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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.

The Value of Partnering

 

No matter how good you are at sharing or promoting your work, you can only do so much on your own. There are audiences and groups that will go beyond your reach unless you develop partnerships to help you reach them.

Having partnerships is an extremely valuable business asset. In fact, developing and fostering partnerships is essential no matter what type of holistic practice or business you own.

If you’re waiting for people to find you or even if you’ve gone a step further and are sharing your message, your message needs wings. It needs to be able to fly and reach the right people. That’s where partnerships come in.

Your message needs wings!

Your work is really important. You have a very significant message to share; what you do changes lives.

So often though, wellness professionals who start out loving what they do become negative, cynical, angry or downright depressed because they don’t think that anyone understands how important their work is. Keep in mind that it’s not that people don’t get it; it’s usually that you don’t understand how to reach people.

You’re likely sharing your message with someone. It might just be the “wrong someone”. So, it feels like “people don’t get it”.

What would happen if you starting sharing your work not only with people who need your help but with people who already help people who need your work? If you really want to explode your business and touch as many lives as possible, the best way to do that is by going straight to the source–those who are already one step ahead of you. They are the ones that have spent years building their client base and community and who will help your business the most through partnership opportunities.

For new wellness professionals, this can feel scary. You might find yourself thinking, “Who am I to ask other people to share my stuff?” Or, “Why will this person want to give me access to their community after they have worked so hard to build it?”

It’s “fear of rejection” that’s really coming into play here. Yes, there’s a possibility that the person won’t share your work or won’t respond to your email or won’t be interested. But nine times out of ten, the person will be excited to collaborate.

Sometimes, this fear can also be about a fear of really being out there in the world with our work. We wonder how people will view us.  We wonder who we are speaking to in certain groups.  This fear is really about taking our purpose and putting it out there.  Our purpose is truly intimate to us.  It’s a part of our heart.  It’s our passion.

Here’s what you have to keep telling yourself. By playing small and not taking action, no one will ever be supported with your work. No one will ever know what you do.

But if you take the steps forward and begin seeing yourself as the expert that you are and start moving forward to share your work on this level, more lives will be changed, including yours. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but move into that discomfort and get comfortable in the uncomfortable.

Begin to see it as a sign of growth, as a good thing.  Don’t wait until things are perfect because it’s about imperfect action. Don’t wait! Get out there and start taking imperfect action!

Hungry for more business training and actionable advice? Let the IAWP become your lifelong mentor. Click here to learn more about our Wellness Coach Training and Certifications programs.

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. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. 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.

10 Healthy Habits For a Healthy Heart

 

Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors. It’s one reason the heart is the most intriguing organ. It’s our life line, pumping blood throughout our body, yet we experience emotions that are somehow related to our heart.
 


 

 

 
“Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While science is still exploring the many facets of the heart, taking a holistic approach to healing the heart can be beneficial. Whether you have a serious heart health concern or less life-threatening yet emotional concerns, the heart is central to our overall well-being. That being said, we offer the following healthy habits for heart health:
 
1. Add Vitamin J – Vitamin J = Vitamin Joy with a dose of laughter and pleasure! Add joy, laughter and pleasure to your life. A study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine recommends 15 minutes of daily laughter for optimum heart health.
 
2. Incorporate Physical Activity – Start with simple activities that you enjoy, like walking, yoga or dancing – start with 10 minutes a day and increase. Exercise is essential.
 
3. Eliminate Trans Fats – An FDA advisory panel found that trans fats are even more harmful to health than saturated fats. The Institute of Medicine went a step further, concluding that the safest amount of trans fat is zero.
 
4. Try An Omega-3 Supplement – Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in keeping the heart beating steadily and not lapsing into dangerous, sometimes fatal erratic rhythms. As many fish contain high levels of mercury and PCBs, use supplements such as fish oil, cod liver oil if you need extra vitamin D, or krill oil.
 
5. Reduce or Eliminate Refined Sugar – Avoid sugar and chemicalized, artificial sweeteners in foods and beverages. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey, brown rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia. Also, eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, and beets.
 
6. Eat More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and WholeGrains – Vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Choose whole foods you enjoy and have them several times daily.
 
7. Get More Sleep – Women who sleep less than 5 hours each night, have a 30 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who get 8 hours. Too little sleep may play havoc with your hormones, blood sugar and blood pressure.
 
8. Avoid Tobacco – Exposure to tobacco, even secondhand smoke, can cause heart disease to worsen.
 
9. Evaluate Your Salt Intake – As sodium intake increase, so can blood pressure. Moderating your intake can help prevent and control hypertension. When using salt, choose high-quality sea salt which has important minerals that the body needs.
 
10. Breathe Deeper – Meditation and relaxation techniques can help teach our bodies to tone down our physical response to stress.
 

 

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. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. 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.