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Want To Be Your Own Boss?

 

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“I often wondered what it would be like to be the boss, my own boss.”

 

Is October 17th marked on your calendar this year to celebrate National Boss’s Day? When I worked in the corporate world, this was a little known, often forgotten or thrown together at the last minute celebration for the boss.

I often wondered what it would be like to be the boss, my own boss. But I was afraid to move forward on my own mostly because I didn’t know what to do or how to do it. I was also concerned with how I could find the time, money, and energy to focus on my passion while I was still in my corporate job. Can you relate?

In 2006, I found Health & Wellness Coaching and knew I was meant to start a new journey of helping others to be healthy and live their best lives. I was so excited I had finally figured out what to do with my life that I thought everything else would just fall into place. But I was wrong.

I had come to a crossroads where I had to decide whether I was going to give up on my passion or follow my dreams. I had to decide whether I was going to continue to feel stuck or make a difference in my life by following my heart and becoming my own boss. I feared walking away from my corporate job but knew that I could if I had a plan to do so smartly. I was able to make that transition, and so can you!

The Transition To Being Your Own Boss

We recently surveyed thousands of wellness professionals and learned that many of them share common concerns with transitioning from an existing career to a new career in wellness. Transitioning as it relates to business can show up in many ways:

 

  • Transitioning from working for someone to working for yourself
  • Transitioning from working in a company to working at home
  • Transitioning from being a stay-at-home parent to a work-at-home parent
  • Transitioning from a “stable” W2 income to generating your own income
  • Transitioning from one way of running your business to a new way

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

Congratulations! You’re a Wellness Professional. Now What?

If you’re a new wellness professional, you may be struggling with what it really takes to build a sustainable wellness business while staying in alignment with your true purpose. You may still be working your “day job” while trying to make your heart-centered business take off or you may have ditched the day job and now your anxiety is growing as you wonder how you’ll pay the bills.

Having Second Thoughts?

It’s not that you’re not trying, but you’re tired of trying to convince people to work with you. You’re tired of trying to figure out where to get your next client. You’re tired of feeling salesy. You feel overwhelmed, alone, and wondering if you made the right decision. You’re not alone.

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In fact, the four most common concerns we hear from new wellness professionals struggling to build their business are Information Overwhelm, No One “Gets” You, Internet Envy, and Lack of Real Expert Support. Let’s look at these areas a little closer.

Information Overwhelm

You love to read, research, learn and take every course you can find. You have a lot of great ideas but never seem to get started. When you feel stuck, you go back to do more research. Instead of taking action, you hide in adding more information and ultimately more overwhelm and information overload.

No One “Gets” You

You feel like no one really understands the path you’re on. The people in your life are probably working at jobs that are not fulfilling and don’t understand why you want to follow your passion. You feel alone in going after your dreams. You don’t feel supported but know that deep down you’ve got what it takes to have a successful wellness business. You just don’t know how to make it happen…yet.

Internet Envy

Internet envy occurs when you find yourself watching what other entrepreneurs are doing online. You spend countless hours looking at their blog posts, websites, and social media. You’re looking for the magic combination of answers, but there aren’t any. Like information overload, you continue to research and research until you start feeling like you’re not good enough, like you’ll never get it all figured out.

Lack of Real Expert Support

You know what you want to do and where you want to be but have no idea of how to get there. You know you need help, you’re passionate about your vision but passion isn’t enough. You know you need to learn from real world experts who have successfully paved the path to your field of dreams.

So, how can you turn all of this around? How can you overcome the fear, that feeling of being stuck, unsupported, and not good enough? How can you ignite the flame of passion within and run a successful wellness business?

Change Your Course Forever

We believe there are two things that will change your course forever. These two things make the difference between staying stuck and building momentum to take you to the next level. The first is surrounding yourself with like-minded people and the second is real life mentorship.

Community

Surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you when you’re feeling down and help you not feel alone. When you belong to a community of like-minded people, you have others who can support you. You have others who can offer suggestions, feedback, and ideas. You can learn from collective research and life experience rather than just what you’ve come across yourself.

