When changes happen… especially significant changes… there’s usually an identifiable catalyst behind it.
A catalyst for change is an event or person causing the change.
When it comes to weight loss, a catalyst could be having a heart attack or developing hypertension.
A person who was otherwise disinterested in exercise or developing healthy nutrition habits is suddenly motivated to change due to the serious medical diagnosis or event.
In the decade I’ve been working with folks to make positive body and life transformations, I’ve heard about catalysts of many different kinds.
- A breakup.
- The loss of a family member.
- The loss of a job.
- The inability to keep up with active children or grandchildren.
- The general feeling of discomfort and potential pain in one’s own body on a daily basis.
These are the reasons a person calls me up, comes into my office, and decides to ask for help with their fitness.
Something significant enough has to fire them up enough to go out of their way to seek out help and support to make change.
It’s a big deal.
But the most important lesson I’ve learned as a trainer and coach is that I cannot identify the catalyst for someone, and I can’t be the catalyst for someone.
In other words, I can’t try to convince a person that they should start exercising because their neck and shoulders hurt every day, and exercise would help.
I can’t make a person believe that developing healthy nutrition habits may reduce their joint pain or migraines by a large margin (and may even get rid of the ailment completely).
I can’t expect anyone to make changes because I point out how beneficial they could be.
I can only listen, support, and offer my guidance and advice when people ask.
I can only offer my own stories of personal change and how the changes helped to enrich my life.
If you want to make changes in your life- to look and feel better than you have in years & to be happy and confident with who you are - the catalyst to that change must originate within you.
You must deem a person or event worthy of your decision to change.
And when that happens, the power of your decision will help you take those first steps toward success.