Dumbest Mistake People Make When Hiring A Coach
In Psalm 32:8 it says "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."
This passage has a lot of meaning to me because of what I do. My days are filled with coaching, instructing and counseling my clients through all kinds of challenges.
If I'm being honest, it can be very rewarding but also very frustrating at the same time.
You see, there are people who truly are their own worst enemies.
Years back I remember working with a woman who wanted to lose weight. Doing what I do best, I designed a great nutrition and exercise plan. About halfway in the complaining began. She started whining to anyone who would listen that she wasn't getting any results.
Well, I had to call her out.
In one of our sessions, we reviewed her food log and we found she was having pizza and lots of wine on multiple nights! She clearly wasn't following directions or sticking to the plan. (At least she was honest enough to log it in her journal).
Last time I checked, wine and pizza were not great for fat loss. And they definitely were not part of the counsel I was giving her. She had become her own worst enemy.
The same thing happens with the exercise component of my job. We design comprehensive workout programs so people can exercise safely, yet some people don't follow the plan. They skip their warm up routine and seem annoyed when their form is corrected. Worst enemy strikes again.
On the flip side, we have a client who listens to counsel and follows directions. I was super jazzed at her assessment last week! She had shaved off 25 pounds of COVID weight and 28 inches along with it!
How did she do that?
Was it a diet? Some special supplement? Hours of cardio in the gym?
Nope! She simply followed the damn instructions. The instructions we put together specifically for her to fit her lifestyle and goals.
When I hear things like...
- "I will do this but not that."
- "I changed this because... (insert lame reason)."
- "I didn't get this because... (insert other lame reason)."
...I get completely irked! I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Let me and my staff do what we do best for you - all you need to do is follow the instructions.
Otherwise, you are reverting back to the "knowledge" that got you stuck in the first place.
Crazy isn't it?
Unfortunately it happens all the time.
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