Quite often new clients expect that I will hold them accountable for things that we discuss and agree on they will do outside of our time together. Do you want accountability? Do you have that feeling that you wont move, exercise etc on you own unless you have someone who will hold you accountable?
The assumption is often that I will give them a bit of a telling-off and be disappointed about it if it’s not done when we next meet up.
This is what many feels is accountability – I (client )will do it because I don’t want to have to tell you (me the trainer / Coach ) I didn’t do it.
This is not the best form of accountability!
As a coach, my job is to help you do things that you are happy with. I help you do things for you, not me or anyone else.
I didn’t move as much as I intended to this week, or, I did too much this week.
We work on why this is happening, without judgement. After all, it is normal.
In the end, we acknowledge it for what it is and we learn from this experience.
We continue to move forward. It’s not a big deal, we will see how things go over time, and if we need to tweak our plan, we do so for the benefit that it will work better for you.
It is important to step away from handing accountability over to someone else.
It requires a lot of responsibility from you. But it’s the only way to allow you to be in charge and fully control your health.
After a while, it becomes easier, there is less frustration when things don’t plan out as planned.
You know how to deal with the situation and it’s not a big deal. You are consistent thanks to the ability to be flexible.
Without knowing it you are healthy in an effortless way.
A good start is to start small, don’t worry about perfecting your nutrition, sleep, and physical activity all at once.
Choose one area, preferably the one you feel is the easiest to tackle.
For example, let’s say you picked physical activity and you feel that implementing daily walks would be good. It’s something you can imagine will be nice and you know it’s good for you. My suggestion here is instead of going every day lets star by 2 x a week for 10-15 min.
You get the idea. Make something smaller than what you initially thought. The smaller and easier the better.
This goes both ways by the way. If you know that you need to be stricter with recovery or you want to be active but want to enjoy it more rather than it being a must-do thing. Scale back in small ways.
All the best
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