It’s Time To Make A Life Changing Decision…How Can We Know What To Do?

It’s Time To Make A Life Changing Decision…How Can We Know What To Do?

When it comes time to make an important decision, a potentially life altering, game-breaking decision, how are we to know what to do?

Some would say use logic

Some would say use ration

Some would say listen to your emotions (maybe?)

Some would say follow your gut

Some would say call a friend

What many don’t say is…

What to consider when using logic

Logic relies solely on the past. All of its’ reasoning and facts are based upon what lay behind us, not ahead of us. This can surely have some merit, however, facts change, science evolves, and this must be taken into consideration. The past does not equal the future.

There’s a good chance we’re making a decision based on logic when we base our decision primarily around fact and evidence. Therefore, leading us to create a specified sequence that will get us from here to our destination in order to justify our upcoming decision.

Logic has its’ place assisting in the decision making process, but I would argue that it shouldn’t be a crutch.

But above all, logic is really shitty at going beyond the material world of things and involves zero insights gathered from our infinite wisdom.

Use logic wisely.

What to consider when using ration

Like logic, ration also relies on a past to predict the future. In comparison, ration will be based more on concepts of reasoning oppose to evidence or facts.

Sounds ideal right? Well yes, except….

Ration doesn’t take our emotions into consideration. And yes, our emotions are very real to us. They can tell us a lot, or they can tell us very little, if we’re in tune with them.

Making a rational decision that eventually leads to resentment probably wasn’t the wisest decision at the time. Could it have been avoided? Surely.

And similar to logic, ration is based on conceptualizations on the material world.

Use ration wisely.

What to consider when using your gut

The largest issue with this in my experience is that most people don’t even know what the heck it means to follow their gut.

What does that even feel like?

Butterflies in the tummy?

If so, what does that even mean?

Anxiety?

Elation?

Love?

Hunger?

I know most use this figure of speech in a way that refers to our inner knowingness, our internal compass,

In my experience, this is just bad terminology that people could intellectualize into numerous different ways.

Many people I talk to aren’t familiar with what a gut feeling in relation to our inner knowing vs our emotions fluttering in their belly.

If you are familiar with how to separate the two then definitely take your gut feeling into consideration. Our gut can tell us things that have yet formulate in the material world, it hasn’t been proven, we cannot see it, but we just know.

What to consider when listening to your emotions

They are very inaccurate. All our emotions do is give us an accurate indication of our thinking in the moment. Our thoughts could be logical, illogical, rational, or irrational, our emotions do not care.

They are just reflecting back to us what is going on upstairs, nothing more.

Making a decision based on emotion is like trying to find a treasure after buying a compass that states on the package “all directions could be True North”.

It’s the blind leading the blind.

What to consider when calling a friend

At first, I put this one down as a joke and was going to treat it as such. Then, a thought came to mind, calling a friend can actually be quite useful.

What a friend can offer us when we’re consumed by endless choices and one decision to make is… perspective. A single shift in perspective can lead to an insight that changes the entire landscape for us.

Choose this person wisely, use their vision not their opinion.

Tapping into our infinite wisdom

Each and every one of us has an endless well of wisdom waiting to be tapped into. When it comes to making life changing decisions, this would be a great time to drop a bucket into the well and see what wisdom may come out.

Our wisdom doesn’t rely on logic, ration, emotions, our friend. While our wisdom doesn’t rely on any of these, it can tell us how to use them wisely.

Our wisdom does have some relation to a gut feeling, otherwise known as our inner knowing. This is a knowing that cannot be explained in the world of form, there’s no evidence to prove it, it may even seem irrational to some, and maybe even ourselves at first.

Our wisdom will distinguish the gut feeling of inner knowing vs anxiety.

At this point, you’re probably wondering how to tap into your infinite wisdom…

Instead of looking into the direction of what you already know (logic, ration), look toward the unknown. Sit quietly with your thoughts, direct your attention toward what you do not yet know. Or, maybe you do know but have yet to acknowledge it due to being so focused on the variables of the known.

Connect with the space between your thoughts, as out of this space of nothing, arises everything.

Be patient, an inner knowing will surely come to you. An answer will come, that can be assured, but it won’t be on your timeline. The more you try to force an answer the further from it you will become.

Sit back and listen for the whispers of your wisdom, allow it to be heard.

Take care,

And learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

7 Best Personal Development Books I Read In 2018

7 Best Personal Development Books I Read In 2018

Editions

2018

2017

My Definition of a personal development book

A personal development book to me is any book that contains information with the purpose of influencing a direct personal transformation within the reader.

This could come in the form of a typical personal development book like Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins or a less typical, more metaphysical approach like The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill.

Whether a certain book will resonate with us or not largely depends on what journey we are on and where we are in our journey.

Top Personal Development Books – 2018 Edition

Goal: 40

Read: 46

*I rated the books based on the impact they had on my personal growth.*

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

By Byron Katie

352 Pages

What is this book about?

For reference, I will call her Katie, as apparently that is what she prefers.

The premise of this book is to dissolve our sense of self, our ego, in light of a higher awareness. She teaches us that all suffering is optional and is created by our confusion and resistance to what is. She shows us a path toward love oppose to pain or suffering.

Katie teaches us to do this by way of thought inquiry through a very powerful set of questions she calls “The Work”.

The four questions this book (The Work) revolves around are:

1. Is it true?

2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?

4. Who would you be without the thought?

Using the four questions, here’s an example using the statement “My husband should understand me.”

1. Is it true? Is it true that he should understand you? Be still. Wait for the heart’s response.

2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

Ultimately, can you really know what he should or shouldn’t
understand? Can you absolutely know what is in his best interest to understand?

3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? What happens when you believe “My husband should understand me” and he doesn’t?

Do you experience anger, stress, or frustration? How do you treat your husband? Do you give him “the look”? Do you try to change him in any way? How do these reactions feel? How do you treat yourself? Does that thought bring stress or peace into your life? Be still as you listen.

4. Who would you be without the thought?

Close your eyes. Picture yourself in the presence of your husband in this situation. Now imagine looking at your husband, just for a moment, without the thought “My husband should understand me.” What do you see? What would your life look like without that thought?

Katie takes you on a journey to the depth of your being by discussing the power of her inquiry through love and selflessness.

This discussion is mixed with examples of The Work through transcripts of real inquiries she has done with people. These examples are amazing, as you can truly see the power of The Work in action.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

In my opinion, the goal of most self-improvement and personal development books with a spiritual undertone is to dissolve the ego. To go beyond our sense of self and experience some level of transcendence.

Most appear to fail at doing this for one main reason, they lack simplicity. And that brings me to what I love most about this book…its’ simplicity!

As I went through this book over the course of a couple weeks, and several weeks thereafter, I would constantly catch myself doing The Work in my head when I recognized a thought that wasn’t serving me.

This book really taught me that just the simple act of questioning our thoughts is enough to see through all our made up bull shit.

Who would I recommend this book for?

EVERYONE.

Seriously…everyone. There is not one single human being on this earth that could not benefit from this book.

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

A Mind At Home With Itself

By Byron Katie

304 Pages

What is this book about?

This book is an extension of my #1 choice, Loving What Is. It is more or less a series of transcripts from real inquires Katie had with people.

If you are interested in Katies’ work, I recommend you read Loving What Is before you read this book. Loving What Is will give a much deeper understanding of what she calls “The Work”, whereas this book gives plenty of examples of The Work in action.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

 See my answer to the same question under Loving What Is.

Who would I recommend this book for?

Anyone who has read Loving What Is by Byron Katie and has an interest in her work.

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

The Relationship Handbook: A Simple Guide To Satisfying Relationships

By George Pransky

246 Pages

What is this book about?

Relationships! However, this is NOT your typical relationship book. It is original, unique, and like no other. There’s nothing to work on, just a different understanding.

I heard about it from many coaches and facilitators that stem from the Three Principles understanding of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought. As the author of this book, Dr. George Pransky is one of the pioneers of this life transforming understanding.

