Wellness careers are often challenging because people rationalize why they can’t do the right thing. From quitting smoking to starting an exercise program there’s always a reason it can’t be done. Wellness coaching can be the key to helping people overcome obstacles to success, and the reason people get involved in wellness careers is to make a difference. So what are the magic wellness coaching antidotes to get people on track?
Wellness Coaching Key #1: Honesty
The key to successfully navigating excuses in wellness careers is honesty. You can start your wellness coaching session by having your client write down at least 5 rationalizations they use to not follow through. Your clients will realize, if they are honest with themselves, they are just telling themselves story after story, and their stories will not give them the results they desire.
Wellness Coaching Key #2: Eliminate Excuses
The most common excuses people in wellness careers hear are about time. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say “I just don’t have time” during a wellness coaching session. A manipulation of that excuse is “I’ll do it tomorrow.” And of course, tomorrow never comes. It’s just a story. And people just keep telling themselves story after story. The shift occurs when people begin to understand the power of being in the moment. Doing what can be done now, instead of getting caught up in their believe that doing it now will cost them time, energy, and resources. And what it usually means is that it’s going to cost them comfort.
Wellness Coaching Key #3: Change the Pattern
So use wellness coaching to help your clients out of their pattern that it’s too ‘something’. How does this look in the context of wellness careers? Have your client walk for 10 minutes, go running for 15 minutes, or keep a large bottle of water on their desk. Once the stage is set, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Taking one action can be the beginning of momentum. But the opposite also holds true. “I’ll just rest for a moment” or “I’ll just watch this one television program” can destroy momentum.
The Most Important Wellness Coaching Key: GET RESULTS
The key to success in wellness careers is to get results. And wellness coaching can help people push past their comfort zones and get into action by taking a stand and not buying into their clients’ stories and excuses.
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