25Dec

Want to be great at something? Get a coach. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to train harder, eat healthier, grow your business, or make the perfect paleo Christmas cookie. Everyone can benefit from having a coach—even health coaches.

If you think only people who are struggling or underperforming need their own coaches, think again. The one common trait of all high-performing people, from CEOs to athletes, is that they all have a coach—including PCHI’s own Christine Hassler.

The goal is to always be growing and evolving.

Let’s say you get your health coaching certification, start your practice, and begin seeing clients. Then what? Being successful isn’t necessarily about how good you are now—it’s about how great you’ll become. On your own, you might never realize if something was holding you back. Or if you did, you might not know how to fix it. When you stop learning, you stop growing.

Hiring a coach has been a huge topic of conversation among my health coaching peers—and the cost of hiring one doesn’t seem to faze anyone. In fact, several of them have shared that they’ve made back their initial investment multiple times over just in the first few months.

Need more convincing? Check out our list of top 15 reasons every health coach needs a coach.

#1. You Want to Earn More

Since we’re on the topic of money, this is a great one to start with. You probably got into health coaching to help people, but that doesn’t mean you have to live paycheck to paycheck in order to feel good about it. A coach can help you figure out new revenue streams, boost your confidence about raising your rates, and eliminate any limitations you may have about earning money and being successful.

#2. You Want to Get Out of Your Own Head

Sometimes a unique perspective is just what you need. But how does a coach know what’s best for you—especially if he or she doesn’t work in the same niche as you? It’s because YOU are their niche. Remember, a coach isn’t necessarily an expert in your field. You may help new moms lose their baby weight or get senior citizens to lift heavy at the gym, but your coach will be in the business of working with health coaches like you.

#3. You Need More Clarity

You might think you have it all figured out. Your niche, your hours, where you’ll work. However, just because you have an idea of where you want to go, it doesn’t mean the road to get there will be easy. A coach can help make your goals crystal clear so that you can reach them more quickly and without wanting to tear your hair out.

#4. You’re Struggling

Do you have issues with gaining new clients? Speaking in public? Using online scheduling software? All of the above? A coach will identify your obstacles and give you the tools to overcome them. Primal Health Coach Institute’s Product Manager, Erin Power, gives struggling health coaches really smart advice during her live webinars. If you haven’t already, catch her latest one here.

#5. You Want Accountability

Just like what you do for your clients, a coach will make sure you do what you say you’re going to do, and hold you accountable if you don’t. Working on your own, you might be tempted to avoid challenging or uncomfortable tasks, but when you’re paying actual, hard-earned money to a coach, you’re more apt to follow through.

#6. You’re Looking for Someone to Listen

Your spouse or co-workers can’t provide the same level of undivided attention that a coach would give you on this subject. Sure, your friends might offer their ear over coffee, or you might get some good feedback from our Primal Health Coach Institute Facebook page, but someone who’s specifically trained to coach health coaches will be a better listener and have more specific advice to offer.

#7. Your Comfort Zone is Too Comfortable

Have you heard the quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone?” I have this pinned to my vision board, and it’s a really good reminder to venture to the other side every once in a while. Since a coach won’t have the same fears you might have (or has come out on the other side), they can help with things you’ve been scared to do—from ending an old relationship to starting a new career.

#8. You Want to Ditch Limiting Beliefs

A lot of times it’s hard to follow through with the things we think we want when our subconscious mind doesn’t want it or doesn’t think we deserve it. A coach who specializes in this can help you push past limiting beliefs on everything from growing your business to improving your own health.

#9. Your Brand Needs a Makeover

A lot of people (clients in particular) will judge your business based on how your brand looks. So if you have dated images, a logo that’s seen better days, or a you want to tell your story in an entirely new way, a business coach or brand strategist can help you bring these changes to life.

#10. Your Coaching Skills Could Use Some Work

Students and graduates of the Primal Health Coach Institute have 19 chapters of material to learn from, plus live and archived webinars led by PHCI’s master coach, Christine Hassler. But maybe you need more. Or maybe your health coaching curriculum doesn’t offer that. Whether you want to work on relationship-building, handling client objections, or working with clients on a deeper level, hiring a coach to improve your own coaching skills is a smart move.

#11. You Want to Get From Point A to Point B Faster

Want to put your business growth on the fast track? A coach can help you save time and eliminate the hassles of trying to figure it all out on your own. Not only will you have access to their knowledge and connections, they’ll develop a plan to get you where you want to go more quickly.

#12. You’re Stuck in a Rut

If you’re feeling stuck, a coach can reignite your passion for what you do. Maybe you saw lots of clients when you first launched your business, but now that you’re a few years in, enrollment has dropped off. Or thanks to the holidays, your nutrition has totally veered off course. A coach’s job is to help you refocus and get your motivation and goals back on track.

#13. You Tend to Self-sabotage

On paper, you’ve got it all figured out. You want to increase your income by $500 a month, lose one pound a week, and get 20 new clients in the next year. Writing down your goals is one thing, but making them happen is another, which is where self-sabotage can trip us up. A coach will work through the reasons this might be happening, from uncertainty and procrastinating to low self-worth.

#14. You’re in the Middle of a Big Change

It doesn’t matter if you perceive your change as good or bad. Life changes are stressful. If you’re moving, getting married, getting divorced, or revamping your whole brand, it’s a good time to work with someone who can help you get through that transition as quickly and painlessly as possible.

#15. You’re Having Your Own Health Issues

Every day you help people make their health a priority, which can be taxing on its own. But what if you’re struggling with your own health challenges? A good coach can help you set clear boundaries between your work and personal life, create a supportive emotional environment, and help you get the care (and self-care) you need.

How Do You Find the Right Coach?

Whether you’re looking for a life coach, business coach, or health coach, follow these tips to find the right one for you.

  • Look for a coach that specializes in you. There are coaches for health coaches, female entrepreneurs, small business owners, you name it. And, fortunately or unfortunately, once you start Googling, ads for even more coaches will come up in your social media feeds (trust me on that one).
  • Ask around. Word of mouth is a great way to find someone. So ask your family, co-workers, Facebook friends, former classmates. Find out who people you trust have trusted with their health coaching business.
  • Do your research. You’ll find lots of coaches out there, so don’t be afraid to check their credibility. An easy way to do this is by reading reviews and testimonials, but you can also ask specific questions like “Where did you get your training?” “Are you accredited?” or “Do you work with a coach?”
  • Book a Discovery Call (or a few). Don’t feel like you need to buy an expensive multi-session package right off the bat. Most coaches offer a free Discovery Call to see if it’s a good fit. Once you get to know your coach a little, you’ll be able to tell if you want to make an investment, even if it’s just one or two sessions to start.

In Conclusion—Hire a Coach

You obviously believe in the power of coaching, otherwise you wouldn’t be working as a health coach or contemplating becoming one. Even if you have decades of experience, you can benefit from having a coach to give you the unique perspective you might be missing, so that you can grow, evolve, and tackle any future challenges that might come your way.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Primal Health Coach Institute. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!

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