This book points us inward, toward responsibility and the inside-out nature of relationships and relationship problems.

Problems aren’t to be dealt with, they are to be transcended. George shows us exactly how this is done, no matter the problem.

Many of us over analyze our relationship problems and our relationships as a whole. George points us back toward simplicity of relationships and all they en-tale.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

My wife is very analytical, and this analysis is quite typical of our disagreements. Whereas I’m quite simple, however I typically get sucked in to the analysis because I didn’t know how to effectively direct the conversation toward simplicity. More so, I didn’t know how to create enough value in simplicity for her to even entertain the idea!

This book gave me that direction, that missing link between my thoughts and words.

It wasn’t long after I read this book that my wife and I had a bit of a squabble. Our back and forth was going the way it normally would, until I remembered the book. Certain messages throughout the book really stuck with me and I decided to try them on for size.

Without spoiling the contents of the book, all I can say is…WOW! It actually worked! We made a simple shift in our collective focus, the tension started to ease and we could see the dust settling when usually it would remain cloudy and tense, without a resolve for hours. 

Who would I recommend this book for?

Anyone who wants to improve their relationships from the inside-out.

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

The Enlightened Gardener

By Sydney Banks

176 Pages

What is this book about?

A fictional story about 4 psychologists from America who travel to England for a conference. During this trip, they come across a gardener, who little did they know would transform their lives forever through a new understanding of the fundamental nature of life.

This understanding is now known as the Three Principles of Universal Mind, Universal Consciousness, and Universal Thought.

There are many great metaphors used to help one deepen their understanding how these principles create our every experience of life. 

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Prior to reading this book, I had already read the sequel and been a student of the Three Principles for a little more than 6 months. Therefore, the understanding this book points toward is not new to me, but it still gave me fresh eyes to see with.

Who would I recommend this book for?

Anyone interested who wants to transform their entire life from the inside-out. This is a great place to start. It will open up a path that is never ending.

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

We Consciousness: 33 Profound Truths For Inner And Outer Peace

By Karen Noe

216 Pages

What is this book about?

In short, this book is written by a proclaimed Medium, on the topic of collective consciousness.

She claims to have received communication from the now deceased DR. Wayne Dyer on this topic. This communication has translated into 33 profound truths on how to be an instrument of peace.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Before reading this book, becoming a vegetarian had been in the back of my mind for some time. I am now Vegan, this is the book the put the nail in the coffin for me.

There is a chapter dedicated to our relationship animals within our collective consciousness. I have always been an animal lover and this chapter took my love to a whole new level, a level in which I could not dismiss the act of eating them anymore.

The impact that very chapter had on my life is enormous.

Who would I recommend this book for?

First and foremost, Wayne Dyer fans! 

Otherwise, anyone interested in spirituality.

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

Supercoach: 10 Secrets To Transform Anyone’s Like

By Michael Neill

256 Pages

What is this book about?

Michael Neill is my favourite author and coach. His coaching is also influenced by the Three Principles understanding of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought.

This is the best book I have come across that connects spirituality with pragmatism, or shall I say transcends pragmatism, through a compartmentalized approach.

This book is a revision of its’ 2010 version, also titles SuperCoach.

 

Michael dedicates entire chapters to each of the 10 secrets. Each chapter begins with clever fables and short stories that really get his point across.

He discusses each of the 10 secrets with humour and clarity, all while pointing us toward the insdie-out nature of each of these secrets.

The 10 secrets he discusses are:

1. The Art of Dreaming

2. You Were Born Happy

3. A Whole New Way of Thinking About Goals

4. The Simple Way To Make Decisions

5. Rainy Days and Mondays

6. How to Get Stuff Done

7. The Magic of Connection

8. How To Ask For Anything From Anyone

9. The Secret to a Lifetime of Financial Security

10. The Power of Hope

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Prior to reading this book, I had been a student of the Three Principle for about 18 months. I had listened to Michael Neill’s podcast twice over, and read two of his other Three Principles based books twice over as well.

This book really helped me link the pragmatic approach to different aspects of life with the spiritual. It really opened my eyes to new ways of looking at the practical side of life.

Who would I recommend this book for?

Everyone, spiritual or not. Michaels’ writing will appeal to the masses with clarity and contemplation.

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

Willpower Doesn’t Work

By Benjamin P. Hardy

256 Pages

What is this book about?

This book can be easily summed up as this: A persuasive argument toward how our environment shapes and influences our entire lives.

 

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

I nearly stopped reading this book after going through the first chapter or so.

Given my inside-out approach to life, and this book being more of an outside-in approach, I nearly chucked it to the side due to my strong bias. However, I decided to give it a shot. I recognized my bias and decided to move forward with an open mind, and I’m glad I did.

Our environment cannot be ignored, its’ influence cannot be ignored. The inside-out understanding says that our thoughts create our feelings, not our external environment. But we are not perfect, we all have blind spots, and our environment has a very real influence on our thoughts.

This book really helped my bridge the gap between the inside-out nature of life with the outside-in nature of life. So I thought, if our environment has influence on us, why not learn to use this knowledge to our advantage? Combine inside-out with outside-in, let them feed off each-other.

Who would I recommend this book for?

Anyone who wants to learn to use their environment to their advantage.

Top 10 Personal Development Books – 2017 Edition

Goal: 23

Read: 35

*I rated the books based on the impact they had on my personal growth.*

The Holding Space Practice

By Carol Webster

128 Pages

I first heard about holding space from Leon Vanderpol’s blog and podcast centered around deep transformational coaching. It is because of this that I wanted to go deeper into learning about holding space. After a search on Amazon I came across this amazing book. The book is very to the point, no fluff, and keeps you engaged through all 128 pages.

One, out of the many, things I LOVE about this book is how practical it is. It has numerous practical exercises within the teachings that will allow you to take several steps toward being able to hold space. I will warn you, the exercises are not for the faint of heart, and you must check your ego at the door. If completed, the exercises are life changing, I speak from personal experience.

What is this book about?

It is all about holding space!

What does it mean to hold space?

  • Honor individual without judgement, first self, then family, then others
  • Suspension of anxiety over expected outcomes
  • Accepting “now” as it really is without undue regret or control
  • Allowing self and others to choose as we avoid inappropriate pressure, collusion, manipulation, and/or exploitation

There is also a workbook available as a companion to the book that I highly recommend you get as the actual book has numerous exercises in it. You can purchase that from Amazon as well. CLICK HERE

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Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

By Anita Moorjani

191 Pages

What is this book about?

First half of the book:

The first half of the book tells the story behind Anita’s transformation, who she was before her NDE (Near Death Experience) that led to her spontaneous cure from cancer. There were many religious and personal conflicts in her life before her NDE. This sets the stage for the second half of the book, allowing it to be so transformative.

Second half of the book:

The second half of the book is one of the most inspiring and transformational reads I have ever encountered. Anita speaks like a spiritually enlighterned person since her NDE. She recalls her past from a perspective that is so inspiring.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

This is the book that influenced me to start my never ending journey toward personal and spiritual growth just over a year ago. It really rocked my world, all my beliefs, paradigms, and perspectives on life all got pulled into question. I would like to mention, I can relate to her journey more than many people due to my wife (who I have been with for nearly 9 years now) having Chronic Leukemia.

I will always hold a special place on my book shelf for this book because of that. This is proof that Dying To Be Me has the power to take you on a transformational journey.

Who do I recommend this book for?

For anyone who struggles with sacraficing who they truly are and all that they believe in for external forces such as Religion, family, friends, self-image ect. this is the book for you!

Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words

By Oscar Trimboli

119 Pages (Kindle only)

What is this book about?

This book by Oscar Trimboli truly lives up to its’ title, and it teaches you how to listen beyond the words you hear. It is not your typical book on listening by manipulating the other person to think that you’re listening, whether you’re actually listening or not. So you won’t find techniques such as active listening or mirroring in this book.

What impact did this book have on my personal development and growth?

By far the best information I have ever come across when it comes to listening.

