Cultivating Readiness for Change

Within the sphere of health coaching, readiness to change emerges as a foundational element shaping clients’ journeys toward wellness. It acts as a precursor to significant transformation, signifying an individual’s preparedness and motivation to adopt healthier habits and behaviors. This article underscores the crucial role of readiness for change in health coaching and offers simple strategies to help clients prepare for transformation, drawing insights from biblical teachings. 


Readiness to change encompasses an individual’s willingness, readiness, and motivation to embrace healthier behaviors, habits, or lifestyle choices. It involves recognizing the need for change and committing to taking action to achieve desired health outcomes, whether through dietary modifications, increased physical activity, stress management techniques, or other health-related changes. This readiness sets the stage for progress and success in health coaching (1). 


Clients often approach Health Coaches acknowledging the need for change, yet they may feel unprepared to begin their journey. Professional consultation seeks to understand their challenges and strengths, aiming to create a collaborative alliance focused on harnessing clients’ strengths and igniting their readiness for change (1). 


Once readiness to change is assessed, health coaches can tailor their approaches to meet clients’ specific needs and circumstances. The Bible offers valuable wisdom on the topic of readiness to change, providing guidance and encouragement for those seeking personal transformation. 


Awareness: Proverbs 4:13 (NIV) advises, “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life” (2). This emphasizes the importance of awareness and understanding the need for change. Recognizing the impact of current behaviors or habits on one’s well-being is the first step toward readiness for transformation.  


Motivation: Romans 12:2 (NIV) urges, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (3). This verse highlights the significance of internal motivation driven by a desire to align with God’s will. True transformation comes from a deep-rooted desire to live according to God’s principles rather than being driven by external factors.  


Confidence: Philippians 4:13 (NIV) declares, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (4). Confidence in one’s ability to effect change is essential for readiness. Trusting in God’s strength to overcome obstacles and achieve desired goals instills the confidence needed to embark on the journey of transformation.  


Support System: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) states, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up” (5). This emphasizes the importance of a supportive community in fostering readiness for change. Surrounding oneself with encouraging and supportive individuals can provide the necessary encouragement and accountability needed for growth.  


Readiness to Commit: Luke 14:27 (NIV) emphasizes, “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (6). Commitment is a key aspect of readiness for change. It involves prioritizing goals and being willing to invest time, effort, and resources into the process of transformation. 


Once readiness for change is assessed, health coaches can tailor their approaches to meet clients’ specific needs and circumstances. By integrating biblical wisdom into coaching practices, they offer wholistic guidance that addresses not only physical health but also spiritual well-being. Coaches provide education, motivation, support, and accountability, empowering clients to overcome barriers and embrace healthier lifestyles. 


In health coaching, readiness for change serves as a foundational pillar for success. By understanding and addressing clients’ readiness levels through the lens of biblical wisdom, health coaches can effectively guide them toward wholistic transformation. Through collaborative efforts and a focus on strengths, clients can embark on their journey of personal growth and wellness, ultimately achieving their health goals while honoring God with their bodies and spirits. 

By Jasmine Kelly-Stephens, MBA, HHWC 

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J Kelly-Stephens, Cultivating Readiness for Change, (2024).  Adventist Association of Health and Wellness Coaching,


  1. Sutton, J. (2022, October 13). How to Assess and Improve Readiness for Change.  
  2. Proverbs 4:13 (NIV) 
  3. Romans 12:2 (NIV) 
  4. Philippians 4:13 (NIV) 
  5. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) 
  6. Luke 14:27 (NIV)