We all have dreams, goals, and ideas of some sort. Mine was to be a health coach. During a transitional time in my life, it seemed like the perfect solution to, “What am I going to do with my life?” I knew I wanted to help people. I knew I wanted a career that complimented my already present skillset and that would be in demand for years to come, ensuring my financial success. I looked at dozens of programs ranging from 3 months to a year of training and a wide range of costs. I also wanted a program that was approved by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) so I could use those credentials in promoting my business that I would later establish. I also knew that it meant I would get a high-quality program. Pack Education has not disappointed me on any level. The price was right, the length perfect and the content thorough, comprehensive, and inspiring. And the staff is professional yet personable and supportive; making you feel like you’re a part of the Pack Ed family.
Before I looked into becoming a health coach, I didn’t know what Motivational Interviewing (M.I.) was. It’s been the best educational decision I’ve made because of how it impacts my professional but also my personal life in such a positive way. It helps you listen better, speak more concisely, empathize, be more present, and engage with people and clients who will walk away feeling more positive, emotionally energized, and understood. I feel like it has prepared and qualified me to collaborate with people who are looking for health changes and need help getting there. On my very first day, our first assignment was to develop a description of what health coaching was to us personally. This is what I wrote: “Health coaching to me is respectfully assisting clients to make changes in health and wellness that they want and through that journey reveal abilities and strengths that have the power to affect every part of their lives.” Now, I would add to that a bit and say it’s also supporting and encouraging the autonomy of people, drawing out, via a partnership, their own voice; their own empowerment to change. Being a part of that, being that other side of the partnership, is so rewarding and exciting. Through the study of M.I., I feel empowered too, in my personal and professional life and am so ready to pay it forward, to help people make the changes they want with the power that has always existed inside of them.
Post written by: Natilie Land