Become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach

This 3 month program explores the field of Wellness Coaching and begins by explaining the scope of wellness coaching and defining the concept of “wellness.” The program includes an in-depth study of wellness, including various models of wellness and the dimensions of wellness. Students will learn about health and wellness statistics and trends in America and about wellness challenges and approaches to achieving wellness in the various dimensions. Key topics also include an exploration of behavioral change theories and of motivational interviewing. Specific strategies for coaching wellness issues, including an emphasis on solution-focused approaches and support resources, complete the substantive learning.

The program includes live demonstrations and of one-to-one practice coaching focused on wellness issues. This program can be taken as an advanced 2 day module for those who either have already completed the WLCI coaching certification program or are ICF-certified coaches ACC.

Business and Life Coaching

Becoming a professional in any activity means reaching the highest possible performance and efficiency. This cannot be achieved without a coach, someone who will point out the flaws and recommend the best possible course of action.

Unfortunately, franchise business owners are mostly left to their own devices, as there is no way for them to acquire the skills they need to achieve their maximum potential.

While there are procedural and tactical training processes for franchise business owners that teach them the essential skills, they are limited to training in marketing, advertising and daily operations. What these processes don’t show is the right mental attitude.

Coaches existed since time immemorial, but life/business coaching has only appeared as a fully fledged branch of coaching in the 1950s.

Life/business coaches of today focus on results, not some abstract theory. Their goal and method is to remove emotional blocks and thought patterns that prevent the person from achieving the best they can achieve. In short, life/business coaches draw out the best in their students.

A life/business coach teaches students to be aware of their own personal needs and ways of achieving them before anything else.

Success is not just dollars in the bank account, it is a result of personal satisfaction, happiness and emotional fulfillment. The secret we know is that both material abundance and abstract abundance can be reached by using the same methods.

Effective life/business coaching will help you gain clarity of intention, peace of mind and a focus the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. This kind of progress always has a profound positive impact in the life of employers and employees. In other words, life/business coaching always pays off.

Making a Difference: Life Coaching

What is the secret to success, happiness and true love? Is there even a single secret or it’s more of a potpourri of secrets?

Nobody can really answer these questions, hence Canadians rush by the thousands to see life coaches. Whatever your goal is, there is a life coach to help you reach it.

Helena Liu, 24, describes her life when she finished college with a bachelor’s degree in commerce in hand. She describes overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, anxiety and uncertainty. Sounds familiar?

Many young people are in the same position – finishing college leaves them disoriented and unsure on what to do next. Even when they reach 30s and 40s, the sense of dread remains along with a single nagging question: “What is the purpose of my life?”

Canadian coaching industry generated an estimated $1 billion in 2014. US coaching market shows similar numbers, with the overall yearly growth rate of 8%. It’s no wonder, since you can find a coach for anything, from ADHD to relationships.

Guy Reichard, a life coach from Toronto, explains that the main reason is that coaching is no longer a taboo. He also adds that shows such as Oprah encourage sharing personal information with complete strangers.

Krista Roesler, another Toronto life coach, says that every demographic is interested in being coached, even teenagers. Older people and retirees come as well and they sometimes want to get over their grief or emotional trauma.

For Liu, the sole purpose of coaching is to find financial success and overcome her fears.

Even though the average cost for a life coach is $150 per hour, Liu is happy about it. She says that life coaching helped her become more confident and increased her overall level of happiness.

For Guy Reichard, the secret to happiness isn’t one single thing and you don’t have to be rich, young or healthy to be happy. Becoming happy is an emotional and mental process during which we realize how easy it is to be happy.

Six Coaching Legends on How to keep winning

Thinking ahead for the retirement may seem very convoluted, but good planning and a sound strategy can make the ripe old age enjoyable and effortless. We’ve asked six coaching legends, from Mike Ditka to Joe Torre, to share with us their secrets to a great retirement.

Joe Torre, 74

Rather than just taking the easy route and lounging at home, Joe went back to the workforce and is now the chief Baseball Officer for the MLB. He is in charge of overseeing practically everything that’s going on in the lives of baseball players, on and off the pitch.

