7 Best Personal Development Books I Read In 2018

7 Best Personal Development Books I Read In 2018

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

  • 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.

*Except for the videos, please keep in mind that this entire section is entirely my opinion, please to not take what I say as fact.

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

Presented by Dr. LJ, Owner of Natural Welness Academy

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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 gunuineness 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

  • All online
  • If you’re a Paleo or Mark Sisson fan then you will be happy
  • Accreditted
  • Nutritional edication 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.

*Except for the videos, please keep in mind that this entire section is entirely my opinion, please to not take what I say as fact.

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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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

health coaching certification online

Provider: CHEK Institute

Certification: Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1

Full Price: $347

Payment Plan: N/A

  • 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

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#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

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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

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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

How To Become A Life Coach – The No B.S Guide

How To Become A Life Coach – The No B.S Guide

My goal with this post is to bring transparency on what it really takes to become a life coach or any type of coach for that matter. There is so much bull-shit marketing out there, this post will help you ween through it.

There is much, much more to becoming a life coach than just going through a life coaching certification program.

You will risk failure if you don’t understand what it really takes to become a coach. I will touch on this after I talk about what most people want to learn about…life coaching certifications.

With life coaching, and coaching in general, becoming a more and more recognized and sought after profession, there are more people than ever wondering how to become a life coach. However, before you wonder HOW, I want you to make sure you know WHY.

In my opinion, there are one too many life coaching programs and certifications that are marketing life coaching as a prestigious job that can pay you $200/hr, while allowing you to work whenever you want, from wherever you want.

Although there is truth to that statement, what they fail to tell you is that you need much more than just a certification. The work that needs to be done behind the scenes is rarely talked about. Why? Because you are being sold a lifestyle which caters toward getting your emotional buy-in. Getting your emotional buy-in makes them money.

If you knew what it took to become that person who makes $200/hr+ and works whenever, and from wherever they want, they might not get your money.

Firstly, Is A Life Coaching Certification Necessary?

The short answer…no. Anybody can call themselves a life coach, or any kind of coach.

Is it recommended to get certified through a high-quality and reputable certification program? YES

The coaching industry as a whole is not regulated. The International Coach Federation has put together an attempt to regulate the coaching industry but has not succeeded thus far. They have made strides toward establishing non-obligatory standards but have not established a governing body of standards that MUST be met.

From the ICF website:

“The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.”

“CF also accredits programs that deliver coach-specific training. ICF-accredited training programs must complete a rigorous review process and demonstrate that their curriculum aligns with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.

Today, ICF is specifically recognized among coaching professionals worldwide for:

  • Developing coaching core competencies
  • Establishing a professional code of ethics and standards
  • Creating an internationally recognized credentialing program
  • Setting guidelines through accreditation for coach-specific training programs
  • Providing continuous education through world-class events, Communities of Practice (CPs) and archived learning.”

Just because a life coach certification is not accredited through ICF does not mean that it is a low-quality program, although can be an indicator worth digger deeper into.

Here’s a list of some of the most sought-after coaches in the world that are not ICF accredited:

  • Tony Robbins
  • Michael Neill
  • Brian Tracy
  • Marshall Godsmith
  • Jack Canfield

Now, this is not to say that you should just start calling yourself a coach and asking for clients. It will become evident within the 1st few minutes of a conversation with a client that you are not who you claim to be.

How To Find A High-Quality Life Coaching Certification Program

To save yourself A LOT of time and get answers to all your potential questions, you may want to check out the head-to-head comparison review I posted. It is an in-depth comparison of a few very affordable life coaching certifications.

What I am about to say is strictly my opinion.

5 things to look for when searching for a high-quality life coaching certification program:

1. Research the person(s) who is teaching the program

You want to make sure that whoever is teaching the curriculum practices what they preach. Search their full name on Google.

Check out their social profiles, what type of content are they sharing?

If they are a professional coach then they should have their own personal website that offers their services. Browse their website, look at their about page, their services page, and look for testimonials.

2. How long is the program?

Any program that advertises that you can become a life coach by taking their weekend certification is utter bullshit.

Whether the program is online or in person, if it is condensed into an immersive experience, say 8 hr days over 5-7 days, it is not conducive for a life coaching certification and here’s why.

It is one thing to learn the material, it is another to BE the material. You need to use what you learn to transform your own life before you have a hope in hell of transforming the lives of others. This my friend, this takes time.

I think the minimum length to look at when researching for a life coaching certification is 6 months. This allows time to use the teachings on yourself, to become who you will coach others to be.

3. Do you get to participate in practice coaching sessions with feedback?

Coaching is a very interpersonal experience. It is unpredictable, you never know what will show up. Yet, through it all, you need to be able to remain present, hold space, and respond from your highest self.

No matter what gets thrown at you, you need to be on top of your game. This take practice, and lots of it.

4. Is there a live classroom session either by way of video or phone (minimum 1x/wk)?

This allows discussion on the current topic between students and teachers. Students rarely don’t have any questions regarding any particular topic. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions you wouldn’t otherwise get answers to. It also allows you to hear answers to other questions you may not have thought of.

5. Do they integrate “inner work”?

In other words, is a condition of you graduating dependent upon having done a certain amount of inner work with yourself?

This means, using everything you learn about yourself as a form of personal development or personal growth to be the person that you will be coaching others to be.

These leads me to the most important topic of this entire article…

And If You Don’t Do This You Will Fail…

As the old saying goes, “practice what you preach”.

Life coaching is one profession that you will absolutely not get away with not living by this. You MUST practice what you preach.

I’m not talking about practicing here and there, you must live it every single day of your life, with every single breath you take.

Some call it inner work, but I don’t like to call it that. The word “work” tends to insinuate it’s a J-O-B. I like to look at it as a way of living, a journey. So, for sake of this article, I will refer to “inner work” as “inner journey” instead.

