Is Becoming a Wellness Coach for You?
Sometimes life presents opportunities right in front of us but we don’t always see them. Take helping others improve their health and wellness, for example. Maybe you’re already “doing it” informally—people come to you for help—and you’re ready to take the next step to become a professional wellness coach. Ask yourself whether you:
- Are the kind of person people naturally come to when they have problems or need someone to talk to
- Have a listening ear
- Are passionate about helping others
- Consider yourself friendly, outgoing, approachable, and patient
- Have strong core values and commitment to your own goals
- Establish relationships easily and nurture them
If the answers are “yes,” you’re already on your way!
What Qualities Do You Need to Become a Wellness Coach?
Wellness Coaches need strong personal and interpersonal skills including:
- Good critical thinking
- Sound judgment
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Excellent communication
- Respect and concern for others
- Desire to work independently and cooperatively with others
- Adaptability, creativity, flexibility
- Comprehensive follow-through
- Astute listening
- Positive, can-do attitude
- Ability to energize and instill confidence
- Respect for others’ perspectives and “expertise” about their own lives
- Desire to work in a collaborative way with others