WHAT DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE OR IMPROVE?
There are a lot of different types of coaches out there. You want to be sure to find a coach that has coaching experience with the issue(s) you want help with. Be wary of a coach that claims to be able to help you with any type of issue.
Once you are specific and clear about what you want help with, it’ll be easier to find a coach who can guide you.
DO YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE OR COUNSELING?
Coaching is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment nor is it a replacement for counseling. If you’ve been diagnosed with a medical issue or mental health issue, you want to be sure you are working with the right professionals.
That said, I don’t mean hiring a coach (as part of your healthcare team) is a bad idea. Working with a coach alongside working with your doctor may be a really good fit for you.
For example, hiring a health coach to help guide you with your diet can be extremely beneficial for someone who has diabetes and needs to lower their blood sugar. This type of coach would be able to give you more specific guidance on your diet than your medical doctor has time to do. This type of nutrition coach could help you with food choices, recipes and menus.
Keep in mind that there are various types of niches within the health coaching industry too. Using the example given above, you might look for a nutrition coach who has trained more specifically to help clients with diabetes. Which brings us to the next question.
WHAT IS THE COACH’S TRAINING & EXPERIENCE?
Be aware that in the US there’s no governing body that oversees and regulates the coaching industry. Be sure to ask any potential coach about their coaching training and experience before you hire them.
A coach will be more than happy to share with you what education and training they’ve received. They should be able to give you the name and website of where they received their training so that you can check it out.
Using myself as an example…
My background is in body and energy work. I graduated from a 6-month massage program, and I’m certified as a Natural Therapeutic Specialist. Early on in my clinical experience, I began noticing there was always a mental-emotional component to every symptom, struggle or issue that a client presented with. I’ve become passionate about how we feed our bodies through the food we eat, the thoughts we think, and the energy vibration we hold. I’ve spent the past almost two decades taking additional training in the areas of energy work, nutrition, mindset, and coaching so that I may work with clients more effectively. As such, I have earned certifications as a Level 7 Core Synchronism Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Transformational Nutrition Coach, and QSCA Coach, as well as holding other certifications in energy work and emotional release work.
You want to hire a coach that has training, work experience, and quite possibly personal experience in that area that they are coaching in. They should be able to tell you how they’d be able to help you with your particular issue. Depending on the answers they give you, you will know whether or not they are a good match for you.
ARE YOU OPEN TO TRANSFORMATION?
Achieving any goal requires you to change and transform. There’s a saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
Your coach comes on board to be your advocate and hold the space for you to achieve the outcome you have chosen to work on. They are not partnering with you to become your best friend or micro-manage your every move. A coach is interested in helping you create shifts in the way you think, the choices you make, and the habits you live by.
Through trial and error on your own, this process can take months, years or even decades. Coaching shortens your learning curve. You get a proven system that supports consistent forward movement, accountability, and support when you get stuck.
HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF THE COACHING IS WORKING?
I want to stress that YOU are the biggest factor in your success because only you can take the steps that are aligned with your vision and goals. That’s why I believe a better question to ask yourself is “Am I consistently taking the actions that will lead to my desired outcome?”
I set my coaching clients up for success by first helping them get clarity on the outcome they want to create – I call this your vision outcome. We then chunk this outcome down into 2-3 smaller goals, breaking each of these goals down into the single tasks required to achieve that particular goal. To create forward momentum, we set target dates for each task and goal. This gives the client touch points along the way so they can measure forward movement and see where they need to make course corrections.
It’s important to remember that it may have taken you months or years to get stuck in your current issue and it will most likely take more than a single coaching session to achieve the end result you desire. This is why a multiple-session coaching package creates better results than a stand-alone single session.
Isn’t knowing you’re the biggest factor in your success the best news ever? It means no one else (but you) can keep you from achieving your goal(s).
• Once you are clear about what you want help with, it’ll be easier to hire the right coach.
• Before hiring a coach, find out what their training and experience is.
• Achieving any goal requires you to change and transform.
• Coaching shortens your learning curve. It provides you with a clear plan, consistent support and accountability.
• Only you can take the required actions; therefore, you are the biggest factor in your success.
NOW I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Have you ever hired a coach to help you with a specific issue or problem that you couldn’t seem to figure out on your own?
What was your experience?
What do you wish you would’ve known before hiring a coach?
What did working with a coach teach you about yourself?
I’d love to hear about your experience with coaching. I’d love to answer any other questions you may have. Please post you comments and questions below.