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Power of positive thinking

We hear it every day don’t we?  You ask a client to do an exercise, you demo it beautifully and then ’I can’t do it’ they tell you – they tell you that before they have picked the weight up off the floor – before their feet have touched the treadmill – and do you know what – they are right.  As Henry Ford famously told us – ‘If you think you can or if you think you can’t – you are probably right’.

I work a lot alongside some very large ladies and I can often tell how they are going to get on right at the start of their journey.  It’s in the language they use.  Those that say that they will never be able to get their BMI into the healthy range – they probably won’t.  Those that say ‘its tough, but I am determined’ are more likely to achieve their weight loss.

So, how can we use this knowledge?  We all know that Mo Farah didn’t win because he stood at the start line murmuring ‘I can’t do this, I’m no good at running, everyone is going to laugh at me’.  No, he would have trained, planned and envisaged himself winning.  I would guess he started off with an expectation that he was going to win.

Use the language of winning with your clients.  Challenge their ambiguity.  The client that says that they will ‘try’ to keep to healthy eating has set themselves up with an excuse not to succeed.  You know what they will say when you arrive next week, ‘well, I did try, but the cake was calling’.  Get them to reframe their thoughts ‘ this week I will eat healthily’ – get them to hold themselves to account for their own actions.

We use an accountability framework with all our clients – we ask them to set their goals according to their priorities and  get them to agree, week by week, what they are going to do to get them closer to where they want to be.  Once they realise that we remember what they said they were going to do and challenge them when they don’t keep to the plan they soon understand how poor their excuses sound!

Its all about what goes on in the head.  Tap into it – use it – help every client to get to where they want to be – help them to be their best.

Marion Foreman

www.forefrontfitness.co.uk

 

 

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