At first glance, it seems anyone “could” become a wellness coach. Technically, that’s true. However, there are certain components that move an individual from “could” become a wellness coach to likely “will” become a wellness coach. Here is a short list of some of the most common components we’ve seen:
- A commitment to seeing things through – wellness coaching sounds like a great career to, well, frankly a large portion of the population. The idea of spending the day helping individuals improve their lives in a variety of areas is extremely fulfilling. And the ability to do this on a schedule you design only adds to the appeal. But there’s a wise saying that reminds us we often “trade what we want MOST for what we want NOW” and that certainly applies to making it as a wellness coach. Wellness coaching is extremely fulfilling, but it doesn’t happen on its own, nor does it happen overnight. It takes some sacrifices, hard work and perseverance. If you have those qualities, that’s an important starting point.
- An willingness to trade short term for long term – there are other “certifications” available to you. A couple are also accredited and well respected like the CWC offered through the Catalyst Coaching Institute. Unfortunately many others are little more than a mail order certificate. Send in your money, fill out some forms, watch a few videos and “ta-da – you’re a wellness coach!” The (typically) low cost and brief time commitment is extremely appealing. But what happens after you earn your certificate? Will you be ready? There’s clearly a balance here (as some programs are so extensive you might be better off pursuing a Masters degree). But to have an effective long-term outcome, it’s important to take steps with a vision on the long term rather than next week.
- An ability to take on a “business mindset” (vs a “hobby mindset”) – very, very few people we meet have a strong understanding of how businesses operate. That’s NOT an important precursor. It will come (and we can help you get started with our regular huddles). However, the ability to take on a business mindset is important. This means you are able to treat your pursuits similar to a business owner. You set time and money aside to work toward your goals, and once the direction is determined, you continue working toward moving that direction.
Notice we didn’t mention specific backgrounds, as wellness coaches come from an incredibly wide range of backgrounds. Some are Physical Therapists who want to integrate wellness coaching into their practices. Others are Personal Trainers who would like to expand their offerings. We have Triathlon, Running and Cycling Coaches who want to fill their pipeline of future clients while broadening their appeal to the general population. There are Nutritionists, Physicians, Yoga Instructors, Moms who have stayed home with their kids, and Counselors who see the value of integrating wellness into their practices.
Not only do backgrounds vary, but the direction you will take with your wellness coaching may vary greatly from others in your certification program (or other wellness coaches you meet). These are not precursors to success. But without the commitment components noted above, you’re unlikely to be successful as a wellness coach, so save your money. If you do meet the above, we’d welcome discussing the details that will help you reach the next step in your career. Drop us a note to [email protected] to set up a time to discuss any questions you may have about the next step involved.