Happy New Year!
Thoughts before you begin your 2015 journey.
As a trainer I reflect on my interactions with clients and often wonder how I could help them be more successful.
I think of adjustments I could make to their diet or workout to get more results.
Over the last couple of days I have found myself thinking that maybe I’m projecting my vision on to my clients and not listening closely enough to what their NEEDS are.
I know what most people WANT to do, but, what do they NEED to do to get there.
It’s normal for clients to tell me what they think I WANT to hear. It usually consists of their weight loss goals, body composition goals, etc. Those goals are important, but, if a person is not in the right place mentally, emotionally and spiritually with themselves, they will never reach them. This is where the trainer in me has a dilemma. The trainer in me wants to have walking billboards showing my work with them by how they look. I feel that there are many people that begin a journey with a trainer that are simply not in the right place inside to reach those physical goals. There is some work on the inside that NEEDS to be done first.
That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work toward physical health. What it means is that we NEED to help find a path to mental, emotional and spiritual health before they will be able to fully embrace the physical aspect.
I want to make a bigger effort to lead with my heart with clients. I want to listen more and talk less so that I’m better able use my knowledge and skills to TRULY help people.
Here’s to your new year and new you! I hope it’s a great one!
All my best,