When it comes to personal health, one size does NOT fit all.
We are all unique in terms of our preferences, genetics, life experiences. Therefore, what works for one person may not work for us.
The same can be said about a relationship between a personal coach and a client. Just because one approach worked with one client doesn't mean that it will work with another client.
What does it take to a create a positive relationship between a personal coach and client? How can a personal coach connect with a client in such a way that it will change their life forever?
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition Coach, Lisa Perkins, of Primal Transformations shares her 5 tips for changing your life around and discovering the perfect health plan for you.
The Power of Connection in The Coaching Relationship
"We can't look at quantitative biomarker data without looking at the emotional components."-Lisa Perkins
During her journey to become a personal coach, Lisa discovered the power of emotional intelligence and connection with other people. She realized that there is so much more to health than food or exercise.
A good coach looks at the whole person. Nutrition, exercise, and sleep all matter but they are just part of the story.
One-size-fits-all plans don’t allow wiggle room for things like work deadlines, the stress of caring for family members, or internal struggles with self-esteem. They also don’t provide support to help clients consistently implement their plan.
Lack of customization and lack of support often prevent people from being successful. Good coaches know this. They work with clients to develop an enjoyable process that leads to long-term, sustainable results.
A person needs to set a health goal that connects their deepest values.
Lisa has witnessed the struggle of many clients dealing with a story of yo-yo dieting, restrictive eating, and plan hopping. They weren't told how important it is to lock in your "big why."
According to Lisa, you have to determine how you want to FEEL when you achieve your goal. If you’re trying to conform to how you think society wants you to look, that’s not a positive motivator.
Instead, ask yourself, ‘How do I want to show up in the world?’
Capable of doing whatever I want to do?
These are the powerful emotions that will help us keep our eyes focused on our unique goal.
Finding the Perfect Coach for You Find a coach who you can connect with and is willing to collaborate on a customized plan.
Take the time to interview several coaches. This is a personal relationship and it’s vital that you feel comfortable opening up with them.
Don’t settle for the first coach you talk to or the least expensive coach.
Remember: You are worth the journey to reclaim your health and mojo. Take the time to find a good coach and see for yourself how big an impact this has on your health, fitness, and life.
Your Approach Predicts Your Progress
"When we're constantly judging ourselves, nothing will happen. When we talk with other people that we trust, we can see things in a new light. We're all struggling with the same things, but we're not talking about them." - Lisa Perkins
The diet industry only focuses on short term result plans, but these often end in us reverting back to old habits. If we're going to do the work, we want the results that we get to keep!
This requires us to slow down a bit, figure out our key roadblocks, and do the work to get out of our own way.
This doesn't seem very sexy until you discover how amazing life can be without the diet/shame roller coaster.
Just like Goldilocks, you need a plan that is 'just right' for you.
If what you're currently doing isn't working for you, it's not a moral failure. It simply isn't the approach tha