Center for Coaching Certification

Moving Past Limiting Perceptions

In the previous blog an old tale highlighted how perceptions can limit and how changes in circumstances and completely change perceptions.  If a perception is limiting a client, a coach partners with them to create awareness, reflect, and make choices.  The questions coaches ask open the exploration of perceptions and how those perceptions influence choices. Moving Past Limiting Perceptions

A coach will ask a client about their perceptions.

  • How did you come to this perception?
  • How is this perception serving you?
  • How might this perception get in the way?
  • How long do you want to hold onto this perception?
  • What is a different way of looking at it?
  • Given that other people have different perceptions, what do you want to consider?
  • What is a different possibility for you?

A coach will ask about limitations or barriers:

  • What is stopping you from going where you want to go?
  • What else might be in the way?
  • What are different possible perceptions?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • How will you move forward?

Coaching includes challenging thinking, situations, and perceptions. Coaching is an opportunity to explore and expand thinking, create change in circumstances, and reframe perceptions.

What if a change in circumstances leads to a change in perceptions? A coach explores this with a client, What does that change in perception tell you? What if a perceived barrier is removed only to have the outcome of the removal become a barrier? A coach will share the observation and ask, What does that mean to you? Other possible questions include:

  • What does that tell you?
  • What do you learn about yourself from that awareness?
  • How do you want to move forward with that?
  • What do you want to do with it?
  • What do you want to do about that?
  • How will you use your insights?
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