For example, I am confident in waking people up from their old way of thinking to a new understanding of how the mind works. I can do this with a high degree of success, empathy, compassion, and understanding because I have done this for myself.

Now, this doesn’t mean that if you’re going to be a relationship coach that you need to be in a relationship, although having success in your own relationship is extremely beneficial. What you do need is a fundamental understanding of how relationships work and what makes them successful.

Examples:

If you’re going to coach people on how to master their stress then you have better mastered your own stress.

If you’re going to coach people on how to be more mindful then you better be mindful yourself.

If you’re going to coach people on how to find peace then you better have found peace yourself.

If you’re going to coach people on how to meditate then you better meditate yourself.

If you’re going to coach people on how to wake up then you better have woken up yourself.

I think you get the point.

You Must Be What You Are Selling

If you graduate from a high-quality life coaching certification then you should be prepared to take on your first clients. This is because high-quality coaching programs understanding that you are the product, that you are what you’re selling.

Because they understand this, you will have plenty of homework to do for yourself.

How To Know When You’re REALLY Ready To Coach

As long as you’ve gone on your inner journey, and continue to do so, you will know. You will know based on a feeling of knowing. This only happens if you are in touch with your highest self.

When you’re not in touch with your highest self, this is when you tend to get confusing messages. You become unsure of which thoughts and feelings to believe and focus on. Some call this the ego.

Knowing who you truly are, without confusion, is what will guide you to know when you’re ready. Just wait for the feeling, this feeling is your green light.

The Journey Doesn’t Stop There

Becoming a life coach is just the beginning of a lifelong journey. Your inner journey is infinite.

Always keep learning!

For example, here are 6 things I do every day:

  1. Read a minimum of 45 minutes per day
  2. Listen to podcasts whenever I’m driving
  3. Meditate every morning for 15-20 minutes on gratitude, intentions, various life topics, and teachings from Sydney Banks
  4. Journal every morning in The Daily Stoic
  5. Writing on my blog is a form of learning for me. It keeps me in touch with my zone of genius, flow, and creativity.
  6. Learn from every experience I have throughout each day

Check out these posts for more info on books and podcasts I recommend:

Top 10 Personal Development Books I read in 2017

7 Best Life Changing Podcasts I’ve Listened To

Check out this post for a head-to-head comparison of some affordable life coach certifications:

Head-To-Head Comparison Of Affordable Online Life Coaching Certifications

I truly hope this helped you with understanding what it really takes to become a life coach. If you have any questions or feel there are other important factors I should touch on please comment below.

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

Rob Kish

7 Best Life Changing Podcasts I’ve Listened To

7 Best Life Changing Podcasts I’ve Listened To

Whether you’re looking for the best podcasts for motivation, inspiration, anxiety, depression, better relationships, learn mindfulness, spirituality, business, entrepreneurship, or some form of self-help, personal development or self-improvement, I have a list of podcasts that will appeal to the variety of personalities and journeys out there.

What are the newest hits on the radio? I wouldn’t know…I don’t even listen to the radio anymore.

I have an 8-12 minute drive to work and an 8-12 minute drive back home. I do this an average of 1.5x/day.

I take my dog to the park or play with him outside in the backyard for 15-20 minutes every single day.

This allows me roughly 50-55 minutes every day to listen to podcasts. I have been around the block.

 

Best Podcasts To Change Your Life In Many Ways

(That I’ve Listened To)

(In no particular order)

 

Caffeine For The Soul Podcast

Owner: Michael Neill

Speaker: Michael Neill

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, spirituality, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression,

Specialty: transformational thinking, the three principles

Episode Length: 5 – 10 minutes

Summary: Along with Brooke Castillo, Michael is my favourite mentor and coach. This podcast incorporates a little bit of the three principles understanding, many stories and metaphors that help you understand that you live in a thought-created world, all your experiences are created by the three principles. Michael really knows how to keep you engaged and simplify all of his messages in an easy to understand manner. This podcast will appeal to those who are and aren’t interested in spirituality, and to everyone looking to improve their thinking.

 

The Life Coach School Podcast

inspirational podcasts

Owner: Brooke Castillo

Speaker: Brooke Castillo

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression, motivation, inspiration

Specialty: transformational thinking, self-coaching

Episode Length: 30 min – 2 hrs

Summary: Booke reminds me of a more upbeat, female version of my other favourite mentor and coach, Michael Neill. They both share the same approaches in their own unique ways. The amount of information in this podcast can be potentially overwhelming for some. I personally resonate very well with Brooke and her philosophies on life. If you have any interest in understanding how your thoughts create your emotions and actions and how to change them to achieve your desired result then this is a must listen for you. There are specific episodes that will be a huge benefit to coaches, but for the most part, this podcast is for everyone.

 

School Of Thought Podcast

spirituality podcasts

Owner: School Of Thought

Speaker: Various Experts

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression

Specialty: the three principles, spirituality

Episode Length: 50 – 60 minutes

Summary: This podcast is primarily based off of the three principles understanding. If you are not familiar with the three principles that, is OK, you will not be lost. There are some very big names from the world of the three principles, including Dr. Jack Pransky, Elsie Spittle, Dr. Mark Howard, George Pransnky, Dicken Bettinger, and Dr. Bill Pettit. If you like spirituality, you will love this podcast. If you are not into spirituality try listening with an open mind, the speakers really know how to simplify a complex topic.

