We all want someone in our corner guiding us along the way, helping us reach our fullest potential, especially when it comes to our health. That’s where a comprehensive wellness coach comes in.
Being involved in the fitness industry for over a decade, I have spent years navigating and defining the boundaries of coaching and of being coached. Personal experience has taught me that success looks different for everyone, but a comprehensive wellness coach can help anyone.
When hiring a coach, here are some guidelines and realistic expectations to keep in mind:
What a comprehensive wellness coach IS:
● A guide
● A sounding board
● A source for applicable information, experience, and knowledge
● A motivator, encourager, and someone who helps you take action
● Someone who holds you accountable
● Someone who holds space while you do “the work”
● Someone who will tell you what’s in your best interest, even if you don’t want to hear it
What a comprehensive wellness coach is NOT:
● A “bestie”
● A therapist
● A discourager
● Someone who embarrasses you or makes you feel shame
● Someone who’s available 24/7
● Someone who can do the work for you
Too often we want to enlist someone to jump in and save us, however, hiring a coach still requires effort on your part. You must be committed to discovering and setting your own health boundaries. You must dedicate energy to doing your own inner and outer work. You must also have a mindset that will allow you to be coachable and accountable.
A successful coach will guide you, provide tools, educate, and motivate you along the way. You can look forward to seeing small incremental wins, feeling your health improve, and finding consistency in your sessions. While your physical body transforms, a comprehensive wellness coach will also help you tackle the uncomfortable inner work, bringing balance to your body and mind.