- The better future: how do you want things to become? Answering this question provides a sense of direction. It is also very motivating and hope-inspiring. When people start to see before them how they would like things to become, this picture will start to attract them and they will begin to believe it will be realizable. The better future in solution-focused change does not mean an ideal or perfect future. Instead it is, as the word suggests, better. It may be much better than the current situation of may be just acceptable, or good enough. The essence is: it is better.
- The better past: when were things already going better? Answering this question not only strengthens one's hope and confidence that more change will be possible, it also provides specific ideas about how to proceed. With 'better past' we don't necessarily mean a fantastic past, let alone a perfect past. Instead, what is meant is a past situation that was better, even if it was slightly better, or even less bad.
- The bridge between the two: how can the better past be used to build the better future? Once clear pictures have been developed of both the better future and the better past, solution-focused practitioners start to facilitate the process of building a bridge between the two. This means that the better past is used as a source of inspiration to choose small steps forward in the direction of the better future.
September 12, 2010
Building a Bridge between the Better Past and a Better Future
work of Steve de Shazer, I have thought of some new terminology with which to described solution-focused approach. Working solution-focused can be described as building a bridge between what you might call the better past and the better future. Here is an explanation of those three terms.