Bill Cowher, 57

When Bill hit 50, he threw in the towel and decided that family is the number one priority in his life. Other than appearances at CBS as a studio analyst, Bill also invests in municipal bonds, always following Warren Buffet’s rule: “Never lose money”.

Tony Dungy, 59

When he retired, Tony became a Good Samaritan and now spends most of his days doing charity work. This includes Big Brother/Sister. Tony is also an author of many self-help books, the latest one being focused on marriage.

Nancy Lieberman, 56

She plans to never retire. Nancy is currently employed as assistant general manager in the NBA and has a side gig working as a TV analyst. Nancy helped build 13 sports courts in poor communities.

Lenny Wilkens, 77

Lenny traveled the world as a retiree and even then found a job, working as a sports consultant for the South Korea national team. Lenny also set up a charitable foundation that aims to help children with health care and education.

Mike Ditka, 75

Mike used his experience from the pitch and went into retirement working as a pitchman and investor. Mike now enjoys golfing and doing charity work. Mike’s most important advice is – don’t go into debt.

The Desire to Improve

Finding financial planners and accountants works just fine if you’re interested in financial management, but what if your goals are much more personal? More and more Kiwis have started to hire life coaches to help them out with personal and career goals.

We spoke to all sides in the life coaching business to find out what exactly motivates both sides in this unregulated industry.

ICF (International Coach Federation) is the closest life coaches have to an official organization. Its definition of coaching involves helping clients in a creative way that maximizes their inner potential.

What started as a local project turned into a fully fledged organization, as ICF currently has more than 47 thousand coaches registered worldwide. NZ spokesman for the Statistics office said that they don’t have any data on “life coaches” since it’s not an official classification.

If the officials can’t define life coaches, we should take a look at the services they offer and try to understand what is it that they do. A quick Internet search revealed a Tauranga life coach that offers “intuitive life coaching” and the ability to help clients go through difficult life events. One ad even offered coaching for becoming a successful dog owner.

It’s obvious there are a lot of charlatans in the field. Well then, how can you pick the right one? We’ve interviewed a life coaching client and she revealed that the most reliable way to find life coaches is through the word of mouth.

Trish Stone met Lietta Powell in a business group. Eventually, they started having long conversations over Skype in which Lietta would go over Trish’s problems in the past and help her deal with them.

An occupational therapist we spoke to told us that life coaches fall under the health care service and anyone who defrauds a client can be reported to the authorities.

In 2013, one such case made headlines as a life coach from New Plymouth was convicted for fraud. Since New Zealand has no registration standards for life coaches, anyone can claim to be one. In fact, many do, without having any experience or training. It’s a situation of caveat emptor.

Fees for life coaching vary from $80 to $345 for the top of the line “wealth coaching” service via Skype.

Goal Getting: Four Keys to Executing on Your Life-Changing Goal

If you have already determined “What’s Next for You” this year, you may be thinking, “Okay, I’ve set the goal. I know exactly what my life-changing goal is for this year, but how do I make it happen? What are the keys to achieving that goal?

There’s ton of information available about goal setting. One of the most popular methods for goal setting uses criteria known as SMART. There are some slight variations to the SMART acronym, but basically a SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-related. Once you have set the goal based on the SMART criteria, there are four other keys to consider that will enable you to get started, stay focused, and help ensure you reach your desired destination.

1. Find an Accountability Partner – Having someone you trust to help hold you accountable is key to the ongoing progress and your ability to reach your goal. This partner can be a friend, a colleague, or someone else you trust. If you happen to already have a professional coach, you have a built-in accountability partner.

2. Identify Resources – Proactively determine what you will need to accomplish this goal. Do you need more training, information, or connections with certain experts or professional organizations? Do you need more funds?

3. Document Your Plan – Most critical to the success of meeting your goal is the documented plan. Once you have the deadline established, think of every task and sub-task that needs to happen for you to reach this goal. If it’s project oriented, remember to account for all of the “what ifs” and the times during the year that you know you won’t have available to devote to the project. Once you have your plan documented, make sure it’s visible and you are referring back to it daily.

4. Determine What Behaviors Need to Change – Once you see on paper what needs to occur for you to reach your goal, think again about who you are and what might get in the way, or what obstacles you have faced past in the process of pursuing this goal. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or habits that you have that are not beneficial to making this next great achievement happen? Figure this out, then determine what needs to happen to make the change.

