76-82% of people who being an exercise program will drop out in the first six months. 75-80% who begin a diet will stop. There is no trainer, no program, no person outside of yourself that can make you change. As a trainer, teacher and coach, I can offer information, resources and support, but the only way that people see lasting change is by finding the internal reasons that they want to evolve.
Most everyone wants to feel better, or look better, be healthier, or happier on some level, but unless they can find a benefit that outweighs a cost or reward (including instant pleasure, a lack of motivation to get up and move, the desire to take a nap, the taste of chocolate cake, giving up a tv show, socializing with friends that goes along with certain habits, etc.), their rate of success is fleeting.
The best advice I can usually give people is to sit down and write out what you want your life to look like, whether it is health, wealth, happiness, or physical appearance. Then write down the “why” you want that. Really envision what your ideal situation would be. Then write down what would need to happen for you to have your ideal.
That’s where hiring a trainer, or enlisting support comes in. Once you are ready to change, a trainer, or a friend, a coach or whomever you have available can help you identify ways to be successful. What’s your motivation?
Liz Jones is a wellness professional in Rockwall, Mesquite, Wylie and surrounding areas. She is a writer, certified yoga instructor, personal trainer and wellness coach. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management, with a graduate certificate in Ethics and Leadership. Her undergraduate studies included communication, business, writing, art, fitness, and dance. Liz Jones can be reached at: [email protected].