Not only am I having fun with starting my own private health coaching business, but others see what I am doing and want to support me! I have never seen myself as an entrepreneur, but it seems I’m a pretty quick study when I put my mind to it. Ladies and gentleman, this is the blog post of a recent recipient of a Level Up Mini Grant!
I found out about the grant through my involvement with the West Virginia Women’s Buisness Center and applied. After completing a relatively short application and submitting a “Lean Canvas,” which I learned is basically a short and sweet business plan, I was notified that I was awarded the grant!
The grant will allow me to “Level Up” my business by providing the funds for certifications and for computer programs. I’m looking forward to taking the exam to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. The grant will also be used for continuing education that will serve to grow my skills and knowledge as a coach.
Also, I have already been experimenting with the free version of an online platform called Healthie to use as an interface for my coaching clients. It has been fun to play with the features that help me leverage my time with tasks such as billing, note taking, form intake, and scheduling. It has also been fun for my clients to use the goal setting tools and reminders and the video chat feature. I look forward to providing even more services as I use the grant to access even more features of the program.
Thank you so much to the West Virginia Women’s Business Center and Partner Community Capital for believing in me and helping equip me to take my business to the next level!
There are a lot of ideas out there on what it takes to change a habit. Most people are familiar with the thought that if you do something for 30 days, it will then be a habit. I don’t necessarily disagree, but I think there is a lot more to it than that. And the danger in that concept is that if you miss a day, you are back to square 1 … which for a lot of people is enough to send them into a tailspin. (I’m a failure … I’ll never get this right … etc. Been there?!)
The way I explain habit development to clients is using the analogy of a hiking trail in the woods. Imagine that like Anne of Green Gables, you have a trail through the woods that links your house with that of your best friend. That trail has been there for years and because you spend every day with your friend, it is nice and clear. Suppose one day you decide that you want to make a new trail so that you can walk past a particular berry bush on your way to your friend’s place. The first time you go that way it is going to be very difficult. You will have to do a lot of work to clear the new trail. But the more often you take that trail, the more clear and packed down it will become.
The old trail is still there, but every day it becomes more overgrown because you aren’t walking down it. If you do take the old trail one day, it doesn’t mean your new one is totally gone. You just want to get back to the new one to continue the process of making the new trail wider, more packed down, and easier to travel. And by traveling the new trail more often, you are also letting the old trail become more overgrown and forgotten.
This is literally what is happening with the neurons in your brain as you are establishing a new habit. New pathways are being built that make it easier to do the new habit each time. And concurrently, the old pathways are being forgotten. If you slip into your old pattern one day, you simply need to get back to the new one the next time. It is still there! And, it gets easier every time you do it.
What new habits are you developing new neural pathways for? Comment below!
Katie Kolb - Health Coach