The Curious Coach Podcast

Episode 058:
Mini: My Ideal Life

This week’s episode is inspired by the owner of Coaching Development, Colin Brett, who ran a Positive Psychology masterclass for graduates of their Irish coaching programme in Portlaoise at their most recent alumni day.  It was a truly amazing session and I hope you enjoy reflecting on your ideal life and what this means for you.

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Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of the Curious Coach podcast.  This week’s question is inspired by a workshop that was hosted by Coaching Development in Portlaoise, where I had the pleasure of joining over 50 other coaches to hear the owner of Coaching Development, Colin Brett, present a masterclass on Positive Psychology. For regular listeners to this podcast, you might remember an interview I did with Colin back in Episode 18 – Colin is a truly amazing person and his interview still gives me cause to reflect and be curious.

Colin introduced the group to many aspects of positive psychology including one particular assessment that stood out for me:  the satisfaction with life scale by Ed Diener.  One question on this scale asks “In most ways, my life is close to my ideal”.

When you break this statement down, it can generate some very interesting areas to reflect upon.  Firstly, what is my ideal life?  Before you can figure out the ways your current life is close to your ideal life, you need to understand what that ideal life would be like!  What would you be doing?  Who would you be with?  Where would you be?  What would be seeing?  What would you be feeling?  What would you be hearing?  There’s just so many questions in there to reflect upon.

And once you understand what your ideal life is, now reflect upon what aspects of your life are close to your ideal and in which ones are further away.  What do you notice?  What does that tell you?

Having reflected, maybe you are already living close to your ideal life; but for those of us who notice differences, what, if anything, are you going to do about it?  Are you accepting of the differences or are there steps you can take to bring you closer to your idea?

This was just one of many thought provoking things that came up over the course of the masterclass.  And it’s certainly one I need to do further reflection upon, and my thanks to Colin and Coaching Development for a fantastic alumni day for the Irish Graduates of their fabulous coaching programme that’s run twice a year by Ailbhe Harrington.

I hope you enjoy reflecting on your ideal life and as always I’d love to hear how you got on and any thoughts that came up for you. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch by sending me an email to [email protected] and that’s stephen with a p.h.  Full details of this and all the other episodes can be found on my website at

Thanks for listening and until next week, don’t forget – stay curious!