Lifestyle coaches devote entire careers to improving the overall well-being of their clients. They make it their life’s mission to help by advising, leading and inspiring people to make permanent changes that will better their daily lives. However, not every lifestyle coach-client relationship is a perfect fit. Here are three clients you should avoid.
1. Lacking Holistic Intentions
Lifestyle coaches are charged with providing instruction that benefits the whole. This profession seeks prosperity in all domains. Holistic wellness breeds financial, mental and physical wealth. Consequently, a client who invokes a lifestyle coach should show interest in improving the entirety of their life, not just one aspect. This is an important distinction because clients who compartmentalize growth will struggle to sustain long term results due to their failure to see the interdependence. Financial, mental and physical health rely on one another to thrive. You cannot be physically well, if you are struggling mentally. You can’t secure your financial future if your physical health prevents you from working. A client who disagrees with this line of thinking should employ a coach, or mentor, who specializes in one discipline instead their entire lifestyle.
2. Unrealistic Parameters
As a coach, success is your goal and you will do all you can to achieve it, but every triumph requires the proper elements in order to come to fruition. Three of the most important factors are motivation, follow through and time. To start, a client must be intrinsically motivated to reach their goals. The best clients are self starters. Next, their follow through should be passionate. Simply starting isn’t enough. Victorious clients are go-getters who pursue their goals with vigor and see things through to completion. Lastly, worthy clients know that success doesn’t happen overnight. They set realistic time frames and account for setbacks. They rather be thorough than quick, and prioritize quality over quantity. Proficient clients strive to do things well, even if it takes more time. Avoid clients who show signs to the contrary.
3. Situation Specific Needs
We all have areas of expertise and areas of novice. As a professional, your clients expect a coach who is more than capable of providing high quality guidance, rooted in both study and real life experience. It’s humanly impossible to master every topic that a potential client may need assistance with. Consequently, it’s wise to only partner with those whose needs align with your expertise. Build your relationships with fellow lifestyle coaches by sending business their way.
Passing on clients who you can’t adequately serve builds trust. Though lifestyle coaches are typically trained as multidisciplinary professionals, clients may still present needs that are not within your comfort level. For example, the client may need help surviving a divorce or major illness. While you may be able to serve the client well without firsthand experience of such issues, you probably know another coach who has lived through the exact situation and can provide perspective that you don’t have.