Ten of the Best Coaching Quotes


I thought I would put down some of the most inspirational coaching quotes for your perusal and consideration. These are motivation quotes that can be used effectively in your coaching practice. Using quotes can inspire, motivate, and enlighten your clients. Take these coaching quotes and apply them to your practice and life, and you just might- notice a big difference!

My Top Ten Coaching Quotes

“I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars. I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.” — Warren Buffett.
Yes, it means that you should take small steps to achieve your goals – you won’t get there in one giant leap. Patience is definitely a virtue.

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” — John Wooden
John Wooden was known for his coaching quotes and this is one of his best. To achieve something, don’t be afraid to make mistakes or fail. If you don’t take a chance, you will not succeed.

“Part therapist, part consultant, part motivational expert, part professional organizer, part friend, part nag — the personal coach seeks to do for your life what a personal trainer does for your body.” — Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune
This one pretty much sums up the job description of a coach.

“Fear regret more than failure.” — Taryn Rose
Take it from a guy on the wrong side of fifty – you definitely regret the things you didn’t do way more than the things you did. Don’t be afraid to go for it!

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost more than 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life… and that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan
Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is merely a stepping stone to success.

“Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” –Brian Tracy
Yes, it is important to see the glass as half-full. Achievement and success often go hand in hand with optimism.

“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” — Tom Krause
Once again, you usually can’t succeed unless you experience failure. Failure is one of the motivators for success.

Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Answer: five. Why? Because there’s a difference between deciding and doing. –Mark L. Feldman & Michael F. Spratt
Ok, it’s more of a funny riddle than a quote, but it sums up one of the traits of successful people. Many people dream, many people make decisions, but successful people take their dreams and their decisions and put them into action.

If you wish your life were different… do your life differently. –Terence Houlihan
As a coach, you must make your clients believe that they can make a change at any age or at any point in their career.

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. –John Wooden.
We will finish on a coaching quote from the late, great John Wooden. In you coaching practice, it is extremely important to be able to offer criticism and give advice without causing clients to get upset, angry, or resentful – it’s one of the most overlooked yet vitally essential skills of a good coach.

There you go! Ten coaching quotes to use in your practice. Ten coaching quotes to help your clients achieve their dreams and will also make you a better coach.

Hope you took some great value out of this post today! I’d love to hear your feedback, so make sure you leave a comment with your thoughts or questions. And also, you can click on the Twitter button below to retweet this article… Thank you!

Fred Philips
Business Coach
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  1. Oh I love quotes and have collected so many I finally had to organize them under categories and put them into a pdf format with links so I could find the ones I wanted! These will be a great addition – thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Susan George says:

    Good quotes. Very interesting and realistic.

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