Have you ever felt like a fraud, or have you ever wondered, “Who am I to be giving health advice?”
These feelings often manifest in high achievers that struggle to internalize their achievements. It is a psychological phenomenon first described as Impostor Phenomenon (PDF), but is now more commonly referred to as Impostor Syndrome.
As a new health coach, these feelings are completely normal, and the great news is you’re not alone.
If you can relate to the fear of feeling like a fraud, here are 8 tips to help you feel like the amazing health coach you really are.
1. You are not a symbol of perfection
You do not need to be a picture of health to be an amazing health coach.
We as health coaches are only human, so the pursuit of perfection will only lead to the feeling of failure.
What’s more important is to live and work with integrity, using the Primal Blueprint Principles as your guide.
Being honest with your clients about your slip-ups and sharing the methods you used to help you get back on track with your health will help reduce the sensation of feeling like a fraud.
You are a role model for your clients, so strive to approach every situation in all aspects of your life with honesty and integrity.
2. Own your success
Reaching both professional and personal milestones is hugely important and acknowledging your success will go a long way toward helping eliminate the feeling of being a fraud.
Take time to celebrate each and every one of your victories, no matter how big or small they may be, as this will help you feel like the real deal, because remember, you are!
It may be as simple as making yourself a cup of tea to acknowledge the completion of your latest health coaching blog post, or hosting a dinner party with friends and family after you’ve landed your first client.
Your success is a direct reflection of your hard work and dedication.
3. Let go of your perceived self-importance
Alleviate the sense that you’re a fraud by stepping back and letting go of your ego. Impostor syndrome can manifest when we believe that our position has a higher importance than it really does, and can lead to feelings that we are not adequate to perform our role as a health coach.
If this feeling comes over you, remember you are not expected to perform miracles, but rather, our role as a health coach is to guide our clients through their health journey by helping them set realistic goals so they can be the healthiest version of themselves.
Ground yourself and remember that you have the tools and the skills to be an amazing health coach.
4. Keep a file of the positive things your clients have said to you
Start collecting your client’s testimonials, thank you emails, and any other positive feedback a client may have given you.
This file is concrete evidence of your success as a health coach and is your proof to yourself when your self doubt starts to creep in that you are the real deal, and you are making a difference to the people that you’re working with.
5. Stop comparing yourself to other health coaches
Every health coach has their own unique journey. We have all come into this profession from a different background and skill set. We all have our ideal client avatar and we’re all juggling different life pressures and responsibilities outside of our health coaching. Stay true to your passion to help others and avoid comparing your success to anyone else.
6. It’s okay not to hold all the answers
There is a misconception that being a health expert means that your must hold all the answers.
This simply isn’t true.
Whether you’re generating marketing content for your business, or working with a client, if you come across something that you don’t know the answer to, don’t take it as a failure; instead use it as an opportunity to learn something new.
7. Fake it until you make it
Primal Health Coach’s Master Coach Christine Hassler believes that it takes up to five years to grow into your full potential as a health coach.
During this time, you’re likely to have ups and downs with your confidence, but try to remember this little bit of advice from Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy to “Fake it until you become it. Do it enough until you internalize it and become it.” It will help you get through those tough times when your insecurities start to get the better of you.
The key is to do it enough until you become it.
8. Believe in yourself
When self doubt creeps in, it can become all-consuming. A great tip here is to focus on your strengths. Remember, you’re a certified health coach, you run your own business, you just have to believe that you are the real deal!
The feeling of being an impostor can affect anyone. If the feeling of being a fraud rather than a health coach resonates with you refer back to these eight tips, so you can be the best health coach you can possibly be!
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