Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Watch Your Language

My latest "Coaching Corner" column is now up on Crosswalk.com:

“With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.” — Proverbs 18:20

Whenever I start coaching a new client, we launch our relationship with an extended “getting to know you” session in which I ask a lot of questions to learn about his or her values, passions, goals, and the obstacles that have historically gotten in the way of reaching them.

In that session, one of the questions I often ask is, “What are the top three or four things you find yourself consistently saying about your life?” It’s an important question for us to explore, because it helps us look past the circumstances (good or bad) to get a clearer view of the underlying beliefs and perspectives that are fueling his or her current experience of life. Some of the responses I typically hear...

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