At Moxie, we believe great coaching should serve "deep health."
We don't want clients to have big muscles but small lives, or clients who "look good" but feel awful inside.
We want to help people function well in all aspects of their lives.
Deep health involves thriving in all domains of human experience. It's a "multi-faceted, whole-person, whole-life" phenomenon that incorporates:
Physical Health - "I feel healthy, energized, and thriving. I perform and function well."
Mental & Cognitive Health - "I feel alert, focused, competent, and thoughtful. I learn, remember, and solve problems well."
Emotional Health - "I feel a full range of emotions, but mostly calm, hopeful and positive. I can express emotions appropriately."
Existential / Purposeful Health - "I feel a sense of meaning and purpose."
Relational and Social Health - "I feel connected and authentic with others; I feel supported. I belong."
Environmental Health - "What's around me supports my health and wellbeiing."
When we have some degree of deep health, we're able to grow, adapt, evolve, and potentially even excel as human beings. At the very least, we have a "life-forward direction" that give us a sense of vitality and purpose in the world.
These domains of deep health aren't separate. They're deeply entertwined and strongly connected, sometimes even hard to distinguish completely.
Don't worry. I'm not here to try to "fix" your entire life.
Coaching for deep health simply means:
opening a conversation about how your nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle skills, practices, and daily actions might be related to one another
working with my clients as whole, complex individuals; and
doing my best to help people balance all the aspects of health - even if your main goal isn't health
Whether a coach or client, student or teacher, we all need to be responsible for our own learning and growth.
Build your Owner's Manual.
Throughout my Nutrition Coaching program I ask clients to "be their own scientist" - to track their progress, gather data, and reflect on thought exercises in order to write an Owner's Manual for themselves - a collection of information and analysis about their own lives, bodies, needs, wants, and real-life-tested experiences.
Each client creates their own Owner's Manual by answering questions throughtout the program, such as When you tried Food Experiment X, what did you notice about...? This process helps clients test hypotheses, gather data, and draw conclusions, just like scientists. It also increases their self-awareness, knowledge, and ownership over the change process.
This approach doesn't just work for nutrition coaching clients. It's highly effective in any kind of learning or change process.
Introducing: The Moxie Weekly Fix
I encourage you to see this as an opportunity to be present and to cultivate self-awareness. Who you are and what you value shapes you as a person.
This includes knowing
what you think is important, and what you value
what you prioritize
your unique life experiences
how you self-regulate (i.e.. manage your emotions and stressors)
what environment suits you best
your "super powers" (Yes! You have them.)
I created the Moxie Weekly Fix to help you build self-awareness in various ways:
"Try This Now" exercises
"Comfort Zone Challenges"
Weekly lessons / experiential exercises
Specific questions for you to reflect on to build your Owner's Manual.
I'll suggest strategies to help you learn. As you put these strategies into practice, pay attention to what works best for you - and what doesn't. Continue to develop your Owner's Manual, so you can discover and refine your learning process.
Journaling doesn't need to be in a fancy journal (although I love fancy journals). It might be a notebook or a post-it note. It might even be on a piece of paper that you throw away when you're finished for the day.
None of this is required.
Your Owner’s Manual is intended to be an ongoing self-discovery tool for you. By answering a series of thoughtful questions, you will take inventory on what you know, what you have, and what you need to succeed.
The Owner’s Manual also serves as a nice “snapshot” of your progress, something you can look back on over time and note the changes.