This blog is a little different than usual.  We are all hoping to learn from you.  I know that this takes a little bit more thought than you normally expect to put into a “blog read”.  I think you will surprise yourself how much you can learn – just by answering these questions and participation.

 

Feel free to interact with each other in the comments below.  This is for you to learn from yourself and your peers.

At the end of this blog, I will give you the questions to answer.

Please place your answers in the comments below.

Can you help me out with this?

 

I know it is pretty broad…Do you have any of these feelings?

Can you rate them by importance to you?

What do you think would have to happen to get past them?

 

  1. Bad at “business” and being the boss (of self or others)
  2. Lack of confidence
  3. Uncomfortable with sales
  4. Lack of clients/not enough money
  5. Not enough time
  6. Scared of legal problems/creating a business entity
  7. Afraid of competition, or just not competitive
  8. Lack of knowledge
  9. Unsure of niche – what makes him/her special
  10. Technology mal-adapted
  11. Limiting beliefs about personal abilities/money beliefs
  12. Motivation and Follow-Through
  13. Feeling Alone

 

I appreciate your bravery, honesty and time.

I already completed this exercise, have numbered them for myself and guessed at how you would rate them.  I have a little head start because coaches answer some of these questions for me every time they enroll in Building Abundance.  We have a little different list for BA Plus, and the number one answer that coaches need help with is “taking action”  That would be #12 on this list “motivation and follow through.  Would you put that first, or, given all these options, would something else go first?

 

Answer these questions in the comments below:

  1. Are you a health coach?  If not, what industry are you in?
  2. Who is your ideal client?
  3. Please rate the 13 listed feelings in # of importance to you.
  4. Comment with your thoughts after rating these.

Thank you in advance for your brave participation!

16 Comments

  1. Cathy

    I am a holistic health and nourishment consultant (official title in the Province of Quebec: naturotherapist)

    My dream client is a modern woman who wants to be relieved of her health issues, and free from the burden of trying to figure it out for herself. She has a sense that there’s more to it than good food and exercise, so she needs guidance to explore the deeper workings at play.

    #4, 7, 1, 6, 3, 2, 11, 9, 12, 13, 10, 8, 5

    I find myself lately having thoughts about the fact that there are now so many of us out there, that so many of us are doing similar work, and that we’re all vying for the attentions of a limited number. Hmm, maybe I should put limiting beliefs as first on the list. Part of me really sees the truth in the idea of the “blue ocean”, and the abundant mentality of there being enough (clients, money,…) to go around, but in the day-to-day reality of not seeing it come in, my doubts start to get the best of me.

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    • Cathy

      Cathy,
      Thank you so, so much for this answer and your honesty. You can do it…and believe me…there are plenty of people who need health coaches. Lots more than can be trained in any reasonable amount of time. You have a nice niche.

      Thanks ~Cathy

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  2. Ruth Tippets

    I am a health coach and have been in the animal industry for over 40 years.

    My ideal client is a woman age 35-55 that is struggling with her ideal weight. She also is a dedicated, nurturing dog owner, that wants to have optimal, healthy years for her pet. Through this bond, I teach fun, healthy habits for both!

    10,5,6,8,7,4,12,13,11,3,9,2,1

    From day to day these can change a bit. Technology is the inhibitor for me. All the systems one needs in place also pushes me away from production, as I don’t know what to do first. Both of these things puts me into overwhelm with the precious time I could assign to getting it done. I feel implementation and motivation to do so are not the problem. I need a clear map on how to proceed.

    Thanks for all you do, you are inspiring! 😉
    Ruth Tippets

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  3. Darla None

    I am a health coach & personal trainer. After putting my own autoimmune disease in to remission, I left corporate America to pursue health coaching so that I could help make a difference for others who suffer with the same issues. My niche is mainly geared toward middle aged women who have Hashimoto’s or other AI’s, however I am finding that men are also contacting me because they relate to what I have been through and are eager to find out how I recovered.

