Are you setting new goals and seeking to solve problems? 

If yes, consider coaching process called GROW. GROW is an acronym that stands for:

  • GOAL – defining what you want to achieve
  • REALITY – exploring the current situation, relevant history and future trends
  • OPTIONS – coming up with new ideas for reaching the goal
  • WHAT/WHO/WHEN – deciding on a concrete plan of action

Possible questions to ask for each component:


  • What do I want to achieve?
  • What is important to me right now?
  • What does success look like?


  • What is happening now?
  • Where am I in relation to the goal?
  • What has contributed to my success so far?
  • What skills/knowledge do I have?
  • What progress have I made so far?
  • What is working well right now?
  • What difficulties might I encounter and how might I deal with them?
  • Who needs to know about my plans?


  • What are my options?
  • What ideas can I bring in from past successes? 
  • Who do I know who has encountered a similar situation?
  • What are five options?
  • What are the benefits and potential pitfalls of these options?


  • Which options work best for me?
  • What actions will I take?
  • When am I going to start?
  • Who will help me?
  • What date will you achieve each of my actions?
  • When should I see results?
  • How will I know I have been successful?
  • How will I feel if I meet all of my actions items?
  • How will I ensure that I do it?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how committed/motivated am I to doing it?


  • What is the most important step I could take this week to move forward on this?
  • What will I do to get the support that would be most beneficial to me?


GROW Model | Sir John Whitmore’s GROW Coaching Model …

Prepared by Wally Lazaruk, January 2020