Health coaching is an enjoyable career choice, especially if you lead others passionately through lifestyle changes that lead to greater well-being. I was fortunate enough to help people achieve important milestones in losing weight or finally get rid of their nicotine addiction. Nevertheless, I have experienced moments in my career when I felt discouraged, confused, bored or generally dissatisfied. Fortunately, I have found several ways to reclaim my spark. Here are four strategies for overcoming the dolders that every health and sports professional can experience, including health trainers.
. 1 Expect occasional lows.
It's unrealistic to expect you to reach new heights in your coaching career every day. I know it's normal for some days to be hectic, so I'm not worried if I feel a bit flat or uneasy from time to time. On these occasions I am looking for ways to remember why I decided to become a health coach. I read notes, cards, and e-mails from previous clients that I keep in a file that I call "good work." It is heartwarming and uplifting to read personal messages from people expressing how positively I have changed their lives.
. 2 If the dissatisfaction persists, you become curious.
If it is not enough time for personal recharge, this is a signal to continue searching. Avoid the mistake of ignoring your dissatisfaction. This could lead to burnout or a missed opportunity to learn from the experience. Ask yourself questions like: What bothers me most about my situation? If I could change one thing, which one would it be? To what extent is the solution to my predicament under my control? These kinds of questions prompted me to revise my website to reorganize my offices to keep them sunny and fresh, and to participate in various networking events where I could meet new types of clients.
. 3 Include career development opportunities.
When I started my coaching career, my only focus was weight management. After a few years, I became restless and wondered if my interest in health coaching had taken its course. After some reflection, I realized that I loved my work and wanted to stay in the field, but that it was time to expand my focus. As a result, I was certified as a trained tobacco treatment specialist. Now I do not just support people who want to achieve or sustain their weight loss goals, but also people who want to get rid of smoking or other forms of nicotine addiction.
ACE is a valued professional resource that helps me stay energized in terms of energy health coaching. I particularly liked the program Behavior Change Specialist . I recommend it to health trainers who want to earn continuing education credentials while learning about exciting research and the latest developments in the science of behavioral change.
. 4 Keep it interesting.
The key to making my work as a health coach entertaining and rewarding was to vary my work throughout the week. I appreciate my personal conversation with clients and over time realized that sometimes I benefit from working outside my main office. This has led to interesting and professionally satisfying cooperation. For several years, I worked part-time as a health coach in a concierge medical practice, where I was part of a nursing team that included a nurse, a registered dietitian, and a physiotherapist. More recently, I've been working as a wellness consultant at Princeton University, developing programs to help students explore the mindsets and behaviors associated with greater well-being.
If you have ever felt trapped in your work as a health coach, I can assure you that you are not alone. Consider some of these strategies to rediscover your mojo.