From the metaverse to non-fungible tokens (NFTs), new technology is endlessly changing how we live our lives — and one of the biggest arenas where that’s playing out is sport.
You can prepare yourself to cultivate curiosity by:
- Reminding yourself that you don’t have to be right, you just have to be curious.
- Considering it an asking moment rather than a teaching moment when a client asks you a question.
In addition, use statements and questions such as the following:
- Where’s your energy settling? What would you like to dive into?
- What if we see what’s under this rock?
- It seems as though there was one more advantage you mentioned to your current environment…
- How does that show up for you?
- If it’s O.K. with you, let’s not talk about the goal. Instead, can you tell me about your relationship to it?
- What does it feel like to slip that on?
- Take me to that place…
- I am hearing you have experience with “that.” Please share with me a time you were experiencing success.
- What do you sense would be applicable from then to now?
- Which of your personal strengths can we bring to bear on this?
Curiosity fortified with non-judgment provides us with an unshakeable foundation on which we can collaborate and engage our clients in a way that supports their ability to discover their unique personal key to the change they seek. Non-judgment is about acceptance, which is a core component of motivational interviewing.
Clients often show up to us in search of a superhero. Meet them with non-judgment powered by curiosity to uncover and ignite the champion within them.
American Council on Exercise (2019). The professional’s guide to health and wellness coaching, American Council on Exercise.