“Embrace the Life That’s Calling You”
– Oprah Winfrey
Pause for a moment and think back to the last time you dealt with a challenge and felt stuck. What was it? Did you look at it from all angles but yet could not find a good solution?
Or you thought you had all the right answers but then talked to someone else, someone with a fresh set of eyes, who gave you an idea that didn’t even cross your mind?
I used to think I had all the answers. Yes, I know it was quite naïve and, let’s be honest, it seems conceited. But my ‘I got this’ attitude didn’t stem from pride or arrogance, but rather from the notion I’d be viewed as a failure if I didn’t have all the answers. I had a belief that asking questions would lead to people questioning my competency. I couldn’t have been more wrong....
Talking to busy executives like yourself I often hear “I know what to do but just need to do it”. So why haven’t you done it yet? Do you think you’d be much further along if you worked with a trained professional to guide and motivate you?
A 2012 Health International article noted, “Changing individual behavior is increasingly at the heart of health care.” People need help managing and improving their health but receiving the right kind of support is critical. Enter the health coach, a key part of population health programs…
A health coach partners with individuals through the process of behavior change. This is done through support in setting goals, unearthing values and hurdles, setting strategies, and encouraging you to develop sustainable healthy behaviors and attitudes.
The 5 Key Benefits of Working with a Health Coach:
Clarity of Your Direction: A good health coach can help you turn a daunting, uninspiring goal (e.g. lose 15 pounds) into an inspiring North Star that will motivate you even in challenging moments.
Upgrade Your Knowledge and Skills: A professional health coach will be able to answer some of the important health related questions you are concerned with. Are all carbohydrates bad? Does eating fat make me fat? Is counting calories a good strategy?
Create Strategies: One of the most important reasons why you want to work with a talented health coach is their ability to help you determine the best path to reaching your goals. Got food cravings? There is a slew of reasons that could cause them and your strategies to overcoming them are as unique as you are.
Optimize Your Environment: You decided to make a nutritious smoothie every morning…now what? Do you have a blender? What should go into the smoothie? What’s the best source of produce? Where and when will you buy them? A good health coach will make sure that you leave a session knowing exactly what it takes to successfully implement your intentions.
Master Your Psychology: Are you feeling stressed and anxious? Is the nagging voice in your head filled with negativity and uncertainty? Your mind is THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR in your ability to reaching your goals. A trained health coach will help you uncover old beliefs that are holding you back and will help you see the world through a much more optimistic, yet realistic lens.
I struggled with chocolate addiction for over 25 years. After just three months of collaboration with a health coach I was able to free myself from these chains. My brain was weak, focusing was hard, and controlling my impulses was impossible (you always knew what was on my mind)…it was only because of the help of a health coach that I discovered the reasons and was able to completely change things around.
Today I’m a health coach myself, but being surrounded by coaches I talk through challenges related to my mind, body, and spirit all the time. And I always walk away with a new perspective, new insight, and a clear direction what to do next.
Know These 9 Things Before Hiring a Health Coach:
If you are considering a collaboration with a health coach, I urge you to read through the tips below. Health coaching is not a regulated field meaning anybody can call themselves a health coach. Without having received the needed education and extensive experience, you’ll likely not see the desired results.
Ensure the health coach has gone through an accredited school – there are many programs out there varying in length a depth.
Find out how many clients they’ve completed a full program with. Experience does matter!
Ask if your coach promotes a certain diet (i.e. Paleo, Keto, etc.) – if they do, walk away. A good health coach doesn’t believe in diets but rather in identifying foods and habits that work best for YOU.
In your initial conversation with the coach see who does most of the talking. If he/she talks more than you do, it is unlikely you’ll see the results you’re hoping for.
Be aware of any promises they make to you – i.e. your ability to lose 10 pounds in 10 days.
Make sure your personalities click – if they don’t walk away and interview another one.
Test their trust-worthiness keeping your conversations confidential – you may ask about other clients they have worked with – if they give you names you may question their ability for confidentiality.
Ask about their extend of topics covered in coaching sessions – if it’s all about food alone, you are unlikely to make the progress you’re looking for. Someone telling you to stop eating sugar is like telling a poor person to earn more and spend less. Our ability to thrive has so many more layer than food alone.
Are they as professional and timely as you’d like them to be (response to emails, showing up for your meeting, etc?)
Please feel free to reach out to our JOYVIAL health coaching team for assistance in creating balance, health and wellness in your life. We have a strong and vibrant community and would love for you to be part of it. If you would like help or guidance on enhancing your overall quality of life, please reach out to us at https://www.joyvial.com/ or call us at 1-866-JOYVIAL. We help you feel physically vibrant, focused, joyful, and energized to live your best life.