I recently had a long-time client write me a wonderful testimonial (which I’ll share below) about our coaching relationship and the power of my questions.
I realized (again) that this very smart, driven, and wildly creative woman, who is very good at running and growing her business, finds enormous value in being asked powerful questions. She finds value in being challenged to understand what she might not see about herself.
This reminds me that the power of a good coach lies in the fact that we often cannot see the places – in our actions, in our thinking, and in our decision-making – where we are “stuck.”
The truth is: a powerful coach can change everything for a client with just one well-worded question.
Albert Einstein is famous for saying:
“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask… for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
It’s my business to study powerful questions in order to create breakthroughs with my clients. To help them tap into what they know in order to make the best decisions for themselves. It’s also my practice to continuously watch other powerful coaches use the power of questions to create breakthroughs for their clients. And it’s my investment in myself to be asked powerful questions by my coach(es) in order to continue having breakthroughs of my own (and to regularly feel the REAL discomfort of being asked a question that strikes me right through my heart…because it gets to the meat of my REAL issue).
Now, to be clear, I prefer to call myself a Wayfinder rather than a coach. I prefer it because it is truly more descriptive of the work clients and I do together. Since they are all super smart and already super successful, they really just want help “finding their way.”
What does this mean in REAL life?
I’ll let my client Murphy Funkhouser Capps, CEO of the very successful Kudzu Brands in Asheville and Black Mountain, NC, speak about her experience “wayfinding” with me for the last four years:
“I have been “way finding” with Angie for four years. Ever since I first saw her speak, I knew she was someone I wanted on my “side”-grounded, powerful, straight forward yet compassionate and wise. Angie is the perfect mix of action and intuition. She has helped me navigate my path, both personally and professionally. She lovingly but firmly “forces” me to choose where to place my energy and what is worth spending my time on. Business is not just business…it is an extension of your heart….and soul. Angie respects and understands that and is intent on getting you to do the same. I attribute a lot of my success as a business woman and my growth over the past few years to Angie’s guidance. If you are feeling stuck or lost…you need an Angie. Making the investment in her is an investment in you. Do it. You won’t regret it.”
My question for you, gentle reader, is: are YOU regularly putting yourself in the position of being asked powerful questions? Whether you do this in a group Mastermind, one-on-one with a mentor, or with a Wayfinder like me, being asked powerful questions brings out the best in YOU.
If I can be of service to you and help you find your way through the many challenges of business and life, I’d be delighted. And in fact, I’m offering FIVE complimentary Wayfinder Journeys in February. Want one? Hop to it and apply!
Warmly, Angie Mattson Stegall, Wayfinder