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107 Powerful Coaching Questions

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By Emma-Louise Elsey

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Helping you help your clients grow

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An oldie but goodie: If you had a magic wand, how would your life be different? Ponder, then look for a meaningful goal/action. What do you secretly yearn for? How can you bring some (some more) of this into your life - however little? Imagine youve just had an ideal week. What 3 things did you complete? Its all about being clear on your priorities. Whats your favourite way of sabotaging yourself? Mine is (add yours here). Whats yours? How does it suit you to stay exactly as you are? Ponder this one if youre having trouble with a change/goal in your life. If you could ONLY change ONE THING in your life, what would it be? Powerful Question to ponder! What do you want MORE of in your life? What EXCITES and INSPIRES you? (Make a list) What do you want LESS of in your life? What are you TOLERATING and Putting up with? (Make a list) So, what 3 things would make the biggest difference in your life? Use this to identify some goals! What would a home run in your life look like this week? Write a quick list! In response to I dont know. Ask, What is it like for you to not know? Then Just feel into the question for a second Whats the problem in a nutshell? Then, In one sentence? Finally, So, whats the problem in one word? Powerful! If there were just two rules that EVERYONE would have to follow what would they be? Clues to your key values! Having trouble deciding? Ask, What will you think about this 1 month, 1 year, 10 years from now?

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Determining powerful goals: If you dared to speak it, what would you make happen in your career/life? Stuck? Ask, What could you STOP doing? Do LESS of? Do MORE of? CONTINUE doing? START doing? Get brainstorming actions! Feeling a bit sluggish? Try asking What could you do if you didnt have to live with the consequences? List the top 10 things in life that give you joy - what makes your heart sing? Now tell me what you notice If you had more time than you needed: What would you do differently and how would you BE different? To ponder... What, if you got it finished this week, would make you jump for joy? Prioritise & do this FIRST! How much do I REALLY want this? Now score it out of 10 (8+ Go! | 6-8 More thought needed! | 5 or less, Stop & re-evaluate!) If you were to FULLY and completely live your life, what is the FIRST change you would start to make? I was wondering, when it comes to your goals, how do you get in your own way? Awareness is everything... Dealing with conflict/difficult situations, I have heard you and understood. Have you understood me? Business clients: How might you be holding back from an imaginative, distinctive & highly enjoyable brand message in your business? Whats one thing that you could do to give yourself more peace financially? What is it that you believe, that keeps you from being fully yourself? Ponder away In a pickle? Think of someone you respect & admire, How would they look at this situation, what would they do?

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Our stresses are largely self-created: Where do you add stress to your life? What does it mean to you to have a full and rich life? Use your answers to ponder how to enrich your current lifestyle What would you try now if you KNEW you could not fail? Make a list of at least 10 things - and start ONE! Whats one way to get more energy into your life? Write down first thing that pops into your head & DO it! Need new options? Ask, What are all the crazy, wacky & out there things you could do to meet your goal? What are 3 things you are doing regularly that dont serve or support you? When during the day do you usually have most energy? Clear your schedule & do your most important tasks then. Who will you have to become to have all that you want? Remember BE -> DO -> HAVE! What priorities do you have in life at the moment that sap your energy and motivation? What (specifically) holds you back? Make a list, then look for the key item that will make the difference. Goal going nowhere? Whats the COST of doing nothing? Ask, What will happen if you do NOTHING towards your goal? Is that you or your gremlin talking? How long is it since you really, REALLY wanted something & went all out for it? And, What was it? ESSENTIAL: And what else? Use after any response to get more information & deeper answers What is the biggest misconception others have about you?

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Whats one change you could make that would give you more peace & calm? When was the last time you did something big JUST for you? (NB. Something thats big for you, not what others think) How much do you think youre worth? And, How does that play out in your life? Whats around the next corner in your life? Whats just out of sight? Use the answer/s to get inspired & get focused! A simple but big question, Whats your dream for this lifetime? Get connected to your self! What do you avoid? And How does this avoidance affect your life? Give this some serious thought... Stressed out? Who are you trying to please? Its probably not you, but it may be your gremlin or inner critic! What are your Top 3 Priorities this week? And Does your week - and activities reflect these priorities? List the Top 3 things that get in the way of your productivity. Which is easiest to fix? And, What stops you? What if you said No to it, would free you up/make a big difference in your life? To ponder... Use softeners before challenging someone. Im curious, Lets suppose, Im wondering if What would be the worst insult someone could throw at you - and how does this hold you back? Clues to your limiting beliefs too How much of your day-to-day situation do you feel is within your control? Now, What does this tell you? ESSENTIAL to ask possible new clients Im curious, how do you think I can help you? Ask them to be specific...

