It’s a well-known fact that most successful athletes, singers/performers, and business leaders have coaches, and many of them attribute their success to their coaches. Why? What do coaches really do for their clients?
“Ingredients” of a Good Coach
The first and most important characteristic of any coach: a total and complete understanding of the client’s goal(s); this is true for all coaches, no matter the type of coaching, for each client. Good coaching is analogous to a GPS that provides step-by-step directions; without it, the client will not reach their destination (goals). Secondly, a coach must not only have the right tools, but must know how & what tools to use to achieve the goal(s) for a successful result. I will elaborate on Deeper Health’s tools and how these tools are used further down in this article.
Dynamics of Coach—Client Relationship
Most coaches offer an initial free consultation to determine 2 key factors: the client’s goals AND if the client’s needs will benefit from the coach’s services. Before the coaching process even begins, it’s key to assess if a relationship can be established based on mutual trust; the client must trust the coach to lead, teach and guide, and the coach must trust the client to comply with the guidelines and recommendations they provide.
The 3 “A’s” of Successful Coaching
In addition to analyzing, guiding and educating, what is the essence of successful coaching (I call these the 3 “A’s”):
- Affirmation—the emotional support a coach gives to a client is critical to achieving successful results. A client must feel supported and encouraged, especially when the journey becomes challenging, so they can stay focused and committed to the program.
- Assistance—the coach must be present and available to the client; clients need to understand that the changes required will be the difference between attaining their goals or not. The coach must recognize when the client is confused, feeling overwhelmed, or begins to lose hope.
- Advocate—clients need to feel that the coach is genuinely pulling for them; it’s critical that the coach continue to motivate and remind the client of their goals, especially when they lose sight of them along the path that often times is difficult.
Determination vs Discipline
Determination is a vital component when one sets a goal and is working toward achieving it, but determination alone will not ensure a positive result because it’s inconsistent; it rises and falls, mainly because of mood and emotions. Discipline, on the other hand, is what keeps one going despite moods and emotions (i.e. fear of failing, quitting due to lack of willpower). Discipline is what drives people to succeed despite how they think or feel—it’s the power from deep within to keep going no matter what. Discipline is a must if we are to succeed in all aspects of life (diet, exercise, career, emotions, relationships, etc.).
Deeper Health Coaching
At Deeper Health, I offer potential clients an initial free consultation, and if I deem my services will benefit a client and they embrace a holistic approach and are ready to begin their healing journey, they can choose from 4 different services and begin a health coaching program.
A comprehensive intake form gives me a good snapshot of their health history and allows me to form an initial impression of what sub-clinical factors are causing their issues. Then based on the package they choose, I run lab tests to determine the factors causing dysfunction. The intake form and lab tests are the tools I use to analyze and correlate the symptoms to the “hidden” stressors that are causing dysfunction and symptoms.
Together, we work towards achieving the client’s goal(s) by incorporating lifestyle changes including diet, sleep, exercise, stress reduction and supplements. Identifying and understanding the combination of factors that cause inflammation and affect immune response are critical to restoring balance and function in the body, which often results in increased energy and vitality and diminished or resolution of symptoms.
In the words of Bill McCartney, former American football player, coach, and founder of Promise Keepers Men’s Ministry, “All coaching is, is taking a player [person] where he/she can’t take his/herself.” Deeper Health is offering you the opportunity to work with a passionate health coach that will accompany you on a healing journey so you can restore good health naturally.
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