One thing I’ve always enjoyed doing is listening to the wisdom of those around me. Learning from others mistakes, and/or achievements, can help make your life for the better. On my journey to becoming a Health Coach, I’ve learned several critical tips, that I wish someone had passed on to me earlier on. Some of these I’ve had to learn the hard way, but learn from them I did. Below are the life lessons that have greatly impacted my path to becoming the Health Coach I’ve always wanted to be.
- 1. Never Stop Learning
There are many professionals out there that believe they know everything there is to know about their chosen trade. They took a test once, read a book, an article, and voila, they are now all knowing. Do not become one of these people. Times are always changing & discoveries are always being made. Never assume you’ve learned everything that you possibly could about your field. This is especially critical when you’re talking about health and wellness. Hundreds of thousands of publications, articles, books, blogs, and so on are always being created. Read them. Educate yourself. Never stop learning about your field. Always continue to expand your knowledge. This will make you a versatile and well-rounded professional.
- 2. Stay Up To Date
This tip is an extension off of the one above. If you’re going to give advice to someone, make sure it’s based off of the most up to date research. You don’t know everything. That degree you received 10 years ago was based on the studies available a decade ago. Things change rapidly and become outdated just as quickly. Science is always changing, sometimes for the worse, other times for the better. In certain situations, the knowledge we pass on to others may be detrimental to their health. For example, you are recommending a new wellness technique, if you had stayed up to date on the latest information, you would know that this technique interferes with medications and decreases their effectiveness. By staying up to date on your field you will always have the most accurate information on hand.
- 3. Remember The Why
When the going gets tough, the tough crawls under the covers with a bottle of bourbon. It’s no secret that life throws obstacles your way. What seems to be a secret is how you overcome them and keep from getting bashed down. A key ingredient is to remember why you are doing this. Why did you become a health coach? What motivated you to enter this field? What did you hope to accomplish by being in your profession? Remembering the reasons behind our actions will drive us to overcome the hard times. It will motivate and light a fire under you, that will propel you forward and beyond any difficult moments. Remember the why, and let it inspire you to keep moving ahead.
- 4. Listen To Your Heart Not The Mouths of Others
The naysayers are a plenty. They are always around when you least want them. People have their opinions and some of them are very vocal about it. When I first decided to become a health coach I received all sorts of negativity from those closest to me. I chose to be a coach to help heal myself from illness. These friends and family members did not hold back in showing their disapproval. They would come right up to me and tell me how none of this alternative crap would work, and how it was a waste of my time, energy, and money. Talk about kicking you when you are down! Something inside me, in my hearts of hearts, knew I was onto something. Something told me to have faith, and to believe in what I could achieve. I stuck to my guns, I changed my lifestyle, I stayed true and authentic, and what happened? A miracle. I was indeed able to heal myself from an illness that plagued me for 7 long years. Those around you will try to hold you back, because as you grow and evolve for the better, it will challenge their beliefs, it will make them take a look at their own lives, and realize they have a lot of work to do. People rather stay naïve than face the music. You face that music, and you don’t fight it, instead you embrace it and evolve it to meet your goals.
- 5. Practice What You Preach
There is nothing like coaching others on the benefits of home cooking, and yet you’re frequenting the local fast food joint. Don’t be a hypocrite. The world has enough of those already. Be an example others can follow. I had no idea that my social media postings of my workouts were doing anything other than holding myself accountable for completing them. In reality, they were motivating friends from all over the country to get their own butts off the coach and exercise. The ‘Do as I say not as I do’ has no place here when it comes to your preaching’s. The ripple affect you have by living & breathing your teaching is astronomical. What you learn, adapt, put into practice, and pass it on.