How To Help Clients ReFocus and ReConnect With Themselves!

Ask any experienced Personal Trainer and they will tell you: How you start or finish a session plays a key role in the overall client experience.

With that said, here’s a simple mindfulness practice you can carry out with a client to finish a training session on a positive note.

Or if they arrive somewhat frenzied or distracted, it’s a great way to help them refocus and commit to the session ahead!

The Theory:

This practice can help them unwind, rebalance and let go of worries, concerns and negative feelings that accumulate throughout the day.

When we cultivate and amplify positive feelings, we benefit from their nourishing effects on our body and psyche.

The Five Steps To Follow To Achieve Lasting Change

John C. Norcross is an internationally recognized expert on behavior change, the author of “Changeology” and an undisputed authority on New Year’s resolutions!

Unlike most self-help books, John’s book “Changeology” has a strong scientific foundation and is best suited to those who want to alter negative habits. It springs from three decades of scientific exploration and uses behavior modification tactics  that have worked successfully with tens of thousands of people.

However, that said, before starting, any client should meet these three criteria:

How To Motivate Your Clients to Stay Exercising With MAPS

People start an exercise program with good intentions to lose weight, gain energy, or to enjoy better health. Yet many quit soon after they start. Hence, it’s one of the key reasons why people seek out Personal Trainers – to sustain their motivation!

So here’s how to set up an exercise regime around Motivation Expert Michelle Segar’s MAPS [Meaning, Awareness, Permission, Strategy] framework, so clients stay inspired with exercising longer.
1. Meaning
a) The idea here is “when you change the meaning, you change the motivation.”

The meaning you assign to any form of exercise depends entirely on WHY you select it. Hence, if you understand the WHY of something you want to do (the reason you’ve chosen it), you’ll more likely embrace and sustain it.

How To Go About a Motivational Interview

I introduced the key principles behind “Motivational Interviewing” (MI) in my last article: “Getting Clients to Change Their Habits!” and why it can be a valuable tool to add to your skill set.

In this follow-up article, I would like to run through a typical (brief) MI conversation.

A Typical MI Conversation Format:

Start with the usual greetings & introductions

Then set the Agenda and the time you have available together.

Getting Clients to Change Their Habits

If you find yourself in challenging conversations with clients around changing nutritional and lifestyle habits, then “Motivational Interviewing” (MI) can be a valuable tool to add to your skill set.

It has certainly served myself well in training VIP clients who want to retain an element of control (and personal significance) when working out or examining their diet! It’s also a good way to customise exercise, nutritional and lifestyle information to best fit the client and their unique circumstances versus the all too common “one-size fits all” approach.

The problem is that MI can appear quite complicated to apply. However, the principles are simple and knowing these alone can greatly enhance your effectiveness to influence and inspire clients to change.

Making Positive Changes In Your Life: “The Magic of WOOP”

Thinking positively or simply dreaming about the desired future is not enough.  Positive fantasies tend to provide short-term pleasure and relaxation only. By fooling our brains into thinking we have already achieved that success (eg a false sense of reality), we lose the motivational energy to do what it takes to meet inevitable challenges and to achieve our goals.

Most of us are taught to ignore or diminish: “The obstacles that stand in our way”. Yet the obstacles that we think block our deepest wishes can actually lead to their fulfillment. The WOOP Method not only helps people gain greater insight into their dominant wishes but also helps clearly identify the obstacles that stand in the way.  By experiencing our dreams in our minds AND facing reality, we can address our fears, make concrete plans and gain the motivational energy to take the necessary action. What’s more, WOOP is not just a popular theory; it’s the result of over 20 years of Scientific research!

9 Scientific Principles Of Success

Is there a simple formula for success?

In 2011, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson published: “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently.” Scientifically proven, these 9 strategies provide a useful framework for both setting and reaching challenging goals. Let’s quickly run through them in a checklist fashion to see how you might apply them:

1. Get Specific

With the amount of information each one of us processes daily, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, diluted, or thrown off-course.

So it’s vital we gain a crystal-clear idea of exactly what success will look like once we achieve it (whatever “it” may be).

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