How the Heck do I Choose a Health Coach?
When thinking about working with a health (or any other type of) coach, beginning the search and making a decision can feel daunting. Where do you find a coach? How do you know you're choosing the right one? Will you get the experience that you're hoping for? Will it be worth the investment?
First off, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS for getting to a place in your life where you've decided you want and are ready for change. This is a BIG step and I hope you recognize and celebrate this!
Once you've finished celebrating your bad-assery, here are some tips I have on how to get started on the hunt for your perfect health coach.
1) Talk to trusted friends and colleagues. Personal referrals are very powerful. Ask your friends or colleagues what they hoped they would get out of their coaching experience and what the outcomes were for them.
2) Spend some time deciding what you want to get out of your coaching experience. Think along the lines of goals you'd like to achieve and where you'd like to be at the end of your coaching journey, whether that's 3, 6 or 9 months down the road. Don't be afraid to think BIG! With enough time, consistency and commitment, you can achieve anything so don't hold back!
3) Schedule several discovery/breakthrough/transformation calls with multiple coaches. Most coaches I know offer complimentary discovery calls that allow you to ask questions, share what you'd like to work on and importantly, get a solid sense of your potential coach. By the end of your call, you should have a clear sense of their coaching style, their approach and if their skill-sets and offerings are a match for your needs.
4) Ask your potential coach about their training and certifications. For better or worse, coaching is a largely unregulated industry. As such, anyone (literally) can call themselves a coach and many people with no training do so all the time. Case in point: your 5 year old's rec soccer coach with little to no coaching experience or training.
5) Ask your potential coach about their journey to coaching. It's incredibly important that you establish a connection with your coach. This will allow for a deeper level of trust and understanding, which will ultimately lead to a deeper and more #transformative #coaching experience for you. Ideally, you will work with someone who's story resonates with your experiences. It really helps to know that your coach has gone through what you're going through and arrived on the other side. Consider it a red flag if your potential coach is trying to coach you on a topic they have zero personal experience with. Put another way, would you ever seek medical advice from your mechanic?
Congrats again on taking a step towards massive, life-changing transformation! Know that change is possible, you can do it and working with your perfect coach is a great avenue to getting where you want to be. Good luck!