 

Coaches Rising Podcast

personal development podcasts

Owner: Coaches Rising

Speaker: Various Experts

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, self-help, self-improvement, personal development

Specialties: coaching, spirituality

Episode Length: 40 – 70 minutes

Summary: This podcast is primarily for coaches, although there are episodes that can benefit anyone. There are some big names in the spiritual and coaching world in this podcast, Gay Hendricks, John Prendergast, and Karen Kimsey House to name a few. It is interesting to listen to how each of these infamous coaches views the world in their own way. The only downside is: an episode is released every 2-4 weeks.

 

The Lightwork of Transformational Coaching Podcast

self help podcasts

Owner: Leon Vanderpol and Craig Hedge

Speaker: Leon Vanderpol and Craig Hedge

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, spirituality, self-help, self-improvement, personal development,

Specialty: personal transformation, transformational coaching

Episode Length: 20 – 30 minutes

Summary: This podcast will not be found on any of the podcast players. You can listen to it here. This podcast consists of 9 highly informative episodes. The topics are primarily centred around human transformation, ranging from deep listening, soul/life purpose, to trying vs allowing, and much more. Craig and Leon are extremely well spoken and easy to listen to. It is like eavesdropping on two amazing transformational coaches.

 

Best Podcasts To Change Your Life

(That I Haven’t Listened To But Plan To)

(In no particular order)

The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast

best motivational podcasts

Owner: Tim Ferriss

Speaker: Tim Ferriss and various others

Best For: better relationships, mindfulness, spirituality, self-help, self-improvement, personal development, health, anxiety, depression

Specialty: entrepreneurship, business

Episode Length: 20 min – 2 hrs+

Summary: coming soon

 

The GaryVee Audio Experience Podcast

self improvement podcasts

Owner: GaryVee

Speaker: GaryVee and various others

Best For: self-help, self-improvement, personal development, anxiety, depression,

Specialty: entrepreneurship, business

Episode Length: 20 min – 2 hrs+

Summary: coming soon

 

Do you have experience with any of these great podcasts? Please share with everyone!

 Any podcasts not on the list that you feel deserve recognition? Please share!

 

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

Rob Kish

Head-To-Head Comparison Of Affordable Online Life Coaching Certifications

Head-To-Head Comparison Of Affordable Online Life 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 at no extra cost to you.
 

If you’re interested in integrating health and wellness into your life coaching then you may also want to read Head-To-Head Comparison of Online Health Coaching Certifications and if you have an interest of integrating Yoga teachings 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 (popular)

Coach Training Alliance Review (with exclusive coupon code)

iNLP Center Review

Universal Coach Institute Review

Life Potential Developments Review (warning)

If you have a budget anywhere between $500 – $3000 (installments are an option) and want the best bang for your buck, then you will want to stick around. I understand that this is quite a long post if you actually read it from start to finish, but I didn’t want to leave any stones unturned.

You will be able to compare the most important factors when choosing the right Life Coaching Certification program for yourself in a head-to-head comparison.

I have researched over 30 different online life coaching certification programs and narrowed it down to 3 that I consider the best bang for your buck within the $500 – $3000 range, 2 of which I have personal experience with, and 1 that appears to be a sales pitch, so I reviewed it to bring awareness to this program.

I will cover all the pros and cons of each program based on personal experience with 2 of the program providers and extensive research. I have reviewed each program in detail, I recommend you read each review before visiting the website of each program.

Please feel free to use the comment section below if you have any questions 🙂

Head-To-Head Comparison of Online LIfe Coaching Certification Programs

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ICF CCE Hours6060120
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NLP Practitioner
Coaching for Results and Masterful Coaching, Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology, Time-based Techniques
Program Length6 monthsNo Limit, typically 6 monthsNo limit, typically 3-4 months12 months
Hours/Week5 hrs5 hrs5 hrs2 hrs
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TeleclassesYesNoYesNo
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PDF Downloads For ModulesYesYesYesYes
Audio Downloads For ModulesYesYesYesNo
Video Content For ModulesYesYesYesYes
Lifetime Access To ResourcesYesYesYesYes
Learn How To Start Your Own Coaching BusinessYesYesYesNo
Learn How To Market YourselfYesYesYesNo
Learn How to Build Your Own WebsiteYesNoNoNo
Free Website Server HostingYesNoNoNo
Private Facebook GroupYesYesYesNo
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  • All online
  • Guarantee d to have paying clients by the end of the 6 months
  • Accredited for 60 hrs by ICF
  • Payment plans available
  • Certified Coach
  • Live coaching demos
  • Practice coaching others
  • Live group virtual classes
  • Your own dedicated website
  • Added to their Certified Life Coaches Directory
  • 25 hrs of business and marketing
  • 90 minute weekly live telesessions
  • Unlimited access to the social learning group
  • Having not taking this program myself, I have found it very diffifuclt to spot any. Of courese, this doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

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Lesson 1: Creating Value from the Inside Out

    • Foundational Experience
    • Authenticity
    • Being vs. Doing
    • Insights on Focus
    • The Picture of Your Practice
    • Identifying Your Intentions

    Lesson 2: Mastering the Sample Session

    • How the Sample Session Works
    • Letting Go of the Outcome
    • Gaining the Desired Results
    • What Makes Coaching Effective
    • Hiring Your Own Coach
    • Who Are Your Clients

    Lesson 3: Co-Creating the Relationship

    • The Coach’s Role
    • The Client’s Role
    • What To Do with Your Expertise
    • Coaching vs. Consulting
    • Coaching vs. Therapy
    • Ethics and Standards
    • When to Fire Your Client
    • Coaching Agreement
    • Standards & Ethics
    • Pro Bono Barter Coaching

    Lesson4: Following Vision with Action

    • Reflecting What’s Inside to the Outside World
    • Passion and Expertise
    • Attracting Your Ideal Clients
    • Your Hottest Undeniable Benefit
    • What Is Your Message?
    • Specialties and Niches
    • Teaching What We Need to Learn
    • Your HUB Statement
    • SMART Goals
    • Impeccable Business Sense

