A coach is an expert in the process of change and uses specific skills to direct clients, with kindness and empathy, through the process. Creating new healthy habits is not easy. Any change can be unsettling, even if it is a change we desire. For most of us, just deciding to change is not enough.
Repeated behaviors create neural pathways, and in this way, our well-worn habitual patterns shape our brain. It is in this way that we improve our motor and intellectual skills. This is a good thing! Unfortunately, creating new habits requires the work of rewiring the brain; forging new paths, so to speak. Fortunately, the brain is capable of change, and strengthens pathways that are prioritized as important, and that are practiced and repeated.
Knowing that change is difficult can be discouraging, however hard work can be good hard work. Good hard work is any work that brings us in greater alignment with our personal vision and purpose, or how we want to “be” in this world. Our vision, therefore, becomes our why. Research indicates that our personal vision is a strong motivator for change. It can keep us going when the work becomes challenging.
An effective coach will help you see clearly where you are today and create a vision of where you want to be by giving you space for deep introspection. This will allow you to better clarify goals, identify obstacles, and create action plans. All in service toward a healthier you.