I had a couple come in together to talk to me about lecturing them. I was wondering how does a trainer motivate their clients to complete challenges on their own without feeling like their trainer is lecturing them? I felt awful that they had a terrible week because they wanted to be defiant and do exactly the opposite of what I was saying. They felt I was just telling them that they were wrong and they had to do things my way. That wasn’t my intention to make them feel bad for being themselves. I felt, on the other hand, that I was giving them ideas for how to plan out their week. Am I doing something wrong?
ouch…I think we can all relate to the sting of sincere efforts gone awry, I know I can. When this has happened to me in the past (and after the sting subsides), it’s been a great opportunity to learn what I can improve on – keep your chin up. Lots of good feedback from Susan, Harris, Michael & Karin.