By Gretchen Riddle, CHES, CHWC, NLC
We all have things we’d like to improve on in life. Some of us aspire to run a marathon; some of us just want to feel good in our jeans—and some of us are better at setting goals and following through than others. Wherever you land on the spectrum, there are many reasons a coach may be just what you need to guide you along the way.
Why? We can’t do everything ourselves. Having someone who’s been there before or has knowledge you don’t to help you create and stick to a plan is key. (If you’ve been trying to reach a goal without a concrete plan, you know it’s a practically impossible feat!) The best news is that there are different coaches who can meet your specific needs—like a life coach, health coach, or business coach.
Ready to start crushing your goals? Consider these three reasons a coach may be just what you need.
3 Reasons to Get a Coach
1. A Coach Will Hold You Accountable
This is often the number one reason why my clients seek coaching. They have an idea of what they “should be doing” but really need someone to push them along the way, or push them harder if they hit a roadblock. If you struggle to connect the dots to make a behavior a habit, you need a coach. Bonus: Our greatest assets can be ones we don’t realize, and a good coach will help you discover those and bring them to life.
2. You Feel Overwhelmed
Many of my clients know they need a complete overhaul but are so overwhelmed they don’t know where to begin. This is where coaching can help you break out of the rut you are in and start new habits. We begin by looking at your big picture goals and breaking them down into actionable steps.
3. A Coach Provides a Personalized, Outside Perspective
Sometimes when we’re stuck in the muck we can’t see through to the other side. An outside perspective is crucial, especially when it comes with one-on-one personalized advice (as opposed to internet research providing you with a one-size-fits-all approach).
For example, I’ve been working with a client who has been trying her hardest to overcome her sugar habit. When we finally talked it out, she discovered ways she could change her routines in order to break the habit. She has been able to skip having a nightly sweet treat and opt for some fruit or herbal tea instead. Although the solutions seemed simple, she admitted she hadn’t thought about trying these things.
One final tip before you go get a coach: I encourage you to make sure the coach you seek out is a certified one. Look for someone who’s educated on the subject they’re helping you with, with a a degree or full certification that goes beyond a two-week course.
Gretchen Riddle, CHES, CHWC, NLC is a certified health and wellness coach and a graduate of The Nutrition School. She has worked in corporate wellness for over 12 years coaching and incorporating programs for weight and stress management among other topics. She uses a real food approach to nutrition and works to empower clients to make lifestyle changes that stick. She also provides coaching independently through her own coaching company, Gretchen Leigh Wellness. Learn more at gretchenleighwellness.com.