Expert Advice

Finding support, advice, and mentorship from someone who’s been there and can show you the way is invaluable. Having someone in your court helps you learn quickly about what it really takes to build a sustainable wellness business. When you learn from experts in your field, you’ll be inspired to go further and to make a deeper contribution to the world.

Combining community and expert advice is a winning combination. That’s why we created the Wellness Professionals Thrive Mastermind.  This is an exclusive mastermind group where you’ll receive ongoing training, tips, and tools. You’ll get real support and guidance. You’ll get real world expert advice and mentorship.

As a member of this mastermind, you’ll be able to connect with others to help you stay on track, receive feedback, encouragement and support. Isn’t it time to stop feeling stuck? Isn’t it time to join a community of like-minded professionals that “get” you and want you to succeed?

Thrive Mastermind is another exclusive benefit of joining our Wellness Coach Certification program. Just click here to learn more!

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

Three steps to becoming a more empowered coach

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Do you find yourself doing most of the talking in your conversations with others? Whether it’s with clients or friends, usually there is one person who is the “talker” and the other who is the listener. Neither role is necessarily good or bad, but knowing which one you tend to be can make you more aware of the other and improve your communication skills.

 

If you work with clients or hope to some day, you might find that you do most of the talking. After all, you’re supposed to be the expert, right? Shouldn’t you be dishing out the advice and leading your sessions so you client can reach his/her goal as quickly as possible? Believe it or not, the less talking you do, the better coach you will become.

 

Most coaches and practitioners want to share their knowledge with their clients, and when session time is limited, you may feel there’s a lot to say in order to help your client.

 

But one of the biggest mistakes coaches make is that they talk too much and don’t listen enough. This can happen if you feel nervous about lulls in conversation or are apprehensive that your client may ask you something you don’t know the answer to. Or it can just be because you don’t realize it.

 

The problem is this: if you do most of the talking, likely you’re leading your client to answers that may or may not be the right fit for them. This can lead to results that might only work for them for awhile. Have you ever noticed how people have a hard time sustaining the changes they try to make? One reason is that they did not arrive at the solution themselves.

 

Empower your clients, empower yourself

 

You can change this. You can help your clients to not only get better results, but to maintain them for the long term. As you empower your clients, you will become a more empowered coach.

 

At the IAWP, we teach our Wellness Coach Students-in-training exactly how to handle their coaching sessions to help their clients create lasting transformation. Our students learn our proprietary coaching method, The Core Coaching Method (CCM)TM, including specific steps to lead their client from challenge to breakthrough.

 

Today I’m going to give you a glimpse into just a few of the concepts within CCM, so you can get on the path to being a better coach for your clients.

 

Three steps to becoming a more empowered coach

 

  1. 1. Let go of being the expert – Try releasing the idea of being the expert. Don’t assume you have to know everything and share it all at once. Instead allow yourself to be a guide for your clients, friends or family members. As a guide, you stop telling people what they should be doing and instead hold the space for your clients as you guide them to the solutions that will work best for them.

 

  1. 2. Ask powerful questions – Asking questions is one of the most powerful techniques in coaching, because it allows the client to discover for him/herself the answer. Asking the right questions will help you to talk less and listen more. But what are powerful questions? Here are just a few you can try out:

 

* What are you willing to try?

* What will it look like to take this action?

* What can support you in this process?

 

These types of questions help your client begin to take big action and reach their goals. It also allows them to become empowered about their choices.

 

  1. 3. Reframe Challenges – When your client is experiencing a challenge, help them to get out the “muck” of the challenge and take a step back. Reframing the challenge is a powerful technique that allows your client to look at their situation from a new perspective. When we’re “outside” of our problem, it’s easier to look at solutions. The client moves from feeling stuck to knowing they have choices, and the “impossible” becomes “possible”.

 

As you work to become a better coach for your clients, remember there’s a learning curve and it takes time to build your skills. Get support on your own journey and keep growing as a coach so you can continue to help more people with your passion!

 

Click here to learn more the IAWP and our CORE Coaching method.

 

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

 

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