Inspired…. and more!

This week one of my clients told me something that brought tears to my eyes and made me feel the most accomplished I have ever felt in my short lived career.

It was something so simple, but made me realize my deepest desire in what I do for living had been met.

You see last year, I hit several remarkable milestones in my career…
- I became a published author for one of the most renowned online fitness resources, PtontheNet; not just once, but two times over.
- I presented at IDEA World fitness conference alongside some of the industry’s best on an international stage.
- I was promoted to Master Trainer for TRX and became responsible for developing future instructors in the industry.
- I had the honor of teaching 4 mentorships to a private career college to new trainers coming into the industry.

I recall feeling proud in each of those moments and recognizing their significance in my journey, but still they didn’t surmount to the moment that happened this week.

My client, who was home for spring break from college, told me she had a project in her class where she had to give a speech on someone who inspired her.  She said that it was one of the easiest speeches she ever had to give, and wanted to thank me for everything I had taught her.  She felt confident that she could be healthy and live her life in the best way possible because of how I had trained her.  She concluded by saying: “You inspire me.”

I was overwhelmed by the feelings that came after she told me.

I got into training, because someone INSPIRED me too!  Someone taught me what exercise and living a healthy lifestyle could do.  I got into training because I wanted to inspire others. It really all boils down to that. So when she said I inspired her, I FELT COMPLETE.

Inspiration by dictionary definition is: “A divine influence.”

I believe that to be inspired, we must not only be influenced to do something, but we must feel that in our pursuit those that grace our path in hopes of helping; listen to our needs physically, emotionally, and mentally.  Stimulating us in every aspect of our being, and showing us that we are capable of accomplishing whatever we set our mind, body, and soul to. Inspiration comes when someone believes in us more than we believe in ourselves.  The moment when that belief from someone becomes a reality in proof of what our own actions accomplish is when we are inspired.

Many of you have entrusted me in helping you in your pursuit of health and fitness.  I do not take it lightly that you have given me that responsibility. I only hope that in your journey towards reaching your goals you can be inspired too.

Inspiration requires two things… An obstacle to overcome, and a belief that we can overcome it.

So my challenge to any trainer in the industry is to supply a belief in your clients. And my challenge to any client seeking health and fitness goals is to find someone who believes in your ability to reach those goals. But most importantly, trainers should ask this KEY question when interviewing clients: “In what ways to you believe I can help you?”

“When we find the why, we find the way.” (Paul Taylor) And when we are on the way, it is the ‘belief’ that we can that allows us to figure out the HOW.

Move More,
Hayley Hollander
(For more info on building inspiration from the first encounter with a client visit http://www.ptaglobal.com and look into the Program Design Questionairre)

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3 responses

  1. Lee

    Hayley, thanks for sharing your joy with us. You have found your calling in life.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:34 am

  2. flip

    i feel inspired now

    March 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

  3. Well written Hayley! I’m getting ready to ask my UNM students to write Health Promotion project and was feeling heavy about it; then I read this in my email and it was a great pick-me-up. Thank you for lifting my spirits, and now I’ll pass it to 30 people by encouraging them to create a project that “inspires” their heart as well as those they are working for. ;> Thanks!

    March 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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