4 course starts on Wednesday 21st January in Larkhall. Follow this link for further information: http://www.tri-coachingpartnership.com/btec-4-overview.html