Bec Withnall’s passion for health and wellness is all about helping others find their light and letting them shine. Her company, Stones Throw, focuses on leadership and team building. “Leaders need to be making their mental health and wellbeing a priority,” she says.
I get my energy from being able to help people see their potential.
To see the potential and shine a light on it. I get my energy from being able to help people see their potential. I achieve this by getting alongside them, helping them to discover their truth, and then supporting them through any changes they may want to make. I thrive on helping others and find that I learn and develop through this process too.
I was fascinated by how many of the ‘mainstream’ assumptions around food and exercise weren’t based on solid science and weren’t making us healthier.
How did you originally become interested in health and lifestyle medicine?
My sister asked me to do a fitness challenge with her in Sept 2019. I was pretty happy with my health in general but wanted to support her. I found this experience to be a real awakening – I was fascinated by how many of the “mainstream” assumptions around food and exercise weren’t based on solid science and weren’t making us healthier. This prompted me to do the Health Coach Certificate, which increased not only my knowledge in this area but also how to share this knowledge with others.
How has becoming a PreKure Certified Health Coach impacted your life?
I started my business, Stones Throw, in January 2020, with a focus on leadership and team building. While this may seem out of the scope for a Health Coach, this year has shown me how much our leaders need to be making their mental health and wellbeing a priority. Building resilience has become a bit of a catchphrase, but a crucial skill to have.
Get a really firm grip on why being a Health Coach is important to you and hold onto this through the journey.
Would you like to share any client success stories or a big ‘aha’ moment in your coaching career?
My big ‘aha’ moment would be meeting my client where they are at. Taking the time to understand where the client is currently at, where they would like to be, and how they would like you to support them on their journey, is crucial to building a coaching alliance. I still want to jump straight to solutions, but it’s getting easier to stay on the client’s agenda.
What advice do you have for others thinking about starting their study journey with PreKure?
I would have two pieces of advice – first, understand why you are doing this. Get a really firm grip on why being a Health Coach is important to you and hold onto this through the journey. My second piece of advice is to connect with the PreKure community. Do reciprocal coaching with your cohort, ask the questions that seem silly, and support others when they ask for help. There is nothing as valuable as talking to those who are going through the same thing as you.
To connect with Bec, visit her website www.stonesthrow.co.nz
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