Becoming a mindful coach doesn’t just include your practice, but also your life. It includes your internal and external environments.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being fully focused in the moments. This can also be considered being present. Mindfulness isn’t just meditation, yoga, and tai chi. It is a lifestyle.
Mindful Coaching is when we are fully present in our coaching session. Often times, I see Fitness professionals on their phones as their client is working out. Instead of being present in the workout, looking at technique, and communicating with the client. This hinders your relationship with the client and their results. There are little things to fix or advice to give towards your clients overall goals. There are also times when the coach starts focusing on themselves instead of the client. This is great in conversation, but if you are constantly talking about yourself, then there isn’t any room for the clients. They probably have a lot going on too.
Mindful Communication with Clients
Our Clients come to us with a lot going on from their day to day life. They even look up to us sometimes. I have had so many Personal Training Clients ask me about advice not pertaining to fitness. They ask personal questions about us too. I like to keep the 80/20 rule. Talk 20% about myself and let the client do 80%. This requires a lot of redirection and active listening.
I remember talking to some fitness professionals and multiple times they would re-ask me the same question or jump straight to the next. It felt like they were asking questions just to ask them. Your clients can sense this too. Even rephrasing some of what they said helps.
Becoming aware of Yourself
This is a huge part of Coaching! Our thoughts, feelings, values, and actions get noticed by our clients. Whether it is subtle or not. They can see when our energy is drained or we are upset.
It is okay to be upset! Try not to let it ruin your client’s experience and address it while you can. I suggest having a 15 minute break every 60 minutes or 30 min every two hours. This allows time for you to focus on your mental health and your physical health (food and water). Having Back to Back sessions for 6 hours straight doesn’t leave much for you. You are a human, not a machine. Provide your self care in a way that works for you.
Engage in Mindfulness Practices
A self care Practice can incorporate mindfulness approaches. It’s like a muscle, the more your practice, the better you get at it. Practice sitting down for 3-5 minutes and noticing your breath. When thoughts come up, notice them, explore them, then come back to your breath.
This allows you to increase your energy, decrease your stress, and get into a more relaxed state if you have been running around from classes and sessions the whole time. It helps you get out of a stressed state to a relaxed state. Check out my 25+ guided meditations to help you get started.
Yoga is another way and so is tai chi. Even incorporating more stretching. If you workout that day, try it without music. That way you can be fully present with your workout. There are so many ways to fit mindfulness in your self care routines.
Noticing Your Energy
The biggest thing I see is coaches burning out. This is because we trade time for money and usually only make money if we are working. Become aware of the signs of burn out and when you need to rest. Make sure to have at least 48 hours off in a week(preferably at least 24 hours straight, if not 48 hours straight). Check out 3 ways to Prevent Burnout as a coach. This allows you to have a work/life balance.
Becoming a Mindful Coach
If you are constantly overwhelmed, it’s time to take a step back. You may have lost your reasons behind becoming a coach, focused only on money, or your health is diminishing due to your constant working hours.
My best advice, slow down. Take some rest and schedule in your non-negotiables. We can go over this more in depth in this through my life coaching programs for coaches and fitness professionals. Set up your Complimentary Discovery call to see if this would be right for you! Click that button below.
Becoming a mindful coach is a lifestyle. We give the best value to ourselves sand our clients when we are fully present. You don’t have to be mindful all the time. That would be very hard! But, if you start picking 3 ways to be mindful a day, it helps. You’ll notice it’s lifechanging effects on your energy and relationships. Coaching is all about quality relationships.