    Lesson 5: Rising to the Professional Level

    • Reinforcing Moments
    • Preparing to Take Flight
    • Building a Coaching Community
    • Advisors and Resources
    • Your Own Advisory Board
    • Honor and Recognition
    • Building Your Referral Engine
    • Generating a Resource List
    • Your 30 Second Message
    • Your Professional Team

    Lesson 6: Taking Care of Business

    • Your Home Office
    • Establishing Clear Boundaries
    • Choosing a Business Structure
    • Domain Name Registration
    • Protecting Your Work with Copyrights
    • Trademarks and Trade Names
    • Toll-free Phone Numbers
    • Client Log
    • Virtual Assistant Partnerships

    Lesson 7: Setting Your Rates and Accounting for Success

    • Coaching Fee Ranges
    • Value Exceeds Benefits
    • Clients Investing in Themselves
    • Record Keeping Systems
    • Accounting – Keeping It Simple
    • Credit Card Merchant Accounts
    • Alternative to Credit Cards
    • Client Tracking & Management
    • Client Compass System
    • From Techno-Woes to Techno-Wows

    Lesson 8: Thinking Like a Self-Employed Professional

    • Possibility Thinking
    • Announcing Your Arrival
    • Demonstrating Integrity
    • Responding With Ability
    • Making a Timely Response
    • Professional Courtesy
    • Coaching Friends and Family
    • Acknowledging & Reciprocating
    • Warm Letter Example
    • High Tech vs. High Touch
    • Effective Coaching Tools

    Lesson 9: Tuning In

    • The Master Tools of Coaching
    • Offering a Most Precious Gift
    • Getting Out of the Way
    • Being Blank
    • What to Listen For
    • The Coachable Moment
    • Wading Into the Story
    • Five Listening
    • Reference Points

    Lesson 10: Delivering Powerful Questions

    • Appreciative Inquiry
    • Formulating Questions
    • Coming In for a Landing
    • Telescoping In and Pulling Back
    • Five Types of Questions
    • Don’t Let Them Wiggle Away
    • The Non-Answer Answer
    • Using Your Voice
    • Dynamic Listening
    • Six Keys to Powerful Questions

    Lesson 11: Responding Intuitively

    • What is Intuition?
    • Respect and Trust
    • Don’t Hold Back
    • Endorsing
    • Holding Up a Mirror
    • Relating
    • Challenging
    • Summarizing
    • Re-framing
    • Goal Mapping

    Lesson 12: Developing Strong Support Systems

    • The Right Stuff
    • Being At Choice
    • Making A Commitment
    • Strategic Planning
    • Over-Achievers, Over-Promisers
    • Rich Resources–Creating Allies
    • Establishing Balance
    • Providing Accountability
    • Raising Awareness
    • Achieving Balance
    • Daily Practices
    • Open Challenge Forum
    • Becoming a Client Magnet

    Lesson 13: Attracting Versus Selling

    • Stop Selling & Start Connecting
    • Show, Then Tell
    • The Importance of Being Seen
    • Direct One-on-One Contact
    • Joining Groups & Having Fun
    • Letting People Experience You
    • Client Attraction Plan
    • Worksheet
    • Upside Down Marketing
    • 10 Ways to Promote Your Practice

    Lesson 14: Gaining Visibility and Credibility

    • Reaching a Wide Audience
    • Speaking to Groups
    • Structuring a Presentation
    • The Call to Action
    • Workshops and Classes
    • Writing and Publishing
    • Three Great Reasons to Write
    • Group Coaching
    • 10 Design Steps for Events
    • Eight Steps for Group Coaching
    • Group Coaching Flier
    • Email Newsletter Example

    Lesson 15: Niche to Be Rich

    • Developing Your Top Markets
    • Making the Upgrade
    • Your Niche Market
    • Become an Expert
    • The Magic of Thinking Small
    • All Things to All People
    • Drilling Down to Your Niche
    • Making the Most of the Web
    • Digital Publishing
    • Your Website Communications Center
    • Why Should I Get Online?

    Lesson 16: Implementing the High Touch Approach

    • Building Trust
    • Authenticity
    • Clear Communication
    • Consistency and Integrity
    • Responsiveness
    • The Call to Action
    • Referral-Based Business
    • Making Money While You Market
    • 20 Marketing Approaches
    • Leverage Your Marketing
    • Masterful Coaching Sessions

    Lesson 17: The Art of Coaching

    • Artful Coaching
    • Being Right Sized
    • The Blank Canvas
    • Hijacking the Agenda
    • Clarifying the Client’s Agenda
    • The Tip of the Iceberg
    • Venturing Out of the Comfort Zone
    • Tools For Creating

    Lesson 18: Seizing the Coachable Moment

    • Nine Subtle Clues
    • Offbeat Phrases & Missing Pieces
    • Strong or Weak Energy
    • Inconsistent Statements
    • Nervous Laughter
    • Contradictory Emotions
    • Limited Perspectives
    • Role Inflation
    • Throw Away Comments
    • Timing… Is Everything
    • Going Deep

    Lesson 19: Inviting the Shift

    • Reflecting
    • A Glimpse of the Future
    • Shifting Focus
    • Lighting the Way
    • When to Push
    • Time and Balance

    Lesson 20: Framing the Masterpiece

    • Endorsing and Empowering
    • Inspiring Action
    • Getting SMART
    • Spotting the Tire Kickers
    • Upping the Challenge
    • Coaching Session Transcript
    • Coaching Magic
    • International Coach Federation (ICF) for CCE’s (60 hrs toward ICF Certification should you decide to pursue)

    Coach Training Alliance Review

    I have to say, I am extremely impressed with the curriculum from Coach Training Alliance. If I wasn’t already enrolled at the iNLP Center there is a very good possibility I would have chosen Coaching Training Alliance based on the curriculum alone. Who knows, I may even take their program in the future since the two curriculums take a different approach and collaborate with each other.

