S:1277 Great Question: Character?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What has recently been revealed about my character?” Coaching Point: The classic view is, “adversity builds character.” A deeper look shows that adversity reveals character. Stress shows what’s already there and sometimes a revelation can evoke an ‘Ouch!’ because what’s revealed doesn’t look so good.…Continue Reading →

S:1269 Great Question: Opinion?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What is the basis of my opinion?” Coaching Point: We all have opinions. Most are unrecognized, unconscious responses to our world. They reflect our worldview, conditioning, fears, hopes, and desires. The next time (and every time?) you start to express an opinion pause and ask…Continue Reading →

S:1261 Great Question: Life?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “Is there life before death?” Coaching Point: “Is there life after death?” is a classic theological and intellectual pondering. You certainly have your personal thoughts and beliefs about that one. But this Great Question is about life here and now. It’s about actions and outcomes.…Continue Reading →

S:1255 Great Question: Forgiven?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What have I not forgiven?” Coaching Point: Much has been written about forgiving and forgiveness. There’s a reason. Holding onto resentments, hurts, anger, pride, griefs, you know, the stuff which happens in the course of a normal life, all that stuff, if unforgiven, has a…Continue Reading →

S:1253 Great Question: What Am I Doing?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What am I doing with what I’ve got?” Coaching Point: An amazing number of people spend most of their time focusing on getting what they want (or think they want) instead of on what they already have. For them, their future is much more attractive…Continue Reading →

S:1248 Great Question: Blind Spots?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What are my blind spots?” Coaching Point: Everybody has blind spots – due to our history, conditioning, acquired beliefs, DNA-level wiring, and our unique path and purpose. We have only so much bandwidth. Allocating it in alignment with what’s important to us means we are…Continue Reading →

S:1244 Great Question: Interested?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What interests me?” Coaching Point: It has become popular to talk about passion. “What are you passionate about?” “Without passion life is dull.” “Follow your passion.” Passion has a point, but it can become consuming and draining. To be Interested is on Passion’s scale, just…Continue Reading →

S:1241 Great Question: WHAT!?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “WHAT!?” Coaching Point: Note the exclamation mark – “WHAT!?” needs to be read with emotion. It is more than just a simple question. It’s an expression of incredulity, of surprise, wonder, shock. WHAT!? Catch yourself asking this question and use that awareness to discover what…Continue Reading →

S:1240 Great Question: Meaningful?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What would make my life more meaningful?” Coaching Point: It’s been my experience that few contemplate this Great Question with any frequency. It’s a really good question. It’s positive. It’s an inquiry which, by asking it, pulls you forward. Notice it’s not about what’s off,…Continue Reading →

S:1239 Great Question: Facts?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What are the facts?” Coaching Point: Full disclosure – I really dislike being confronted by an awareness that what I have held as ‘fact’ isn’t. I enjoy learning, discovering, reading, discussing; in other words, gathering the facts. Precision with language, accuracy of the meaning of…Continue Reading →

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