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Insights For New Coaches – How Does Coaching Really Work?

How does coaching really work? If you asked 100 different Coaches that question, you would get 100 different answers!

Why is the question so subjective? Because it’s all about YOU – your perception, abilities, skills, life experience, and your application of the basic principles of Coaching.

Then, of course, you must also factor in the Client – their circumstances, abilities, focus, life experiences, plans, and their willingness and ability to adapt and change.

…and that’s without even getting to the “niche” stuff!

Let’s look at a working definition of coaching:

Coaching is a straightforward but often complex (see above!) methodology for support and/or guidance for either an individual or group that can be applied to virtually any topic, business, or philosophy.

It’s a cooperative, collaborative, interactive partnership that employs targeted questions and reflective listening to enable and inspire clients to resolve their outstanding issues.

Coaching is About Communication

In short, Coaching is all about advanced communication. It’s a practical application of skills, wisdom, and life philosophy that you learn exclusively by doing.

It’s about a cooperative, collaborative partnership with someone where your sole intention is to help them get the very best out of themselves.

It can only be effective if you as the Coach have absolutely no attachment at all to the outcomes they create for themselves. After all, from the client’s perspective, this is their life to live, and all the decisions they make and all the actions they take are entirely their own responsibility, right?

They must own their own life, and everything that happens in it. Personal responsibility is important to us all.

Your job as a Coach is simply to challenge their thinking with the use of meaningful questions in a way that helps them make effective decisions and then take effective actions.

You must also keep them focused on the task at hand as long as it’s necessary to get the job done.

Who Hires a Coach?

Mainly, two kinds of people hire a Coach:

  • Those who are excelling and want to get better
  • Those who aspire excellence and want to get there as quickly and efficiently as possible

Consider this:

  • Every major sports star has a coach.
  • Every major entertainer has a coach.
  • Every major entrepreneur has a coach.

Why? Because it makes perfect sense to do so! It saves time and money, the two most important issues for the most successful people in any field of endeavor. It also relieves clients of the burden of a lot of trial and error too.

Coaching clients will always be strong people: people with character, a strong sense of purpose, and a desire to get things done …and the quicker the better.

That’s why Coaches find the profession so exciting! The variety also adds so much color to everything they experience.

How Can You Become a Great Coach?

Without reservation, the answer is: Your Clients will teach you everything you need to know!

You Learn by DOING!

Consider the story of Usain Bolt. How did he become the fastest man on the planet?

By going to a seminar? Reading a book? Watching a DVD? Going to a class? Reading a Manual? Of course not. He RAN!  Maybe not so fast at first, but he ran.

Then he learned about the importance of a great start and a great finish. So, he practiced getting really good at his starts and finishes. Then he tried to cut as much space out of the bit in between as possible.

He practiced, adjusted, modified, adapted and changed …all during the time he was running. He had to learn BY doing, WHILE doing.

That’s how all the greats do it, and so will you. Coaching is no different. There is no other way.

But it’s easier, more fun, and much more fulfilling than you think. It’s a very vibrant, in the moment, way of connecting and communicating with clients to create beneficial outcomes about anything and everything that they have on their mind NOW.

Even the Client Learns by DOING

There can be no benefit from Coaching without making decisions and taking action. Just knowing about something doesn’t count for much. It’s the application of that knowledge in the form of decision making and taking inspired action that creates the results.

Being decisive and taking action on important issues has the ability to change your world. Resistance to change drops like a stone when you have tangible results that matter. That’s how we find the courage to step out and change things.

Coaching is Both Evolutionary and Revolutionary

Coaching is evolutionary because the more clients you work with the more skilful and refined you become in your abilities to help them.

It’s revolutionary because it has the ability to create massive and positive change for both the client and the Coach at the same time.

And yet there is no magic to it. There are no secrets to learn either.

It’s simply a form of advanced communication that the Coach, through practice, and the client, through cooperation and collaboration, benefit from over time.

There is no better methodology for creating lasting, permanent change.

Imagine how many people you can help, entrepreneurs you can enable to make their dreams come true, and valuable relationships you’ll forge!

So, go out there and change the world!

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It’s Easy To Become A Health Coach—Here’s How

It’s so easy

Are you ready for it?

Here’s how to become a health coach…

Call yourself one!

There are no restrictions or regulations in place for the Health Coaching profession. Anyone can become a Health Coach by calling themselves as such.

The Health Coaching profession isn’t alone as this is also the case for other professions such as Nutritionists, Personal Trainers, and Life Coaches—and any other type of coach for that matter.

A Better Question Might Be—How Do I Become a Health Coach That Can Transform Lives?

Since anyone, aged 2 yrs+ can call themselves a Health Coach, how to become one probably isn’t the best question to be asking.

Sure, anyone can become a Health Coach—but not everyone can transform the life of another in ways they couldn’t have imagined without walking the road of transformation themselves and then coaching another to do the same.

This takes personal dedication to the craft of coaching yourself. Evolution into a transformational presence—a catalyst for deep change in another.

This my friend, cannot be done through a course from Udemy. You need live interaction with real-world coaches, offering you valuable coaching, feedback, and practice.

I have recommended a valuable resource toward the end of this post as a place for you to start.

On to the informal regulations of Health Coaching.

American Association of Drugless Practitioners

There is a popular regulating body called the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) attempting to regulate the health coaching industry. However, their accreditation is not recognized by any country as a legitimate licensing body.

They claim to hold high standards for the schools they approve for accreditation. However, they neglect to be transparent about what those standards are. Take what you will from this but their lack of transparency leads me to believe the accreditation is a smokescreen.

The Health Coaching industry remains unregulated. It’s not mandatory anywhere in the world to be an accredited Health Coach.

Is Accreditation Recommended?

There is an ongoing debate about this. In the end, there are valid points to argue on both sides.

Getting certified through an AADP accredited (or another accrediting board) Health Coach program does generally indicate the certification quality meets a certain standard (according to them).

Given the lack of transparency and surrounding any standards for the schools, accreditation may only be good more insurance purposes. Getting board certified through most accrediting bodies allows you to get insurance.

Health Coaching is not something one can learn by watching hours of video and all of a sudden knowing how to coach another. It takes practice, lots and lots of practice. First, you learn to coach yourself, then you learn to coach another, through practice.

It’s Your Choice Whether to get certified

Whether you want to learn the art of Health Coaching through an accredited program or not is ultimately up to you.

Would I recommend calling yourself a Health Coach without any high-quality training or practice? Absolutely not.

I surely wouldn’t want to be coached by someone who has no training or received their training from a low-quality certification like what you can find on Udemy.

Do Your Research and Find a reputable certification

Take some time to discover exactly what type of coaching approach you want to take. Make sure it resonates with you.

For example:

I wrote a long detailed post comparing 7 online Health Coach Certification programs and each of the programs offers a slightly different approach.

Some Recommended Programs

Institute For The Psychology of Eating

health coach certification online

Gold standard health coach program, nothing compares, comes at a cost

More info: Institute For The Psychology of Eating Review

Primal Health Coach Institute

online health coach certification (1)

Developed by Mark Sisson, the world leader in primal living

More info: Primal Health Coach Institute Review

Natural Wellness Academy

health coach certification (2)

A more intimate program that includes mentorship and coaching. Highly recommended

More info: Natural Wellness Academy Review

Have Questions?

Feel free to reach out to me here.

I’d love to help you find your way.