In order to affect change, there exists a requirement to evaluate the full circumstance. We are our best change agents, yet we are also our fiercest competitors. Negative self-chatter, lack of confidence, fear of failure and other behavioral-emotional states impede our ability to progress through change to a new “us.” Intrinsic motivation – the desire to accept a challenge and be successful in achieving or exceeding a goal – is an imperative ally on the path to change. How do we inspire it?
Through personal inventory.
We have to really learn, know, accept and understand what motivates us – what are our purposes and rationales for doing what we do? There is a concept of evaluation to which good personal trainers and wellness counselors or other health professionals will adhere. These professionals perform an intake or inventory with clients or patients and they listen: they do not preach, they do not make any recommendations until they have a full picture. They work WITH individuals to support their growth and change in an incredibly difficult process. Knowing yourself and accepting yourself are first steps in behavioral change that can improve your attitudes toward life-changing habits – difficult changes to make. We sometimes undermine how hard it is to accept our circumstance and radically alter how we live: I’ve been there.
Here are some questions to ask yourself first in preparation for what you might be asked by a trainer, coach or healthcare professional. These are just for consideration – this is not a test and there is no passing or failing. Take this time for you. I’ve included some trending links to other sites on attitudes and goal-setting. I wish you very well in your journey: by all means, post a question or contact me privately if you have other requests for information.
- Take a moment to think about your past medical history or your family’s medical history and how this influences your current health status.
- Think about your current environment at home, work, social settings: are there stressors? How do you deal with them?
- Are you currently taking any medications that affect your health, mood or energy levels?
- What are current attitudes toward exercise?
- Have you participated in physical activity before? What did you do, and what was the frequency and intensity?
- What has encouraged your desire to make a change?
- How do you envision change and success?
- What do you hope to achieve through weight loss and fitness?
- Do you have a network or support system as you engage in change?
- Do you see any barriers to participating in a fitness/wellness program at this time?
- List some of your specific short-term goals:
- List some of your specific long-term goals:
- What are your expectations for yourself once you have reached your targeted goals?
- How will you cope with a set-back?
- How will you handle boredom and fatigue?
- Once you have achieved the success that you define for yourself, how do you think you will feel?