    12, 8, 5, 7, 9, 11, 4, 6, 10, 13, 1, 3, 2

    I would agree that the top concern can vary from day to day. The main feeling I have these days is one of overwhelm. I’m also in the process of launching my personal training business so there’s a lot going on at the same time. I’m having to tame my type A personality to let go of having everything be perfectly done right out of the gate. I’m breaking down my list of action items in to smaller ones so that I can focus on doing one to three things a day that move me forward. That’s the only way I’ve found to get around being paralyzed and ending up doing nothing. 🙂 I’ve been on one call with Karen and that has also been helpful to keep me focused as well. Thanks for all you do!

    Darla

    10,5,6,8,7,4,12,13,11,3,9,2,1

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  4. Breana Guinan

    I am a transformational nutrition coach. I am just starting out and am looking to build a successful fulfilling practice working with individuals who have a bad self image and are in need of losing fat. I will teach my clients to focus on health so that fat loss is just a side effect.

    5,4,2,3,1,8,9,10,12,11,13,7,6

    It is has been difficult for my to create time in my schedule to start marketing and figuring out how to get clients. I live in a small town and I am really not interested in working locally with people. I am struggling with my life/work balance having a husband and two girls to care for plus working a full time job. It sometimes feels like I won’t ever get going.

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  5. Valerie

    I’m a coach, and I coach people who struggle with significant weight issues. I tend to use the terms weight loss coach or weight loss mindset coach because I coach people around the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that keep them from losing weight – I’m not a nutrition or wellness coach.

    My ideal client are the smart, strong and amazing women who have been significantly overweight for what feels like always. They know what they should be doing, how they should eat, they just can’t seem to do it – even though they want it more than anything.

    My list – 12, 1, 3, 11, 2, 5, 4, 8, 2, 13, 10, 6, 9.

    I love what I do. I love my clients and seeing their transformations and playing my small part in helping that. And as important and fulfilling as that is, I still struggle to keep motivation and drive high to do the things I need to do to build my coaching practice.

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  6. Marian

    I am a health coach and specialize in food allergies and autoimmune disease.

    My ideal client is between 25 and 50 who finds living a lifestyle around their food allergies and/or autoimmune disease hard or impossible. They are positive, open-minded, and motivated to do what it takes to feel better.
    4, 10, 11, 1, 3, 5, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 12

    I find lack time and knowledge holding me back the most. I am doing what I can with time as I am still working my day job while I grow and I’m a single mom with two kids. I am working with a business/life coach and reading some great books by Zig Zigler. I have many entrepeneur friends and don’t feel alone at all.

    This was enlightening. Thank you 🙂

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  7. Ashlie Pappas

    I am a health coach and use essential oils, yoga, and personal training in my practice as well. I focus on where a client is and what changes they are willing to make, working to make those changes while helping them to become more willing to create further ones as well. Basically take the mountain stone by stone.

    My ideal client is a woman 30 or older who is busy and trying to make sustainable changes to become healthier. They want to make changes in all areas of their life but are overwhelmed and unsure as to how to do so. They are open-minded and willing to take steps to do so. They are accountable and honest about where they truly are.
    Many of my clients fall into the area of having dysautonomia or wanting to lose weight since I have a lot of personal, as well as professional experience in these areas. Being able to look at the big picture instead of just one end-point result is a must though.

    9,11,2,8,10,3,7,13,5,6,12,4,1

    My biggest struggle is wanting to GIVE everything away and feeling like I need to know EVERYTHING. I would also like to become more specific with my niche. I am torn because there are areas that I naturally draw people to want to work with me, which is great for insuring a client base, but not necessarily where I want to be. Great questions! <3

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  8. Cynthia

    13. Bad at “business” and being the boss (of self or others) – no, I am definitely a leader in every test I have taken.
    11. Lack of confidence
    12. Uncomfortable with sales
    3. Lack of clients/not enough money
    4. Not enough time
    10. Scared of legal problems/creating a business entity
    9. Afraid of competition, or just not competitive
    8. Lack of knowledge
    2. Unsure of niche – what makes him/her special
    7. Technology mal-adapted (trying infusion-soft now – fairly confusing)
    1. Limiting beliefs about personal abilities/money beliefs
    5, Motivation and Follow-Through
    6. Feeling Alone

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  9. Michelle Luft

    I am a health coach and I focused on helping people lose weight through real foods. My ideal client is someone who has tried every quick fix, fad diets and has had no success with weight loss. Someone who is ready to work hard on making sustainable healthy lifestyle habits.

