I’ve browsed some of the posts here and I’ve seen the language “My client has to want it more than I do,” used in a few of the posts. What does this mean, specifically? Why do you use this phrase in particular? It seems to refer to motivation — my client has to be motivated. Do you feel it’s a situation you get trapped in if your client is unmotivated? I think it’s a curious way of saying something and I’d like to understand the concept that this phrase describes. Thanks!
Is this part of client selection? Would you reject a client who doesn’t “want it” enough? How do you as a personal trainer work with a client’s (possibly fluctuating) levels of motivation and commitment to their program and goals?
As trainers, we certainly want our clients to succeed in reaching their goals. It’s our job to motivate them, educate them, challenge them and be their biggest cheerleader. However, sometimes, we can do everything in our power to try and help our clients achieve their goals–but unless they are in a stage of change to make that happen they will not progress. A client comes to a trainer and is ready to take action, and may find that it takes more work than they are ready for—but there is still much to be gained by training that client.
I personally would never reject a client for not “wanting it enough”. I feel I have something to offer every client that comes my way. I will re-evaluate client goals and break them down into smaller goals along the way–because that keeps clients on point with the specifics of what they really want to achieve. Setting new goals each week may be helpful, or rewarding/celebrating a client for a great day/week can help keep motivation going.
Sometimes, we are the ones to put the spark in their motivation–so I keep encouraging.