How Do I Become a Wellness Coach?
Wellness Coach Requirements
Health and wellness coaches have a unique ability to inspire positive change in their clients. It’s a more personal relationship than someone might have with their doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer. Part supportive mentor, part wellness authority, wellness coach requirements usually include certification from a professional association.
If you’re asking yourself “how do I become a wellness coach,” here are some things to consider before investing in your education.
A Willingness to Take Risks
When you’re starting a new career path, you’ll need to find opportunities that fit with your new career goals. You’ll need to meet new people, and tell friends, acquaintances, and strangers what you are up to. While it might seem scary at first, learning to put yourself out there isn’t as hard as it seems.
As a wellness professional, there are many ways to share your passion and message. You might lead wellness retreats or community events. You could write articles, blogs or even publish your own book. Some wellness coaches create informative videos from their own phone or desktop and upload them online to share with others. Maybe you will even develop a line of healthy products. You could work with companies to improve the health of their employees. In any case, networking with others and being visible is essential.
Like any new journey, you have to take action and apply what you are learning. Sitting behind your desk all day hoping your first coaching clients will magically find you is not the path to jumpstarting your new career. Whether you decide to have your own wellness coaching practice or work within a company, a take-action mindset will be essential to your success. The good news is, you don’t have to figure out what actions you’re supposed to take all on your own. With the support of the IAWP systems, we’ll show where to focus your time and energy.
You Are Committed to Working on Yourself
If you genuinely want to help others, you’ll need to be willing to work on yourself, too. We’re not talking about being perfect by any means. In fact, it’s quite the opposite when it comes to achieving balance. It’s not about being perfect all of the time, rather accepting that health is an ongoing journey. Having this open mindset to working on yourself will help you to inspire others. With that said, you don’t need to be the picture of perfect health to get started in your new career. In fact, often people who enroll in certification programs do so to learn how to manage their own chronic condition or improve their own health. Becoming a wellness coach ends up having a multiplier effect as you work on yourself and learn how to help others do the same.
You Have a Willingness to be Vulnerable
Becoming a Wellness Coach means sharing your health story and experiences with others. Opening up about your challenges and what’s worked for you can be used to inspire people to see that change is possible. Having a story to share and an openness about personal struggles can build rapport with potential clients, too. Afterall, whom would you rather learn from: Someone who tells you what to do but has never experienced your problem? Or someone who has solved the problem you have? Wellness Coaches who have a personal journey to share often are the most inspiring coaches.
You Want to Make a Difference
Holistic health and wellness professionals are in a unique and empowering position. They have the opportunity to impact people’s’ lives in a personal way. The changes that they help a person to make often impact many areas of a person’s life. Tapping into the desire to make a big difference and follow your passion means you’re embarking on a path with purpose.
As you forge your path, you will be required to “think outside of the box”. Motivating others isn’t a cookie-cutter approach. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. That’s because there are so many factors at play that affect a person’s well-being. This is at the heart of our philosophy here at the IAWP called Wellness 360, a holistic approach to your health that examines all areas impacting your wellness.
For example, the advice you provide to someone who has a busy corporate job and is experiencing a lot of stress could be entirely different than what you’d tell a retiree looking to stay active in the final phase of their life. The point is, a customized, holistic approach to achieve our goals make a difference.
Willingness to Set Goals
Starting a business means you will put in significant time and energy marketing yourself and connecting with clients. As such, you’ll need to approach the road to building a business as a series of milestones. First, make sure the certification program you choose offers business training along with a support system. When you complete your training, you want to have a wealth of knowledge in wellness, coaching and business. Second, find a network of wellness professionals you can lean on for support.
Finally, while marketing might not be your cup of tea, here at the IAWP we teach authentic marketing and conscious business which allows you to share your message even if you have no prior business experience. As long as you are willing to learn and set goals along the way, starting a Wellness Coach business is something anyone can learn.
Prospects After Certification
If you’re reading this and considering becoming a wellness coach, it’s likely because you have a passion for holistic health and wellness. You may or may not be passionate about business, but keep in mind it’s an important part of becoming a Wellness coach. Learning about the business side of things means that you will learn how to effectively share your message and find people who need your help.
It’s not as hard as it sounds though. Thanks to our proven process that we’ve taught for over a decade, we have a track record of showing our students how to use a simple system to generate and retain new clients. For example, our Coach Launch track included in our Wellness Coach Certification shows students how to easily attract clients and jumpstart their business in 90 days. If you’re interested in starting the journey toward becoming a certified wellness coach, reach out and we’ll help you get started.