    Bad at “business” and being the boss (of self or others)- nope, I am good at this.
    Lack of confidence – not me.
    Uncomfortable with sales
    Lack of clients/not enough money – YES
    Not enough time
    Scared of legal – YES problems/creating a business ENTITY – No
    Afraid of competition, or just not competitive
    Lack of knowledge – Oh gosh no. I am OK with this one.
    Unsure of niche – what makes him/her special – nope, I know my niche.
    Technology mal-adapted
    Limiting beliefs about personal abilities/money beliefs – yes
    Motivation and Follow-Through
    Feeling Alone

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  10. Shelley ugyan

    So great- thanks for this!

    not enough time- I can say it over and over. I just don’t know how people fit it all in. I am now in a space of practicing acceptance and just being where I am at- a practice for sure!
    I am a health coach and I work with emotional and compulsive eaters- I teach them how to THINK better and lead peaceful lives 🙂

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  11. MIchelle

    I am not a health coach. I am a writer. My ideal reader is a woman over the age of 30 who never gives up on her dreams and wants more out of life.

    I’m also a selective rule breaker. I need to leave for dinner, so I can’t rate all of these, but I can tell you that #5 and #3 are biggies for me. 🙂

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  12. Maria

    Hi Cathy
    I am a Medical Intuitive and Prosperity Coach. I teach women to own their worth, value the messages they receive from their body – tap into their inner wisdom and to live their story with freedom of choice.

    Great exercise – reflective and considerate xx

    1. Bad at “business” and being the boss (of self or others)
    2. Uncomfortable with sales
    3. Technology mal-adapted
    4. Lack of confidence
    5. Lack of clients/not enough money
    6. Not enough time
    7. Lack of knowledge
    8. Limiting beliefs about personal abilities/money beliefs
    9. Motivation and Follow-Through
    10. Feeling Alone
    11. Afraid of competition, or just not competitive
    12. Scared of legal problems/creating a business entity
    13 Unsure of niche – what makes him/her special

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  13. april

    i am an eating disorders aftercare coach (certified as a holistic life and wellness coach and a food psychology coach). i mentor women in mid-life who have physically recovered from anorexia or bulimia but are still struggling with the emotional aspects of their illness.

    #10 is first, and then #3, 4, 5, and 6 in no particular order. a bit of #7. the remaining items feel like non-issues to me at this point.

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  14. Johanna

    Are you a health coach? Yes
    Who is your ideal client? Women who looking to fall in love with their lives.
    Please rate the 13 listed feelings in # of importance to you.

    12. Bad at “business” and being the boss (of self or others)
    9. Lack of confidence
    8.Uncomfortable with sales
    7. Lack of clients/not enough money
    1. Not enough time
    6. Scared of legal problems/creating a business entity
    11. Afraid of competition, or just not competitive
    5. Lack of knowledge
    10. Unsure of niche – what makes him/her special
    4. Technology mal-adapted
    3. Limiting beliefs about personal abilities/money beliefs
    2. Motivation and Follow-Through
    13. Feeling Alone

    Comment with your thoughts after rating these.
    I am glad that I do not feel alone and I am also glad to see how many of the concerns or fears I had as a new coach no longer exist. I do however still see that I am in my own way.

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  15. Julia

    Are you a health coach? no
    If not, what industry are you in? Marketing, Graphic & Web Design, ONTRAPORT Certified Consultant
    Who is your ideal client? Ha! Health coaches, wellness coaches, speakers, writers, business coaches.
    Please rate the 13 listed feelings in # of importance to you.
    5, 13, 11, 12, 2,7,6,3,4,8,10,9,1
    Comment with your thoughts after rating these. These days I’ve been pressed for time. I feel blessed to have awesome client. I’m also trying to streamline all of my processes in order to be more effective and grow the business.

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