Three Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Health Coaching Practice

A nutrition school student recently asked me: should I start a health coaching practice? This person is passionate about health, but she was also keenly aware that starting a health coaching practice wasn’t as easy as some make it out to be.

Honestly, it’s a question I think we should be asking more often!

In fact, it reminded me of a client who once told me she had started health coaching because the director of her nutrition school said it was time for the students to get clients – not because she had a deep desire to work for herself. She found herself with a waitlist of clients – and not really sure she wanted to be running a business!

As I thought about this question, I realized that we need to dig a little deeper into what we really want before we take the leap into entrepreneurship. There are three questions we should ask ourselves before we should pursue a career in health coaching, or working for ourselves in any capacity.

Three Questions To Ask Before Starting Your Health Coaching Practice

On a scale of 1-10, how committed am I to starting a health coaching practice? If your answer isn’t a 9 or a 10, then starting a business in health coaching may not be the right fit for you. Discipline and commitment are two key components of success when you start working for yourself. If you find yourself scoring lower, that’s okay! There are still many ways to support healthier living in your community that don’t require starting a business.

Am I willing to take risks that are outside my comfort zone? I’m sure you’ve seen that graphic that talks about how growth happens outside our comfort zones, and I’ve learned that it’s 100% true. For so many people, creating a successful coaching practice means we have to push ourselves to do things we don’t really want to do, over and over and over again. If you aren’t willing to try new things and learn new skills, then a health coaching practice may not be the right fit for you.

Am I comfortable with failure? Any seasoned entrepreneur will tell you that failure is just part of the work. The best entrepreneurs know that the faster you fail, the faster you learn what works, and what doesn’t. Working for yourself is really about testing hypothesis after hypothesis until you get it right. If you’re not yet comfortable with failure, and most of us aren’t to start, you’ll need to be willing to practice if you want to make it as a health coach.

There are many other questions we could ask before becoming a health coach, but I think the above three get to the heart of what matters as health and wellness entrepreneurs. Are there other questions you would add?

And, out of curiosity, how did YOU know that health coaching was the right fit for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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