Highlights from this book:

  • We speak between 125 and 175 words per minute, yet we can listen to 400 words per minute, this is the 125/400 rule
  • Why the pause is the most critical moment in your listening, most people get this wrong
  • There are 5 levels of listening
  • Learn about unconscious listening vs conscious listening
  • What it means to listen beyond words and how to do it

Awaken The Giant Within

By Tony Robbins

544 Pages

When the topic of the best personal development books gets discussed, Awaken The Giant Within is typically the most popular personal development book talked about. It is not on my list due to popularity though, it is one of the best books for personal growth out there in my opinion. It is a lengthy book, with quite a bit of fluff, which I have found is typical of Tony as I have read all of his books. Although this book could have been written in under 300 pages it does not take away from its’ power.

What is this book about?

  • Making decisions
  • Understanding your beliefs and how to change them
  • Understanding your values and how to change them
  • Learn Neuro Associative Conditioning (NAC) to create lasting change
  • How the quality of your questions create the quality of your life
  • Transformational vocabulary
  • Numerous practical exerices

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

My biggest take away from Awaken The Giant Within is that everything in life is a pattern., and an awareness of this alone was enough to rock my boat. Because of the practical exercises within this book I learned a lot about myself. This took me through a process of deep self exploration. This was my first introduction to beliefs and values, and what fascinated me at the time was understanding that I can change them! That was a breakthrough for me at the time (7 months ago). This was also my first introduction to how habits are formed by thought and how they can be transformed by thought.

Who would I recommend this book to?

This is a great book for anyone who is fairly new to the concept of developing themselves. What you learn about yourself from doing the exercises in the book will be a great gateway toward what direction you would like to go next.

This book will only help you if… you actually do the exercises! Lucky for you, I have created a 37 page PDF of every single exercise in Awaken The Giant Within to give away for free. Click on the link to be taken there. Awaken The Giant Within Workbook

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

By Miguel Ruiz

168 Pages

This is another popular book for those interested in personal growth, for good reason. This is a short, easy read that kept me engaged from beginning to end.

What is this book about?

How did you know?

What are the four agreements?

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

The Four Agreements goes deeper into what each agreement really means at its’ core and how it can transform your life.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Immediately after reading this book I went and bought a small whiteboard to place on my fridge. On this white board I wrote The Four Agreements so that I will look at them every day. Doing my best to live by The Four Agreements has transformed my life.

Knowing what these four agreements are is not what will transform you. It is understanding them on the deepest level and then applying them to your life that will transform you and that is what the book is for.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle

229 Pages

I read this book just over a year ago from writing this, right after I read Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani. I thought it was a bit of a dry read when I first read it. Now that I am much further along on my transformational journey I appreciate what I took away from the book much more.

What is this book about?

The Power of Now is about, you guessed it…the NOW. The present moment is all we have and all we ever will have. This book explains the power of being present and mindful towards each and every moment of our lives. Eckhart Tolle uses typical life examples and how being in the present moment effects different circumstances.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

This is the book that got me started on my mindfulness and meditation journey. I did not realize the impact it had until now. For this book alone to inspire me down a path of mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality really says a lot of the impact it had on me. I will be reading this book again this year now that I am at a different point in my journey. I am sure I will take away something different from it the 2nd time around. It is one of those books that is so simple, yet so profound that so much gets missed.

Who would I recommend this book to?

If you would like to become for mindful and present in your life then I highly recommend this book for you.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

By Hal Elrod

172 Pages

This book was an engaging read and well written. It was written effectively enough to inspire me to create my own morning routine! Considering the topic, I don’t think many people out there could have written in such an inspiring way.

What is this book about?

The Miracle Morning is all about the importance and impact of having a morning ritual. It sites several people who are considered highly successful that always started their day with a morning ritual.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

I was not even finished the book and I had already started adjusting my morning routine. At the point of reading this book I was already waking up an hour before I had to go in for my first personal training client which is an 8 minute drive away so it gave me plenty of time. My routine at this point was meditation for 15 minutes and showering. I don’t have to worry about breakfast because I do intermittent fasting.

After dabbling with different forms of exercise, timing of different aspects of the routine, and trying different things, I wake up 90 minutes before my 1st client and my morning routine now looks like this:

  1. Meditation 10-20 minutes
  2. Yoga 15 minutes
  3. Journal 5 minutes
  4. Read 10-15 minutes

In short, I can tell you that I have never felt better since starting my days like this.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who wants to feel better from the moment they wake and set their day up for aliveness and fulfillment.

The Enlightened Gardener Revisited

By Sydney Banks

168 Pages

This is the first book I read by Sydney Banks. It is likely you have never heard of him. He is the one to discover the Three Principles understanding in the world of psychology and spirituality.

What is this book about?

A fictional story about a pair of psychologists returning to England to visit an enlightened gardener who taught them this understanding called The Three Principles on their last visit. This story is the sequel to the original book The Enlightened Gardener. The two psychologists pick the gardeners brain to deepen their understanding of the Three Principles throughout their entire visit. They cannot understand how their clients are getting such miraculous results just from facilitating the teaching of the Three Principles to their clients.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

The Enlightened Gardener Revisited is by far the most insightful and profound book I have ever read. It is filled with so much wisdom. I am already familiar with the Three Principles as I have been constantly deepening my understanding of them for the past several months (and it has been the most life changing few months of my life, in large part thanks to this). This allowed me to truly appreciate what is inside this book. If I had read this book 6 months ago it would have been jiberish to me, I would not have comprehended much of it.

This is one of those books I can re-read again and again and take something different away from it every single time. I had to pause several times throughout the book to think about what I just read, and it is not because he uses complex words or sentences, it is because what he teaches is just so profound.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who wants to understand how they create every experience of their life and how once you understand this it will transform your life forever. If you are not familar with the Three Principles I do not recommend this book for you. I suggest starting with Sydney Bank’s prequal to this book called The Enlightened Gardener or Michael Neill’s Inside-Out Revolution, or both.

The Inside-Out Revolution: The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever

By Michael Neill

168 Pages

This is the second book I read by Michael Neill, the first book I read of his was Supercoach, which is also a fantastic book. Prior to reading this book I had listened to every YouTube video I could find on Michael Neill and every single one of his 100+ episodes from his podcast. The Inside-Out Revolution reinforced much of what I had already learned from Michael, and what he teaches is amazing.

What is this book about?

The essence of the book is spiritual in nature. The underlying foundation of the book is built upon the Three Principles understanding that was discovered by Sydney Banks. From all the people I have listened to who talk about this understanding, Michael delivers the information in the simplest way in my opinion. Trying to make sense of anything spiritual can be extremely difficult, and I think he nails it.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

With me already being so familiar with Michael Neill’s work and the three principles, what this book did for me was help create further insights and deepen my understanding. That is all I can really ask for from this book.

Who would I recommend this book to?

If you think the outside world is to blame for your circumstances, thoughts, actions, or feelings than this book is for you. Also, anyone who is new to spirituality or who is familiar with spirituality will take something away from this book.

Man’s Search For Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl

184 Pages

OK, I have something to confess, I didn’t actually read this book. I know, I know, you can judge me all you want. I listened to the audiobook version instead. I loved the message of the book so much I just could not leave it off the list. I will be ordering a paperback version this year as I do want to read the paperback version.

What is this book about?

Man’s Search For Meaning is a true story about Viktor E. Frankl’s encounter with being a prisoner in the Concentration Camps during World War 2. The basis of the book is Viktor contemplating life. What is his meaning? What is his purpose? How can he find meaning in the midst of such a horrific event? Read the book if you would like to find out how he survived with his mental health intact and thrived in his life once he got out.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Prior to reading this book, I believed that bringing meaning and purpose to our life can completely eradicate many of our life’s “problems”. Every single one of our problems are thought created, and if you tend to create problems chronically you are most likely attempting to fill the empty space that is not being filled by meaning and purpose. This book to me to a deeper understanding of meaning and purpose in my life and inspired me to contemplate the purpose of my own life.

