Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The job

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Personal training has its highs and lows - I suppose that's no different to any job you can name. There are times when you wonder why on earth you're in this game, and other times when it's deeply satisfying. There are days when I just don't want to do it a minute longer and plenty of others where I can't imagine doing anything else.

There are lots of things that are less than ideal - the hours immediately spring to mind - but over the years, the one thing that's brought me close to chucking it in is this:

You cannot help someone who isn't prepared to take responsibility for their actions - and anyone with half a brain knows that actions determine outcomes. Yes, I can write you a program that will get you the results you want. Yes, I can push you right out of your comfort zone in your one-on-one sessions. Yes, I can give you all the advice on nutrition you need, plus tips on changing the way you think, if that's what's required.

But here's the thing: I cannot do it for you. If you don't follow my program, don't look me in the eye and tell me it doesn't work. Of course it won't work if you don't DO it. If you're not prepared to be honest and to take responsibility, don't bother me. Go sign up for a miracle juice diet, or at one of those places that electrocute your fat away, or whatever it is they claim to do. Or maybe get yourself a pair of toning shoes.

None of those will work either, of course, but at least you won't be wasting my time.


Magda said...

Kek, I PTed (with no other job in the background) for 18 months in Brisbane a few years ago. I thought it was my dream job until I did it day in, day out. It wasnt. The financial insecurity was doing my head in. My job now may not be as exciting or glam but I sleep at night knowing what my income will be. Thats worth more to me than whatever PTing could offer.

:-) Magda

Yummy Mummy said...

KEK.... unreal.. you are talking my talk... I totaly agree...
Have shared your post with others...
AMEN sister...

LizN said...

Agreed :)

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