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’re putting yourself out there. You’ll need to meet new people, and tell friends, acquaintances, and strangers that you’re looking for new business.
As a wellness professional, you might lead retreats or write articles and books. Maybe you will even develop a line of products or work with companies to improve the health of their office workers. In any case, networking is essential.
Like any new journey, you have to take action and apply what you are learning. While you want to be sure you learn the systems that breed success. You also need to understand that your success depends on your ability to work hard and seek out opportunities. Whether you decide to work in private practice or seek employment opportunities within a company, a go-getter mindset will be the thing that separates you from the pack.
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. You are never going to be perfect but accepting that health is an ongoing journey is the mindset you need to inspire others. Often people who enroll in certification programs do so to learn how to manage a chronic condition or improve their own health. The business part comes later.
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 others and see that change is possible. From a business perspective, having a story to share and an openness about personal struggles adds authenticity to your brand and can build rapport with potential clients.
You Want to Make a Difference
Health and wellness professionals are in a unique position, one that allows you to impact people’s’ lives in a personal way. Tapping into the desire to make a 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” since 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.
As a Wellness Coach, 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, we all need a different approach to achieve our health goals. As such, flexibility and creativity to motivate and providing accountability to clients will be among your greatest assets.
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 certification and building a business as a series of milestones. Make sure the program you choose offers business training along with a support system, so you finish with a wealth of knowledge and a network of wellness professionals you can lean on for support.
Prospects After Certification
Netting a high income as a wellness professional requires time and energy but the good news is, it’s certainly possible with the right training and support. While you likely pursue a path in wellness because of your passion for it, keep in mind that to create a successful business, wellness professionals need to find clients, market to them and gain their business. Thanks to our proven process, we have a track record of showing people 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 attract clients and boost 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.