S:1170 Great Question: Prepare?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “What can I prepare for today?”   Coaching Point: Professionals prepare. One difference between a professional and an amateur. She prepares for a 100 yard race by running miles of practice. Months of music practice prepares him to give a one hour concert. Maybe…Continue Reading →

S:1162 Great Question: Change?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “Who am I trying to change?”   Coaching Point: If your answer to this Great Question is anyone other than yourself, you may want to reconsider. Believing your happiness is dependent on the behavior of others leaves you vulnerable. “But wait,” you may say,…Continue Reading →

S:1156 Great Question: Happy?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “As I look back over the past year, of what am I happiest?”   Coaching Point: Sure, your year wasn’t all rainbows and unicorn sightings, there was probably pain and upset, maybe some of it tough sledding. This Great Question isn’t about that. It’s…Continue Reading →

S:1141 Great Question: Safe?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “What if I’m not here to play it safe?”   Coaching Point: What would you do? More to the point, what are you doing right now?   Copyright 2017 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.Continue Reading →

S:1137 Great Question: Truth?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “Where am I unwilling to hear the truth?”   Coaching Point: First, acknowledge that your truth is subjective, depends on your perspective, and is contextual. [That’ll get me mail!] Second, seeing or hearing your truth can feel uncomfortable when the truth is a little…Continue Reading →

S:1133 Great Question: What If?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “How would I act, if nothing was: broken and needed fixing, ill and needed healing, wrong and needed righting, nor missing and needed finding?”   Coaching Point: What if, in fact, all was perfect, and it was only that you imagined it wasn’t? Moral…Continue Reading →

S:1128 Great Question: Interests?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “What interests me?”   Coaching Point: You might think this Great Question is a common one. It can be, but sometimes it gets lost in the day-to-day. I was always a curious kid, interested in many topics. Then, married young, school, kids, work, started…Continue Reading →

S:1126 Great Question: Working?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “What’s working?”   Coaching Point: So often we focus on what is off, wrong, broken, etc. In other words, what’s NOT working? That’s a useful place . . . to visit. Just don’t live there. Instead, when you choose to ask this Great Question…Continue Reading →

S:1115 Great Question: Retirement?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “What will I do when (or if) I retire?”   Coaching Point: If you are too young to even think about retirement, then forward this S3MC to one of the ‘old folks’ you know! They may benefit from it. If, on the other hand,…Continue Reading →

S:1110 Great Question: Complicit?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “How am I complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?”   Coaching Point: I flared up when I was first presented – no, confronted! – by this Great Question. How dare they assume I had a hand in creating my less-than-stellar…Continue Reading →

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