The thing is, we’ve been traditionally taught to coach using the “best-case-scenario”.
To use a series of formulas and calculations to determine weekly weight loss.
And then deploy an arsenal of Google Docs and spreadsheets to monitor and track that data each and every week.
All with the underlying assumptions that…
Our clients will adhere and follow the plan they’ve been provided.
That they will check-in with us and fill out their spreadsheets every week.
And ultimately (hopefully) see the progress they/you desire.
And while this may work in theory.
Our clients live in reality.
And in this reality?
Oftentimes all they can see are roadblocks.
Things like their life feeling too busy to make themselves a priority…
Deadlines at work force them to stay late and order UberEats…
Their kids getting sick…
They can’t get to the grocery store…
Their hubby brings home their favorite ice cream after a particularly stressful day…
There are endless opportunities for our clients to fall back into old habits and patterns.
The reality is, basic adherence and compliance don’t come easy to most.
When we ask our clients to fill out their weekly check-in reporting on how their week went?
It can often feel like just “one more thing” to do…
Especially if they feel embarrassed to detail out their struggles and admit their failures… Again.
On the surface, it can feel like they don’t want it bad enough.
But odds are?
They actually want it pretty bad.
It’s in these moments where your client needs you the most.
Clients love checking in when they follow the plan to the letter and the number on the scale puts a smile on their faces.
But when their expectations aren’t met?
Or, when they feel like they are disappointing you as their coach?
Checking in can actually be a pretty triggering event.
And, it’s in moments like this where we have a unique opportunity…
When handled correctly,
We can strengthen and deepen the trust we have with them…
…we can guide them to open up about the very things that they have been struggling to face their entire lives…
…and we can create a shift in the way they look at, talk about and anticipate barriers in the future.
We must transform the way you set up, deliver, and run your check-ins.
In a way that makes the check-ins a lot more meaningful for them.