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Great questions to move you forward

by Alison Bradford

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Have you ever had someone ask you a really great question? The kind of question that makes the hazy road ahead suddenly become clear again? The kind of question that makes you listen to your positive voice and shut that irritating negative self talk up? The kind of question that just makes you feel great and confident about the way forward?

Whether you’re nodding or shaking your head at this point, let me share with you what I think of as some of these powerful questions.

Try asking yourself these and you may be surprised at the answers you come up with. Persevere with them if you feel stumped at first – you may need to ask yourself a question 3 or 4 times before you being to uncover the answer in your head.

When coaching my clients part of my job is to ask these types of great questions to help move them forward and overcome any blocks they’ve put in place. Giving them the time and space to think about their answers very often helps to bring about some real momentum in moving forwards to their goals and learning something about themselves at the same time.

When you are struggling to make a decision:
What else do I need to know to make this decision?
What is stopping me making this decision?
If I make this decision now and choose one option, how does it make me feel? (Tip: If you feel lousy then you know you need to choose the other option!

When your confidence is wobbling and you’re not sure if you’re up to it:
What needs to happen for me to believe in myself? (Tip: Take the time to go through your answers here and check if they’re true or just rules you’ve made up in your head)
How would the person I’d like to be do the things I’m about to do?

My favourite question of all has to be ‘can you help me?’ – too often we neglect to ask for help when we need it and try to muddle through. What do you need some help with at the moment? Why not go and ask for it instead of waiting for someone to read your mind or giving up on something important to you or putting on a strong veneer whilst you feel like crumbling inside?

This is only a taster of some questions to use but I’d love to hear if they help you or if you have any other questions that have helped you in the past that you’d like to share.

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Alison Bradford

Alison Bradford is a business coach who works with smart, ambitious business owners to get clarity about how they can grow their business and increase profit. Sign up here to learn 6 easy ways you can boost profit in your business today.

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