One thing you can always rely on me for is honesty. I will never blow smoke up your ass or allow you to believe something that isn't true.
This is why I say, in order to SEE change, you have to MAKE change. The amount of change you are willing to make is directly proportionate to the results you will experience. Whether your goal is physical, psychological or social is irrelevant. The equation is the same - put energy into that goal for a small percentage of the time, get small results. Simple.
Noone ever went to one exercise class and left three stone lighter, with four new best friends and the self confidence of Beyonce. Every time we decide we want to make a change, we are acknowledging that we have to actively do something in order to receive the results we are after.
If I decide I'm going to be better at communicating on social media for my business, then I need to do it every day and multiple times a day.... being a bit better is great but is that really doing myself and my clients justice?
Now here comes the brutal honesty bit, as a fitpro I hear the same shit over and over again. 80% of the time I already know before I ask which response I will get. The truth of the matter is that if you do not make the effort to create a consistent, sustained change, you will remain the same. Small effort = small progress. If you are happy with that then great, more power to you, but if you have big plans then you know you need to put your money where your mouth is and put in the proportionate amount of sustained effort to get there.
YOU are completely in control of your own destiny...... allowing yourself to bleat on about something without doing anything about it, makes you passive..... watching life go by, wishing for something you haven't got the balls to follow through. This may sound harsh but if it makes you feel uncomfortable then it's because you recognise some of yourself in these words.
As humans we generally tend to stick with what we are comfortable with but what would happen if we tried that new class? If we went to see a physio so we could join in with a different kind of workout? If we went to talk to someone new in class rather than hoping someone would come and talk to us? If we had the guts to tell our friends we have no intention of drinking that night? If we said no to bacon butty Friday's at work? Are our lives and social interactions really so meaningless that we only enjoy them if we are eating or drinking? As grown adults, are we really so scared of the crazed, weightlifting animals that attend our local fitness class that we would rather not go?
If we are honest 9/10 times it is because we have become 'comfortable' in our lives and surroundings that we are resistant to accepting that our way of thinking may not always be right.
If you want something enough to talk about it then you should be willing to make some solid changes to get there. If not then that's all gravy, but the only management there is to complain to when you don't get what you want is YOU. And let's be honest, no-one wants to be fielding the customer service team when we are disappointed in ourselves?
Anna is a qualified Personal Trainer, experienced Group Exercise instructor and a Master-Trainer for an international fitness brand. Owner of Vital Signz Dance. Creator of Always Moving Forward Instructor Network.