SIDEBAR: 50 Power Questions For Coaches and Their Clients

by David Wood

Defining goals

  1. If you were to fully live your life, what is the first change you would make?
  2. What areas of your life can you upgrade or tweak?
  3. What can we work on that will make the biggest difference in your life?
  4. How will you feel about doubling that goal?
  5. What are you tolerating/putting up with?
  6. What do you want more of in your life? (Make a list)
  7. What do you want less of in your life? (Make a list)
  8. What three things are you doing regularly that do not serve or support you?
  9. How can you make this goal more specific or measurable?
  10. What will be the biggest impact from achieving your goal(s)?
  11. What would you try if you knew you could not fail?
  12. How can we make this something you are aiming toward rather than something you are trying to move away from?
  13. What do you love?
  14. What do you hate?
  15. What is one thing you would love to do before you die?
  16. Is now the right time for you to make a commitment to achieving these goals?
  17. What can we work on that will put a smile on your face?
  18. For your life to be perfect, what will need to change?
  19. What do you really want?
  20. What is one change you can make to your lifestyle that will give you more peace?

Action Stations

  1. What’s the first/next step?
  2. What research can you do to help you find the first (or next) step?
  3. Who can you talk to who can illuminate this issue?
  4. Who should you be hanging out with so achieving this goal becomes natural? (i.e., Who is already doing it?)
  5. How can you get the knowledge/information you need?
  6. What three actions can you take that will make sense this week?
  7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited do you feel about taking these actions?
  8. How can you increase that score? (e.g., handle fear, clearer steps, more support more fun)
  9. What would “massive action” look like?
  10. What will happen (what is the cost) of you not doing anything about this?

Gaining New Perspectives

  1. What can you learn from this?
  2. In what way is the current situation perfect?
  3. How can you turn this around immediately and enjoy the process?
  4. What in this situation are you grateful for?
  5. What are you doing well? What can you do better?
  6. What is one way you can have more fun in your life?
  7. If you were your own coach, what coaching would you give yourself right now?
  8. What is the value of your current attitude?
  9. What is your favorite way of sabotaging yourself and your goals?
  10. What should I say to you if I spot you doing this?

General Diagnostic Questions

  1. What are three of your greatest strengths?
  2. What are you most excited about? What are you looking forward to?
  3. What is one way to get more energy into life?
  4. If your relationship was ideal, what is one thing that would be different?
  5. If you could do anything, what would be your ideal career?
  6. What is one thing you can do to give yourself more financial peace?
  7. What is your life really about? What is your purpose?
  8. If you had to guess your life’s purpose (from looking at your life to date), what would it be?
  9. What would you like to be most acknowledged for at this point in your life?
  10. Who in your life should you acknowledge more? Would you like to acknowledge him or her for something today?

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