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Episode 123 Transcript: The Profound Connection between Coaching and Authorship

Nancy: Welcome to Your Permission Prescription. I’m Nancy Levin, founder of Levin Life Coach Academy, bestselling author, master life coach, and your host. I train life coaches, aspiring coaches, and anyone who wants to add coaching skills to their current career to elevate their life and their business. I’ve coached thousands of people to live life on their own terms, and now I coach, train, and certify other coaches to do the same. 

If you are ready to give yourself permission to finally make yourself a priority and mobilize your vision, you are in the right place. Let’s dive in. 

Nancy: Welcome back to another episode of Your Permission Prescription. I am your host, Nancy Levin, and I am absolutely thrilled to be here with you today.

In this episode, we are going to dive deep into the dual roles I hold in my life, that of a coach and that of an author. I’ve been reflecting the past couple of weeks over the intersection of these two roles. I am fresh off the heels of my open enrollment period for Levin Life Coach Academy, my coach training and certification program, and Hay House’s Book Writers Bootcamp overlapped.

So over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a lot of conversations with aspiring authors and aspiring coaches. And when I reflect on my own journey as both a coach and an author, it truly feels like I have come full circle because these two roles are interconnected in the most profound ways, and today, I am going to share how they have enriched my life and the lives of countless others.

So we’ll begin with my journey as a coach, because coaching to me is a sacred dance of transformation. It’s about guiding individuals on their journey of self-discovery, helping them uncover their deepest desires, and most importantly, supporting them in taking action toward their dreams. 

One of the most beautiful aspects of coaching is the opportunity to witness the incredible power of reinvention, returning to the truth of who we are, before we began packaging ourselves to be digestible to others. There is a profound vulnerability and authenticity, and as a coach, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing, holding space for people’s innermost fears, dreams, and desires. 

The coaching relationship is a space where individuals can truly be themselves free from judgment, agendas or expectations. As I have in the past five years, moved primarily into the role of training and certifying coaches, it’s really essential for me to remind everyone that coaching isn’t about having all the answers. It’s about asking the right questions and holding space for the transformative “aha” moments. It’s about helping individuals align with their actions, their values, and their heart’s desires. 

So as I was enrolling in Love and Life Coach Academy, there would be some questions arising, you know, either what if I don’t have myself all healed and figured out before I coach others? Well, because coaching is not giving advice, because coaching is guiding others to their own inner wisdom, we as coaches do not need to know everything. We do not need to be fully healed because really who does know everything and who is fully healed. We are all a work in progress, each one of us. 

So now let’s look at my role as an author. Writing for me has always been a deeply personal experience. I started writing when I was 11 years old, keeping journals and writing poems, and in fact, I have a Master’s Degree in Poetry, and I never really thought I would publish, I just wanted to write for myself. I didn’t realize that the more personal I am in my writing, the more universal the message is to the reader. 

My writing is really a way for me to share my own journey, my struggles, my triumphs, and the wisdom I’ve gained along the way. Each of my books has been written as a step-by-step process so the reader can take the same journey that I have to achieve the desired outcome.

When I write, I feel like I’m having a conversation with each of you, my readers. I hope that my words will resonate with you. I hope they will provide you with insights, that they will be a bit provocative, that you will ask yourself questions and that they inspired you to live your truth. 

One of the things I really learned as an author is the incredible power of storytelling. Stories have the ability to connect us on a deep emotional level. They remind us that we’re not alone in our struggles and that we all share a common humanity. I always like to share with aspiring writers that writing is cathartic, but publishing is not. In other words, we don’t want to put anything on the page that we are not ready to stand in public to discuss.

So I know, for example, when I was working on my book, Jump… and Your Life Will Appear, there were elements of the story that I felt were very, very private, and I had to discern between privacy and personal. You know, personal things are things that are personal to me, but that I want to share. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be some things that are private because not every single detail needs to make it onto the page.

So once I decided to publish Jump…and Your Life Will Appear, I had to really make sure that I was in a place where I was writing from the scar, not the wound. I was standing on stages speaking from the scar and not the wound, and I was coaching from the scar and not the wound. 

So as a coach and an author, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the transformational power of combining these two roles in myself. When I write, I’m drawing from the wisdom and experiences I’ve gained as a coach, and when I coach, I draw from the insights I’ve gained as an author. 

At the heart of all of my work is helping people lead more authentic, truthful lives. Whether it’s through the written word or through coaching and training, I’m committed to supporting you on your journey toward living your own truth.

So as I begin to wrap up this episode, I want to leave you with the invitation to give yourself permission to harness the power inside of you to create the life you desire. Whether you decide to find out more about Levin and Life Coach Academy and what it can do for you, or you find inspiration or motivation inside of a book or both, remember that your journey is uniquely yours and you are capable of incredible reinvention and transformation.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope that this episode has shed some light on my roles as a coach and an author and how they intertwine to support you on your path to living your most authentic life. I’ll see you next time.

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