You’ve heard of “Coaches” – but what exactly are they?

One of the most trendy services to hire now are those of health and life coaches. I am not one to buy into hype or to follow trends. I usually prefer to do things my own way. So hiring a coach to help me meet my nutritional and exercise goals is not something that I would ordinarily do. I even felt that many of them were likely charletans out to con people out of their hard-earned money. At least that was my state of mind until I met a coach. I was surprised to find that my instinctual reaction was a little off. This specific coach was an incredible inspiration to me and actually helped me to realize my potential. Please understand that not all coaches are qualified to give guidance. Many don’t have the education to be giving specialized advice especially when it come to nutrition and exercise. However, there are many great coaches out there.

So what is a coach? A coach is someone that you hire to help in a specific area of your life. Each coach is qualified to teach different things. Consider how every sports team doesn’t just have a captain, they also have a coach that leads them and teaches them. The coach is paid by the team to guide them to meet their potential as a group. Similarily, personal trainers are coaches that can put together exercise plans that are optimal for an individual’s physical ability. So hiring coaches to help us reach goals is not an unusual idea. Health coaches and life coaches are a little different in that they help with nutrition and lifestyle choices. An effective coach can actually make a huge difference in one’s life similar to that of a mentor.

So what does a coach typically do? Well, a coach will sign a client for a specific timeframe or for a number of sessions. These sessions can be in person, by telephone, and even through online conferencing. The sessions are generally weekly check-ups wherein the coach can go over with their client any changees that need to be made and tips for making the changes possible. They also tend to include follow-up on previous advice and implemention. The coach is thus holding the client accountable for what the client professed to desire.

Studies have shown that people fare much better when they have accountability with others. What makes a personal coach more affective than simply working with friends, is that the coaches are actually experts in the advice that they are giving. They are also able because of their position as advisor to give honest advice to their clients. They do not need to be cheerleaders, rather they function more as guides.

The most important thing to remember is that you must find the coach with whom you feel comfortable, and the coach must feel the same about you. So here are some things to consider when looking for a coach. Do they have the same faith or spiritual background as you do? Do they have good qualifications in their field? Do their qualifications match your needs? Do you feel a connection with them? Are they trustworthy? Ask yourself these and similar questions about the prospective coach and understand that a truly good coach will be asking similar questions of you. Because for a coach-client relationship to be successful, it is necessary to begin with a foundation of mutual respect and understanding. When you find yourself such a coach, get ready to be amazed at the progress that you can make in a very short time!! It’s not a waste of money, it’s an investment that you will not regret.  

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