In case you aren’t aware, we are in a pandemic. 😅 This pandemic has been especially challenging for small business owners across the globe. While I feel like I handle stress decently; there have been many opportunities to exercise my abilities.
Most often when people look to hiring a coach, they want direction. I usually hear things like, “I don’t know what to do” or “I don’t want to hurt myself” . Why would someone who “knows” what to do need to hire a coach? For me it came down to one thing…..
Ironically, just two months ago, I would have told you I was hiring someone to keep me accountable. It is true that I needed accountability. As the owner of a gym, it is really easy to lock the doors after a long morning when you’re tired and hungry, and not workout. It is easy to overeat a snack food in-between a long to do list. It is also easy to go more than half a day eating 250 calories to be ravenous in the early evening. All things I was guilty of doing.
It is easy, especially in these times, to get stuck in a rut of telling myself how I am not measuring up, where I need to do more, or that once again I broke a promise to myself. This cycle is hard to break, that is why I hired a nutrition coach for the first time in my life.
I knew someone would be checking in on me and keeping me accountable. Looking at my entries in my fitness pal, and looking at my body scans, these are all things I expected. However, what I gained the most from my nutrition coach was focus.
I mean seriously, this is what I do for a living…. I knew what good foods were, I knew the benefit of a workout and I knew how to implement things. This almost worked to my detriment. Instead of giving myself grace and making a small correction, I would beat myself up for not making the right decision. Does that sound at all familiar?
If left to my own devises, I would have tried to change everything all at once. Then, when the week was busy and I failed, I would tell myself it was another week of not making progress. With a coach by my side the week begins to look different.
Instead, during a stressful week, I would reach out to my coach and give a list of what was ahead of me. She would then send back two focus points for the week. This was doable. Measuring my food, tracking every ounce, killing every workout, was not maintainable. Having two action points were maintainable. Because I only had to focus on two things, I also took them seriously. I tried even in the low moments to really check those things off the list.
Over the next few weeks, I will share with you some of my focus points. At the end of the day, we are all human. We do need accountability but beyond that we need to know where to keep our FOCUS.