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How to Overcome Your Fear and Launch a Business

Before I launched my business full-time, I was scared out of my mind. I didn’t have thousands of dollars saved up. I didn’t have many fallback plans. And I certainly didn’t have a defining moment where I “just knew” it was time.

I remember interviewing tons of entrepreneurs, including my dad, in hopes that their stories would give me inspiration to bite the bullet and just do it already.

In those conversations, I recognized three important values of an entrepreneur that is committed to making his or her passion into a full-time gig. These three pieces of advice are what ultimately helped me face my fears and launch my ideal business.

News Alert: IIN Launches New Graduate Degree Partnership with Goddard College

I am pleased to announce that we have extended our partnership with Goddard College! Graduates of the Health Coach Training Program are now eligible to apply for Goddard’s 36-credit accelerated study program and receive a Master of Arts in Health Arts and Sciences in just three semesters.

Though a Master of Arts typically takes four semesters, Goddard introduced this accelerated program for healthcare professionals who have already completed the preliminary work of a first semester student. “We’ve been so impressed by the caliber and breadth of the Health Coach Training Program, so it was a natural choice to make the option available for Integrative Nutrition graduates who work as Health Coaches,” Goddard Admissions Counselor Heather Labor told us.

Introducing the Men of IIN Video

At Integrative Nutrition, we have a lot of female students and graduates doing incredible things. They start healthy product lines, open successful coaching practices, and help countless people make big changes to their health. 

But let’s not forget about the men! As more and more men start to take their health into their own hands, male Health Coaches are more important than ever.  Often men, and even some women, find that they would rather talk to a man about their health concerns, which is why it’s so great that more and more men are enrolling in the Health Coach Training Program.

Take a look at some of the amazing things that these male IIN graduates are up to. They may just have the health advice that you or the men in your life are looking for! 

Do the Work and Trust the Process

Michelle was the third client who signed up for my program after I graduated from IIN. As she was sitting across from me writing out a check for the full cost of the program, I was thinking to myself, “I have no idea how I am going to help this woman.”

Michelle was a teacher at the yoga studio where I was renting a small space. She was struggling with allergies and severe PMS and wanted to lose about 10 pounds. Despite being physically active and eating really clean, she wasn’t able to figure out these areas of her health, which is why she decided to work with me.

Michelle later told me that as she was writing the check she was also wondering how I could possibly help her.

Why Does the World Need Health Coaches? [VIDEO]

The global health crisis is dire: the incidence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other preventable illnesses is skyrocketing. This is the first generation in history where the life expectancy of our children is likely to be less than our own. What’s the solution? Education and support to facilitate long-lasting behavioral change!

Hear from some of Integrative Nutrition’s expert teachers to learn about the importance of Health Coaches and how they can make the world a better and healthier place. Watch the video below.

Life Lessons I’d Tell the Old Me

One of the more surprising results of my IIN education was that by learning about nutrition and developing my own health coaching practice, I grew as a person and learned some important life lessons in the process.

As the saying goes, had I known then, what I know now, I’d dish out some of this advice to myself. We all learn our lessons at the right time and these were some of the most defining ones for me:

Stop Chasing Perfection

Perfection simply doesn’t exist. Your beauty and authenticity lie in your imperfection. Likewise, there will never be a perfect time to do anything so start now, even if you don’t feel “ready.”

Save Your Money

How Happy Relationships Can Keep You Healthy

We all know that eating fruit and vegetables, cutting back on sugar, getting plenty of rest, and exercising regularly will help keep us feeling energetic and healthy. But did you know that having strong and happy relationships can also contribute to good health? 

Integrative Nutrition teaches their students about a very important concept called primary food. Sometimes we are fed not only by the food on our plates, but by the people and activities in our lives. In fact, if you are happy in your career, have strong relationships with family and friends, exercise regularly, and have some sort of spiritual practice, then the food that you eat is really secondary nourishment.

Integrative Nutrition Holds Meet-Up in Helsinki, Finland

Last week, a group of over 40 students and graduates flew in from across Scandinavia and Europe to join Joshua Rosenthal at Integrative Nutrition’s first conference in Helsinki, Finland. The intimate event reflected Integrative Nutrition’s ongoing commitment to building personal connections with its global student body and spreading a ripple effect of health and happiness across the world.

How I Found Success Through 3 Simple Statements


Hi there, I’m Michelle Pfennighaus, IIN Class of 2009 and founder of Find Your Balance.  There's a lot of info out there about healthy living, but I'll boil it down and tell you what's most important. Now doesn't that make things easier? Connect with me at FindYourBalanceHealth.com, Facebook, or Twitter.

It became almost a mantra in my first year as a health coach: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” That was something Joshua had said often during my time at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. And it never resonated so deeply with me as it did just before my first teleseminar about sugar addiction. Or just before appearing on TV to promote my business.

I was feeling the fear, all right. I felt like a total fake, for starters. Me? A health coach? Who would believe anything I had to say? Who would possibly take me seriously? I had worked in advertising for the past decade, for heaven’s sake!

5 Tips to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Does public speaking make you cringe? If yes, I have good news. You are not alone. They say that people fear public speaking more than death. I used to be one of those people. There was a time in college when I wrote out my presentation word for word for my public speaking class and I read it verbatim terrified, shaking at the knees. I was so petrified and to be honest, no idea what I was talking about. I just did it because I had to, not because I wanted to.

Things are very different now. I have actually grown to love public speaking and have spoken at some highly regarded institutions that include Morgan Stanley, Columbia University, and New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The main reason why I love it is because I am passionate about what I am talking about. The words that come through me are just an extension of my love for helping people get healthier and happier.

Here are some tips that have helped me overcome my fear of public speaking:

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