5 minutes of laser-like focus

In addition to my private health coaching practice, I occasionally have the pleasure of being a part of a team which goes into companies/organizations to promote the health of its employees.

We start by administering a few standard biometric tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc.) which are known to be indicators for heart disease, diabetes and other not so pretty conditions.

Once an employee’s numbers are determined, we spend a few minutes offering an interpretation of those numbers.

My role as the coach is to give each employee an opportunity to identify one health goal and help them create a strategy for converting their goal into action.

The challenge is that I only have about 5 minutes to get down to the nitty gritty with each person. Continue Reading…

Deeper relationships guaranteed

I just finished a 4 and 1/2 hour exam in order to qualify for the highest certification in the relatively new field of health and wellness coaching.

Preparing for an exam may not be an enjoyable process but it sure has the potential to deepen one’s understanding of important concepts. And in this case, it did. Studying methodically these past couple of months, I found myself appreciating the core principles of coaching in a whole new way.

I’ll spare you the details of such things as The Transtheoretical Model of Change, and Appreciative Inquiry and Motivational Interviewing and Non-violent Communication and other theoretical stuff (all of it eminently fascinating, by the way) that was covered on the test.

Rather, I’ll share with you three simple ideas, distilled from my review of materials, which have practical use for all of us as humans. By no means is their value limited to coaching situations. Continue Reading…

Bring on the muck

My son Matt and I just got back from a 3-day hike on the Long Trail in Vermont where we got reacquainted with Mother Nature in her full glory.

Even though I have been on that trail a few times, including a 3 week solo a few years ago, I had forgotten how wet the trail is generally.

There are many stretches where it seems you’re walking through muck for a mile at a time. I’m talking the kind of stuff that will swallow your hiking boots (and you!) if you don’t tread carefully.

If it wasn’t New England, I swear you’d see alligators on the trail. Continue Reading…

Learning to fly, part 2

Alright, riding a bicycle is not the same as flying, but to someone who’s never ridden a bike before – it sure must feel like it.

Both bicycling and flying defy gravity so powerfully, they open a whole new world to us and, in the process, change our understanding of what we’re capable of doing.

So, let me bring you up-to-date on progress with teaching Claude how to ride a bicycle (see last week’s post if you missed Part I). Continue Reading…

Ever so close

My daughter Kate has been active as a volunteer, helping a family who recently arrived in the states after growing up in Republic of the Congo and spending 20 years in a refugee camp in Rwanda. She spends several days each week helping this family learn the basics of surviving in the US, a very foreign land and culture to them.

The father of the family, Claude (not his real name), has been offered a job on a farm nearby and the hope is that he will become self-sufficient in getting to and from work. Continue Reading…

Not in the mood right now

Not feeling in the mood to do certain things is a universal experience. If you’re like me, it’s a daily occurrence.

Like they say, never do today what can be put off until tomorrow.

An amusing thought it may be, but hardly a good rule to live by.

As normal as procrastination may be, when we allow it to become our constant companion, it can keep us stuck in a holding pattern that goes nowhere. Continue Reading…