Yes, you read the title correctly and I’ll say it again, my goal is for my clients to no longer need me. That sounds very counterproductive you might think, but that’s the truth. I want people to be able to look after themselves for the remainder of their lives and know how to detect the BS that flies around out in the social media and mainstream media.
Some may ask, why do you feel this way? There will always be someone out there that needs help for one reason or another, whether it’s a high school athletes trying to cut down injuries or a 40 something year old that wants to feel strong all the way into their golden years, someone will always be seeking help. Not everyone is in need or is seeking it, but there are always plenty of folks to help.
I believe most people fall into 4 categories;
-They want coaching but don’t need it (many of my current clients)
-They want coaching and need it (to some degree)
-They don’t want coaching and don’t need it (keep doing you folks)
-They don’t want coaching, but probably could use the help (show them the way everyone)
The word need in there is probably subjective, because some folks may just simply need something like accountability. Cool, I’m down, come in, pick up something heavy and we’ll have a laugh. When I say need I mean they have a long term chronic injury that pops up or they’ve got zero direction on how to exercise or move (daily walks are a great start by the way).
So as I’ve said, I believe everyone should be looked after, until they can look after themselves. Once they’ve reached that point they no longer need looking after, the baby bird can leave the nest, as it were, and there will be others always. I would say this is in fact not counterproductive, if you’re in this industry for good reasons. Some coaches will employ the strategy of always pointing out things that are wrong with a client (awful), but then again they’re probably not in this industry for the right reasons, so avoid those types.
That’s what I got for you all today folks. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and I hope this encourages at least one person to either look after themselves better or find someone that will help them do so. Thanks for reading everyone!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS