Welcome to the Insider Well! This is a place to explore different facets of the wellness industry as well as tips and tricks for maintaining your own health. I want to dedicate my first post to taking a look at some of the ways that you can become qualified to work in the health and wellness industry.
First of all, what do you want to do?
Take some time to look at your own strengths… answer these questions and see what comes up.
- Why am I drawn to this line of work?
- What significant experience have I had with my own health and overcoming obstacles?
- What subjects are the most attractive to me?
- What advice or support do people most often seek from me?
- How do I spend my free time?
These are general questions, but can be pretty revealing. Pay attention to what goes on inside of you as you answer. Are there other question that arise? Follow whatever inner guidance you get as you start to do some soul searching. When we start explore our desires, it’s amazing what surfaces.
This field can seem tricky and intimidating, especially if you’re not sure what your niche is or how to build a business. Subscribing to wellness gurus via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites will allow you to get a feel for the frequency and intimacy of information being shared… and can be hella inspiring to get precious bits of wisdom in the midst of your daily grind. It will also allow you to sense which styles of self promotion you dig, and which you could do without. Pick up some autobiographies on people you admire, like individuals who have particularly inspiring careers. Go swimming for inspiration, and take note of what you can learn simply by scanning over someone’s website.
Where to Start?
Certification isn’t mandatory for someone who wants to get involved in this industry. If you want to build a client base, you should consider offering your services on a voluntary basis. Getting real results for real people is the best way to build credibility… regardless of whether or not you have formal training.
Maria Forleo, a successful business and life advisor, has a great video about building a business when you don’t have formal training.
Let me leave you with some certification resources…
The International Coach Federation offers accreditation, which can help your clients feel confident from the start.
Until next time…. stay inspired!