Earlier in the month I sat down with two different people for our complimentary intro session. No two people ever have the same story. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the business.
This is when we meet with people that want to learn more about our services, and we want to learn more about them, in effort to see if we would be a good fit for us to work together.
In 11+ years, we have seen it all. Professional and former professional athletes, Olympic medalist, and most of all; every day folks that are looking to get or stay healthy. Hearing their stories of where they have been, and their “why” for wanting to make a change now are important pieces of this conversation.
It usually starts with “I want to lose weight”. However, after a few more questions we get to the real reasons why they came to meet us.
For most people, it comes down to;
-they are not happy, are depressed, or not confident with how they look
-they are unhappy with their current state of health and high risk of obesity related disease; or already have diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease
-they physically cannot take care of their family, or play with their children or grandchildren
-they want to the obesity and associated diseases in their family tree to stop with them
Sometimes my passion is confused as anger. I can’t help it. I don’t want to change it. It’s why I do what I do.
It’ll offend some. I’m ok with that too. I have a New York accent; some find that alone, offensive!
Until they realize how we care once they decide to make the investment in themselves.
It’s frustrating to see someone that I’m confident we can help, literally change their life and potentially generations of family after them; if they would just decide to put time, effort and discipline into taking care of themselves.
My job isn’t to tell you what you want to hear. It’s to tell you what you need to hear. Some people preferred to be coddled; and told “it’ll all be alright”. That’s what friends and family usually do. They avoid the difficult conversations with loved ones because they don’t want to upset them.
If I did that, I would be doing you a disservice.
The truth is that it won’t be alright if behaviors do not change. If habits don’t change. The longer obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes has to impact a person health, the worse and more likely permanent, the negative impact will be. Improving nutrition habits and long term behaviors will do wonders!
Yet, at the end of the day, I can’t want to help you, more then you want to help yourself