The core foundation of health and wellness coaching is coach-client interactions that are meaningful, conducive, and confidence eliciting. The phrase ‘communication is key’ fits perfectly within the context of health and wellness coaching as it requires the coach to ask the right questions while being non-judgemental, compassionate, and confident in what they have to offer. However, it is also true that this skill needs practice and real-life experience, just like any other profession, to be able to do justice to one’s true capabilities.
Whether it be someone just stepping into the health and wellness coaching world or a more experienced coach, everyone can have times wherein they doubt their potential and overburden themselves with negative self-talk due to a lack of confidence in facilitating life transformations. Questions like “Am I good enough to coach someone”, “Am I doing it all wrong”, “Why do I only have X number of clients” could be quite prevalent during the beginning phases of one’s coaching journey as they are still acquainting themselves with applying their learnings to real-life.
However, understanding that health and wellness coaching is a marathon and not a sprint is crucial to create space for improvement and confidence-building to continuously elevate oneself not just as a coach but also as an individual. Following are a few ways that can help you become more confident and unleash your true potential during your sessions as a health and wellness coach.
Have a vision for yourself as a coach
Create a clearer picture of your long term and short term goals as a health and wellness coach in your head. Envision at what stage of growth you would want to be six months into your journey to create some benchmark to keep you accountable for taking daily progressive steps. Remember that visualization is just the first step that creates a rough outline for you; the actual action taken by you in achieving the desired outcome will determine the chances of its realization.
How do you want to talk with your clients? What kind of coach do you want to be? What should the day look like for you as a health and wellness coach? How many people do you want to help? These are some questions you can answer for yourself and then take some time out every day to hone the skills that will help you in achieving the answers you have come up with.
Have faith in your intuition and passion
Some major shifts or awakenings in your life have brought you to the path of health and wellness coaching, so have trust in the process that led you here. The same process that made you become aware of your passion for health and aligned with your life’s purpose of empowering others would also help you reach the next level of growth in your health and wellness journey. As when you believe your instincts, you are ready to validate and realize them with necessary actions. During the times you feel vulnerable and unsure of your capabilities as a health and wellness coach, go back to why you started, how you started and where you want to go.
Allow yourself to be an imperfect human
Confidence does not entail believing that you will always be right but the ability to let go of the fear of being wrong. Everyone has imperfections for which they are slightly insecure that needs to be embraced and worked upon. Remember that even your lack of self-confidence is a very human trait, and comparing yourself with others will only make the situation worse.
Your timeline of growth will be different from someone else’s, and thus, having a not so self-blaming outlook on your mistakes will help you turn them into new learning experiences. Despite what you believe you lack at the moment, with time and persistent efforts, your strengths, knowledge, and confidence will only grow with you during your coaching journey.
Continued education and support
The support of a community of like-minded people can help you gain some valuable insights about health and wellness coaching and how other coaches tackle specific situations. Continuous education allows you to be abreast with any latest developments in the health and wellness domain whereas a community supports you, motivates and enlightens you and shapes you to become more confident. Leveraging this can set you up for success and come closer to the vision of the kind of health and wellness coach you aspire to be.
How can Weljii help you become a certified & confident health and wellness coach
There is no better feeling than doing what you love with confidence while getting the right guidance and being surrounded by a supportive community. Weljii, India’s premium health and wellness coaching institute, helps you with just that through our health and wellness coach training programs providing you with expert mentorship, resources, tools, continued support and a thriving community.