38 Inspirational Life Coaching Quotes To Motivate Your Clients

Coaching Quotes

The best life coaches use a variety of tools and techniques with their clients. They alternate high-intensity 1:1 input with “low-touch” interventions designed to inspire, motivate, and care for their clients.

One effective low-touch life coaching technique is the thoughtful use of coaching quotes.

You can give life coaching quotes to clients in sessions or between appointments. But to make this work, you’ll need an organized collection of good coaching quotes to pull from. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered there, with 38 inspirational life coaching quotes to motivate your clients.

7 Best Quotes About Coaching

Sometimes, the best coaching quotes are those that remind your client of the transformational power of coaching.

To get clients motivated for your work together, try using some of the seven quotes about coaching and mentoring below:

Coaching helps you take responsibility for your life, let go of what others think and become your true self. It’s about you creating the life that you want – and deserve.

—Emma-Louise Elsey

A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.

—John Wooden

A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear. Who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.

—Tom Landry

Coaches are aware of how to ignite passion and motivate people. They have an energy that is contagious and know exactly how to get their team excited.

—Brian Cagneey

I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable.

—John Russell

Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.

—Timothy Gallwey

Behind every fearless player is a fearless coach who refused to let them be anything but the best they can be.

—Arwa Burton Alea

Looking for more techniques to boost morale? Check out our full guide to using motivational incentives, with 13 examples to get you started.

Good Quotes To Share With Life Coaching Clients

People see a life coach for a variety of reasons. Wanting to perform better at work, improving relationships, working on mindset, and achieving a specific goal are some common examples.

But the one commonality with all types of life coaching is a focus on personal growth.

If your client is stuck in a particular area, say with fear, self-doubt, or a lack of commitment to their goals, try sharing one of these quotes to help them overcome their obstacle.

Want to boost client engagement between sessions? With a coaching platform like Quenza, you can share these instantly to boost morale!

We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.

—Carol Dweck

Your past does not equal your future.

—Tony Robbins

People say to me all the time, ‘You have no fear.’ I tell them, ‘No, that’s not true. I’m scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.

—Ronda Rousey

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.

—Wayne Dyer

One of the most exciting things about coaching is the buzz you get when you push out of your comfort zone, come up with a plan and put it into action! Life takes on a whole new meaning as you re-create your life or career the way you want it.

—Emma-Louise Elsey

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

—Marcus Aurelius

Each of us has the right, the possibility to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself she will be invented. Be bodacious enough to invent yourself.

—Maya Angelou

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

—Lao Tzu

Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just one step at a time.

—Elanor Roosevelt

Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does now.

—Cal Newport

11 Great Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Being a leader can be a tough job. Whether for a sports team or a business, leaders are required to plan strategic direction and motivate their staff.

In most cases, they’re also expected to take responsibility when performance doesn’t live up to expectations.

If you are a current or aspiring leader, the 12 leadership coaching quotes below are filled with wisdom to be the best leader you can be while withstanding the pressures of what can be a very demanding role.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

—Arnold Glasow

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.

—Jack Welch

I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.

—Brené Brown

You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.

—John Wooden

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

—Douglas MacArthur

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.

—Elanor Roosevelt

A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

—Nelson Mandela

If you want to lift the performance of the organization, you have to lift yourself. My message to my team was always meet my bar, and that bar would constantly be moved up.

—Indra Nooyi

Widen the path of opportunities and continue to leave a powerful and positive legacy in this world.

—Luis Fonsi

Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.

—Margaret Wheatley

We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.

—Whoopi Goldberg

Motivational Training Quotes for Employees

Great trainers, teachers, managers, and coaches all have one thing in common: They can motivate people to take action toward a specific goal.

Depending on the situation, this goal could be to enhance performance, be more creative, take initiative, or collaborate with others to solve a problem.

If you need motivational coaching quotes for mentoring or training employees, you’re bound to find some that suit your needs from the list below.

These can be motivational additions to a training program for employees.

Alternatively, use them when giving feedback along with your GROW coaching questions!

If we are delighting our customers, eliminating unnecessary costs and improving our products and services, we gain strength. But if we treat customers with indifference or tolerate bloat, our business will wither.

—Warren Buffett

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.

—Robert Greene

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.

—Brené Brown

We have this thing in our mind that, ‘I gotta feel perfect, calm and confident THEN I’ll perform well.’ If that’s the case, you’re going to perform well a very, very small portion of the time.

—Peter Clarke

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

—Helen Keller

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

—Dan Gable

Failure is not the opposite of success – it’s part of success.

—Ariana Huffington

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited about what could go right.

—Tony Robbins

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

—Beverly Sills

When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.

—Terry Bradshaw

Are you active in helping others develop at work? If you’re a coaching leader, here’s How To Develop A Training Program For Employees.

Also recommended: Using The GROW Coaching Model (+ Example PDF Worksheet)

Final Thoughts

Inspirational coaching quotes alone aren’t enough to help your clients break through barriers and reach the next level of health, happiness, or wealth. But when the right coaching quote is delivered at the perfect time—it can be life-changing.

One of the most powerful ways to use great coaching quotes is to deliver them to clients in between sessions, as part of homework exercises, reminders, or added support during stressful or important times.

And the easiest way to do this is through a digital coaching app like Quenza.

Quenza is a seamless, high-functioning platform that allows you to organize your coaching sessions with digital intake forms and notes, pre-made assessments and exercises, and ready-to-use goal-setting and tracking templates.

It also allows you to engage and motivate your clients between sessions by sending homework exercises, motivational videos, and of course, inspirational coaching quotes.

To get started, sign up for a one-month full-access trial of the Quenza app for only $1.

About the author

Eamon is an ex-social worker turned freelance writer, from Perth, Western Australia. Eamon has worked as a clinical social worker for 15 years, in several positions across the healthcare, justice, disability, substance misuse, and mental health systems.

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