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Evidence-Based Development of the ELI

There are plenty of success stories that provide anecdotal evidence that coaching helps people make positive changes and create success in their personal and professional lives. The true effect of working with a coach, however, has been difficult to quantify. The Core Energy Coachingmethodology developed by iPEC set out to create a way to quantify the positive effects of coaching.

“We were looking for evidence that coaching worked,” says Lynn Waldorf, Ph.D., CPC, who was tasked with analyzing a data set that contained data from about 30,000 people who had taken the Energy Leadership Index (ELI).

The ELI is a 70-item, web-based assessment that leads people through the process of rating themselves on their beliefs, self-perceptions, emotional reaction tendencies, and behavior patterns. It is designed to convert these intangible concepts into measurable numbers in order to identify the level of anabolic or catabolic energy in a person’s core energy makeup, under both ideal and stressful circumstances.

The more a person can reduce their catabolic energy and increase their anabolic energy, the higher their core energy will be. The goal of Core Energy Coachingis to raise a person’s core energy and their ability to respond to life with anabolic energy related to opportunity, curiosity, creativity, and intuition versus negative catabolic energy.

After analyzing the data sets, Waldorf identified three key findings among those that took the ELI.

Finding #1: Coaching Raises Core Energy Levels

The first question Waldorf was looking to answer was if working with an IPEC-trained Core Energy Coach could raise a person’s core energy. To answer this question, participants were given the ELI twice – before and after working with a coach. She found that after working with a coach, people’s average resonating level of core energy increased from 3.25 to 3.52, a statistically significant increase.

“It may seem like a small increase, but it’s exponential in terms of growth,” says Liz Fisch, Senior Vice President of Program Development and Research for iPEC. “Even a small shift in any given moment can have a huge impact.”

Finding #2 Coaching Helps Individuals Respond Better in Stressful Situations

Most of us respond to stressful situations with a high degree of catabolic energy, focused on blame and frustration. Engaging in a coaching process can shift us out of this tendency and enable us to react with more anabolic energy, reducing the level of stress experienced in a situation.

Waldorf wanted to measure what that shift looked like for people under stress, which is when the shift matters most. She found that after working with an iPEC Core Energy Coach, people’s percentage of catabolic energy decreased from 68.0 to 59.0 percent while under stress. In turn, anabolic energy increased from 32.0 to 41.0 percent.

“These are very significant numbers. It indicates that coaching helped people become more in control of their thoughts and behaviors rather than have an automatic reaction inside a stressful situation,” Waldorf says.

Finding #3: Coaching Increases Overall Life Satisfaction

It was also important to identify how the shift from catabolic to anabolic energy impacted a person’s satisfaction in life. After coaching, people reported increased levels of life satisfaction across the board, in 14 distinct areas, from financial success and engagement at work to personal freedom and intimate relationships.

There is clear evidence that Core Energy Coaching fulfills the promises it makes and sets people up for realizing more success in life and in work. The shift toward anabolic energy allows people to access creativity and intuition more quickly, rather than resorting to frustration, resentment, and other low-level responses that can feel limiting and exhausting.

“It isn’t just about positive thinking,” Fisch says. “It’s something deeper. You are becoming more aware that you have a choice., Seeing the negative is a survival mechanism for some people. Core Energy Coaching allows you to realize it more quickly and shift out of it more quickly.”

As people gently make these shifts with their Core Energy Coach, their self-confidence increases, self-esteem expands, and as a result, they feel highly motivated to succeed.

You can read Waldorf’s full research paper here.

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