Thank YOU! With 11 Journaling Prompts to Celebrate You as a Coach | by Lynda Monk

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There are many reasons to celebrate coaching—and one of them is to celebrate YOU, the coach!

Coaching exists because there are people like you, who devote yourself to becoming the best coach you can be:

  • You are continually learning to expand your knowledge and skills. And you engage in your own coaching too.
  • You devote hours and hours to refining and building your coaching business.
  • You work each day to contribute to the growth and success of your clients.
  • You are passionate about the power of coaching and the possibilities for change that exist within individuals and in our world.
  • You listen deeply, ask powerful questions, empathize, paraphrase, listen some more.
  • You believe your clients are resourceful, creative and whole.
  • You help your clients create compelling goals and help them plan how they're going to achieve them.
  • And you call forth supportive accountability in your clients.

In short, you care, a lot.

You know that coaching is about both what you do and who you are. Doing and being.

Who you are being is foundational to what happens in the coaching relationship itself, and this is the dance of a masterful coach: the dance of doing coaching, building your business and being uniquely YOU to thrive as you serve others through coaching.

  • You self-reflect often. You know that to grow as a coach, you must continually grow as a person.
  • You are hardworking. Committed. Passionate.
  • You are devoted to your own personal growth, and you are a bright light in your clients' lives.
  • You champion your clients, helping them see that you see who they are—and who they are becoming.
  • And you know the power of mindset work to set the wheels of universal abundance in motion.

To you, dreaming big dreams is a common pursuit. Helping others do the same really fuels you as a coach.

Your work is about the process, not perfection. It's about being the best you can be.

Perfectionism is a lost cause. Focus your energy on being the best you can be. Domonique Bertolucci

You make a difference!

There are lots of people who go to work every day who don't have to care about or support other people the way you do as a coach. Your caring makes a difference every day!

Celebrating the coaching profession also means celebrating the coaches like you who do this meaningful and transformational work in the world.

So I invite you to pause, reflect and celebrate YOU as a coach. Because taking time to journal is a meaningful practice for both coach and client.

Journaling can help you boost your confidence, de-stress, engage in self-care, gain clarity, and grow yourself and your coaching business. And it can also support you in living your best life as a coach.

Here are 11 Journaling Prompts to Celebrate YOU!

Journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection—and for celebration too. So here are eleven journaling prompts to ponder and help you celebrate yourself as a coach:

  1. Why did you become a coach?
  2. How has your life changed since becoming a coach?
  3. Write about some recent positive feedback you received from one of your clients: How did that feedback make you feel?
  4. What are ways that your coaching is making a positive difference in the lives of others?
  5. How is coaching making a positive difference in your life (the coaching you do and/or the coaching you receive)? Yes, it is helpful for coaches to have their own coach!
  6. What is something you've learned through a challenging situation as a coach?
  7. Take time to appreciate yourself and your unique skills, gifts and talents as a coach: write a note of self-appreciation to yourself.
    • Dear ___, you are a fabulous coach because _____.
  8. Read over some of the client testimonials you have received. These can be a powerful reminder of your worth and positive impact as a coach.
    • What stands out to you as you read these testimonials?
  9. Where do you receive support and inspiration as a coach?
  10. Celebrate your milestones and successes as a coach. Write them down.
    • Some examples might include serving a certain number of clients, launching your group coaching program, hitting a revenue milestone etc. Whatever the achievement, acknowledge your progress and hard work!
  11. Express your gratitude for the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives through your coaching.

TIP: Use these journaling prompts to pause and celebrate YOU as a coach on a regular basis.

Why reflecting on your coaching matters

Celebrating yourself as a coach is an important way to maintain your motivation, confidence, enthusiasm and positive mindset. So taking time to celebrate yourself and your coaching is a way of cheering yourself on! And we all need cheering on as we make a difference in our complex world.

When you write about your thoughts and feelings as a coach, you acknowledge that YOU matter. The work you do matters. The life you are living matters.

Bluebirds on a branch saying Thank-you for being a CoachYou also take a purposeful pause. You tune out all other distractions and tune into yourself and your own inner ways of knowing.

And the more we can do this as coaches, the more we bring our authentic and vibrant selves to our coaching work and beyond.

Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us. Earl Nightingale

Finally, a big thank-you from me:

Thank YOU for being a coach:

  • Thank YOU for caring.
  • Thank YOU for making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Thank YOU for making your mark.
  • Thank YOU for being YOU!

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Contributing Author:

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is the Director of the International Association for Journal Writing. Lynda regularly writes, speaks, and teaches about the transformational and healing power of writing. She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection (2014), and co-editor of Transformational Journaling for Coaches, Therapists, and Clients: A Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing (2021). Lynda is also co-editor of The Great Book of Journaling (2022). You can find her FREE gift for coaches here: Gratitude Journaling for Coaches & Clients Workbook.

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