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51 Powerful Questions That Make You Think

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One of the most powerful things I’ve learned from becoming a Life Coach is the value of asking questions that make you think.

I’ve learned that a good question is simple, to the point but also unlocks things that you might not have thought of before.

The right question can give you a different perspective on things.  You may well even have a few ‘aha’ moments!

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Of course, it’s useful to have a Coach to ask you the questions but it is also possible to work with the list of questions I’m going to share with you on your own.

I can work 1:1 with you to help you gain clarity and insight.   Book your Power Hour call right now! 


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How To Use The Questions

Try not to overthink the answers too much.

Go with your gut instinct.

You may find it helpful to journal what comes up for you.

It’s also not a good idea to ask the questions all at once or you will most definitely overwhelm yourself!

51 questions that make you think


You could also use some of these questions to spark a conversation with someone else. Who knows what you might learn!

It’s important not to worry if you don’t know the answer straight away.

Think about where your best thoughts come up?  I’ll bet it’s in places such as the shower, whilst driving, at 3am or whilst you are out for a walk?!

Ask yourself the question and then trust that the answer will appear when you are ready for it.  Don’t try to force an answer to come.

You could also try using meditation to give yourself some space.  You may find that answers come to you during meditation or soon after.  Again don’t force this though.

If you haven’t tried out meditation before, check out my Beginners’ Guide to Meditation.

Benefits Of Asking Yourself Questions

There are many benefits of asking yourself a few questions that make you think.  Tough questions that push your boundaries and even make you a bit uncomfortable.

Doing this can help you to become unstuck and learn more about yourself.

It can also help you to move a little bit out of your comfort zone and make you look at things in a different way.

Asking yourself a few key questions can open possibilities that you perhaps hadn’t thought of before.  They can help you to see alternative solutions to problems and give you greater clarity on how to achieve your goals.

Ultimately, learning more about yourself, seeing things from a different perspective and opening up possibilities can lead to greater happiness and contentment in your life.  What’s not to love?!

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Without further ado, here are the questions.  I hope you will have fun with them!

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  1. When do you feel most motivated?
  2. What are you holding onto that’s holding you back?
  3. Do you work to live or live to work?
  4. What’s the worst that can happen if you do X?
  5. What does success look like?

  6. If money was no object what could you do?
  7. What would you try if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  8. What’s stopping you from living the life you want to live?
  9. Who decides what is the right thing to do?
  10. What could you do today that would benefit your life?  What’s stopping you?
  11. If you won the lottery tomorrow what would you do?  Would you be happier?
  12. Do you think it’s easier to love or to hate? Why?
  13. How old do you really feel inside?

  14. How does it feel to say no?  Why does it feel that way?
  15. Is there anything you feel guilty about?  What makes you feel this way?
  16. What are you good at?
  17. Answer this question – “I’ll be happy when…”  Is that a realistic answer?  How will you get there?
  18. What do you like about yourself?
  19. If someone gives you a compliment how do you respond?
  20. What three things are you most grateful for?
  21. What always makes you smile?

  22. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  23. What activities bring you joy?
  24. If you had no fear what would you do?
  25. Does what you are worrying about matter?  Will it matter in six months time?
  26. Is it important what others think of you?  What makes you say this?
  27. What makes you lose track of time?
  28. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
  29. What did you want to be when you grew up?

  30. What would a perfect day look like?
  31. Do you listen to others?  How could you listen better?
  32. What are you most proud of?
  33. Who can you turn to for help and advice?
  34. What’s most important to you?
  35. If you’re being honest, what are you wasting time on?
  36. What is your view on making mistakes?
  37. Is there something you are avoiding doing?
  38. How can you make today a better day than yesterday?
  39. What makes you feel alive?

  40. Where could you simplify life?
  41. What is the biggest lesson life has taught you so far?
  42. What is your ‘why’?
  43. If tomorrow was going to be your last day on earth, what would you do?
  44. Are the people you are spending time with adding value to your life?
  45. Who inspires you?

  46. What would you like to be remembered for?
  47. Who do I need to forgive?
  48. When are you the happiest?
  49. What are your biggest goals and dreams?
  50. What’s stopping you from going after them?
  51. What are 3 things that you can do this week to take a step towards your goals?

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I hope that you will enjoy asking yourself some of these questions that make you think.  More than that, I hope you find out or discover something new about yourself.

Why not let me know in the comments how you get on?   I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Geraldine

    Great post and nice questions Alison! They really can help you discover yourself and understand yourself a lot better. I try to ask myself some of these questions actually haha, I will try to answer more of these questions and hopefully I can understand myself even more!

  2. Chloe Chats

    Great post Alison. I definitely have a lot of my thoughts come to me whilst in the shower, it must be a good moment to just think whilst you’re having a wash! I agree that asking myself questions can definitely help with seeing alternative solutions, when I’m having a bad moment as well where I’m stressing out about something, if I just stop and go through some questions in my head it can help make me feel better about the situation. I think I’ll have a go at going through these questions with my other half, could be a fun activity!

    Chloe xx

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