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An Honest Look at Becoming a Wellness Coach

April 10, 2015

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Health and wellness coaching is a quickly growing field that has many excited about the possibilities. How do you know if becoming a wellness coach or a Health Coach is right for you? Let’s take a look.

Are you the go-to person for friends and family when they have any health-related question? Do you want a career you would enjoy and that would make a difference while still being flexible enough to give you time for friends and family? Are you a “people” person who loves supporting and guiding others to be their best self? If this sounds like you, then you’re already a wellness coach – why not get paid for it?

In the wellness coaching field there are a myriad of possibilities on how you can create a business and life you love. Many health and wellness coaches are starting their own businesses, leading retreats, writing books, developing healthy product lines, and working with like-minded organizations that are aimed at supporting the overall health and wellness of their clients.

Sound amazing? We think so too, but there are a few things to consider before you embark on this career…

You need to be willing to take risks. Like starting any new career or endeavor, putting yourself out there, opening up, and letting people know who you are and what you are up to can be scary. So when you are feeling fearful, what can you do? Feel the fear and do it anyway, a lesson Integrative Nutrition teaches all its students. You’ll learn how to use the fear to make a difference, what steps to take to build the career of your dreams, and how health coaching can make a huge impact on the health and happiness of anyone you coach.

You need to be willing to work hard. Nothing worth having is easy to obtain, but there is beauty in the toil. We take it for granted when things are just given to us; it’s the journey and experience that teaches us the most. Even the most successful wellness coaches out there admit that it took a lot of work to get them where they are today, but credit much of their success to mistakes made and lessons learned in the early stages of their businesses. They had to stay committed to their vision and clients through the struggles of starting a new career. To help you achieve your goals quickly and effectively, Integrative Nutrition teaches you everything you need to know about starting a business, the wellness industry, and how to best support your clients.

You need to be comfortable being yourself. This is probably the hardest step because in order to do that, you have to actually start getting to know yourself and accepting who you are. Making your self-care a priority and getting your own health in order are all part of a wellness coach’s job description. Being a role model for your community starts to come naturally when you discover who you are. In our curriculum, we call this “walking the talk,” and when you do it, you start attracting like-minded people and developing your tribe.

What tips did we miss? We’d love to hear from the other coaches out there – what should someone know before starting a career as a wellness coach? Let us know in the comments below!

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