    Coaching From The Inside-Out

    Based on the curriculum, the approach appears to be more an inside out approach versus an outside-in approach. This completely aligns with my philosophy on coaching. The inside-out approach focuses on transforming one’s inner world in order to change their outer world. This is a different approach than the iNLP Center’s NLP approach where they are more strategy based or outside-in coaching. This alone is the reason I would choose Coach Training Alliance over iNLP Center if I were to choose all over again.

    Your Own Website

    Luckily I have learned how to use WordPress over the years through learning affiliate marketing. I have spent hundreds of dollars to do so. You will learn the basics of how to build your own website using WordPress, The fact that this is part of their program is amazing, and will save you plenty of time and money, trust me, this is a massive bonus.

    BONUS #1: Coach Training Accelerator ($299 Value)


    1. Coaching from Center

    • Centering yourself and creating your coaching practice out of your vision, your authenticity, and your passion.
    • Getting grounded.
    • Articulating to your ideal clients the benefits of your coaching.
    • How to offer sample sessions.

    2. Impeccable Business Sense

    • Establishing a solid foundation for your business.
    • Building resources, networks and structures to support you and your coaching business.
    • Setting fees and taking actions with integrity.
    • Making the shift to thinking like a self-employed practitioner.

    3. Effective Coaching Tools

    • Honing skills and developing tools for coaching.
    • The art of listening and asking powerful questions.
    • Responding to clients intuitively.
    • Strategizing and supporting your clients to take action.

    4. Becoming a Client Magnet

    • Attracting clients in a fun and easy way.
    • Creating visibility and credibility while earning income and showcasing your skills.
    • Leveraging your marketing and engaging the high touch approach.
    • Creating a referral stream.

    5. Masterful Coaching Sessions

    • Mastering the four elements of the coaching model.
    • Honoring the client’s agenda without hijacking it.
    • Exploring different coaching roads with clients.
    • Creating the impetus for the client to shift.
    • Framing the session with meaningful coach requests.

    Bonus #2: Fill Your Coaching Practice ($149 Value)

    • Learn how to start getting clients immediately
    • 8 week course
    • How to market yourself
    • Learn how to build your practice with minimal effort
    • Attendance in the Becoming a Coach Orientation Session.
    • Active participation in at least 10 of 12 Group Mentoring Sessions.
    • Satisfactory participation in at least 8 of 10 Coach the Coach Sessions.
    • Completion of the Coach Training Accelerator™ as assigned in the syllabus.
    • Completion of at least 80% of the assignments listed in the syllabus.
    • Completion of a minimum of 20 Sample Sessions.
    • Must pass the Written Exam and Final Critique Coaching with a minimum of two full-fee clients.

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    Life Coach Certification Online

    Provider: iNLP Center

    Program: Certified NLP Life Coach

    • All online
    • Accredited for 60 hrs by ICF
    • Payment plans available
    • NLP Practitioner Certification
    • NLP Master Practitioner Certification
    • NLP Life Coach Certification
    • Certified Hypnosis Practitioner Certification
    • Interactive weekly webinars
    • Unlimited live training sessions in our virtual meeting rooms.
    • Full lifetime access to online learning material.
    • An engaging community of peers and practice partners.
    • Assigned a designated qualified teacher
    • Maximum 6 month payment plan

    Here is a short clip of Mike discussing how world-class coached see their clients:

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    NLP Practitioner Certification:

    Module 1: Introduction to NLP & The Deeper Dynamics of Change

    Module 2: Intro to VAK Model & Eye Accessing Cues

    Module 3: Non-Verbal Communication and Rapport

    Module 4: Accessing States, Anchoring, Anchor Collapse, Dissociation, New Behavior Generator

    Module 5: Introduction to Strategies, Decision Strategies, Motivation Strategies

    Module 6: The Meta Model

    Module 7: Exploring Submodalities, Making Something Important, Submodality Interventions, The Map Across, The Swish Pattern, Fast Phobia Cure

    Module 8: The Milton Model, As If Frame, Process Instructions Exercise

    Module 9: Outcome Specification, A Formula for Manifesting

    Module 10: Perceptual Positions

    Module 11: Reframing, Context Reframing, Other Frames, Six Step Reframing

    Module 12: Intro to Timeline, Programming Your Future

    NLP Master Practitioner Certification:

    Module 1: Psychological Levels of Development

    Module 2: The Physiology Map

    Module 3: The 12 States of Attention

    Module 4: The Quad Map

    Module 5: Criteria for Psychological Safety

    Module 6: Metaphoric Intervention

    Module 7: Core Transformation

    Module 8: The Default Mode Network & Stress Management

    Module 9: Meta Programs

    Module 10: Presuppositions

    Module 11: Logical Levels

    Module 12: Certification Test

    Life Coaching Track:

    Your Coaching Vision

    • Your Coaching Vision
    • Business Goals
    • Identify Your Niche
    • My Ideal Client
    • My Stumbling Blocks
    • Live Session

    The iNLP Life Coaching Process

    • The INLP Life Coaching Process
    • Pervasive Elements
    • Live Session
    • Strategic Interventions
    • Live Session

    The AHA Application

    • The AHA Application
    • Understanding the AHA
    • Live Session
    • Applying the AHA
    • Live Session

    Dealing with Adversity

    • Dealing with Adversity
    • The ABCDE Method

    Life Values Inventory

    • Life Values Inventory
    • Live Session
    • Using Life Values with Clients
    • Live Session

    Marketing Your Practice

    • Marketing Your Practice
    • International Coach Federation (ICF) for CCE's (60 hrs toward ICF Certification should you decide to pursue)
    • International Association of Professional Life Coaches (IAPLC)
    • International NLP Association (INA).
    • Continuing Education Credits through the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NADAAC)
    • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) & the Texas State Board of Examiners for Professional Coaches (TSBE). To receive this credit, you must be licensed in the states of California or Texas.

    iNLP Center Review

    I have first-hand experience being a student at the iNLP Center. When I was first deciding which program I wanted to learn Neuro-Linguistic Programming from I had narrowed it down to iNLP Center and Life Potential Developments.

