I am a fitness professional, and I take that title very seriously because my name and reputation are grounded entirely upon achieving success at my craft. And naturally, my fulfillment at this job is significantly grounded in my success at it. I am really good at talking about my success, and you can read more about that here.
What I want to talk about with you, though, is the fact that I haven’t been so successful with everyone. I take pride in coaching women from all walks of life and situations. I have to admit that I was quite arrogant when I first started this profession, thinking I could help any and everyone if they would just do what I told them.
What I didn’t know about fitness coaching is that some folks have issues that go way beyond what the certification textbooks teach you. Oh sure, they touch on it, talking a holistic approach, about lifestyle/attitude change and how to create it. They even provide the steps so matter-of-factly that one just assumes that the mind of the client will be on board. Especially if the client is telling you that she is.
However, just because people seek me out and pay me to help them doesn’t always mean they are ready. We talk about food being 80% and exercise being 20%, but the mind has to be at 100% BEFORE you even think about getting in shape. So if I’m doing the math correctly, you really have to be ready to give 200% at the outset. 200% is a lot for anybody, but it’s especially difficult for someone whose subconscious is bent on self-sabotage.
The professional Brain Ninjas define self-sabotage as behavior that interferes with long-standing goals. These acts may seem helpful in the moment, but ultimately undermine us, especially when we engage in them repeatedly.
Dear Ms. Yo Yo, if this sounds like you, then I want you to pay very close attention. All the reading and researching and asking of questions isn’t enough. If you learn nothing else from my fitness philosophy, please understand that this is all about YOU and what you really want.
YOU have to stop talking and start doing.
YOU have to identify and change your patterns of failure.
YOU have to pave a path for success and take control of your future.
Eating clean and working out is not the hard part.
The hard part is letting go of your fear and taking what you want.
It’s right there in front of you with your name all over it.
Reach out. Take it.
Are you ready to own it?