I learnt a lot over the weekend about working with clients and aiming to understand what their main motivating factors for change are. Usually it is not just to "tone up" or "see abs". There is always something deeper.
For me, I just wanted to be happy. Go back 7 months to when I was sad the majority of the time. I knew training made me happy and I knew my job didn't. It seemed so simple - what if I could just stay in the gym all day, imagine how happy I would be?! I made a conscious decision to just be happy, stay positive and believe it is possible to enjoy your work.
I didn't have time to do the course I wanted with the long hours I was doing in recruitment but I didn't let it deter me. I put my tail between my legs and returned to my old company on a 6 month contract, who I had left the year before with grand ideas of making loads of money with a global recruitment company. It was one step backwards with the hope of two steps forward but I had no idea what the future held.
I started my course and then my main motivation was to be the best advertisement for myself, so that I could make Personal Training my career. I knew I had to stop kidding myself with my nutrition and was very disciplined in my approach. I found a way of eating that worked for me. It was not easy juggling full-time work, part-time college, training, food prep, study and any sort of social life but I knew it was a means to an end and I also found a passion I never knew I had. Through things as simple as the #irishfitfam tag on Instagram, I found so many positive, fitness-focused people. Somehow some abs popped out along the way. What a feeling!
At the seminar in UCD over the weekend, we were speaking about stress in the work-place and the speaker asked anyone who is not stressed to raise their hand. I was in the front row and shot my hand up. The speaker looked shocked. I looked around and I was the only person who had raised their hand! Despite the fact that I am leaving my job on Friday with very little money and no security for my future... I'm not stressed. I believe I am going to make this the best decision I've ever made.
As I reach almost 14,000 Instagram followers, meaning an average 2,000 people a month have followed me on Instagram alone, it is still hard to pinpoint exactly what I am doing to keep people following but if I had any advice, aim high and just believe you can get there. Block out any negativity. Focus on what you want, where you want to be and how you are going to get there.
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