Through the years as a wellness coach I have come in contact with many people looking for free coaching. While the idea of coaching someone for free as part of giving back to the community is great, it diminishes the value of a coach’s help. According to an article on wisebread.com while people still love getting things for free, people don’t usually have trust in things that have had the label “Free” put on them and it definitely diminishes the value of something to “worthless”. I have personally always felt a person treats an opportunity or belonging that costs them something, much better than they do something they got for free that didn’t cost them anything. As far as events go or personal or group coaching, they are all have value because a coach’s time is worth a lot when they are helping people with such serious things as lasting life changes.
Another little twist to the psychology about something costing us vs. being free is that we can look at a price someone has placed on something as a “cost” or an “investment”. I am asked the question frequently, “Why does healthy food cost more than the unhealthy stuff?” My response has been, “I don’t really know.” Upon second thought though I feel it should be looked at as an investment by people into their health. Healthy food probably still costs less than doctor visits and the toll an unhealthy lifestyle has on you. So it comes down to whether you are willing as an individual to invest in your health, or other improvements to your life while you have the opportunity to do so. Warren Buffett, C.E.O. of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest men in the world says the following quote, “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.” , posted on the following website: Warren Buffett, investing & success