Written By Mikkie Mills / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
It's easy to find life coaches these days. You don't have to live in a big city; most of them provide online services. From the convenience of your device, you can benefit from the wisdom and expertise of wellness, nutrition, holistic, business, and other types of coaches.
Health is a big topic in coaching, as vibrant health provides the foundation for everything else in your life. Thinking of working with a life coach to improve your well-being? Read on for some key benefits and tips.
Certification and Training
The U.S. doesn't have a governing body that oversees training for life coaches. That said, many high-level certification programs provide extensive coursework, vetting, and accountability. It's a good idea to check out your prospective coach's specific training.
If it's a well-regarded program, the coach will be more likely to be able to meet your needs. Check out the program's website, reviews, and level of customer engagement. Your health is important; investigate carefully.
A coach with "health expertise" should be able to do more than state it on their website. True authority comes from being able to demonstrate it by having an extensive background in the coaching topic.
Has your prospective health coach worked in the field in any capacity? Is their educational experience solid? Do they have a demonstrated track record with successful clients? If so, you'll have more peace of mind about your choice.
Experience With Your Issues
Your coach should have familiarity with your particular health concerns, whether it's from personal or professional experience. You'll receive the most benefit that way.
If the coach specializes in holistic health, divorce recovery, and career advice at the same time, steer clear. It's helpful for you to be clear and specific about your own goals, so you can screen coaching candidates quickly.
Support and Validation
Life can be stressful and lonely at times. Trying to meet goals and feel your best comes with challenges, and having the validation and support of a coach can make all the difference. Of course, having supportive friends and family is important, too! The advantage of having a professional health coach is working with someone who can be comforting and objective.
Clear Goals and Objectives
When you're in the middle of making big changes, it can be hard to know how to start and how to measure your progress. This is where life coaches really shine; they are trained to help clients reach specific, measurable, attainable goals. They also help you refine the goals and objectives themselves to be laser-focused on your particular needs, and tied to concrete behaviors.
Helping You Stretch Your Boundaries
If you keep to yourself, you're likely to stay within your comfort zone. Your habits, tendencies, and blind spots will stay firmly in place. A good health coach will help you be aware of your comfort zone, and help you gently stretch beyond it. They'll be able to call out strengths that you might not realize you have. They'll advocate for you, but not tell you what to do, giving you the freedom to see beyond self-imposed limits.
Gain New Skills
By working with a life coach, you'll gain new skills that you can use to improve your own vitality. In addition to that, you'll pick up skills that you can use as you mentor and serve others. Human influence is powerful. If your coach is effective, you and your loved ones and friends will benefit from the wisdom and knowledge you pick up.
Some of the most powerful teachings come from setting an example, and you'll be setting one that prioritizes healthy, life-giving behaviors and attitudes. Who knows — eventually, you might even decide to become a coach yourself! Working with a life coach can help you make significant gains in your health. Keep these tips in mind as you search for the perfect fit.
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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and DIY. When she's not writing, she's chasing the little ones around, walking her dog, or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.