With my wife having Leukemia, I have had some pretty terrible lows in recent years, as you can imagine. I can be thankful she is still here, we both are. I have also had some pretty terrific highs. Man’s Search For Meaning is proof that no matter how bad you think your life is, you always have the opportunity to create meaning and purpose in your life. This story inspired me to start giving back to the world by finding meaning in my suffering the same way Viktor did.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Much of our lives are spent comparing and contrasting. Comparing our low points with someone else’s low points for example. If you are someone who tends to do this a lot, or if you are someone who plays victim a lot, you need to read this book.

Anyone who feels a lack of purpose, meaning, or fulfillment in their life must read this book.

Honourable Mention

BEST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

Breakthrough Experience

By John F. Demartini

256 Pages

What is this book about?

The foundation of Breakthrough Experience is the positive/negative polarities of life. This was a challenging read. Dr. Demartini dives deep into the spiritual world and the world of quantum physics.

He then puts it all together into what he calls the Quantum Collapse Process, as he assumes you have an understanding of the material. The basis of this process is to transform any negative feelings you have towards someone into neutrality.

This process is quite daring as you have to have the courage to see the bad with the good, and the good with the bad, in yourself and the person you are trying to collapse. This is very powerful stuff.

What impact did this book have on my personal growth and development?

Even though I have yet to sit down and do the Quantum Collapse Process on anyone I had several insights throughout the book. Just the thought of trying to see the good through the bad in someone I have strong negative feelings towards is life transforming.

This is the book that also transformed the way I look at emotions. That it is OK to feel the so-called “negative emotions”, they are every bit a part of life as the so-called “positive emotions”, and they are both meant to be felt equally throughtout life. Understanding this has allowed to me see emotions as antagonistic instead of “good” or “bad”. Not labeling an emotion as “bad” allows it to be felt full force oppse to resisting or supressing it.

Who would I recommend this book to?

I recommend this to anyone who is familiar with spirituality and quantum physics. Having an open mind is a must while reading this book. If this is you and you want to learn how to completely neutralize your emotions towards yourself and/or others then this book is for you.

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

Rob Kish

How To Stop Emotional Eating From The Inside-Out

How To Stop Emotional Eating From The Inside-Out

I wrote on this same topic in a post titled how to stop food cravings and emotional eating on August of 2017. I just reread it, and quite frankly I am somewhat embarrassed that I would put out such an article… It does however, allow me to see how my vision has changed.

In that article, I spoke of several outside-in strategies for stopping food cravings; food journaling, pattern replacement, spontaneous outcomes, 24 hour strategy, exercise, and meditation.

I now realize that article was built upon a faulty premise; that the world outside can make us feel something in inside.

While each strategy has its’ own place, they each encourage and promote an outside-in experience of life. They each represent something we have to “do” in order to reduce or stop our emotional eating and food cravings.

This approach implies that our feelings do not originate intrinsically, that our feelings are somehow given birth by what we do instead of what we think about. That somehow the actions done by us, or by the world around us, give our emotions to us.

This is not the case, and this is why I now recognize that outside-in strategies such as the ones I mentioned in my past article are built upon a faulty premise.

At first glance, these strategies appear to have lots of merit, they seem to establish a support system for ourselves to help us go from how we currently feel to how we want to feel.

But what if…

we didn’t feel the need to change how we feel?

What if…

we didn’t create resistance to how we feel in the moment?

What if…

we understood that our feelings aren’t controlled by what we do or don’t do?

If we no longer fear or judge ourselves on how we feel, we can loosen the tight grip we have on the steering wheel of our emotions, and create the possibility of letting go.

Imagine that?

No more desire or need to control your emotions. Guess what also disappears along with your relinquishment to the illusion of control? Your emotional food cravings.

When the need to change how we feel disappears, we no longer look to food to change how we feel.

When we feel the need to change how we feel

We arrive home from a long day at work after battling the daily traffic for what seemed like eons. There were construction delays, a minor fender bender on the highway going in the opposite direction that everyone going in our direction had to slow down to snoop at, we were cut off a couple of times, and all we could do was watch the clock and the rest of our night whither away.

We still need to make dinner, but first we must deal with our feelings.

We feel angry and frustrated among other things. We tell our self that we don’t want to feel angry and frustrated, that we’re home now and we shouldn’t feel what we’re feeling. We feel the need to change how we feel.

So what do we do? We resist those feelings through food.

Little do we know, we are about to feed our self with a false sense of pleasure that creates the illusion that we’ve overcome our anger and frustration! We snack on whatever looks appealing in our fridge or cupboards. We are feeling pretty mighty now!

An hour later, dinner is ready. We sense our anger and frustration returning…and the cycle continues infinitely, that is, until we have an insight toward a new understanding.

Why?

Because as long as we create resistance to our emotions, we look for a way to manipulate how we feel.

When we don’t feel the need to change how we feel

Using the same scenario as above.

We still need to make dinner, but first we must deal with our feelings.

We feel angry and frustrated among other things. We tell our self that it’s perfectly OK to feel angry and frustrated. We don’t feel the need to change how we feel because we understand that it will pass if we don’t resist it.

So what do we do? We sit quietly on the couch to hold space for our self for 5-10 minutes. We allow our feeling to be, we allow our thoughts to be, we don’t judge them.

We can let our thoughts and feelings come and go like clouds passing through a bright sky, with a knowing that they will pass on their own and the sun will inevitably shine again.

10 minutes later, we feel a sense of calmness come over our self. We have completely forgotten why we felt angry and frustrated in the first place. We have a chuckle at our neurosis as we make our way into the kitchen to start dinner with our mind at home.

An hour later, dinner is ready. We thoroughly enjoy all the flavours of our creation without the need to use food for elation.

What do you fear happening if you don’t resist your emotions?

In other words, what are you afraid will happen if you feel your feelings?

The answer to this question is worth exploring because the answer we discover is the very same reason we resist our emotions.

We are afraid of a certain outcome that we think will happen if we feel what we don’t want to feel in the moment.

Ironically, the outcome from emotional eating literally shortens our lives.

Outcomes such as:

  • weight gain
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart attack
  • cancer
  • insomnia
  • athlerosclorosis

We fear an illusionary outcome of feeling our feelings and replace it with an outcome that has been proven to kill us.

Not very logical is it?

When we peel back all the layers of fear toward what we think will happen if we allow ourselves to feel our feelings in their entirety, we are left with nothing, an empty space.

Within this space, lay new opportunities. Opportunities to feel the polarities, impermanence, and harmlessness of our feelings.

Our emotions are transient in nature, they always pass on their own accord, not ours.

Therefore, once we see through the illusion of our fear and cease to resist our transient emotions, we cease to crave food in an attempt to change them.

Our emotions don’t lead us to emotional eating, it’s our resistance to them that does.

Once this is experienced, it’s game over for emotional eating.

Yes, It IS This Simple

Most of us lead such complex lives that we feel if a solution to our challenge is too simple then it must not work. This is why I get a chuckle when I see the look on a clients face that basically says “THAT’S IT?”

Yes, that’s it.

Let your feelings be felt, they cannot hurt you. Resist and they will persist. Meet them with compassion and they will stop bothering you.

And when do this, and experience its’ profound simplicity, you can have a chuckle at your neuroticism that led you to believe food could actually transcend your feelings. You will now let your wisdom speak, and you will listen.

And soon enough, you will completely forget about food when an emotion arises.

What’s emotional eating again?

What are emotional food craving’s again?

Take care,

Learn from all your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Head-To-Head Comparison of Online Health Coaching Certifications

Head-To-Head Comparison of Online Health Coaching Certifications

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This has not influenced my level of honesty or transparency with you.

This post is for you if you have a budget between $400-$3000 and want an easier time making a decision on which is the best health or wellness coaching certification for you.

If you have an interest of integrating Yoga teaching into your Life Coaching practice then you may also want to check out the Yoga2Life Certification

With many people coming to this post with different intentions, I have provided some quick links below to take you where you want to go. If you’re not one of these people then I recommend starting from the beginning of the post.