    Why did I choose iNLP Center over Life Potential Developments? The answer to this is two-fold:

    1. After sampling what the content of the modules was and watching the free videos of the head teacher, Mike Bundrant, I was sold on the authenticity of Mike Bundrant and the program material.

    2. I signed up for the email list for Life Potential Developments in order to dig deeper into what they are all about since they didn't appear to be as open and forward as Mike at iNLP Center. Although I liked the content, I was really turned off by the sales pitches marketing gimmicks in their emails, and the sales pages on their website that appear to be written by a Copywriter instead of an authentic human being.

    Did iNLP Center's authenticity hold up after becoming a student?

    The short answer is yes. Mike is very straightforward and it is very clear that he has enormous experience in the field of coaching and therapy.

    Extracted From Comments: How are you feeling about your iNLP training now that it has been a few months since you posted this?

    My Experience With iNLP Center I have experience with their NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner certifications, not the full Life Coach Certification, although their Life Coach Certification  encompasses both of those certifications as its’ framework. I will try my best to give you my unbiased opinion of their program as I have had a change of heart regarding my opinion of using NLP as a coach. I guess that is a conversation for another day.

    As someone who knew nothing about NLP prior to entering their program over a year ago, I feel they do a really good job of simplifying a potentially complex learning curve. As of a year ago, the one pitfall that I found for me was the lack of video content that could provide examples of how to use the information adequately in the real world.

    They have since changed that though, they now offer high-quality weekly webinars on different topics (not just NLP), online interactive classroom sessions multiple times per week and have added more video content to the actual modules.

    To pass most modules you will have to complete two things: a Psyche Builder (using what you have learned on yourself) and a stealth mission and/or an assignment (for which both you will need a real-life partner for). You will also receive feedback from their teachers on your homework.

    In Summary, iNLP Center has a legitimate high-quality faculty, clear and concise teaching methods, and an amazingly easy to navigate back office for their students. It is part of my plans to post a full review on my experience with the iNLP Center in the very near future. Until then, I will be more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have regarding their program to help ensure you don’t regret any decisions you might make!

    What people look for in a Coaching Certification is largely subjective so if you have any questions…please ask away!

     

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    #3 Affordable Life Coaching Certification Program Online

    Life Coaching Certification Online

    Provider: Universal Coach Institute

    Program: Certified Life and transformational coach

    • All online
    • Cheapest of the 3 programs
    • Payment plans available
    • Life Coach Certification
    • Transformational Coach Certification
    • Solutions-Focused Coach Certification
    • Accredited for 12 hrs by ICF
    • Live coach training Q&A 2x/month
    • Numerous client handouts (HUGE BONUS)
    • Transparency (watch videos)
    • Coach Ayisha has lots of praise
    • Mentored by Coach Ayisha
    • Lacks live teachings
    • No live practice coaching sessions with teachers or others students
    • No feedback on your progress
    • Lacks a step by step approach to setting up your business (a solution to this is recommended here)

    Here is a video that reveals the learning platform:

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    Coach Training (Foundation Course)

    Learn UCI’s Basic Coaching Model That Will Get You And Your Clients Results!

    The foundation course is based on the ICF Core Competencies.

     

    • Introduction to Coaching
    • Understanding the ICF
    • Getting Started as a Coach
    • Being Ethical and Professional while Coaching
    • Using Questions in Coaching
    • Listening, Acknowledging, and Empowering
    • Goal Attainment and Action Planning
    • Preparation for the Coaching Session
    • How to Conduct Your First Free Session and Win Clients
    • How to Run an Effective Coaching Session
    • Helping Your Clients to Succeed
    • After the Coaching Ends
    • Using Tests and Assessments in Coaching
    • How to Run Group Coaching Programs
    • Conducting Seminars and Workshops
    • Setting Up Your Coaching Business
    • Strategic Planning for Your Coaching Business
    • Marketing Your Coaching Business

    Solution-Focused Coach Training

    An evidence-based model that is used by many therapists to help their clients solve problems. Learn how to use this model successfully in a coaching environment and with any niche.

    Help your clients solve their deepest problems by focusing on the solution, not the problem. Learn UCI’s 10-Step Solution-Focused Coaching Model!

     

    • How to Run an Effective Solution-Focused Coaching Session
    • How to Focus on the Solution and Not the Problem
    • Use the "Future Perfect" to Discover What the Client Really Wants
    • Identify the Solutions, Even When It's Not Obvious to the Client
    • Solution-Focused Goal Setting
    • Solution-Focused Action Planning
    • How to Increase Your Client's Commitment to the Goal
    • How to Identify and Overcome Roadblocks Your Client May Have
    • How to Conduct Follow-up Sessions

    Transformational Coach Training

    Help Your Clients Achieve Success and Transform Their Lives Using UCI’s Transfomational Coaching Model

     

