Please welcome Pamela. While she’s sharing her musings on change—I’m off living the change. At a conference. Outside our tribe. Learning, exploring and embracing the change. Ill be back soon with stories, I’m sure. Until then lets talk about HABITS…
I am a creature of habit.
I start each day with a cup of tea while reviewing my schedule and checking email. I plan workouts, blog posts and meals on a weekly basis.
Sunday is ALWAYS Pancake Day. I thrive in routine. Change is the enemy of my habits and my sanity.
There is one exception to my dislike of change: my clients.
As a personal trainer and health coach, change is my business.
You may think my job is about exercise and nutrition. On the surface it is. Dig deeper and you’ll find my real function – change manager. My real job is to help clients overcome a lifetime of bad habits and change their attitude about food and fitness. This is where change and I become best friends.
Ironically in my own life, I fight change. I don’t like it when it’s time to change workout programs. But I do it because I know new challenges bring the positive change I want to see in my body or my attitude. I procrastinate when it’s time to update software. But I know if I don’t things will eventually stop working. So I update to prevent problems later. I HATE it when the grocery store rearranges the aisles. I know it’s part of their marketing strategy but don’t they know they are slowing me down? Then again, when it comes to food maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
My clients don’t often see that side of me. To them I am the biggest champion that change ever had.
I know it’s their fear of change that is holding them back from the life they wish (and deserve) to have. My job is to show them what they can do, what is possible. I start slowly with the simple tasks. Perhaps it’s asking someone to do a plank a day to change the idea that exercise takes too long. When someone says they aren’t hungry in the morning I ask them to grab something small, like a banana, with their coffee to get their body used to eating breakfast again. Push ups on toes are scary. However, if you modify them on knees or at an incline they still work the same muscles without the intimidation factor.
Then one day they tell me about the yummy mug soufflé they made for breakfast, how easy and filling it was.
I love then I finally ask for just one push up on toes and they give me six.
I no longer see fear in their eyes but a glow from their new-found pride and strength.
Now they believe.
Now change is not something scary but a new adventure.
I HATE change.
I LOVE change.
It’s a fine line between love and hate.
Which side do you fall on?