I ask each client to journal daily online, and when we have our weekly coaching call, it is unbelievable how much I have learned. Journaling gives me access to a client’s thinking patterns, beliefs, and perspectives—all of which I never could uncover through weekly calls alone.
I always interact with my clients’ journal entries and pose questions and comments that help them to see themselves in a different light. I’m passionate about demonstrating the importance of journaling in coaching.
Below is a sample client journal. Read the journal and try to understand the mindset and perspectives that are limiting the client. What would you say to help this client move forward? Use the guiding questions below to help you respond.
“I am tired—the kind of tired that makes it hard to open my eyes really wide. I've been going non-stop for the past week or two, and I can feel that I need a good night's sleep. The drama that has popped up related to my father and his care is something that is leaving me very disturbed. Today my family got into a fight about where to keep my father for the next few days. The camps are divided, and the claws are out. I feel disappointed that this is happening and sad that I have very little influence, being so far away from my father. My voice doesn't count for much. Even if I travel back and forth to see him, I still am considered the baby who just goes along with the decisions my siblings make. The question for me is: How do I manage myself within this environment?”
What beliefs are bringing this client down?
In what ways does she see herself that aren’t particularly useful?
What can help this client move forward?
What questions can you ask to learn more?