Asking good questions is an excellent way to assess your performance and become more in tune with what to focus on to get better.

At Athlete Development, we encourage our athletes to question themselves a lot to develop their curiosity and accelerate their learning.

I asked our coaches to share some of their favourites.

  1. Why did I first choose my sport?
  2. Why do I continue to play my sport?
  3. If I could achieve anything I wished for in my sport, what would it be?
  4. What would be my ultimate achievement in my sport this year?
  5. How important is achieving my sporting goals to me?
  6. How hard am I prepared to work to achieve my sporting goals?
  7. Do my everyday behaviours reflect my sporting goals?
  8. How would the most committed version of myself behave?
  9. How would the most confident version of myself behave?
  10. What do I need most from my coach to ensure I’m giving 100% to achieve my goals?
  11. What do I need most from my parents to ensure I’m getting the most from my sport?
  12. What are the physical things I do really well in my sport?
  13. What are the mental things I do really well in my sport?
  14. What is the biggest physical challenge to me improving faster in my sport?
  15. What is the biggest mental challenge to me improving faster in my sport?
  16. What increases the chances of me getting injured?
  17. If I get injured, how can I treat it as a gift?
  18. How physically fit do I need to be for my sport or position?
  19. How do I know I’m physically fit?
  20. How physically strong do I need to be for my sport or position?
  21. How do I know I’m physically strong?
  22. How does my school work help my sport?
  23. Who can I ask for help when I need it?
  24. How do I know the difference between good advice and advice that might hinder me?
  25. What skills and attributes do the best athletes have in my position?
  26. What one thing do I need to work on right now to improve the fastest in my sport?
  27. How can I make the most out of each training session?
  28. Am I training with an ‘edge’ or am I going through the motions to get it finished?
  29. Am I challenging my technique under pressure in different training environments?
  30. How can I help my teammates get better?
  31. When was the last time my body felt 100% going into a game?
  32. What do I need to do to make sure I’m physically prepared for a game?
  33. What gets in the way of me playing at my best?
  34. How many hours of sleep do I need each night?
  35. How do I make sure I get a sound night’s sleep?
  36. What foods make me feel sleepy?
  37. What foods make me feel vibrant and energetic?
  38. How do I know if my recovery is working?
  39. Where does confidence come from?
  40. How do I best prepare for a game mentally?
  41. How do I feel after I make a mistake?
  42. How do I behave after I make a mistake?
  43. How do I like to receive feedback from my coach?
  44. Where does pressure come from?
  45. How do I feel when I’m under pressure?
  46. How do I behave when I’m under pressure?
  47. How would I know if I’m doing too much?
  48. How would doing less affect my development?
  49. What about sport brings me the most joy?
  50. What am I going to change tomorrow to make me better than I was today?

Do you have a favourite?