Five Powerful Questions A Life Coach Loves to Ask

When I coach, I’m drawing on training from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in coaching principles of fulfillment, balance, and process. I’m drawing on training from the Transpersonal Therapy Centre in Gestalt, Jungian, and transpersonal approaches. And I’m pulling in my own life experience, intuition, learning, and creativity.

Even with all that, though, I often bring myself back to the basics by revisiting CTI’s Five Powerful Questions. At its simplest, a coaching conversation takes you along the path these questions outline:

  1. What do you truly want?
  2. What about this is important to you?
  3. What will you do and when will you do it?
  4. What else?
  5. What’s next?

When you find yourself stuck, struggling, dissatisfied, or wanting something to shift, I invite you to start with the basics: ask yourself, “What do I truly want?”



Laura McGrath is an Ottawa-based life coach and therapist who loves to ask people what they truly want. You can get in touch with her by signing up for the Ready for Change newsletter. If you select “Morsels of Change”, you’ll receive biweekly tidbits to fuel your own personal growth.

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Laura McGrath, CPCC, is a Toronto-based co-active life coach who helps smart people to live from their hearts. Let's talk! You can subscribe to Ready for Change news to receive thoughtful notes on personal growth, and you can contact Laura to find out if coaching is right for you.