The Life of a Personal Trainer #3: Patience is Key
Being an independent contractor and therefore my own boss requires a ton of patience. It’s extremely hard to not want things to happen now. To be done now. To let up off the gas pedal means to be potentially missing out on another client, video, post, podcast, or blog; like I mentioned in my last blog post, I had a lot of things going at the time, ranging from sponsorships, ads, and videos. I catch myself feeling scared and impatient of the unknown. Should I be content with my steady progress? Am I not doing well as a trainer because people aren’t barraging me with wants and needs of my services? It’s a constant questioning of when and where- it’s hard to stop.
When I started this fitness journey, I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to end up. All I knew is that I wanted to be successful, help as many people as possible, and make it big. As I continued along my fitness career, my ending goal got more fine tuned. I now know I want to train people online, I want to do 1 on 1 training, small group training, and nutritional coaching. I want to do it my way, under my brand. I have that at Self Made Training Facility. I know I’m going to stay here for a long time, and this makes me ponder about what I could do down the line business wise. I’ve been training at this facility for around six weeks now. I (obviously) started off with zero clients, and quickly went up to five within three weeks. Three weeks later, I went from five clients, to two, and back up to three. You realize quickly that people don’t always put fitness as a top priority; not everyone falls in love with exercise like the rest of us. Regardless, I always have my eyes open, and there’s a thing or two you can learn from almost everyone. I see trainers who don’t seem like they are doing anything out of the norm, but have a healthy amount of clients. Is it something I am doing wrong, or is it just patience? I haven’t been here long, but it feels as if I’ve almost tried everything. Like I told you all last time, I still have that newspaper ad up (haven’t gotten a single hit out of it so far), I’m very consistent with the content I put out, and I have numerous other outlets where I advertise my services. The YouTube Sponsorship has gotten me around 800 subscribers, and I have gotten an extremely warm feedback from that.
I’m in the process of switching my mindset from “I’m doing something wrong” to “you are doing things right, you just have to be patient”. These trainers who are successful don’t seem to be doing anything out of the norm because they aren’t. They work hard, surround themselves with like-minded people, treat their clients well, and in due time they are successful. I just find myself mentally tapping my foot, wondering when I will be content. Maybe its not where I am at, and maybe it’s just me. Seeing other successful trainers and working for myself, makes it hard to not want to be there already, but I don’t know if there is actually a place. It’s like tomorrow, it may never come.
Personal Training isn’t just me teaching people, it’s also me teaching myself. I’m a very analytical person, I ask a lot of questions, and I sometimes get paralyzed by analysis. I feel as if I sometimes make the very common mistake of wanting to be at the destination already, but not taking the time to enjoy the journey. Who knows, working with more people may come with more problems, and I may look back and think about the times when I only had so many people I was working with.