Do you want to lose weight? Stress less? Exercise more? Thrive instead of just survive? A wellness coach can get you there.
I know you’ve heard these promises many, many times before. Weight loss is a multi-million dollar industry. There are countless books, seminars, and workout DVDs that promise you’ll lose weight and feel great. Some with outrageous claims like lose weight while you sleep, or the all chocolate diet.
Why does wellness coaching work where other programs fail?
Because it is designed specifically around you. Wellness coaching inspires you to reshape your life using your personal strengths, motivations, and passions. It’s about looking at what’s right, what’s working and how to use that positivity to fuel your wellness goals.
YOUR PERSONAL COACH
An athletic coach helps athletes reach their highest athletic potential; a wellness coach helps you reach yours. Wellness coaches are specially trained professional who help you design and reach goals specific to you. No one-size-fits-all diets, fitness, or stress-reduction programs here. The whole process is designed around you.
How? By asking the right questions and setting the right goals at the right time. For example, what motivates you to lose weight? Motivations are personal and include everything from desiring to play with grand children to feeling sexier to walking pain-free during exotic hiking treks. Motivations inspire your journey. Your existing strengths empower to stay the course.
USING YOUR UNIQUE STRENGTHS
It’s exciting to discover your unique strengths. Everyone is good at some thing. At many things really. In wellness coaching, we use these strengths to catapult you toward reaching your goals. For example, perhaps “love of learning” is strength for you. Then reading articles about health and fitness; experimenting with new fitness routines; and/or trying new food combinations might be relevant to you. Or perhaps “passion/zeal” is top strength. Discovering what you’re passionate about and using that as tactic will help you reach your goals in way that is interesting and fun. To discover your top strengths, take the VIA questionaire. (scroll half way down the page for quiz)
WHAT TO EXPECT
The process of wellness coaching progresses through several stages:
- You provide background information through a well-being assessment so that you and your coach are well-informed on the key issues, including medical considerations.
- During the first 60-90 minute coaching session, you identify your priorities and develop a personal wellness plan including a vision, three month goals and the first steps.
- In subsequent 30-40 minute weekly coaching sessions you and your coach review the progress toward your vision and goals, explore and resolve the most pressing issues, learn something new, and then agree on a set of goals for the following week. You will enjoy plenty of ah-ah insights along the way.
- By the end of three months, you can expect to reach more than 70% of your three-month goals and feel energized and confident to embark on new areas with or without your coach.
MY PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
We all need someone to believe in us, help us, and inspire us. I believe that we can reach our wellness goals. But we need to give ourselves a true chance. We need to accept that long lasting changes require time, patience, a sense of a sense of humor, and lightness of being.
I’ve helped clients make inspiring discoveries about their motivations and be surprised by their capabilities. As a wellness coach, I can help you uncover and use your strengths to get you where you want to be. It’s an exhilarating journey!
If you’d like more information or a free mini-session, contact me at JoAnnMil@comcast.net
Jovanka JoAnn Milivojevic