They are coming. The throngs of people clamoring for your time in a mad rush to get healthy. Be different and you can make a difference.
Be more than a trainer or fitness instructor—be a coach. A true professional moves beyond teaching what to do and seeks ways of delivering and packaging the “what” for maximum impact.
You can’t change the body in three days, but you can change the mind.
When everyone is coming at you looking to reverse several months of celebrating (which somehow has become synonymous with poor choices) once the holidays are over, you can be in a position to transform the minds of everyone you work with by January 4. All you need is three days.
Once a mind is switched on in the direction of health, doing the consistent behaviors of health gets much easier. This makes the path to success for the individual easier and your role as a health and fitness leader easier because you have less resistance to change.
How do we do this? In three days!?
In collaboration with your client, set up three days of simple actions to help build success momentum:
Step 1: Choose a theme for each day.
I’ve done this part for you. On three consecutive days, pick a theme for each day: Move, Mind or Meal.
The client chooses an action related to movement. The most important part is that it has to be specific. It can be anything, but it can’t be vague. “Go for a walk” is vague. “Go for a walk and listen to my favorite six tracks from the new album by my favorite artist” is specific. Perhaps it is calling friends for a pick-up game of basketball, or picking a fitness class to try (at a specific day, time and location).
The client chooses an area of mindset. It might be changing an inner dialogue or the story the client tells about herself when faced with a situation where she often makes a “bad” choice (e.g., those doughnuts that are always sitting in the conference room on the Monday morning meeting). It could be the general attitude surrounding a workout, changing it from one of obligation (“I have to…”) to one of opportunity (“I get to…”).
The client chooses an area of nutrition on which to take action. On this day, the client might try a new