Head-To-Head Comparison (most popular)

Natural Wellness Academy Review (IMO…No brainer #1 choice)

Primal Health Coach Institute Review

CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 Review

Spencer Institute Wellness Coach Review

Spencer Institute Master Health and Wellness Coach Review

I’ve Done The Homework So You Don’t Have To

I have done plenty of homework on each of the programs. I have made contact with some of the providers as well in order to give you as much information as possible to help you make an informed decision. And while some look shiny on the surface, I have my doubts on whether there’s substance beneath that shine.

A Transparent and Objective Review

This review will be entirely objective as I have not participated in any of the programs myself. Now, you may be wondering why you should keep reading if I’m not giving you a subjective option? Because what I bring to the table are transparency and experience.

I have been in the health industry for nearly 12 years and have worn many hats in my time; personal trainer, consultant, nutritionist, manager etc. Now, I see myself as a coach, and I coach on more than just health because I love seeing people’s lives change before my eyes, from the inside-out.

My Honest Opinion

Using my personal experience to comprise a basis of what I think it takes to transform the health and life of another, I will give my no bullshit, honest opinion on each of the programs.

Let’s get to it, shall we.

Oh…and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me. I WILL answer your email.

Head-To-Head Comparison of Online Health Coach Certifications

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AADP AccreditedYesYesNoYesNo
CertificationsHolistic Health and Wellness CoachPrimal Health CoachHolistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1Wellness CoachMaster Health and Wellness Coach
Program Length9-12 monthsNo Limit, unlimited access to materialsNo Limit, unlimited access to materials1-2 months typically1-2 months typically
Totals Program Hours150 hrsUnknownUnknown20 hrs20 hrs
1 on 1 mentoringYesNoNoNoNo
Live Virtual ClassesYesNoNoNoNo
Live Coaching PracticeYesNoNoNoNo
Coursework FeedbackYesYesNoNoNo
Informational Live and Recorded WebinarsYesNoNoNoNo
Digital Downloads For ModulesYesYesYesYesYes
Video Content For ModulesYesYesYesYesYes
Lifetime Access To ResourcesYesYesYesYesYes
Learn How To Start Your Own Health Coaching BusinessYesYesNoNoNo
Learn How To Market YourselfYesYesNoNoNo
Learn How to Build Your Own WebsiteNoNoNoNoNo
Investment (if paid in full)$2795$2995$347$377$379
Payment Plan$500 down then $175 x 10$295 down then $465 x 6 or
$295 down then $240 x 12
$101 x 4$102 x 4
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#1 Online Health Coaching Certification Program

 

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 Provider: Natural Wellness Academy

Certification: Holistic Health and Life Coaching

Full Price: $2795

(Hint: sign up to their email list, discounts of up to 20% have been offered before)

Payment Plan (example): $500 down then $175 x 10

Watch this video on the topic of the mind to get more insight into the approach taken at Natural Wellness Academy.

Presented by Dr. LJ, Owner of Natural Wellness Academy

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  • 70% of graduates take a 2nd certification program with NWA
  • All online
  • 150 hour program
  • 1-on-1 mentoring and coaching
  • Business development skills
  • FREE access to the Webinars Library, Alkalinity Challenge, and S-Tox
  • Body, Mind, and Spirit integration
  • Hands on workshops (in-person or virtual)
  • Hybrid certifications available
  • Affordable, interest free payment plans
  • Accredited
  • Not enough people know about this program

Module 1: Body

Read Raw Fusion Living chapters, complete four intensive learning experience assignments, and participate in and respond to at least one relevant webinar. 50 hours.

Objectives:

  • Learn a “food as medicine” approach to natural wellness.
  • Define the major alimentary functions of macro- and micro-nutrients and identify their major food sources.
  • Comprehend the assimilation of glucose in the cells and how sugar impacts the body.
  • Analyze pH factor in foods and how acidity and alkalinity affect digestion and overall health.
  • Identify sources of inflammation in the body, including food allergies and sensitivities.
  • Examine the effects of food choices on physical fitness and health.
  • Explore the pitfalls of nations’ food supply and how to distinguish sound nutritional data from unreliable nutritional information.
  • Construct a foundation for wellness nutrition based on current scientific research.
  • Analyze the role of diet in causing and preventing various diseases, particularly chronic and obesity- diseases.
  • Recognize healthy diet and food choices, and explain why such choices will help prevent health problems.
  • Employ techniques for improving metabolism and healthy mobility.
  • Navigating mainstream supermarkets and health food stores and reading labels.

Module 2: Mind

Read Raw Fusion Living, A Year of Positive Habits and WIN! chapters, complete two intensive learning experience assignments, and participate in and respond to at least one relevant webinar. 25 hours.

Objectives:

  • Explore the Laws of the Mind and structure of the brain.
  • Design strategies and subconscious dynamics for stress management.
  • Analyze the dynamics of a “neural hijacking” and how to prevent recurrences.
  • Recognize appropriate behavioral change modifications and lifestyle approaches for different ages and populations.
  • Examine the source of cravings and strategies for mindfully dealing with them.
  • Identify how to reinforce positive lifestyle habits and behaviors via suggestion.
  • Define your personal learning channel and learn how to identify and mirror your clients’ modalities.

Module 3: Spirit

Read Seat of the Soul and WIN! chapters, complete three intensive learning experience assignments, and participate in and respond to at least one relevant webinar. 30 hours.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the principles and application of energy balance.
  • Explore a variety of modalities for accessing Intuition and inner guidance.
  • Practice techniques for setting intentions, meditation and visualization.
  • Learn how to develop an Abundance Mentality and Life Makeover Strategy.

Module 4: Coaching Dynamics

Read Seat of the Soul and WIN! chapters and complete three intensive learning experience assignments. Participate in and respond to at least one relevant webinar 10 hours.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to guide your client to his/her goals and how to define the coaching relationship
  • Explore a variety of coaching strategies for improving yourself and helping others
  • Discover the practical aspects of the coaching profession such as contracts, marketing and practice-building

Module 5: Hands-On Workshop

Develop practical hands-on skills in food demonstrations, workshop development and presentation, and coaching applications. Can be performed remotely or on-site with Dr. LJ in Tampa or select locations. 20 hours.

Objectives:

  • Learn the essentials of the Raw Fusion Lifestyle, with preparation and sampling of a wide variety of nutritious delicious smoothies, snacks, salads, main meals and desserts.
  • Explore “Raw Fusion Solution” alternatives for your favorite comfort foods.
  • Blending, processing and dehydrating tips, techniques and tools.
  • Practice strategies to increase nutritional viability in meals.
  • Practice coaching dynamics and the coaching interview.
  • Training on subconscious structure and suggestion-building.
  • Experience a Wellness Workshop, an event that can be targeted to corporations, medical offices and facilities, associations and groups interested in healthy living and preventative care strategies.
  • Practice the various elements of the Wellness Workshop with supervision.

Module 6: Final Project

Students demonstrate mastery of general holistic health and life coaching concepts as well as specialization in an area of interest. 15 hours.

Students will be provided with a list of possible directions they can take with their final project, but examples of projects include:

  • Facilitate a Wellness Workshop for a non-profit organization or school, and write a report on the experience.
  • Create a mini cookbook with original recipes and photos for a day’s worth of meals: smoothie, snack, salad, main meal and dessert.
  • Develop a Healthy Living pilot program for your local gym or another organization.
  • Author a book on addressing a need in the natural wellness community, such as compiling information specific to your local community or focusing on an under-covered topic.

In my opinion, from the research I’ve done, this is far and away the best Health Coach Certification program available online.

I have personally been in contact with the founder, Dr. LJ. She is super friendly and I can feel her passion oozing through her emails. I get a real sense of hominess and genuineness from Dr. LJ.

She was completely transparent with me when it came to answering my questions. In my opinion, she went over and above what I had asked.

Here is a complete transcript from one of her emails:

Hi again, Rob – no worries!  Glad that you got the email and thanks for the kind comments. 

