One of the best things I’ve ever heard was, Stop trying to rush things that are not meant to be rushed. Giving things the time to mature and develop is a skill. See the future. Love the Process. Be in the moment with the work at hand. And never underestimate detail. You won’t see the importance of the detail if you’re always rushing towards what you “think” is the end of the work. Use visualization, constantly see the positive outcome, clear as crystal.

This means having patience with yourself, with your program, with your new environment, your new routine, with your new foods, your new responsibilities. It helps to keep in mind that how fast you pick something up if it’s brand new, is way different than someone who is versed and trying a different angle. Perspective and scope. Staying calm and knowing there will likely be frustrations can help you prepare. No need to overthink it

If new to personal training and having a coach, you may need to learn the basics of grip, posture, stance, breathing, muscle and core engagement etc. You may even want to do some reading and research on your own to prepare you for your sessions, *especially* if you are training yourself!

With some clients, we even need to start with physical therapy/rehab, to encourage their body out of disuse. This can be very frustrating, but so very worth facing. If you can imagine, for example, an instructor giving you a simple task, to jump onto a 6″ ledge, no hands. You know how, but your body simply won’t, you lose balance, or you land so “hard’ that you feel like your joints can’t take it. Or you’re asked to lunge, and on the very first step you tumble, feeling so weak that you feel defeated and say aloud, “I cannot do this!” This is where many people stop.. they can’t face the embarrassment of their capabilities, and will not be patient enough to find out that if they just stuck with it, the balance would come, the strength would develop, and soon be lunging down a hallway with a barbell on their back, chest up, confidant, strong, accomplishing goals. (These are the moments I live for as a trainer.. I get misty-eyed just thinking about it

Give a new diet 6 weeks minimum, ideally 12, sleep habits 3 weeks, new environments 1 month, workout programs vary greatly, but 6-12+ weeks is common. A new habit done or dropped daily, regardless of what it is, is generally agreed on 21. Everyone and every situation is different, so your experience will be unique! And please, follow through or keep augmenting until you get the desired outcome!!!

Try to come at these challenges with curiosity rather than dread. This is a lifetime. A marathon, not a sprint. Trust me, there are people out there who are ready to help you!!

 

 

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