    • Introduction to Transformational Coaching
    • Coach Clients to Obtain Positive Outcomes
    • Discovering What Your Client Really Wants
    • Expel Limiting Beliefs and Create New Empowering Beliefs
    • Coach Clients to Build Their Self-Esteem
    • The Art of Working with Strengths to Achieve Success
    • The Art of Working with Personal Interests to Achieve Success
    • The Art of Working with Values to Achieve Success
    • Coach Clients to Discover Their Purpose & Live Life to the Fullest
    • Coach Clients to Discover Their Passion & Live Their Dreams
    • Get Negative Emotions (e.g. Anger, Fear, etc.) Under Control
    • Coach Clients to Increase Their Happiness for the Long Term
    • Coach Clients to Quit Bad Habits & Get Rid of Undesirable Behaviors

    Downloadable Coaching Tools and Handouts

    • Powerful Questions Worksheet
    • Goal and Action Plan Template
    • Client Preparation Worksheet
    • Coaching Feedback Worksheet
    • Coaching Session Agenda Form
    • Coaching Journal
    • Accountability Checklist
    • Group Coaching Package
    • Seminar Package Welcome Packet
    • Welcome Letter
    • Intake Form
    • Background Questionnaire
    • Self-Assessment Worksheet
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Confidentiality Agreement
    • Payment Arrangement Form
    • Client Invoice
    • Referral Request
    • Brochure or website content
    • Coaching Exercises
    • Creating a Strong Foundation
    • Creating Your Vision
    • Identifying Life Drainers
    • Identifying Your Ideal Inner Circle
    • My Life Mind Map
    • Coaching Form Satisfaction Rating Table
    • Defining Your Ideal Self
    • Creating Your Vision
    • Being Clear about Creativity
    • Defining Your Ideal Outside
    • Identifying Your Values
    • Letting Go of the Past
    • Creating Your Life
    • Stress Identification Tools
    • Payment and Finance Forms
    • Cancellation Recovery Letter
    • Failed Payment Letter
    • Termination Letter
    • Contractor Information Form
    • Income Snapshot
    • Month-to-Month Trending
    • Business Checklist
    • Expense Checklist
    • Wealth Building Tools
    • Expand Your Thinking
    • Increasing Your Wealth
    • The Wealthy Mindset
    • Attaining Financial Abundance
    • Day to Day Spending
    • Debt Repayment Tracksheet
    • International Coach Federation (ICF) for CCE's (12 hrs toward ICF Certification should you decide to pursue)

    Universal Coach Institute Review

    Do I have experience with this provider? 

    Yes, I would choose Universal Coach Institute over Life Potential Developments for the reasons I am about to discuss. It has nothing to do with money either, as I would also spend the extra $1300 for iNLP Center's NLP Life Coach Certification over choosing Universal Coach Institute, largely due to the live interactions with the course instructors and invaluable feedback they provide.

    Extracted From Comments: “why not universal institute”? There were a lot of great things you mentioned about the institute. Is it really important to attend an accredited program?

    To simplify my response to why Universal Coach Institute is not my first recommendation: You get what you pay for. I have recently invested in Universal Coach Institue as well to see what they are all about and to allow me to give people like yourself more insight into the program.

    I think one of the best questions I can ask myself when it comes to recommending a coaching program is: “would I Personally work with one of their coaching graduates?”. With regards to Universal Coach Institute, the answer would be no.

    I think what they teach is very helpful and is an amazing supplement to other coaching programs especially considering the price. The caveat for me is the lack of interpersonal interaction inside the program. Coaching is a service and requires 100% human to human interaction. Unlike iNLP Center or Coach Training AllianceUniversal Coach Institute does not offer this essential framework that allows you to practice your skills and perform mock coaching sessions within the program.

    If you are looking for a complete program that will allow you to start coaching once you graduate I do not recommend Universal Coach Institute. If you know you will be pursuing further coaching education, or already have some past coaching education and experience, then it will be an excellent resource for you moving forward.

    Reason #1 - Coach Ayisha (owner and mentor)

    Whether you decide to pursue any training with Universal Coach Institute or not, I highly recommend signing up to their email list for the 5 Day Challenge To Create A 1K to 10K Coaching Program free ecourse. Coach Ayisha's emails are invaluable as they are jam-packed with information. Doing this will allow you to experience Coach Ayisha as a teacher and help decide whether she is a good fit for you or not.

    Reason #2 - The Extensive Amount of Tools and Client Handouts

    This is an invaluable resource. For those who are unfamiliar with the coaching process or the business aspect of coaching, there is an enormous amount of paperwork involved. Typically this paperwork comes in the form of coaching tools or exercises to be used with clients, legal papers and agreements, personal tracking, and finance paperwork.

    For those new to the business, this can be a huge learning curve which will be made worse by not knowing where to start. Fortunately, Universal Coach Institute has this completely covered. If you were to purchase similar resources elsewhere you will be looking at $100+, and it is all included in the Life and Transformational Coach Certification Program. I have made a list of the handouts below.

    Coaching Tools

    • Powerful Questions Worksheet
    • Goal and Action Plan Template
    • Client Preparation Worksheet
    • Coaching Feedback Worksheet
    • Coaching Session Agenda Form
    • Coaching Journal
    • Accountability Checklist
    • Group Coaching Package
    • Seminar Package Welcome Packet
    • Welcome Letter
    • Intake Form
    • Background Questionnaire
    • Self-Assessment Worksheet
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Confidentiality Agreement
    • Payment Arrangement Form
    • Client Invoice
    • Referral Request
    • Brochure or website content
    • Coaching Exercises
    • Creating a Strong Foundation
    • Creating Your Vision
    • Identifying Life Drainers
    • Identifying Your Ideal Inner Circle
    • My Life Mind Map
    • Coaching Form Satisfaction Rating Table
    • Defining Your Ideal Self
    • Creating Your Vision
    • Being Clear about Creativity
    • Defining Your Ideal Outside
    • Identifying Your Values
    • Letting Go of the Past
    • Creating Your Life
    • Stress Identification Tools
    • Payment and Finance Forms
    • Cancellation Recovery Letter
    • Failed Payment Letter
    • Termination Letter
    • Contractor Information Form
    • Income Snapshot
    • Month-to-Month Trending
    • Business Checklist
    • Expense Checklist
    • Wealth Building Tools
    • Expand Your Thinking
    • Increasing Your Wealth
    • The Wealthy Mindset
    • Attaining Financial Abundance
    • Day to Day Spending
    • Debt Repayment Tracksheet

    Pricing:

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    Recommended Combo

    Why This Combo?

