I tell them they can do anything they want to do, that nothing is impossible
Sometimes I have them repeat things they say to me with a positive tone attached to it, I will ask them to say thier goals out loud to me
I always remind them that they have to want it in order to get it.
Challenging clients keep me on my toes, however, they are only challenging if we allow them to be.
Karin’s client perhaps has a powerful “why” and Karin’s expertise, professionalism and personality aligns well with what the client wants to accomplish. Most client need to create intrinic meaning for themselves or they will fail long term. You can keep them entertained, you can educate, and provide the resources, but the greatest motivator is self determination. While knowing the stages of change is nice, it does not move a clinet from contemplative to action. Ahhhs do that. Motivation is supported through management of energy- via one’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical self. If you can help the client allign their exercise regime to these dimensions then you have provided a valuable key.
One of my clients pretty much tells me at the beginning of every session that he could think of a lot of things he’d much rather do – and he has been doing so for the last 12 years! He has enough challenges to deal with, and I am chagrined to say that he has gained a significant amount of weight over those 12 years.
But he keeps coming because his back is really hurting him when he does not. I take solace in the fact that he is exercising at all.
I bring it back to why they’re trying to get healthy in the first place. Showing them how the steps their taking are getting them their. I also believe in reassessing often enough. Show them how their hard work is paying off. Are they running faster? Are they not experiencing back pain any more? Are they sleeping better? Do they have more energy? I tend to ask a lot of questions to see how their doing and to also make sure that their program is on track. Things come up. Life changes. And their program needs to change with them. Most of the time, my clients start to see the little changes in their lives before I do. Making sure that they celebrate those little changes as a step on the path to their bigger changes, is all part of my job and why I love it!