What Does a Personal Coach Do?
When it comes to self-care, we all know what a therapist is for, or what a doctor can help with. But what about Coaches? How can a Personal Coach help you reach your goals?
What’s the role of a Personal Coach?
We all know what a sports coach does, right? A good coach will observe the player’s current skills, identify areas for improvement, give feedback, provide accountability for practice, and support the players during the game.
A Personal Coach is much the same. Together, you and the coach will observe your current situation, identify ways that it can be improved, and develop tangible action steps to meet your goals. An effective Coach will provide gentle accountability and guidance to keep you on track, and celebrate each accomplishment with you. You and your Coach should be able to identify specific goals at the beginning of the program which you can revisit and refine as you move through the process.
Do coaches have to have any kind of certification or training?
There are many different types of coach certifications. All coaches must go through some training in order to be certified, but the level of professionalism and experience of coaches can vary widely.
I have a Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which provided a year-long training course in nutrition, wellness, and professional practice. I have also gone through a 6-month training to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. My practice has evolved as I've learned the Law of Attraction and realized the incredible potential of transforming lives by changing thought patterns and creating a positive mindset.
Do coaches have specialties?
Yes. There are many different specialties and areas of expertise, so it’s important to find a coach who can help with your specific challenges. Many coaches specialize in business development, nutrition, weight-loss, personal fitness, and spiritual guidance.
My specialties are the Law of Attraction and Intuitive Eating. I use the Law of Attraction to help women create a clear vision for their lives, develop goals, and realize their full potential by focusing on the positive. I also work with women who have struggled with dieting and poor body image so they can develop a peaceful relationship with food and get off the diet merry-go-round. I find it deeply gratifying to assist women in developing the self-confidence and clarity to make the best of their lives and quit struggling with feeling lost, overwhelmed, or inadequate.
How is a coach different from a counselor?
The primary focus of my work is exploring what is happening right now, and discovering ways to make practical and energetic changes that will lead to happiness and achievement of whatever is desired. Coaching and counseling are highly complementary, as the coach can help the client make practical changes based on the insight and discovery gained through counseling. Although coaching is a very effective self-improvement strategy on its own, some clients may benefit from participating in counseling and coaching in tandem, and others may find coaching to be of the greatest benefit as a follow-up to counseling.
What will my coach help me with?
A good coach will spend quite a lot of time identifying your specific areas of concern and working with you to develop a plan for relief and success. Regardless of your specific concerns, your coach should help you create individualized action steps, provide consistent [non-judgmental] accountability, and help you create a new way of thinking.
My coaching practice is focused on changing thought patterns and developing new daily habits. By changing the way we think and maintaining positive energy, we attract what we want into our lives. I help women create new daily routines that contribute to overall well-being and reduced stress through maintaining the essential balance between mind, body, and spirit.
How frequently will I be in touch with my coach?
Frequency of contact varies with each individual coach, but I find that weekly meetings or phone conversations are essential for the client to stay on track. I also like to encourage my clients to contact me by email throughout the week if they have a specific question or revelation they’d like to share. Many coaches prefer bi-weekly or even monthly contact, but I find the more frequent conversations to be a huge benefit in terms of progress and maintaining focus.
What kind of relationship will I have with my coach?
My opinion is that your coach should feel like a really good friend, who’s invested in your happiness, focused on your specific needs and challenges, and involved in your transformation. You should feel comfortable around your coach and willing to open up and share whatever is on your mind. Your coach should be flexible and understanding, and let you determine the course of the relationship.
Since there are so many different styles of coaching, it’s important that you find a coach that’s a good fit for you. Your personal relationship with your coach is an essential element in your success.
What should I know before hiring a coach?
If you’re thinking about working with a coach, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of what you want help with, and find someone with the insight and experience to help with your specific needs.
It’s also very important that you feel comfortable with whomever you decide to work with. Most coaches offer a free “discovery call” or introductory conversation so you can decide if you’re a good fit to work together.
Although many coaches offer a specific program or time-frame for the process, you should always make sure that you’re not financially committed to a long-term program before you’re absolutely sure that it’s the right fit for you. In my opinion, the best coaches are more than willing to terminate the relationship at any time if you’re not satisfied with your progress or the personal relationship isn’t a good fit.
Regardless of your specific needs, a good coach should be able to gently challenge you, support you in reaching your goals, and provide valuable insight to assist in your progress. You will have the greatest success if you find a coach who provides consistent support and attention, gentle accountability to keep you on track, and with whom you have good personal chemistry.
For more information about my Coaching practice, please visit https://www.teddeyhicks.com/coaching/
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