There are definitely several aspects that set NWA apart: 

  • The one-on-one mentoring is really significant for the students as they have someone to either cheerlead, counsel or motivate them to get through the program as well as finding an area of specialization or niche market.  All of our mentors are successful coaches and very upbeat people.
  • We take a very holistic MIND/BODY/SPIRIT approach and it’s kind of “impossible” for someone to go through our program and not have a lot of personal transformation and growth
  • We were the very first holistic health academy (2013) to add the Life Coaching – this really helps the graduates cast a wider net and be able to face a lot of the deeper issues that are behind eating and lifestyle habits
  • We are starting to gear towards “hypno-coaching” – my background is as an international expert in the subconscious mind and in many cases, we will add on the Essential Hypnotherapy Skills as a gift or for a small fee to give the coaches an extraordinary extra skill and further reach.
  • Right now our “hot ticket” item is the CBD/Cannabis Coaching program, an explosive growth market. 
  • We do blended programs for incredible pricing and we can also create hybrid certifications for students.  For instance, we have one woman who is doing a “Mind and Manifestation Dynamics”
  • About 70% of our graduates go on to take another certification with us – I think this is a good indicator of the happiness factor of NWA students. 

That should cover it – by all means reach out if you have any further questions.

#2 Online Health Coaching Certification Program

online health coach certification

Provider: Primal Health Coach Institute

Certification: Primal Health Coach

Full Price: $2995

Payment Plan: $295 down then $465 x 6 or $295 down then $240 x 12

Watch this video for a look behind the scenes of their student portal.

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Watch these 3 videos of founder Mark Sisson for a little more info on the Primal Health Coach Certification program.

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  • All online
  • If you’re a Paleo or Mark Sisson fan then you will be happy
  • Accreditted
  • Nutritional education is bias and one dimensional. I have nothing against Paleo but I I do not believe in the one shoes size fits all approach.
  • Website is not very transparent with their pricing or curriculum. This to me, has raised some red flags.
  • No practice coaching sessions
  • No mentor
  • Selling program based on price oppose to value
The Primal Health Coach program provides the most in-depth and up-to-date ancestral health education in the world, equipping you with an arsenal of well-informed alternative choices based on science and experience in order to best serve your clients’ goals.

Using the model of Integrative Health Coaching, rooted in developmental and humanistic psychology, we shape expert coaches into persuasive catalysts for behavior change. Spark your clients’ craving for knowledge and help them access their sense of purpose and live according to their core values. Up-level your ability to motivate and inspire lasting change today.

Thirteen comprehensive chapters based on evolutionary health science teach you how to reprogram genes to direct optimal cellular function. Each chapter consists of a video overview from Mark Sisson, reading material, audio supplements, and an examination. An additional three chapters consist of videos with Master Coach Christine Hassler on the topics of coaching and sales.

As a Primal Health Coach you’ll master:

The Art of Listening

So you create the most effective prescription for health for your clients’ unique needs and goals.

The Craft of Intuition

So you can see beyond the surface and into the root of your clients’ issues and goals in order to better serve them.

The Science of Asking Questions

Asking the right questions in the right way is a science, and the coach’s most important skill when it comes to uncovering their clients’ motivations and desires.

The Knack for Collaboration

The coach/client relationship shouldn’t be a top down one, but one of collaboration and camaraderie.

The Inspiration of a Mentor

A mentor inspires, walks his/her talk and helps clients successfully maneuver around (or through!) the obstacles encountered along the way.

As soon as you are admitted as a student you will receive:

Lifetime access to all 20 chapters of the Primal Health Coach coursework and exams described above. Plus…

Multimedia Educational Materials:

Audio Books:

You will receive the following mp3 files for convenient download into your favorite audio player platform or for streaming any time from your login portal:

  • The Primal Blueprint: Abridged recording (3.5 hours) of the original best-seller, narrated by Mark Sisson himself!
  • The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: Unabridged recording of the entire book, 5.5 hours in duration.
  • The Primal Connection: Unabridged recording of the entire book, 6 hours in duration.

Digital Books:

Digital copies in PDF format of five popular Primal Blueprint titles:

  • The Primal Blueprint
  • Primal Endurance
  • The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation
  • The Primal Connection
  • The Primal Blueprint Cookbook
  • Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals

You can download these files onto the device of your choice, or access them any time at your online portal.

  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) Certification & Accreditation Board. Accreditation gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality, and promises prospective students that the institution they are considering studying with is a reputable one.

Who’s Mark Sisson?

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Mark Sisson, he is the author of the book: The Primal Blueprint, which was a catalyst to the Paleo diet becoming mainstream in 2009.

He is also the publisher of Marksdailyapple.com, said to be the #1 read primal/paleo blog in the world.

Website Lacks Transparency

The Primal Health Coach Institute website seems to be lacking a lot of important information that I would be looking for as a prospective student:

  • curriculum
  • how the program is delivered
  • how many hours are involved in the program
  • is there access to Mark himself? he seems to be a huge selling feature for the program so this would be good to know, especially for fans of his

Why? To Get You To Sign Up To Their Email List

It only makes sense, right?

The website is the appetizer, meanwhile we’re hungry for the main course!

The solution? Sign up to their email list in order to receive more info. Classic sales approach, old and stake in my opinion.

Most of the information on the Primal Health Coach Institute’s curriculum, I was only able to provide from subscribing to their email list and reading all of their emails.

Salesy In Approach

One page on their website compares their tuition with that of other apparently similar institutions. In my opinion, any organization that has to convince you based on price is almost always lacking substance. Now, I could be very, very wrong here, as I have never taken their program, but I like to think I have a keen sense for this.

I signed up to their email list as well to get a better sense for the program. Being quite familiar with email autoresponders, as I have been subscribed to lists of some of the wealthiest internet marketers out there, their email series is quite typical from a marketing standpoint. Very little information given regarding the program itself, and lots of talk about the industry and even a bit of scarcity to try and get you to act.

It appears that the sole purpose of the email series is to get you on the phone with one of their (sales) representatives. My guess, an attempt to sell you on enrolling into their program. The whole series of emails has been a turn off for me personally.

#3 Online Health Coaching Certification Program

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Provider: CHEK Institute

Certification: Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1

Full Price: $347

Payment Plan: N/A

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  • All online
  • Reputable company, well known in the health and fitness industry
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If you’re looking for ways to help your clients, patients and athletes reach sustained health and fitness, HLC 1 will be invaluable to your practice, with a truly insightful system of questionnaires that will let you see the underlying challenges your clients face, and a practical, step-by-step approach to overcoming those challenges.

HLC 1 will make you – naturally – better at working with your clients and athletes because you will have implemented and practiced every tool and technique yourself, and you’ll have the health and vitality to show for it!

Over the Course of 15 Lessons, You Will:

  • Learn how to apply the 1-2-3-4 approach to developing long-term body-mind changes.
  • Learn how to use the CHEK Nutrition and Lifestyle questionnaire system for assessing physiological load and making essential diet and lifestyle changes.
  • Understand the relationship between the 6 Foundation Health Principles and body-mind stress and learn how to apply these principles to balance your body systems so you can exemplify well-being!
  • Learn Paul Chek’s Zone Exercises as a means of “Working-In” which will show you how to use movement to “create energy” and cultivate the life-force needed to effectively express your creativity and Work-Out!
  • Identify common roadblocks to success with diet and lifestyle modifications and gain simple solutions.
  • Know how to implement key concepts of individualized eating using Paul Chek’s Primal Pattern® eating
  • Discover how and when to use the “less is more” principle of exercise prescription and how to apply the 5 essentials of program design.

