Several years ago, I had heard of coaching and even used a coach or two, but it was more for getting myself organized and getting my life pointed in the right direction. Like a counselor or a good friend (with expertise!), my coaches helped me to find perspective in my life and helped me get a clear view on where I was struggling. Once I could see the trouble spots, we were able to formulate a specific plan that I had to work and follow until our next meeting. At each meeting we’d review the previous one, discuss how I was coming along with my goals, troubles I might be having attaining those goals or completing tasks, and then coach on those or move on to new goals.
What I didn’t realize is that the coaching I was receiving was helping to change me on the inside and my practice was then changing, too! I was becoming a Health and Wellness Coach. Today, I’m able to consult with patients and clients, to help them realize their health challenges, coach them to set goals for improving their health and well-being, and then chart a course with them to get them to where they want to be.
Here is how I explain coaching:
Coaching is an emerging service profession based on concepts from sports, business, spirituality, psychology and organizational development. It’s for passionate people like you who want more from their personal and business lives. A coach can help you set larger, more rewarding goals, develop a strategy to achieve them, and provide support throughout the process. It’s not unlike having a personal trainer or an athletic coach… transformational, but in a business and personal sense. The achievement of goals is something that comes more quickly as a result of the coaching partnership.
With ever increasing toxicity plaguing our environment, and a food supply nearly void of nutrients, it’s imperative that we all take responsibility for educating ourselves about the basics. Why should the foods I eat be organic? Why do I need supplemental vitamins, minerals, and herbs? How does my unique body chemistry, including blood type, metabolic type, age, gender, race, and personal history figure in to my plan for achieving optimal health? Why should I avoid “wrapping myself in blanket statements” put out by the media regarding solutions to my various health issues?
When you connect with a Health and Wellness Coach, you align yourself with someone who can provide you with the answers to these and your many other questions regarding your health. You engage a professional who will help you discover all the areas of your health that need your attention, set realistic goals to achieve increased energy and vitality, and create rewards for all of your “little successes”.
Health comes from you, not to you. It must be cultivated and cared for. Results will be steady, but you must know the path to take.
So I suggest that you find yourself a Health and Wellness Coach; a person with the knowledge and skills to help you evaluate where your health lies today. Someone to set you on a path to take you where you want to be. You can self-medicate, but you likely can’t achieve total health on your own.
I urge you to take your life and your health seriously; to find someone who cares about you and can help you find the health and well-being you desire, and deserve.