Why everyone needs a Health Coach

This post comes from my good friend Dr. Ryan Hewitt of Merrimack Valley Family Chiropractic.  I couldn’t have said it better myself…Thanks, Dr. Ry!

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Have you ever wished that someone would help you recognize your true potential? Help you raise your game to the next level? Help you to gain some clarity in your life? Or just give you that shot in the arm that you need to start making changes in your life?

This is exactly what a coach is for. 

Can Coaching Help Me?

People from all walks of life have been using coaches for years to help them achieve better results in many different areas in their life. Specifically, in both fitness and health, a “coach” is a person who observes, gives objective feedback, teaches, helps develop a plan of action, and holds you responsible for your actions and commitments.  Coaches use their expertise to teach special techniques, share personal experience, and provide encouragement to bring about positive behavioral changes.

Even Olympic and professional athletes in all sports use coaches to help elevate their level of performance and give them a competitive edge.   Hiring a coach may just be the secret ingredient that you’ve been looking for to help you in your quest for optimal health and fitness.

How Does a Coach Help Me?

There are many ways that a coach can help you build a better version of yourself, but here are 7 of the most important:

  1. Create personalized strategies– Everyone has their own unique challenges that might need special strategies to remedy.  A coach can help you push through your sticking points by implementing new strategies.
  2. Address self-limiting beliefs- Everyone loses confidence from time to time. A great coach can help you identify self-limiting beliefs about yourself and inspire you to replace them with empowering beliefs.
  3. Set goals– Without a target to shoot at how can you know if you ever hit what you’re aiming for?  Coaching helps you setclear and specific goals so you can measure your progress.
  4. Provide Clarity– A coach can help you clarify your present condition and future directions.
  5. Action– Success rarely manifests by itself. Knowledge and ideas are great to have, but they also do not manifest success in and of themselves. Action is what creates success in life.  A coach can help you get your butt moving!
  6. Motivation– Even the best experts in the world have personal coaches and trainers who make sure they are keeping up on their program to reach their intended goals.  Great coaching can act as a powerful motivating force for you by building a greater vision for your life than the one you might already have.
  7. Increase Awareness– Having a sounding board helps you get honest feedback without embarrassment. A coach can gently make you understand what your challenges are and how to overcome them.

Now get out there and find a health coach who can help you achieve the things you’ve always wanted to achieve.  Find a wellness chiropractor who can teach you ways to implement better strategies in your lifestyle.  Decide to stop tolerating what everyone calls “normal” ( headaches, allergies, low energy, regular intestinal distress, GERD, depression, chronic disease, progressive loss of all bodily functions and abilities!)  This is NOT “normal”….this is what you would call “common”.  Don’t fall for the trap of confusing the two.  Make a stand for your life and check your standards. Don’t ever settle, you are your own primary care physician.  Get a coach. There is a better way.

Your health coach,

Dr. Ryan Hewitt

*Originally published May 9, 2010 – The Real Health Truth Blog

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