Getting support and an accountability partner can really change that outcome and set you up for success. The modern use of the term “coach” is often not well understood. It conjures up images of a high school football coach standing on the sidelines yelling at the team. Why would you hire someone to yell at you? Or that you didn’t understand?
This article describes well in a general way what coaches do. “We help clients identify the areas in their lives that they want to change or improve and help them create a plan to get there. We then provide structure, accountability, expertise and inspiration to enable clients to grow, increase self-awareness, commitment and confidence beyond what they can achieve on their own.”
As an example, I am a certified holistic health coach. Part of what I do is help people identify a diet that works best for their body and lifestyle, to create really great physical, mental, and emotional health. Many people think that because I work with diet I am a dietician. In fact, there’s a big difference. Most of us already know what we should and shouldn’t be eating but we can’t seem to get started or stick to it. A health coach works with you to identify and explore what’s holding you back and what motivates you to move forward. So when your doctor says you need to lose weight or your nutritionist says you need to eat more vegetables, but neither has the time to help you figure out how to actually do that, you might want to hire a coach.
“Usually when clients come to me "stuck," it's because they haven't explored the mental, emotional or spiritual factors that affect their health. It's often here where fears, resistance, self-sabotaging behaviors and self-deprecating thoughts must be healed.” says Dr. Deborah Caldwell, naturopathic physician and health coach.
If you’ve already tried to solve a problem on your own and not been able to achieve the goals you set for yourself, you might consider hiring a coach to help. In addition to helping improve a myriad of health issues with diet and nutrition, I also help people stop rushing around like crazy, one of the biggest root causes that prevent people from enjoying life and feeling grounded, uncluttered, and present .
Coaching works in just about every area of life, not just health and diet. “Good coaches identify gaps between where the client is and where the client needs or wants to be; ask for more intentional thought, action and behavior changes than the client might have asked of him or herself; and guide the building of the structure, accountability, and support necessary to ensure sustained commitment.” This articletalks more about the benefits of coaching for both employees and companies.
Whether in your personal life or your career, if you want more energy, less stress, more self-confidence, and more effectiveness in all your endeavors, drop me a line.
May all your new beginnings be blessed with the resources needed to make your dreams come true.
A version of this essay first appeared on holisticperformancegroup.com