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Powerful Questions Coaches Ask Their Clients to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

When you think about life and/or relationship coaching, you might be thinking the role of the life coach is to give you the answers to your problems.

Actually, this is not the case. A coach is there to support and guide you toward your own solutions, support you as you do the needed work, and to hold you accountable for taking the action to achieve your goals.

Coaches know how to ask their clients the right questions to help you look at your situation from another perspective, and by doing so, encourage the breakthrough you require to start your transformational journey toward success in life, relationships, leadership and career.

Here are just some of the thought-provoking and powerful questions that will help you achieve your specific goal.

  • What specifically do you want to accomplish?

  • What would be an inspiring goal for you to work towards?

  • How will your life change as a result of working on this goal?

  • What is your ideal timeline to complete this goal?

  • How can you make your goal measurable so you will know when you've achieved it?

  1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? What roles attracted you?

  2. What roles or responsibilities do you enjoy and feel good at? What sucks you dry?

  3. Name three specific things that would definitely be part of your ideal job or role, and three things that definitely wouldn’t.

  4. What has your life experience told you about your destiny?

  5. What relationships or people have influenced your sense of destiny? How?

  6. How would a good friend describe what you are like? Which of your traits seem to stand out to others?

  7. What are you great at? What are your best talents or natural abilities?

  8. What do you feel has been revealed to you about your destiny or calling?

  9. What sense of purpose have you drawn from your culture or community?

1. What's Standing In Your Way? If you can name it, you can claim it. Life and careers are full of roadblocks and naming the hurdles -- personal, professional or relational -- can help you begin to brainstorm what problem you really need to solve or help lessen the s