An Excerpt from Flourish by Martin E.P. Seligman
A New Positive Psychology: Transformations
Caroline Adams Miller, perhaps the most striking member of the first MAPP class – six feet tall, muscular, and not easily intimidated – agreed with me. “I’m a professional coach, Marty, and I’m proud of being a coach. One thing I hate, however, is that we get no respect. We are practically laughed out of some professional meetings. I am on a hunt to bring more respectability to coaching, and you have given me just the ammunition I need.”
Caroline lived up to her aim. In the years since her MAPP degree she added a major missing piece to the world of coaching. MAPP introduced her to goal-setting theory, which had never been part of any coach-training program that she had heard of. In her capstone project, she linked goal-setting theory to happiness research and to techniques of coaching. She then published Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide, the first book in the self-help section of any bookstore that discusses research-based goal-setting for coaches as well as for the general public. She now speaks to standing-room-only audiences, and her book is used in study groups around the world.
Of her professional transformation, Caroline says, “MAPP turned my job into a calling, and gave me the ability to help others pursue meaningful goals and understand their roles in their own daily happiness. I feel like I’m making a large difference in ways I’d never felt before, and I wake up thinking I’m the luckiest professional on the face of the earth.”