We’ve all heard of mindfulness. It’s become a buzzword in our culture often dismissed immediately into images of new age gurus and their followers chanting blissfully, defining themselves as spiritually enlightened ~ which means we aren’t. We roll our eyes and shake our heads and never look beyond the grooviness package pedaled in the marketplace. Madison Avenue looks for every possible way to get into our pocketbooks to fool us into feeling good about ourselves.
As a fitness professional, you’re in the business of helping people feel good about themselves in a genuine way. As a mind/body/spirit coach I am here to tell you that you’re missing the boat for yourself, your clients and your business if you don’t integrate the elements of mindfulness working with your clients. Let’s look at the definition of mindfulness from Merriam Webster:
Thank you, Merriam Webster. Goes straight to the heart of mindfulness. Nothing woo woo about it. Mindfulness is about awareness ~ of everything around you and within you. It’s a way of being fully present in your life. The busyness of our days is the thief of mindfulness.
From the moment we open our eyes to the time we finally rest our heads on our pillows we are catching up to ourselves. Responsibilities we carry, feelings of obligation, wanting to have fun, can all lead to being overscheduled, stressed, exhausted, and not truly aware of how we walk through our days. We’re on autopilot. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered how you got there?
Do you remember why you decided to become a fitness professional? What brought you here? Remembering your Why is the first step in bringing mindfulness to your training. In the midst of all the energy you spend on building your business, training clients, teaching classes, continuing to build your knowledge base, as well as your life outside the gym, it’s easy to forget what led you to commit to this work. Burn out is common and often leads to second guessing your choices. Go back to square one…identify your Why, allow yourself to feel the emotion of your Why as a way of keeping your passion alive, feel it front and center everyday, inspiring you to bring your best game to each training session. Your full presence and focus..
Once you have identified your Why you can begin applying it mindfully in your sessions with clients…or during moments when you could use the boost of a reminder.
Using your Why as a touchstone–before, during and after your day–is an effective and intentional way to practice mindfulness in the gym. Reminding yourself why you became a Fitness Professional before you head out onto the floor releases a powerful emotional response that can bring you more energized and focused into the present moment; it can give you a boost and help you zero-in on the specific needs of each individual client. Your Why can also help you as you examine the end of a session or day and run through a checklist of what went well, what was challenging and how you can improve the sessions.
Hold fast to your passion. When you live and lead from your heart, genuine inspiration will guide you in knowing exactly how to craft that business plan you’ve been wrestling with in alignment with what is most important to you, your energy level will feel a boost and you will pass inspiration along to your client. They will want what you’ve got. And it has nothing to do with your high budget kicks, latest hoodie or your cut abs ~ they will feel your impassioned spirit ~ thriving in what makes your come alive. Your Why.
In our online course “The Mindful Trainer”, we provide you with all the secrets of how to use your “Why” to boost your connections with your clients and ultimately the culture of your business. You will inspire and motivate individuals to be the best versions of themselves through being present and intentional in their acts on and off the gym floor. Check out the class here: "Mindful Trainer"