In that time, she’s improved her overall fitness, dropped some weight, and become one STRONG, badass lady 😁💪🏼
However, on this particular call she was only able to identify one “WIN” in the past month.
Her work environment has been hectic and stressful…it’s her busiest time of year.
She reported being consistent with her training sessions during this hectic time, but said that she hadn’t been making the best food choices.
She hadn’t lost any additional weight in the past month…. But was staying steady at an overall 10lb weight loss total.
Her perception on the whole thing was: “It wasn’t a great month.. I didn’t lose any more weight, I made some crappy food choices, and I’ve been really swamped at work.”
I listened to everything she had to say, validated her stress levels, struggles, and frustration… but then I offered a different perspective on the same situation:
“You had the craziest and most busy month of work this year… and even with the added stress, you prioritized your training sessions, kept up your strength, and managed not to backslide a single pound…. Even with less-than-awesome food choices. In a nutshell, you were successful at KEEPING OFF the 10lbs you’ve worked so hard to lose!”
She paused for a second, laughed, and then said, “Well, I guess I had more wins than I first realized!”
I share this story because things like this happen all. the. time.
We are our own worst critics, and have the tendency to sell ourselves waaaaay short when it comes to the things we’ve accomplished.
- “I know I lost 5lbs, but I’ve still got 20lbs to go!”
- “I might be stronger, but I’m still not at my ideal pant/dress size yet.”
- “I’ve made exercise and proper nutrition a part of my daily routine for the first time ever, but I still haven’t dropped the body fat I want to."
I think we get “blinders” on, and tend to only be focused on the long-term, big goal.
Being aware of & focused on a big goal is good….. UNLESS the blinders prevent you from seeing any smaller goals or progress along the way.
It’s one of the BIGGEST reasons I believe everyone should have a Coach in life….whether it’s for business, fitness, personal development, or just overall life!
Someone who is in your corner, guiding and encouraging you along the way…. and who will be there to point out all the amazing accomplishments that you might leave on the cutting room floor….
The outcome of my Coaching call with this member drastically changed after that part of our conversation.
She wasn’t as down on herself, and didn’t have a negative view of her efforts anymore.
She felt proud, positive, and eager to take action for the next 4 weeks.
And it was all due to a shift in the way she perceived things.
Have you been your own biggest critic?
Have you missed out on appreciating the progress you’ve made along the way?
- Coach Michelle