Your Course Includes:

  • 15 lessons
  • Unlimited access to 83 streaming, online videos
  • Digital, downloadable participant manual in PDF format
  • Digital, downloadable forms and handouts to use yourself and with clients or family members:
    • Primal Pattern® Diet Introduction (PDF)
    • Primal Pattern® Diet Questionnaire from How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! ((PDF)
    • Nutrition and Lifestyle Questionnaire from How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! (PDF)
    • Nutrition and Lifestyle Score Sheet from How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! ((PDF)
    • The Nutrient Energy Diagram (PDF)
    • The Primal Pattern® Diet Fine Tuning Chart (PDF)
    • The Circadian Rhythm Chart (PDF)
    • The Tachometer Diagram (PDF)
    • Nutrition – The CHEK Approach (PDF)
    • Why Organic Food? (PDF)
    • Why Wheat/Gluten Free? (PDF)
    • The CHEK Shopper’s Guide (PDF)
    • The Poopie Police (PDF)
  • 15 online quizzes
  • Downloadable Certificate of Completion upon successfully finishing the course
  • Access to the HLC 1 Online Members Only Facebook Group

Not Included:

  • Pre-requisite book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! (There is an option to order this with your registration and save $8!)
  • Recommended audio program You Are What You Eat (There is an option to order this with your registration and save $20!)
  • DVDs or printed manual (this course is 100% online)
None

#4 Online Health Coaching Certification Program

best health coach certification

Provider: Spencer Institute

Certification: Wellness Coach

Full Price: $377

Payment Plan: $101.74 x 4

Program Overview:

Comprehensive course including health and wellness coaching concepts, coaching strategies, motivational strategies, scope of practice as a health and wellness coach, list of assessment tools and techniques and business models for wellness coaching.

Lesson 1

Introduction to course and contents

Lesson 2

Coaching Cores

Lesson 3

Stages of Change and Setting the Foundation for Coaching

Lesson 4

Client Communications – Listening

Lesson 5

Client Communications – Powerful Questioning

Lesson 6

Client Communications – Fostering Client Awareness

Lesson 7

Motivational Interviewing

Lesson 8

Designing Actions to Endure

Bonus

Coaching videos

You will learn the following:

  • The definition of effective health and wellness coaching
  • Your scope of practice
  • How to create optimal health and well-being
  • Business fundamentals
  • How to create positive lifestyle changes
  • Working with medical and allied health professionals
  • Essentials of internal dialog and self-talk
  • Working with clients with disease, pathology and illness
  • Positive daily habits and practices

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe specifics of health and wellness coaching, and how it has evolved into its current state, and how it helps clients attain desired outcomes
  • Understand the different ways you can apply health and wellness coaching among populations requiring different strategies and techniques
  • Know how people go about the process of changing behaviors and actions
  • Learn both emotional and physical aspects of health and wellness
  • Apply different coaching strategies and models
  • Master the Health and Wellness Coaching Model
  • Start or expand your successful coaching career

Specialize In:

  • Using principles of motivational interviewing, your are taught the significance of asking powerful questions, being curious with your client and appreciating them as a whole person
  • Learning how to bring your client up to the challenge of meeting goals and designing action plans with them
  • Having the skill sets to work toward building a relationship with your client that allows for information to be openly discussed in a professional manner
  • Creating multiple paths of communication with your client, designing actions and realizing success with reaching your clients health and wellness goals
  • Understanding the different ways you can apply health and wellness coaching among populations requiring different strategies and techniques
  • Learning both emotional and physical aspects of health and wellness
  • Knowing how people go about the process of changing behaviors and actions
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) Certification & Accreditation Board. Accreditation gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality, and promises prospective students that the institution they are considering studying with is a reputable one.

You will learn the following:

  • The definition of effective health and wellness coaching
  • Your scope of practice
  • How to create optimal health and well-being
  • Business fundamentals
  • How to create positive lifestyle changes
  • Working with medical and allied health professionals
  • Essentials of internal dialog and self-talk
  • Working with clients with disease, pathology and illness
  • Positive daily habits and practices

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe specifics of health and wellness coaching, and how it has evolved into its current state, and how it helps clients attain desired outcomes
  • Understand the different ways you can apply health and wellness coaching among populations requiring different strategies and techniques
  • Know how people go about the process of changing behaviors and actions
  • Learn both emotional and physical aspects of health and wellness
  • Apply different coaching strategies and models
  • Master the Health and Wellness Coaching Model
  • Start or expand your successful coaching career

#5 Online Health Coaching Certification Program

best health coach certification

Provider: Spencer Institute

Certification: Master Health and Wellness Coach

Price: $379

Payment Plan: $102.25 x 4

Wellness Coach Certification program outline:

Lesson 1

What is wellness and wellness coaching? Understanding Foundations of Wellness The Dynamics and Diversity of Wellness

Lesson 2

Being a Wellness Coach One-on-one Wellness Coaching Corporate Wellness Coaching Marketing Your Skills Personal Inventory and Assessment of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Lesson 3

Wellness Coach Skills Changing Behaviors Behavior Change Basics / How People Change

Lesson 4

Foundations of Emotional Wellness Social Components of Wellness Emotional Components of Wellness

Lessons 5a/5b

Foundations of Physical Wellness Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases and Improving CV metrics Managing Risk Factors Muscular Strength (a) and Flexibility (b) Understanding Body Composition and Weight (b) Nutrition for Wellness Coaches and the Clients They Serve (b)

Lesson 6

Building a Wellness Coaching Model The Transtheoretical Model Stages of Change / Stage of Readiness

Lesson 7

Lifestyle Risk Factor Coaching Common Conditions Requiring Wellness Strategies Special Populations Strategies to Help Manage Stress

When you successfully complete this Wellness Coach Certification course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what wellness coaching is, and how it has evolved into its current state.
  • Understand the different ways you can apply wellness coaching among populations requiring different strategies
  • Know how people go about the process of changing behaviors
  • Learn both emotional and physical aspects of wellness
  • Apply different coaching strategies
  • Master the Wellness Coaching Model

You will learn the following:

  • The definition of effective wellness coaching
  • Scope of practice as a wellness coach
  • How to create optimal health
  • The business of wellness coaching
  • How to motivate your client to take charge of their wellness
  • How to create lasting lifestyle change
  • Working with medical professionals
  • How to work from home
  • Dimensions of the wellness industry
  • Internal dialog and its effects of our wellness
  • Combining wellness coaching with weight-loss programs
  • How to conduct a detailed wellness inventory
  • How to create a stress reduction plan
  • Appropriate integration of a fitness program into an overall wellness plan
  • Appropriate integration of nutrition into a wellness program
  • Working with clients with disease and illness
  • Daily wellness habits and practices
  • Organic living for increased vitality

Specialize In:

  • How to motivate your client to take charge of their wellness
  • How to create lasting lifestyle change
  • Working with medical professionals
  • Creating internal dialog and its effects of our wellness
  • How to conduct a detailed wellness inventory
  • Appropriate integration of a nutrition and fitness program into an overall wellness plan
  • Working with clients with disease and illness and organic living for increased vitality
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) Certification & Accreditation Board. Accreditation gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality, and promises prospective students that the institution they are considering studying with is a reputable one.

You will learn the following:

  • The definition of effective health and wellness coaching
  • Your scope of practice
  • How to create optimal health and well-being
  • Business fundamentals
  • How to create positive lifestyle changes
  • Working with medical and allied health professionals
  • Essentials of internal dialog and self-talk
  • Working with clients with disease, pathology and illness
  • Positive daily habits and practices

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe specifics of health and wellness coaching, and how it has evolved into its current state, and how it helps clients attain desired outcomes
  • Understand the different ways you can apply health and wellness coaching among populations requiring different strategies and techniques
  • Know how people go about the process of changing behaviors and actions
  • Learn both emotional and physical aspects of health and wellness
  • Apply different coaching strategies and models
  • Master the Health and Wellness Coaching Model
  • Start or expand your successful coaching career

Conclusion

Incase you decided to skip parts of the post, I want to reiterate that the best all-round online Health Coach Certification Program is Natural Wellness Academy, hands down. This is regardless of whether you’re looking to make a career out of Health Coaching or if you’re already an established professional in the health and wellness field and looking to add Health Coaching to their current resume.

NWA is the best Health Coaching Certification program for those looking to make a career soley from being a Certified Health Coach, I do not recommend any of the other health coaching certifications if this is you. I can most definitely understand if $2795 sounds like a lot of money to some of you (Hint: sign up to their email list, discounts of up to 20% have been offered before).

