Let’s talk about what a Coach is, and what it isn’t

Have you noticed a trend over the last few years in the health and wellness space? We have moved from the name of your team leader to a new definition of the word coach.

So let’s break it down…

Let’s start by disconnecting and defining the terms coaching and consulting. There is lots of confusion created by the blending of these two terms in job titles and marketing. You see, there are a lot of health, nutrition, or exercise consultants out there that are marketing their services as coaches.

Before I start I want to say that Consultants like nutritionists and personal trainers can co-facilitate seriously beneficial change into people’s diet and lifestyle. This post is to provide a clear understanding of the differences and allow you to choose for yourself what will suite you best.

What is a consultant?

Consultants are people who are trained or skilled in a specific field and who are called in to assess a specific situation and come up with a game plan to make the situation better. Consultants create the plan and teach you on how to follow it.

What is a coach?

Coaches hold space for you, allow you to discover what you really want, help you create a plan of action to get there and face any obstacles and hurdles along the way. Your coach believe that you are the expert when it comes to yourself and your health – and because of that, you hold all the necessary answers within. Coaches help advise you as you create your own plan, and support you as you follow through with it.

Together we build co-active relationship based on trust that focuses on your strengths to help you move forward with achieving your life, health and wellness goals; physically, mentally and emotionally.

  • Coaches help clients transform through learning, strategizing goals, taking action and being accountable for their overall health and wellness.
  • Coaching is about looking at the client as whole and resourceful, about moving forward with their goals, not looking at the past.
  • Think of coaching as this; you have a path, a coach can help you shine a light on that path.

What does this mean for you?

When working with a Life, Health and Wellness Coach

  • You can expect to work with someone that accepts you fully and wholeheartedly where you are today. This means that while they will ask you to show up fully, authentically, and give 100% to your time working together, they won’t push you into making decisions or changes that you’re not ready to make yet. You won’t have someone telling you have to stop eating this one food or you must start exercising in this specific way. Those pushy, aggressive, and authoritative words aren’t part of a coach’s lingo.
  • You’ll find someone whose belief in your ability to change is stronger than your own self-doubt. Your coach won’t be just a cheerleader on the sidelines patting you on the back and telling you “good job.” Your coach’s confidence in you will help energize and challenge you to reach for and meet even higher goals when the time is right.
  • You’re gonna get stuck in emotional mud and mindset blocks. And that’s okay. Your coach isn’t going to rescue you or give you a quick fix to get out of it. They’ll sit with you there and give you tools to find your own way out – because they know that sometimes that’s exactly what you need in order to build up desire and energy for long-lasting positive change.
  • You won’t get a generic blueprint, map, meal plan or any other one-size-fits-all fad of the day. Your coach will work with you to help you discover what works best specifically for you and your body. You’ll come up with a plan of action together. One that will help you reach the goals you set for yourself on day one.

What to expect when you work with a Life, Health and Wellness Coach?

Someone who:

  • Accepts you fully and wholeheartedly where you are today.
  • Holds space for you to dive deep and discover what your picture of ideal health really is.
  • Asks you to take charge in your life, health and wellness. Belief in your ability is stronger than your doubt.
  • Stays with you while you figure out what truly nourishes you – mind, body, and spirit.

What to not expect when you work with a Life, Health and Wellness Coach?

Someone who:

  • Will diagnose and treat you as a practitioner.
  • Constantly puts on their expert hat and tells you what you should or shouldn’t be doing.
  • Pushes you to do something in the same way and manner that they do it.
  • Has all the right answer or the quickest fix.
  • Knows what’s best for your particular body, mind, situation better than you do.

Still not sure? Here are some questions to help: 

  • Have I done the discovery work to define what my health goals truly are? What does my picture of ideal health look like? Am I looking for a quick fix or sustainable change?
  • What kind of support am I looking for in a coach? Do I respond better to specific direction and instruction? Do I learn best from exploring options for myself and uncovering answers on my own?

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