What is habit change coaching?
When you think of a coach, what comes to mind? Accountability, support, encouragement, and mentor? Are these some of the words you would use to describe a coach? I am a Habit Change Coach with all the qualities to encourage you, support you, and keep you accountable all while changing habits you don’t want.
A great example of this is how Tony Dungy, previous Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team used habit change for how the team played which took them to the playoffs and ultimately a Super Bowl. Charles Duhigg wrote about this story in his book, “The Power of Habit, why we do what we do in life and business.” This story tells us how by letting go of trying to control their thoughts about how to play football they instead relied on the “triggers” or habit “ques” their brains already had created to make the right play at the right time.
What makes habit change coaching different from other types of coaching? A habit consists of a trigger, response, and reward. Habit coaching is finding out on a personal level what your triggers are for the habits you want to change. Once we know this (we being you and me as a team) we can then start to work on retraining your brain into the new habits you want.
That is the power of habit change. When your brain creates new neural pathways for the new habit it will automatically follow the habit pattern. The “trigger” to start the reaction is all that is needed. When you work with me as your coach we will figure out what your personal triggers are and begin to change your habits.
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About Suzy Wraines
So, a little about me. I can give you some facts about me. I am an Army Veteran. I served as a medic and spent a year deployed in Iraq. I worked in both the medical and veterinary fields for over 10 years. I understand western medicine and how the body works. This is what inspired me to go back to school and become a coach. It started with my own journey and struggles with my health.
As you can imagine being a medic in the army and spending a year in Iraq can affect someone. It was no different for me. When I got home I thought I can just find work with my skills outside the army and just forget about the experiences I had. Boy was I wrong. You see experiences create our behavior. I didn’t realize I had a heightened sense of awareness that made me jumpy and insomnia from my experiences in Iraq. I didn’t understand the reasons for some of my strange behavior or why I was not feeling well.
My husband and I started a photography business. In my mind I thought if I stay away from medicine I will feel better. Taking photos is fun and exciting. I’m not saving lives, although when it comes to wedding photography it can be life or death to a bride. As our business started taking off I was not able to understand why I wasn’t feeling better. I was gaining weight, not sleeping, and in pain during the day. I had no energy and started to feel depressed. What was happening to me? I decided I needed some help. I started searching for a health coach thinking if I lost some weight I would feel better. Again, I had no idea it wasn’t the weight I was fighting.
When I realized that it wasn’t weight loss I needed but a person to help me overcome my habits I started searching for a coaching school I could attend to become a coach. I knew if I was struggling with habit change other women had to be too. If I couldn’t find the coach I needed I was going to become one. I have not looked back and feel so much better.
I have a habit coach now who graduated with me and it has been amazing! She has guided me through making changes and letting go of things I didn’t realize I was holding onto until we started working together. I have a sleep routine. I wake up with energy every day (still takes a few snooze button pushes) but, I get up. I’m still working on my weight (what middle aged woman isn’t). My life is moving in a positive direction for the first time in over 10 years. That is the gift I give to women in coaching them through habit change.
We are all a work in progress and never reach the end. It is important to be the best version of ourselves right now in the present moment. I tell women who want to work with me, “I will meet you right where you are at.” We all have very different lives and the type of coaching I do is help you figure out what habits you want to let go of and which ones you want to create in your life custom to you. If you are ready to make changes that last, I would love to chat with you!