My friends of PT/Coaching ilk, some reflective thoughts for you.
Are you fuelling your ego or enriching your soul?
Looking back through some old programming I’ve done over the years for people when I was far more green to the industry I can spot the exact moment things went to shit.
By that I mean that my programming got lazy.
Excuses of –
“They don’t want to change enough.”
“It’s t heir attitude.”
“We must stick with XYZ because… reasons.”
All creeping in to cover up the truth, I got bored because things got hard.
Once things got hard and a choice was presented:
– Talk honestly & openly with the client about moving forwards meaning more time, effort and energy needed to be spent for the greater good of the person in front of me
– Spam out arbitrary programs for profit and an easy life
Some people got the former, many got the latter.
Those privy to the first were good long term clients and got a decent amount of progress, the rest in the latter camp made some progress however it wasn’t what it could have been.
That was over a decade ago.
It was at that time I made the conscious choice to focus on the quality of service, and giving people an experience that would enrich their lives, over just fleshing out my bank balance.
Yes, my profits took a hit. A massive hit, yet it was worth it.
This is why not you’ll find if you ask me for a program I will give it to you for free, because I can and it’s the right thing to do.
If you require coaching however, well that comes at a rather hefty price.
As PT’s it’s easy to fall into the trap of dishing out templates, throwing a google search out there and pilfering a program for someone else and claiming it as your own.
We’ve all done it, because it’s easy.
Making the commitment to producing high quality work is a tall order that requires a lot of your energy invested into it.
This is where the emption of going down the easy path sinks it’s claws into many a young trainer, even some experienced ones too, and the only ones who suffer are the clients that pay their hard earned cash for a result/service/product.
By suer I mean they don’t get the best results/outcome/experience.
This is why PT gets a bad rap.
Most are no better than used cars salesmen.
You wouldn’t want to invest in a something lacking substance (it’s why you won’t hire a coach, you know most are full of shit because it’s a reflection of your own self you’d rather ignore), yet you’ll sell/give exactly that to your clients.
Harsh as this sounds it comes from experience.
Letting people down isn’t what we want for anyone, yet it happens because of our inability to say these very simple words:
“I’ve reached my limit.”
You see we can only take people as far as we know how, to go further we need to invest more in our education and abilities, at great cost to ourselves I might add (financially & physically).
That being said, this is how we can take everyone to the next level, that is if you wish to work with those beyond the level of beginner and stop claiming your ultimate success in your business is the result of your skills and not randomness and the fact you’re exploiting the ‘beginner gains’ phenomenon.
As such we can’t lament what is done, it’s done.
No point in being sorry, instead we must be better.
Take a look at your programming and how you conduct yourself as a PT/coach, are you the coach you want to be or a mere shadow of it?
Make the choice to be better now and in the long run it’ll all be worth it.