Considering a new career path is exciting stuff and we’re over the moon that you’re thinking of becoming a Health Coach!
But before you make any big changes in your life and dive right into a new vocation, it’s important to first:
- Do your research—all Health Coach training programs are NOT created equal!
- Do some soul-searching (That’s what this page is all about.)
What Kind of Life and Professional Career Do you REALLY Want?
When we say soul-searching, we’re talking about looking inward to understand:
What it is YOU are searching for?
What you want to achieve PROFESSIONALLY?
What you want your LIFE to look like?
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Health Coach
In an effort to help you get clear on whether Health Coaching is right for you, we encourage you to take this short 5-question quiz. Take your time with this exercise and spend a few minutes writing down your answers. No one’s going to grade you on this or even see it besides you, so be as honest with yourself and clear as you can possibly be!
So without further ado, here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you’re considering becoming a Health Coach.
Is a Health Coaching Career for You?
- Are you passionate about health?
- Are you committed to living a healthy, vibrant life?
- Are you interested in understanding and resolving your own health, body, and food issues?
- Are you willing to do the work it takes to have the lifestyle you want?
- Do you want to help others live a healthy, vibrant life?
Before we explore each question in detail, what do you notice about these questions? Four out of the five are about YOUR health, wellbeing, and goals. Only the last question involves your potential clients and career as a Health Coach. Why do you think that is?
Because one of the ways that Health Coaches help others is by leading—or living—by example.
Now, let’s break down the questions one by one.
Question 1: Are you passionate about health?
When you’re a Health Coach, you will be thinking about health—what it means, how it manifests, how to achieve it—nonstop! And as you probably already know, health goes beyond just diet and exercise. It’s also about relationships, money, career choices, personal choices….the list goes on and on.
If you love the idea of spending lots of time thinking, reading, and talking about health, then answer a resounding YES to this question!
Question 2: Are you committed to living a healthy, vibrant life?
To pick up on where the previous question left off, living a healthy, vibrant life as a Health Coach is essential to your practice because you can only take a client as far as you yourself are willing to go.
What do we mean by this? Well, part of being a Health Coach is being able to envision your clients’ best selves, and if you can’t do that for yourself, you won’t be able to do it for them.
This is NOT to say you have to be perfect. (You do NOT!)
We ALL have our own challenges, and getting a good handle on them is not the same as being perfect and having everything figured out.
But, one big element of Health Coaching involves continuously striving and working toward becoming your best YOU. Who doesn’t want that?
If you’re committed to cultivating health and aliveness in yourself so you can live YOUR best life, then YES is the answer to this question!
Question 3: Are you interested in understanding and resolving your own health, body, food, and money issues?
At Health Coach Institute, we believe that the way you do ONE thing is the way you do EVERYTHING. That’s why our Become a Health Coach training program is designed to help you build skills that will have a positive impact on every area of your life.
Untangling your relationship to money or food, for example, may be accompanied by a positive change in your self-image or your relationships or your health, which will improve your confidence across the board.
If you’re excited by the prospect of expanding your self-awareness and confidence—and we’re going to guess that you are, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading this—say YES to this question!
Question 4: Are you willing to do the work it takes to have a fulfilling career?
There are many ways to have a fulfilling coaching career, and of course we’re all different and looking for different things. But in general, it’s fair to say that a fulfilling career requires you to evolve and grow.
To have a fulfilling career, you must be willing to learn new things, to stretch yourself, to put yourself out there—in short, to challenge yourself.
The best Health Coaches are people who recognize that there’s always more to learn in the name of professional and personal growth, and are inspired by that prospect rather than frustrated by it.
If you are the type of person who loves the idea of working with your own coaches, reading up on the latest in health and nutrition, and attending conferences, workshops, and retreats—all in the name of providing the best coaching you can for your clients—then your answer is YES!
Question 5: Do you want to help others live a healthy, vibrant life?
You would think this would be a no-brainer for someone who wants to be a Health Coach, right? But again, it’s worth really checking in with yourself on this.
You are choosing a career in which you will be of service to others—that is your work, your calling. Your future clients will trust you with their thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, dreams…and you will help them move toward the lives they want to have by breaking old habits and creating new, healthy ones.
It’s a humbling responsibility to be trusted in that way, and a responsibility that must be taken seriously.
Are you up for the challenge? We’re going to answer this one for you—YES, YOU ARE!
Okay, we let our enthusiasm get the best of us (we’re known to do that sometimes)! You have to answer that question for yourself, of course. But just know that we believe you are up for ANY challenge that comes across your path!
So, what next?
Should You Become a Health Coach?
If you answered a hard YES to all 5 questions…
You, dear friend, are destined to be a Health Coach! We encourage you to reach out to one of our amazing Clarity Coaches to further explore the possibilities you can create with a Health Coaching career, learn what makes our Become a Health Coach training program uniquely effective, clarify your vision for your future, and create a plan to make it happen!
If you answered NO to any questions…
First of all, don’t immediately lose heart and assume this career isn’t right for you. Take a step back and think about why you answered the way you did. Is it possible that you are intimidated by a specific aspect or aspects of Health Coaching?
If that’s the case, then you already know what you need to tackle on your own personal growth journey, and that’s FANTASTIC information to have!
Talk to an HCI Clarity Coach to Help you Determine Your Coaching Path
Now, take a deep breath, believe in yourself, and connect with one of our amazing Clarity Coaches to talk through any discomfort, uncertainty, fear, or self-doubt you may be experiencing.
Your Clarity Coach will help you get to the heart of your truth, so you can make the best decision for you. Think of talking with a Clarity Coach like a 1-on-1 chat with a best friend, cheerleader, and coach all rolled into one….we PROMISE you’ll have some major Aha! moments and you’ll come out of your call with the clarity you need to make a confident decision about your future, whatever that decision may be!
If NONE of the questions resonated with you….
It’s possible that Health Coaching may not be the field for you, and that’s fine too. It’s good that you’re discovering that now, before you invest time, energy, and money into a career that isn’t a good fit.
We’re fairly confident, though, Future Health Coach, that you answered YES to most or all of the above questions, and that Health Coaching is absolutely the right job for you. We couldn’t be happier about that! It’s an extraordinarily fulfilling career that also does so much good in the world.
Check Out Health Coach Institute’s 6 Month Become a Health Coach Program
Interesting in learning more about our Become a Health Coach training program and how you can earn your Health Coach certificate in just 6 months? Schedule your consultation with an HCI team member today!