A friend asked me what the difference was in a life coach and a health coach/wellness coach.
Like health and wellness coaches, life coaches work with you to set goals and map out a plan of action to accomplish your goals. Some life coaches focus primarily on career-oriented goals, while health coaches like myself focus on your mind, body, relationships, and your environment. In some instances people think they need a life coach and a therapist, however, a good health coach can help you address life and relationship issues that are causing unhappiness. At the same time, a good health coach should know when a client needs a therapist or therapist to address issues of clinical depression or other mental health issues.
Both life coaches and health/wellness coaches should ensure that you are setting S.M.A.R.T. goals:
S – Specific (Do you use words like “who,” “what,” “when,” “why,” , etc.?)
M – Measurable (Do you answer questions like “how often,” or “how many?”)
A – Attainable (Clearly describe the result you want to achieve)
R – Relevant (Is this goal realistic for YOU?)
T – Timely (Is this something you should be pursuing now, or would it be more appropriate a year from now?)
You can read more about S.M.A.R.T. goal setting by downloading my FREE PDF, “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting What You Want”
One of the most important things when you are working towards your goals is taking the time to celebrate your accomplishments. This can be anything from celebrating a 10-lb weight loss when you have a set a goal to lose twenty, or like I did yesterday when I finished half of my run…
Little rewards & pats-on-the-back go a looooong way when you have set hefty goals for yourself. A good health coach should be there to remind you to recognize the little triumphs on the way!