First official post and it already looks like I’m going to try punching above my weight class. But like Tony Stark says, sometimes you have to run before you can walk. Without breaking down exactly what that quote can mean, I’ll veer myself back to my intro to this posting.
A client came to see me a little while ago. Seeing as I am her introduction to personal fitness, part of my role during this process is to take a small medical history for liability purposes as well as for our own knowledge. This knowledge comes in handy when designing a program and proving my worth as a personal trainer.
While briefly looking at her medical history she confessed that part of her getting healthy regimen included quitting smoking, which she had done 3 months before. I myself struggle with this battle, so whenever I find out a client is quitting or has recently quit smoking I always make a point of using that as a conversation point. It helps me show them that pursuing physical fitness isn’t just for the athletically inclined.
I find it is always productive to inquire as to what steps they took and offer up a supporting comment to reinforce it as a positive decision. This particular client gave me the usual bit about it being time for a change, but unlike other clients, instead of stopping she told me that she made that decision when a psychic told her that if she didn’t quit smoking, that she would likely die soon.
Imagine that! Someone parading around as one who sees into the future predicting that a known carcinogen and all around health hazard would kill someone.
This is a trick psychics like to use, relying on high probability hits to establish credibility and lure in potential victims. The common ploy is that they make generic statements, which many people can agree with, the broader the statement, the easier to find people who identify with it.
By generalizing and betting with the highest probability, how can you lose the bet when you tilt the odds in your favour and no one else notices?