Think about it this way, if you’re aspiring to create a career from being a great Health Coach then you need a great education AND a great mentor. NWA offers both of those. It’s an investment now that will definitely pay off later. If you cannot afford it now, I highly recommend you wait and save up, and don’t rush into a cheaper program that you won’t be able to build a career out of.

If you’re already an established professional looking to add to your resume in the health and wellness industry, and money is a severe obstacle for you, then I recommend the CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1.

I truly hope this helped you make an informed decision toward what step you want to take next.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me, I WILL respond.

 

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

Rob Kish

8 Lies We’ve All Been Told

8 Lies We’ve All Been Told

Much of what we are taught to believe is influenced by societal conditioning. This can become our downfall when we don’t question our beliefs surrounding what we’ve been told. If you are still a believer of any of these 8 lies, my goal is to influence you enough to at least question their existence.

1. Time is Money

Although time may be required to create money for ourselves, time is not directly proportional to the amount of money we can create. This is a lie we have been led to believe by much of society.

The amount of money we make is directly proportional to something though…perceived value. The source of our income (employer if you work for someone or clients if you own your own business) has made a perceived assessment of our value and pays us accordingly.

Once the value is perceived, a financial number that seems to match that value will be created. People pay for the value we offer, not our time. If time was directly proportional to how much money we make then we would all make the same amount of money, given that we worked for the same amount of hours.

If we want to make more money, we must create more value in the world.

2. Other People Make Us Feel The Way We Do

Most people live by this. Once the truth of what really makes us feel the way we do is explored, many of us still have a hard time understanding how this is not possible.

If someone says something, we then we feel a certain emotion towards what they said and associate their words with our emotions. This is so far from the truth.

The only way we can ever feel an emotion is to have a thought precede that emotion. Without that thought, we feel nothing towards what was said.

We make ourselves feel the way we do via our thoughts. Once we take our thoughts as reality, we take our thoughts personally. We then to proceed to take what the other person says personally.

The truth is, it is our thoughts about they say that we take personally, not them. It always starts with us…always.

3. No Pain, No Gain

Having worked in the health and fitness industry for years, this is probably the most common saying I hear. It doesn’t just apply to the fitness industry though.

I have heard it used in reference to the sacrifice of long work hours, the grind of working one’s way up the executive ladder, the emotional distress of a ridiculous school curriculum, paying our dues, etc..

Pain is absolutely not necessary to achieve any goal, pain is optional, and so is suffering.

4. Certain Emotions Are Bad

This is a topic I talk about a lot because I see so much suffering coming from self-judgment. By self-judgment, I mean telling ourselves that we shouldn’t feel a certain way because we don’t want to feel that way, or we were taught that it’s not right to feel that way.

Most of us have been conditioned from a young age that when someone we love passes, we should feel sad and we shouldn’t feel happy. We internalize that as it’s good to feel sad and bad to feel happy. The judging begins.

This conditions us to believe that during an event that we’ve judged as sad, it’s not good to feel happy. And when life is judged as being good, it’s bad to feel sad, that we should always think positive!

I see this often with guilt, people will do next to anything to avoid feeling guilty, they will sell their souls before feeling guilty by conscious choice. For example, a diabetic man takes his perfectly healthy wife out to dinner, he decides to take her to her favourite local restaurant, which happens to be Chinese food. He then proceeds to join her in indulging on her favourite dish with her, which happens to be pasta based (terrible for diabetics).

He opts to join her in the indulgence of food that doesn’t serve his health because he thinks he will feel guilty if he doesn’t (even though she may be OK with it). He fears feeling guilty more than deteriorating his own health.

This is an example of just one of many occasions where he puts his avoidance of guilt before his own health. His health progressively gets worse.

If he were to not judge guilt as a bad emotion, but instead use the feeling of guilt as an indicator that tells him his thinking is off, he could start seeing his emotions as a signal to check in on his thinking instead of judging a perfectly normal, innate human emotion.

At the end of the day, all of our feelings are innate, and neither good nor bad until we judge them as such.

And who are we to judge anyway?

5. Follow The Money

Happiness cannot be bought.

We can create money from your passion but we can’t create passion from our money.

Would you rather…

Make 100k/yr but dread waking up each day knowing you’re about to go do something that brings little to no joy or meaning to your life.

or

Make 50k/yr but wake up each day with an eagerness to start your day because you can’t wait to start doing what you love to do, as it adds joy and meaning to your life.

I completely understand that a handful of people will opt for the 100k/yr job, but most will opt for joy over money. Can we have both? Most definitely! Go for it!

Do what you love, money can be created, love is innate.

6. Studies Say It’s True So It Must Be True

I’m not going to talk about the amount of corruption that I believe exists within governments and leading authorities. That’s a can of worms I don’t feel like opening right now.

Instead, I will cite a leading example of a dietary study that was once projected to be true and has never since proven to be true.

The 7 Countries Study (saturated fat and cholesterol are NOT bad for us)

This is the study that initiated a still hotly debated topic regarding saturated fat and cholesterol causing heart disease. Note, to this day, there is not a single study that proves this.

This epidemiological study began in 1958 by an American scientist named Ancel Keys. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between dietary intake within different countries and heart disease.

The study began with 22 countries but finished with 7. Why? Because 15 of the countries didn’t fit Keys’ hypothesis regarding dietary fat and cholesterol causing heart disease.

To this day, this is the same study that is used to inflict fear upon the public regarding fat being bad for us. Too bad this is built upon a lie.

Extra Reading:

A massive review article published in 2010 looked at 21 prospective epidemiological studies with a total of 347,747 subjects. Their results: absolutely no association between saturated fat and heart disease.

Another good read:  The idea that saturated fat raised the risk of heart disease was an unproven theory that somehow became conventional wisdom.

The message here is that while a study may ring true at the moment, this doesn’t mean it’s a universal truth. There’s a very good chance it’s just a temporary personal truth.

An additional note, many dietary studies are funded by sources that have a vested interest in the outcome of the study going their way. Money talks.

Don’t believe everything you read, watch, or hear. Develop your own truths, and if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

7. Retirement

We wouldn’t feel the need to retire if we love how we are spending our time.

I’m only 32 years old and I absolutely love what I do as a coach and writer/blogger. I cannot picture myself doing anything else at the moment. If I were approaching my retirement years, I wouldn’t even consider retirement, that option wouldn’t even be on the table. Why? I love how I’m spending my time. I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way.

The moment I no longer love how I’m spending my time, I’ll move on to my next love, whatever that may be.

If we feel the need to retire (aka quit) something, we can bet that our heart is no longer in it. If we work our entire lives just to retire what does that say about where our heart is? Not in it.

Do we fall head over heels for someone and then look forward to retiring the relationship?

Do we fall head over heels for our favourite athlete and then look forward to them retiring?

Would we fall head over heels with our career and then look forward to ourselves retiring? I think not.

We only look forward to retiring because we aren’t head over heels in love with what we do.

Retirement is societal conditioning functioning at its’ best. A belief that has been ingrained into most of our heads…” pay your dues for 40 years and then begin to live your life for whatever remaining years you have left.”

To me, this is not the best advice to live a joyous and fulfilling life from start to finish.

8. We Need Money To Make Money

If you’re an investor, sure this is an accurate statement. However, investing is just one avenue to make money for ourselves.

If we refer back to the whole “Time is Money” belief, the same appeal applies here.

You don’t need money to make money, having value to offer also makes money.

To emphasize this statement…

Here are a few people who came from nothing to become billionaires:

  • Howard Schultz – Starbucks founder, grew up in a housing complex for the poor.
  • Oprah Winfrey – Was born into a poor family in Mississippi, became the first African American TV correspondent in Nashville at age 19.

  • Do Won Chang – Forever 21 founder, worked as a janitor, gas station attendant, and in a coffee shop when he first moved to America.

  • Ralph Lauren – Was once a clerk at Brooks Brothers dreaming of men’s ties.

It’s hard to argue the perceived value that they brought to their respective markets. When you’re a fan or not, you have to hand it to them.

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care, 

Rob Kish
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