GROW – Goal, Reality, Options and Will

GROW – Goal, Reality, Options and Will


The GROW model is a set of questions to help you achieve your goals. The coach will ask you a set of questions to move your thinking into a positive direction, to motivate you and to improve your performance.

First, you need to agree a Goal and Outcome. What is your goal; make the goal specific, measurable and realistic. You have to believe in your goal, also be consistent don’t have a goal that conflicts with another goal or you will lose motivation in an instant.

Goal Questions:

The Goal – what do you want to achieve? Keep this as simple as possible! The goal questions will support you to understand your goal and when it will be achieved.

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • How will you know that you have achieved that goal?
  • How will you know the problem is solved?
  • Who is this goal for?
  • What is important to you right now?
  • What do you really want?
  • What is the benefit for you?
  • What would make you happy?
  • When do you want to achieve your goal?
  • What areas do you want to work on?
  • How long might it take to achieve your goal? Is this feasible?
  • How much would you be prepared to pay to achieve your goal?
  • Describe your perfect world
  • What will you look for when you working towards your goal?


Reality Questions:


To achieve your goal you need to understand the Reality of your current situation, skills, time constraints, attitudes, process and how far or near you are to achieving your goal.


  • What is happening now?
    What has contributed to your success so far?
  • What, who, when, how often
  • What is the effect or result of that?
  • How busy are you?
  • What is the current situation like?
  • What progress have you made so far?
  • Who is involved? What are they like?
  • What’s working and not working?
  • What keeps you awake at night?
  • How easy is it to get things done?
  • What is required of you?


Option Questions:

First look at the overall big picture and the break this down in to smaller details, in NLP we call this chunking down. Remember that you have different experience and knowledge which open new possibilities and options.

  • What are your options?
  • What else could you do?
  • What if this or that constraint were removed?
  • What could you do differently?
  • What are the benefits and downsides of each option?
  • What factors will you use to weigh up the options?
  • Who do you know who has encountered a similar situation?
  • How could you go about doing this?
  • How else could you go about doing it?
  • What could go wrong with that approach?
  • How long would it take?
  • What resource and expenditure would be needed?
  • What are the risks in each option?
  • What criteria will you use to select the main option?



Will Questions:

The ‘will’ section looks at what else you need to motivate you, to give you th Will to move forward and/or to start your goal

  • So what will you do now. And when?
  • What could stop you moving forward?
  • And how will you overcome it?
  • Will this address your goal?
  • What options work best for you?
  • How likely is this option to succeed?
  • What else will you do?
  • Are you ready for this? Does it light your fire?
  • Is there anything stopping you from committing whole-heartedly to this?
  • Who else needs to buy in to it?
  • What needs to happen to enthuse yourself?
  • What rewards for completion would help?
  • What actions will you take?
  • Who will help you?


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