    One of the major weaknesses I see in The Universal Coach Institute's program is the lack of practical, real-world business integration. Slapping up a website, and calling yourself a coach, will not get you paying clients.

    If we combine this with one the Coach Training Alliance's major strengths of teaching you how to actually attract paying clients then I think we have ourselves a win.

    here's a quick overview of Coach Training Alliance's Coach Training Accelerator:

    1. Coaching from Center

    • Centering yourself and creating your coaching practice out of your vision, your authenticity, and your passion.
    • Getting grounded.
    • Articulating to your ideal clients the benefits of your coaching.
    • How to offer sample sessions.

    2. Impeccable Business Sense

    • Establishing a solid foundation for your business.
    • Building resources, networks and structures to support you and your coaching business.
    • Setting fees and taking actions with integrity.
    • Making the shift to thinking like a self-employed practitioner.

    3. Effective Coaching Tools

    • Honing skills and developing tools for coaching.
    • The art of listening and asking powerful questions.
    • Responding to clients intuitively.
    • Strategizing and supporting your clients to take action.

    4. Becoming a Client Magnet

    • Attracting clients in a fun and easy way.
    • Creating visibility and credibility while earning income and showcasing your skills.
    • Leveraging your marketing and engaging the high touch approach.
    • Creating a referral stream.

    5. Masterful Coaching Sessions

    • Mastering the four elements of the coaching model.
    • Honoring the client’s agenda without hijacking it.
    • Exploring different coaching roads with clients.
    • Creating the impetus for the client to shift.
    • Framing the session with meaningful coach requests.

    #4 Affordable Life Coaching Certification Program Online

    online Life Coach Certification

    Provider: Life Potential Developments

    Program: NLP Practitioner Certification and coaching program

    Pros

     

    • All online
    • Accredited
    • 12 month payment plan available
    • NLP Pactitioner Certification
    • Certified Coach Certification
    • Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology Certification
    • Time-based Techniques Certificatione
    • 130 teaching videos

    Cons

    • Salesy impression
    • No live events (webinars)
    • No designated teacher or mentor

    Life Potential Developments Review

    The main reason I would personally choose the other 2 programs over Life Potential Developments is the overarching sales tactics. This leaves a bitter taste with me since one of my own values that I hold highly is authenticity. The tactics used by LIfe Potential Developments strike me as inauthentic. Since I am basing my own decision almost solely on this crutch alone, it would not be fair to harshly judge their program based on this.

    Looking past the sales tactics, the coaching program itself does look quite thorough. The amount of video learning resources involved is far more than the other 2 programs, containing a whopping 130 videos. Even if each video is only 5-10 minutes it will still amount to far more than the other 2 programs. There are 45 demonstrations using real problems, which is the one aspect of the program that I feel iNLP Center's program was lacking.

    Program Breakdown:

    Module 1: Communicating From The Inside/Out

    Module 2: Mastering Relationships

    Module 3: Expanding Your Horizons

    Module 4: To The Heart Of The Problem

    Module 5: Proficiency At Its Best

    Module 6: Ignite Your Inner Fire

    Module 7: Kick Butt Strategies For Achieving Excellence

    Module 8: Transform Your Past... Empower Your Present & Future

    Module 9: Conquer Conflicts & Take Control

    Module 10: Blow The Lid Off - The Ultimate Shifting Perspectives

    More info on their program:

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    So... What is the best online life coaching certification program?

    My recommendation:

    I want to make this very transparent, I have experience with both the iNLP Center and Universal Coach Institute, I have no incentives to recommend their programs over any others. I have the opportunity to receive a commission from all 4 programs should you choose to enroll in one of them.

    With this out of the way, if you are able to afford the program at Coach Training Alliance I would recommend their program hands down. It is a very well-rounded program that covers all you need to know when starting a coaching business. Your marketing, website, business setup, and of course the transformational inside-out approach to coaching.

    The iNLP Center takes 2nd on this one. The resources you have access to are endless, from blog posts to hours upon hours of every recorded webinar they have ever done. The live training is priceless. I can tell that they have put an enormous amount of thought and time into putting this program together.  

    Worried about accreditation?

    Some professional coaches look to eventually get certified with the ICF (International Coach Federation). You do not have to take one specific program to qualify for this. The iNLP Center's NLP Life Coach Certification and Coach Training Alliance's Coach Training Program are perfect examples. Their certifications both qualify for 60 hrs toward an ICF Certification. You may then take a different program that is accredited by the ICF to add to your hours. For more info go to International Coach Federation.

    Many people over concern themselves with credentials (in my opinion). Ask yourself this:Would you rather invest in a coach (not accredited by the ICF) who was referred to you based on that referring person having had amazing results or a coach accredited by the ICF who has little evidence of producing real-world results?

    Time To Make A Decision

    I sincerely hope that I have provided enough information here to assist you in making your decision on choosing an affordable online life coaching certification. If you have any questions or feel there are gaps in information, and you would like me to add more information, please let me know in the comment section below, I will gladly try to help you out.

     

    Have questions regarding any of these online life coaching certifications programs?

    If you have any questions regarding any of the information I have presented here regarding any of these online life coach certification programs or want more info regarding my experience at iNLP Center or Universal Coach Institute to feel free to contact me 🙂

     

    Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

    Take care,

    Rob Kish

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