If you’re a personal trainer, health coach, strength coach or any type of professional in health and fitness, you hold the same truth as everyone else who is just starting out. We all begin without experience. AND, we all want to feel confident but aren’t always so eager to do what it takes to become confident. Because that means:
1. Accepting that you’re not going to feel confident.
This is a massive dose of freedom with the right perspective. If you can accept that you may not always feel confident, then that leaves space for growth, saying “I don’t know” and seeking to learn more. Which in my opinion, is a win. We also then know that there is room to GAIN CONFIDENCE.
2. Knowing that you don’t know things and have much to learn.
Coaches also often get caught up in the idea that they don’t know enough and will never know enough to be a “good coach.” I see this all the time in my DM’s. But here’s the thing – if you know that you will literally ALWAYS have more to learn, is it more beneficial to simply share what you know NOW. You can always edit, and update as you continue to inquire and learn.
Education and knowledge is not a place we want to “fake it til we make it,” especially when we’re advising humans on their health. Thus, know what you know and what you most certainly do not know.
3. Failing, a lot.
I mean…need I say more? The sooner as a coach and/or entrepreneur you can accept “failure” as a part of the process the better off you’ll be. Remove the irrational weight from failing. It’s really not worst case scenario. It’s a given.
4.Having more questions than answers (I don’t think that this ever actually goes away).
Curiosity is a value I don’t see often enough in the health and fitness space – particularly online. Ask, ask, ask – ponder “why?” If we encourage clients to ask why, we ought to do the same. See an exercise and think it’s stupid? Ask yourself why? What might the purpose be? What is the context? You get the idea.
When starting our, focus on what you are confident in, and lean on that. I was not the most confident in my people skills, but I knew I was naturally detail oriented and really enjoyed education. So how could I use and/or pass those things on to clients?
What are you confident now as a coach? What area(s) would you like to feel more confident in? P.S. I did a lengthier IGTV on this topic – see it in my IGTV archive 😘
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