Ask These 7 Coaching Questions to Celebrate Your Clients Achievements! December 14, 2012 Reading Time: 2 min 41 sec Share1TweetShare10Pin920 SharesWe're such a goal-oriented culture. People get a thrill from achieving their goals - but are all too quickly straight onto the NEXT thing. As coaches we help people set goals - but part of our job is also to help people take stock and celebrate their achievements. And the crossover into a new year is a great place to help your client pause and celebrate their success - what they've achieved. Why is it so important to celebrate success and applaud the hard work we've put in to achieve our goals and dreams? Well, it's inspiring of course! Plus it helps us take ourselves more seriously and develop confidence and healthy pride - as well as give us proof that we are learning, growing and succeeding in life (even when our inner critics might be telling us otherwise). Not only that, but as humans, we seem to have a habit of focusing on what's wrong - instead of what's right! Well, as coaches we can really make a difference by taking the time to celebrate success with our clients. "Celebrate what you want to see more of." Thomas J. Peters STEP 1) Ask your clients to make a list of everything they've achieved this year using these 7 Coaching Questions to help you: "What were your biggest achievements this year?" "What are you most proud of?" "What have you achieved that has surprised you?" "What 'smaller', less obvious things are you proud of achieving this year?" "What steps have you made towards larger goals, that you need to acknowledge yourself for?" "What did you fail at or make a mistake on that needs recognizing? What did you learn and what are you proud of in how you handled it?" Finally ask, "What will you do to celebrate, recognize and acknowledge your achievements?" Tip: Use the 4 Ws. What, When, Where and Who you would like to celebrate with? Coaching Tip: You can do this with them as an exercise, or discuss the concept and give it as homework. OR, why not create a session to help your client celebrate their success - and honour themselves? STEP 2) Then decide HOW to Celebrate Success: The second step is to make sure that once they've done the list they actually celebrate their success. It could be a personal ritual, a dinner out with someone special, a hike up a mountain, buying themselves something special, a massage, a group event. Help them brainstorm celebration ideas and rituals and then commit to one. The more significance it has for them, the more uplifting and memorable it will be! "People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state - it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle... Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one's actions." Abraham Joshua Heschel If you liked this article about how to celebrate success, you may also like: 10 Essential Questions to Help Your Client Identify Their Strengths! One Powerful Way to Wrap up a Coaching Session… It's Showtime! Powerful Lessons in Authenticity From Two Movies | By Guest Author Ben Dooley Categories: Celebrating, Coaching Questions 6 Comments Alka Chandiramani December 16, 2012 Thanks so much Emma-Louise for sharing such wonderful tools. Happy Holidays and All the Best for 2013! Reply Emma-Louise December 17, 2012 Dear Alka! You are most welcome. And thank YOU for taking the time to comment - it is much appreciated. Warmly, EL Reply Deni December 17, 2012 These are GREAT questions to help...what a great tool! Thank you! Have yourself a Merry Christmas! Reply Emma-Louise December 17, 2012 Thanks Deni! Sometimes we create what we most need... Really appreciate your comment - I find it very encouragings and supporting! Warmly, EL Reply Paul Couture January 24, 2014 Emma, Thank you for this tool to focus the attention of our clients or even our selves on the success we have already achieved. Success builds confidence which empowers forward movement in directions that are important to us. Your dedication to empowering coaches to higher levels is appreciated. Paul Reply Emma-Louise January 24, 2014 Hi Paul! Thanks for your kind words - and taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it. Happy 2014! Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.