Setting your goal is just the beginning. To succeed in reaching that critical goal that will significantly enhance your life, find your accountability partner; determine and collect your resources; document your plan and keep it visible; then determine what needs to change and how you will change it. To stay on track, think of these words from author and speaker John Maxwell, “Don’t ever be impressed with goal setting. Be impressed with goal getting.”

Coaching Versus Self-help books?

People need guidance at different stages of their life. Many prefer to seek advice from their family members when they face any problem. But if the situation is too fragile and beyond their capacity, they consult either professionals like life coaches or read self help books.

Both these industries have recently grown in popularity. Today, thousands of life coaches are out there helping people to improve their lives. Similarly, hundreds of self help books are available on market with same intention. A survey suggests that each year U.S. citizens spend more than $11 billion on self-help books. But what is the better option between the two? Which one is more effective for an individual, a life coach or a self-help book? Generally, coaching seems a far better option than a self help books and these are the few things that we can get from life coaching but not from self help books.

A self help book is directed towards general public and there is a possibility that it may not meet the requirements of each and every individual. Life coaching, on the other hand, involves individualized approach and specifically deals with the problems of a person.

Selection of a self help book depends on your own liking and thinking. You might get carried away by the hype a book has got and buy it. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that the book will work for you.

There are many times when people select a right book for themselves but do not follows the instructions properly. They stick with them for a while and then back to doing what they were doing before. So there is no one to blame or held accountable for this carelessness. But if a person hires a life coach, he is more likely to follow the directions in a proper manner. A coach works beside a client and keeps him on track.

Since a life coach costs more than a self help book, a person will take him more seriously. He will be more eager to bring positive changes in his personality and will make strenuous efforts toward an objective.

In most of self help books, the writers share their personal experiences and own devised strategies. These strategies are not scientifically tested and lack authenticity. So applying these unverified strategies may have negative effects on an individual’s life. On the other hand, a life coach is a trained professional who does have many techniques and methods at his disposal and can suggest alternate solutions if required.

Only that person will seek help from a self help book who is already in some kind of trouble. So it will make a person even more disappointed if the outcome is not too much encouraging or not what he was hoping for. But in coaching, the professional is always available either physically or online to guide and solve problems. Therefore, more often than not the client will end up getting desired results.

Self help books do not provide a time frame when the transformation is going to happen. Whereas, a life coach knows exactly when changes will take place.

ICF Board Approves Changes to Code of Ethics, Mission & Vision Statements

Following the ICF Global Board of Directors’ June 2015 meeting and strategic planning session, ICF has adopted a revised Code of Ethics and updated vision and mission statement.

Ethics Updates
Every three years, ICF undertakes a process to review the Code of Ethics and ensure that it addresses changes within the coaching industry, reflects evolving processes and remains relevant to ICF Members and Credential-holders. The ICF Code Review Team convened in April 2014; it was led by Susan Braverman, PCC (USA), and consisted of coaches from around the globe.

The revisions to the Code of Ethics reflect a shift away from the view of coaching ethics as right or wrong and toward an understanding of ethics as the concepts and principles directing coaches’ behavior. With this evolution in the foreground, the ICF Code Review Team recommended a set of revisions intended to transform the Code of Ethics from a document prescribing what not to do to a document highlighting how to be as an ICF Member and/or Credential-holder.

The revised Code of Ethics also includes new provisions that address the other roles professional coaches may play (e.g., coach trainer, mentor coach, coaching supervisor) and that offer a new ethical standard for internal coach practitioners.

Read the revised ICF Code of Ethics here.

Vision and Mission
In March 2015, the ICF Global Board adopted a policy providing for periodic review of ICF’s vision and mission statements and core values at the start of each strategic planning cycle. As ICF’s strategic planning cycle had already begun in January, the Board agreed to conduct the review in June 2015. The Board approached these statements, which represent the core philosophy of the ICF, from the standpoint of simplifying the language rather than changing the spirit of these statements.

ICF Global’s revised vision statement is: “Coaching is an integral part of a thriving society and every ICF Member represents the highest quality of professional coaching.”

ICF Global’s revised mission statement is: “ICF exists to lead the global advancement of the coaching profession.”