One of the most exciting things as a coach is seeing how empowered people get when they fully commit to our programs and really start to see changes and results. Self-discipline and commitment builds confidence and this tends to have a snow-ball effect. Whether I am working with a competitive athlete or a general fat loss client, it really makes no difference as each one of these people is capable of making that complete commitment. That is where the real magic happens.
On the contrary, our programs do not apply any quick fix, easy way out strategies. I would be lying if we I said we didn’t have unsuccessful clients. WE DO! This is the unfortunate reality of the situation when people start with us and are unwilling to be accountable and accept responsibility. It is so easy to become motivated in a specific moment or certain environment, but I assure you that motivation alone will not drive you to success. Success happens when motivation and a full commitment along with responsibility for each and every one of your actions combine. This commitment is what allows you to keep pushing forward when motivation dwindles, and trust me, it always does at some point for each and every person.
Let’s face it, we can’t hold each persons hand, weigh and measure their food and then force feed it down their throat, nor can we strap them into their car and drive them to their training session. We can only provide the education, support, tools, and environment to help make success more readily available. Ultimately the only clients who ever see true, long-lasting success that they can be proud of are the one’s who commit to the process and recognize that only they can make change happen.
I read an interesting post the other day that relates to the point of this blog post really well:
“Attitude = How you feel about yourself. How you feel about yourself comes from self-esteem. Self-esteem comes from doing what you said you were going to do. In life it is easier to act yourway into feeling, rather than feel your way into action. Start today on a good step and do what you said you were going to do and at the end of the day go to bed in peace, knowing that you did what you said you were going to do. Do this for several days and watch your confidence, self-esteem and attitude soar.”
So the take away message here is this: Before even considering starting a fat loss or weight loss plan recognize that it is going to take some work and you are going to have to maintain a calorie deficit. If you aren’t willing or ready to be accountable and take responsibility then don’t even consider signing up for that program as the results just won’t happen. As well, be mindful of the fact that any program that produces or promises quick change and results without effort, accountability or responsibility on your part will not result in long-term lasting results.