Today is a pretty big day for me.
You probably already know that I’ve been doing Online Training for a while now. I’ve been able to make it my full time profession since moving to Bali to concentrate on it.
What you might not know is that I am a chronic ‘non-finisher’. Especially when it comes to study. I never put in effort in high school, I had 3 attempts at Uni and didn’t complete a degree, I only just scraped through my PT course (they are almost impossible not to finish) and I’ve started multiple courses since then but never saw them through to the end.
I signed up for the Online Trainer Academy when it first launched in 2017. It was and still is the only certification course out there specifically for online health and fitness coaching.
I’ve tried so many times to be consistent and finish it off, but procrastination, excuses, analysis paralysis, perfectionism and exhaustion from face to face PT all got in the way.
It played on my mind every single day how I wasn’t doing the one thing I knew I wanted to do most. Lots of days it made me feel like shit knowing I’d let myself down again by not doing it. I’m sure lots of other procrastinators out there know this feeling.
When I moved to Bali, I made it my number 1 priority to finish this course.
Even though my online coaching business was doing well, and I was already helping clients get results, it wasn’t about that.
It was about finishing what I started.
I put everything else I wanted to do in my business in the back seat and made it the first thing I do every single day (except Sunday). Even if it was just 10 minutes. I still missed days (10 last month and 12 the month before that) but I’ve finally completed it.
There’s so many other things I wanted to do, but I kept this quote in mind: “We can do anything, but not everything.”
I also asked myself this question: “What is the ONE thing that will have the biggest impact?”
This course was the simple answer to that question.
While I’ve been implementing what I’ve learnt in the course along the way all the time, it feels amazing to finally have actually completed it.
To finally have overcome that mental block that I don’t finish things and that everything needs to be perfect.
Every morning I write in my journal this affirmation: “I do what I say I will, I finish what I start and I give it 100 percent.”
I don’t know how much it really made a difference because lots of other things have changed that have helped too, but I think I’m on the way to becoming more like the person I want to be.
I knew Online Training was a natural progression for me and the way of the future, and I wanted to set myself apart from everyone else out there who just wants to post shirtless pics, sell templates and supplements, and sit back without really helping anyone.
I knew I could make more of a difference with online coaching but I needed to do it right. Over the last 3 years I’ve gradually gotten better, and now I have a certification to show for it.
I know most people don’t even care about a certification, but it’s about more than that.
There a couple of lessons to learn here:
- Don’t worry about timelines. The time is going to pass anyway.
- You can change, most of the time it’s just your own limiting beliefs in your own head holding you back.
- Don’t give up trying to change something about yourself. It might just take longer or be harder than you expected.
- Focus on your little wins, not your failures.
- Compare yourself to who you were when you started, or a year ago. Not where you want to be or where someone else is.
When I write them, I think about how they all apply to a health and fitness journey so similarly. You face the exact same problems when trying to lose weight, build muscle or achieve any other goal.
Anyway, it’s pretty cool to be able to say that I’m finishing this course with a full roster of clients already. I have room to take on 1 or 2 more, but you need to be committed. If you’re ready to start feeling your best mentally and get in the best shape of your life, send me a message and I’d love to chat with you. If not, it would mean the world if you could mention me to anyone you speak with who might be.
And if you made it this far, I applaud you. You must be the kind of person who finishes things. That’s a good trait to have!