Today, I had my session with my Personal Trainer. Having a PT on my team is a relatively new thing for me and so far, I’m really enjoying it. I have booked him once per fortnight because monthly didn’t feel consistent to me and weekly was a little too often for me and I didn’t want to put myself into overwhelm with everything else that is going on in my life.
So, yesterday he sends me a reminder text and I felt the need to give him a heads up that I haven’t attended the gym for the past 2 weeks (although, I did go yesterday, which made it once in two weeks!). His reply was quite typical for the industry, that I was “naughty”. Now, I know him and he was saying it in a gentle, loving yet encouraging way but I didn’t buy into it. I decided that no, I wasn’t going to feel guilty about not going to the gym for 2 weeks because the past 2 weeks have been pretty full on, with clients, my own sessions with my coaches and healers, personal issues etc.
The day before my PT session, a little thought popped into my head, you know the one: “What if I called in sick?” “If I push it off a little, I won’t get in trouble for not doing my homework (aka going to the gym)”. I very quickly reminded myself of what I say to my clients, to still turn up even if they haven’t done their homework and we can explore WHY they haven’t done it. Whether we consciously realise it or not, there are always subconscious blocks behind why we do things or why we don’t do things.
So, this morning, I went, he asked me what my excuse was, I was honest and said I don’t have any excuse, I am totally ok with not having been over the past 2 weeks and I can feel a shift and am ready to move forward. We then had such a great workout! He introduced me to a new machine, assisted me with some exercises he showed me last time, I had a good work out and then I got on with my day, having already been to the gym!
So, the lesson for me (and hopefully you can get something out of this too) is to not allow “failures” to stop you from facing your desires and challenges. For me, the gym is both a desire and a challenge and I’m willing to explore the ways I can overcome the challenges in order to achieve my desire to be consistently going.