Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet in Your Health Coaching Biz

I’ve been Health coaching since 2009, and the longer I do this, the more I appreciate how important this work is. We are really needed out there.

But I know oodles of IIN-ers who would love to be coaching, but they’re not, because they don’t have time, because they have jobs and bills and coaching wasn’t paying them. I had a similar dilemma, I was making money, just not enough. I LOVED health coaching but I didn’t want to do any of the things I was ‘supposed’ to do to grow my business – I just liked the coaching part. Roadblock.

If that’s you, you need to know you’re not alone; you haven’t failed; and you can still do this, you just need to know what ‘this’ is – for you. If a client comes to you and says “I need to exercise more but I don’t have time to go to the gym” you help them redefine their definition of ‘exercise’, right? How else could you exercise, what else could you do apart from the gym, if ‘gym’ is not possible, what IS possible, if an hour is not possible can you do 15 minutes? Well, do you need to redefine what ‘health coaching’ means to you, and how it can be for you?

We need to get real because coaching is a business and sadly, we can’t just be health coaches; we must also be business people. We have to look seriously at what the business of coaching entails, and we have to fall in love with the icky bits and the daily grind, because if we don’t do those consistently we will never get to do the fun, coachy stuff.

But when you think ‘business person’ what does that conjure up for you? Do you relate? Are you excited or uncomfortable? Could you find a role model you want to emulate, a “business” person you would like to be. We can’t just sit at home and wish and want but nor can we succeed by trying to be someone we’re not.

Ponder on this Denis Waitley quote for a moment… or a week! “
It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are
not.”

Jim Rohn said “In order to have more, you need to BE more”. Two great quotes to meditate on.

The trick is – WHO do you want to BE?

So here’s a cocktail of high mileage questions for you!

Who do you think you are now, who do you think you have to be – and is any of that really true?

Forget about who you have to be, who do you WANT to be?

What is the health coaching you would most love to do – is there a vehicle out there that will allow you to do it?

Has a limiting belief of what coaching is, stopped you from looking and thinking deeper?

Take away all limitations for a moment, and consider, in a perfect world, what do you really want? What drives you and who would you really like to become? Maybe you can work backwards to find a road that leads you there. Maybe you can pull away the frozen thoughts and prejudgments and reinvent what health coaching could be for you.

Once you have a clear sense of your vision, you set about the business of making that vision a reality – and this is where you must be consistent in your action. You must have awareness around that action – is it taking you where you want to go, is it on purpose, is it working or do you need to change something? What are you saying ‘yes’ to, and what are you saying ‘no’ to, are your choices heading you in the right direction and moving you, every day one step closer?

This is a great time of year to look back and assess, reflect, review and reassess your vision and your goals for 2017. What worked, what didn’t work, where do you need to be, who do you need to become, how can you stay on purpose? Celebrate the wins and successes and all the good bits, grab hold of everything positive and step into 2020 with all the good, leaving the poopy stuff behind in 2019. Hoorah! Wrap the year up with a clear sense of purpose and a compelling vision and plan of action for the New Year.

If you find yourself getting stuck in the “HOW do I get clients and build my business”; if you need inspiration in the art of visioning, goal setting and planning; or you’d like support and accountability to help you be consistent in your action this webinar might interest you.

Susan Vallelunga

A professional actress for 20 years in film, TV, Theater and Musicals. Susan has also been a certified Personal Trainer and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2009. She has coached private clients in New Zealand and the US, set up practices in 2 Brooklyn Gyms and also coached hundreds of students for IIN.

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