Wellness coaches are constantly exploring that dynamic in coaching that allows us to help clients to make change happen .  First, what is the motivation for change?  Is it a burning desire to improve health or happiness?  Or is the client looking to improve their performance in some dimension of their life?  And what about the client’s confidence level?  We already know that for change to be successful, the client must hold a well-grounded belief that they have the ability to be successful at changing their unwanted behaviors. Certified wellness coaches are best equipped to handle this type of change effort.

Change doesn’t just happen.  Unless we have a good dose of both motivation and confidence working together, the client simply doesn’t stand a chance! And we can’t let either of these two aspects of change to slide even a little bit. It’s important to get our client’s to charge and recharge their motivational and confidence batteries daily.

But what exactly are we working to help clients change? One reason that change isn’t easy is that it has many parts that operate in the background. There are the outcomes that we measure – objective numbers like the pounds on a scale or our client’s resting heart rate. Or there are the more subjective numbers – such as a self-ranking of one’s stress level or their overall peace of mind on a scale of one to 10. Wellness coaches are always assessing something!

Then there are the things that we know. Our being/doing skills.  The ones we first learn how to do and then apply consistently to reach our outcomes or goals – sometimes new behaviors or habits, such as adding more complex carbohydrates to meals to increase energy, or practicing 30 minutes of yoga three evenings a week to improve mental clarity, or doing an intense 20 minutes on an elliptical machine to relieve stress.  Yes, these things we already know.

More fundamentally, in order to acquire new behaviors or habits that get us to our hoped-for destination, what really must change is all in our MIND.  Not just the new cognitive pathways that are forged with practice.  Not just those that get refined with lots of practice as we move from frail and fledgling habits to don’t-have-to-think-about autonomic habits. It’s also about what we think about ourselves, our limits, our opportunities and the forces that bombard our clients.  All of some of those dimensions may be present in the client and – you guessed it – within some of us, these things also need to change. This is why getting certified now includes these psychological dimensions of coaching.

So how does one get to a new mindset? We each live in a confining box that has a ceiling.  This upper limit is set by the limits of our perspectives or how we see our world. Changing your client’s mind starts with bursting a hole through barriers and in doing so, letting them see something new for the first time. Maybe it’s that “aha!” moment we all hear about, or it can be a discovery, a new insight, or a profound realization. Eventually, when there are enough holes blown through, you’re able to advance clients to a state where they can rise up and reach an entirely new perspective or view of the world. Your main goal as a coach is to get clients to generate new perspectives; small changes in the mind add up over time, and equate to an entirely new set of beliefs, values, thoughts and feelings. This is just yet another cornerstone of good wellness coaching!

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