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Imagine youre 90 years old, happy, healthy & sat in your rocking chair. What advice would you give yourself right now? Now imagine youre 16 again - the world is amazing & exciting. What advice would you give yourself today? If you could travel back in time and meet yourself as a teenager, what three things would you tell yourself? If there was something important youve not dealt with in your life yet, what would it be? Ponder away... What do you stand for? What would you stand up for? What would you risk your reputation over? Look for inspiration and values For PERFECTIONISTS and PROCRASTINATORS: What could you achieve today if you just LOWERED your expectations? If you chose to really stretch yourself, what would you aim for? And now the key question, Why? Look for values What do you 1) LOVE & 2) LOATHE in your work? Make a LIST & think up ways to do more of what you LOVE & less of what you LOATHE What 3 things could you do this week to make you feel really good? Can be work, personal - or both. What are you tolerating/putting up with that needs to change so you can move forwards? You know, so make a list... What would happen in your life if we doubled your self-belief? And, What if we quadrupled your self-belief, what then? What if you worked on it right NOW, would REALLY put a smile on your face? Great at the start of a session or when needing motivation What skills and resources do you need to develop in order to achieve your goals & dreams?

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Who & What drains you? Make a list because you cant take action until you identify whats dragging you down Who could you hang out with so achieving your goals becomes natural? [People who inspire & energise you of course!] If you were to consider whats POSSIBLE, instead of whats PROBABLE, what could you do differently? If there was an outcome/result youre secretly looking for, what would it be? I wonder why its secret Think of who you most admire. In one word, Why? Now, How can you bring more of this into your own life? What would have happened in 6 months that your life/career is doing better than you could have possibly expected? Now go for it! Imagine seeing yourself thru the eyes of someone who truly loves & respects you: What new things do you see? Name 3 of your greatest strengths, then ask, How are you using them in your life currently? And if not, Why not? What would you MOST like to be acknowledged for - so far - in your life? Why do you think you picked those things? If you were to think of a symbol (eg. animal, plant etc) that represents what you want to achieve - what would it be? What are you NOT ready to change yet? Where are you too hard on yourself? Make a list - because I bet theres a few answers! What activities in or out of work are TRULY meaningful to you? Ponder how you can bring more of them into your life.

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What is the decision you have been avoiding? Whats wrong with you just the way you are? All too often were busy fixing ourselves instead of enjoying ourselves right now! With your current lifestyle, which of your values are being met? And which of your values are being ignored? Where are you not respecting yourself right now? And, What are you going to do about it? What parts of yourself are you dying to let out? Not getting stuff done? What did you choose to do instead? And, If the same obstacle/s comes up again, what will you do? So, what have been your highlights and lowlights since our last session? Whats missing in your life right now? Make a quick list of ANYthing that jumps out at you. What are you truly passionate about? Whats bugging you right now? (Make a list) And What are you DOING about it? What 3 things MUST you do before you die? Take a moment and write them down... Specifically, how will you know youve achieved your goal? The word specific is essential - so we KNOW when were done! We show people how to treat us by the way we treat ourselves: How do you teach people to treat you? What is out of harmony in my life, and how do I restore it? Evaluate your goals: How might your life be BETTER with this new goal? & How might your life be WORSE? Make a list. So, if that seems a bit of a stretch from where you are now, give me a couple of stepping stones along the way

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100. When limiting yourself or beating yourself up ask, Who would you be without that thought? (from Katie Byron) 101. Taking responsibility. Ask, What actions that I FAILED to take led to this situation? 102. Where do you have unrealistic expectations? And, "How are these sabotaging you right now?" 103. You can always change it later, but for the moment, If you had to state a purpose for your life, right now, what would it be? 104. What is the biggest change you are willing to make today? 105. What could you have as a goal that would TRULY excite or inspire you? Make a list... 106. Who do you need to BE to accomplish (clients goal)? 107. Have a client not taking action? Ask, If you secretly didnt want to achieve your goal, what would you do? We hope these Coaching Questions help you grow your business and your clients! And here are some things to do if you liked this Coaching Questions ebook: Sign-up for our newsletter, get a helpful weekly coaching article, hear about exclusive offers and free stuff PLUS get our FREE "549 Coaching Questions" ebook organized into helpful coaching areas! Like our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter and/or Linked In!

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About the author: Emma-Louise Elsey is the CEO of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. (The Coaching Tools Company.com is a division of Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd.) She is a certified Life Coach, NLP practitioner and recovering perfectionist who loves questions, quotes, creating coaching tools and writing. Since qualifying as a coach in 2004 she has worked with many successful professionals and business owners. Free Coaching Tools: For inspiration and to help you with your businesses, there are many more Free Coaching Tools & Templates at The Coaching Tools Company.com including more coaching questions, coaching exercises, business admin templates for new coaches and forms to help with your seminars. And if you have any other questions or suggestions just give me a shout, I'd love to hear from you!

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