Coaching Downsides… The Darker Side Of Being A Coach
October 17, 2013 1 Comment
There are down days. It’s not always easy and sometimes it feels like I am running myself in circles. It’s funny, everything seems to come at once. The good, the bad, and the lukewarm. The reality is that being a coach, in many ways, is like any other job. It takes work, time, patience, and sacrifice to be truly successful. But it’s also a business of relationships, big successes, and even failures. And I kind of pin my heart to everyone that I end up working with (that’s kind of the deal with coaching)… even if we get to work together just a little bit. And sometimes that leads to disappointment. And sometimes there is failure. And sometimes it bums me out. That’s the toughest of coaching downsides.
Let’s face it. This job is hard and there are coaching downsides. Especially starting out. Without much credibility, experience, or really much of a platform to speak on… you are asking people to point blank change their lives. And not just a little bit either. In most cases you are asking someone to make a total 180 in their life. It’s a HUGE request.
And the only reason it works is that every person knows, deep down, that it’s the right thing to do. They should live healthy lives. We all know it.
But to ask someone to not only change their diet, but start exercising daily… that’s just huge.
And honestly, most people say no.
But for the few that do, you start a little journey together… and like I said, sometimes the results are amazing… and sometimes the results are disappointing. And when you have a string of successes… it feels like you are on top of the world. But the coaching downsides are always there, and when you get a week of failed attempts… it can really get to you.
The other thing they don’t tell you in Fitness Coaching 101 is that this job takes hard work and dedication… and at first very little pay. And while this may seem unattractive to most, truly loving health and fitness (yes, like I do)… will make you successful. It just takes time, consistency, and a willingness to learn by helping others with little to no expectation. The good news is that this makes the barrier to entry pretty high. While there are a bazillion fitness coaches out there, very few are successful. And it’s because it’s easy to give up in that first year when things seem to move at a snails pace.
Fortunately, it’s the most fun job I have ever had, so I am in it to win it. It’s my calling i guess you could say.
Okay, I have talked enough about the hardships of a fitness coach. I also pontificate greatly about the upsides of being a coach if you read any of my other blog articles… so no need to add to that here.
I have many coaches on my team, and many future coaches out there… and my goal is to never sugar coat it once we really talk about the opportunity. It’s a tremendous opportunity, but it’s also an opportunity only given to those that really want it. It comes with amazing upsides, but also some of the coaching downsides I mentioned here. But like life, it’s a journey… complete with up and downs. But that’s what makes it interesting.
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