great answer Joanne! I think finding out the big WHY behind their aspirations is very important. I’ll usually ask WHY do you want to get fit? After they answer (usually something like- I want to lose weight ot fat), then I’ll ask again…WHY? I usually have to ask WHY 5 times before we get to the real reason and often it’s an emotional experience for them. Once I know the deeper reason as to WHY they want to get in shape, then I can help tap into that emotioanl reason whenever they start to faulter a bit.
Also- I think that many times new clients are given TOO much info or tasks to do in the beginning. I try to limit myslef to giving them only one or two new habits to focus on for 3 weeks. Once they feel like they’ve gotten a pretty good grasp on those habits and it’s become pat of their life, then I’ll add on one or two more. Since I started this I’ve noticed my clients sticking to my program because they don’t feel overwhelmed.