If you’re curious about health and wellness coaching and want to learn more about how to become a wellness coach, you’re in the right place. We’ll discuss the three most important things that you need to do in order to become a successful wellness coach.
First and foremost, becoming a successful wellness coach is not a destination, but a journey. It’s not enough that you learn everything there is to know about the mind, body, fitness, nutrition and other health-related topics, but you must also master your coaching skills so that you can effectively help people to reach their wellness goals.
Here’s how to start your journey into becoming a world-class wellness coach. But first of all, let’s define what wellness coaching really is.
What Is Wellness Coaching?
So what is wellness coaching? Essentially, wellness coaching is a form of life coaching where you help people in achieving their health and wellness goals.
Unlike a life coach who focuses on a person’s entire life, a wellness coach focuses more on improving your health, exercise, diet and emotional well-being.
With a wellness coach, you’ll learn how to eat healthily and create positive lifestyle changes such as getting you into exercising more and self-care.
What they do is they examine all aspects that affect your wellbeing like your nutrition, lifestyle, career, how much exercise you’re getting, your relationships, your spirituality and finances. They’ll then create a coaching plan to help you to get to your wellness goals as fast as possible.
Now unlike doctors, wellness coaches won’t diagnose their clients with any specific condition or put them on a customised diet to treat a particular disorder just like nutritionists and dietitians do.
They may use nutrition as a tool to help clients, but their main objective is to help people find all the right habits and all the right tools so they can accomplish their health and wellness goals.
How To Become A Wellness Coach
If you want to get started on your journey to becoming a wellness coach, you must at the very least do these three things.
1. Educate Yourself
You need to continuously educate yourself with everything that you can about health and wellness. Never stop learning about how the mind and the body works, how to build habits that stick, how nutrition works, the best exercises, the best coaching methods and so on.
If you truly want to succeed as a wellness coach, you must never stop learning. The more you understand how all of these elements work and how they’re interdependent with each other, the more powerful and life-changing your clients’ results will be.
World-class wellness coaches know that this is the secret to success. They are always fascinated and basically obsessed with anything about coaching, diet, nutrition and fitness news and trends.
And this fascination ensures that they are always at the top of their game and allows them to maintain their authority as wellness experts that can get results.
So to help with your education, you can take online courses, attend coaching workshops and read books by your favourite experts. However, if you’re new to coaching, you should definitely consider enrolling in a wellness coaching class so that you can become a globally-recognised certified coach, shorten your learning curve and fast-track your success.
While you don’t need to be certified to be a wellness coach in Australia, becoming an ICF-certified coach will let your potential clients know that you have the knowledge, the global recognition and the capability to get them the results that they desire.
Aside from becoming ICF-certified, you could also get a mentor. All of the most successful people today have or have had a mentor, and so should you. They can help you with sharpening your coaching skills and teach you the fastest way to become a successful wellness coach just like them.
More importantly, having a mentor will allow you to lessen and avoid any devastating mistakes that could happen to your coaching business.
2. Practice Your Coaching Skills
The second step to becoming a successful wellness coach is to keep sharpening your coaching skills. You may have heard of the saying that knowledge is power. But knowledge without action is useless.
So you may have studied and know more than most about health and wellness. But that doesn’t really mean anything if you don’t have the skill to effectively coach someone and get them the results that they desire. And the only way to get good at coaching is to actually coach people.
You have to practice your coaching skills with people even if it’s just for milk and cookies in the beginning. It’s the only way to gain more experience and confidence in wellness coaching.
The most successful coaches are always keen on learning new and improved methods to sharpen their skills. So learn the most effective coaching techniques to help your clients get rapid results and, more importantly, coach someone and use them so that you can perfect your craft.
If you truly want to create long-term success as a wellness coach, sharpening your coaching skills should be a never-ending journey.
3. Build Your Business Plan
The third step on how to become a wellness coach is to create your business plan to start developing your wellness coaching practice. Here’s our article on how to write the perfect business plan for coaches.
The top seven things mentioned in that post that you need to have on your business plan are:
- Your intent
- Your unique selling point
- Your target market
- Your methods for building relationships
- How you're going to start a meaningful conversation
- Your specific coaching plans to help clients achieve their wellness goals
- Your action plan
After creating your business plan and coaching a few clients, you could then think about marketing strategies such as Facebook ads and live presentations to further grow your wellness coaching business.
We hope you found some value in this blog post, “How To Become A Wellness Coach”. In conclusion, the three key things that you need to do to become a successful wellness coach are:
- Educate yourself
- Practice your coaching skills
- Build your business plan
Wellness coaching is a great career that will allow you to help people and be a part of their journey towards having a life of their dreams. It is one of the most rewarding jobs and lucrative jobs out there. According to PayScale, the average hourly pay for a wellness coach in Australia as of this writing is $51.25, and the top wellness coaches in the country earn about $103.50 per hour.
If you would like to learn more about how to start a successful coaching business, watch our free webinar 5 Steps To Starting A Consulting Business Or Coaching Business here.
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