The number one thing I hate about being a personal trainer is “Motivating People.” It’s hard and frustrating like procrastinating on procrastinating.
And everyone needs motivation, whether they need more of it, need it for the day, need it for a split second to boost their egos, shine through their jobs or make it through Life just another day. Whatever the case is, never forget that this also includes motivation for other Personal Trainers. Some trainers may have you believe they have the Magic Motivation Potion at all times. But they’re full of shit. Yes, they’re human too. And if you scope the gym properly you will see that OH, YES! –> Trainers train other Trainers. And they should. For the simple fact remains that you never know what you can learn from others.
Does anyone even realize how hard it is to motivate people in general?
I’m not sure if they do. If you’re selling an item like something that sells itself, say Cars? Then is it selling when it basically sells itself? Do you need to fully commit and try super hard to convince people why this/that particular car is so lovely? There are many folks out there who don’t know anything about the tiny details of a car, say, 4 cylinders as oppose to 12 and what the hell is Front Wheel, Rear Wheel or All Wheel Drive. So, No! This doesn’t count. Cars sell themselves. (Or rather the eyes are deceived quite easily? Ears too.) Things like necessities are another thing that sells itself. It’s actually, worse, don’t you think? Necessities..boy how we all NEED things.
Sometimes people say Motivation comes down to Presentation. This is tough, depending on who your audience is, how you are as a person, how interconnected you are towards the situation., etc. You have to learn how to build great rapport, stand and own your ground, all the while relating to this person you’re about to train with. I mean, “Why should they believe in you?” You have to live up to be an example and live up to be the hype or bullshit you’re speaking about, in order to fully motivate folks. And what about the folks who just HATE working out? That just the thought alone not only freaks them out but they start imagining hives coming out of their fucking pores!
How hard is it to motivate your kids to do something (if you’re a parent)? How hard is it to compromise and find balance in in your relationships? How hard is it to get out of an old habit when you’re working on the new you? How hard is it to start something new? How hard is it to keep the consistency flowing? To keep a positive attitude? To always find and believe in a Way? To have faith in yourself? To maintain the spirit of curiosity? To only seek approval from elders and also by trusting within? To be able to stay open and allow influence from the many internals/externals of life to challenge your pattern of thinking?
You need tactics. These tactics need to be fail-proof (almost). You must rely on everything. Find and Decide What works. Then go for it! Some are driven by fear. Like feeling self-conscious appearing old, having sagging triceps or sporting a big pot belly. Others run by desire: “I want to feel good by looking good!” Revenge: ” Wait til they see me now!” Others are propelled by results. Others get off by the action day in and day out of non-stop discipline.
Believe it or not there are some reasons and beliefs you (can) learn to fall/adopt and be in love with. Like: “I love being healthy. I love feeling strong.” Some reasons you may never truly fall in love with. Like: “I have to eat smaller portions. Cut out soda. What the hell?” Then, this is where sacrifice would come into the mind of your pro’s and con’s. Of course, there are going to be some lessons you have to learn over and over and over again. And then, you have to know how to get back on the wagon when you have lost sight of your wagon..you know.. when you’re losing that battle of Will.
How do you motivate people to drop a few grand on you just SO you can help them get in shape and keep them healthy?
There’s a million things people want to do out in the world. And we still have the majority of people not waking up and saying, “Oh I have to get my workout in.” Nope! If this were true, then we wouldn’t have such an outstanding level of obesity out in the world right now, would we? Most normal, average folks prefer going to the movies, hanging out with friends, masturbating, clubbing, looking for intercourse, consume loads of television, video games, drugging themselves, rather spend time with their relatives, put the kids first, study for school or drain their energy from working long hours at the office.
There’s a lot of people who are just not interested in their health. Not interested in knowing their Body Mass Index, body fat or bodyweight. I’m not kidding! Do you know how many people are frighten just to get on a scale? So imagine, how many folks avoid and skip their Doctor and Physical altogether? They rather walk in ignorance, rather than learn if they could prevent that blood clot that’s about to put them six feet under. So why would these same types of people ever decide to go to the gym? Why would they ever enjoy lifting weights? Why would they want to perform cardio? Why eat nutritious foods? Why?
Well, there are lots of reasons. Too many fucking reasons ACCORDING to the WORLD. And well, they need YOU or me to figure out those reasons. Surely, they can get someone to help them find those reasons. They would need someone to motivate them to solidify those reasons and make them priority. Sometimes it takes someone to bring it out of you/them. Sometimes people just need someone to hold them accountable, someone to guide them and answer their questions. Oh, but what about if they never ask for help, eh?
How do you motivate someone who doesn’t even want to help themselves? Well, some people say you have to be a psychiatrist.
So, what do you think.. is it hard to motivate people to do anything, (even if doesn’t include a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle)?
I think it is.