Is Your Inner-Perfectionist Keeping You From Your Personal Training Success?

 In professional development

Are You Getting Ready To Get Ready?


Exactly! Many of us don’t even spend time in preparation, we spend the vast majority of our time getting ready to get ready.

Do you identify with any of these:

  • You make a lot of lists of things to do to prepare for new programs you’re starting
  • You actually do a lot of the things on the list
  • You never really do the next thing that makes the program successfully launch and get full
  • You have the best intentions
  • You have that forehead-slap reaction to someone else’s program or product launch?
  • You start feeling so far behind and like the ship sailed that you drop a project and move on to the next one
  • You unfortunately repeat the sequence and get more frustrated!!!

STOP! I’m not picking on you. We’ve all done it… the trick is to end the cycle so you don’t get to the last two steps. Sticking with a project even after someone else launches a program or writes the book or gives a similar speech is smart.

You have to reframe. It’s evidence that there is a lot of demand for it. It helps if everyone things “everyone has a personal trainer.” That person is sooner or later going to go looking for a trainer. Programs already existing lay groundwork for you. In fact early programs usually aren’t the best programs. You’ll get the opportunity to see what people like and dislike about it and create a better program.

Do you know that a developer or fitness center owner that builds a new facility can see what they’d have done differently right after they start digging the hole in the ground? Every time they walk through during construction they have the feeling of “I wish I’d done this differently.”

So it’s never going to be perfect. Not after you’ve spent millions on a building, or hours and energy on developing a program. You’ve just got to do it.

In order to overcome the perfectionist tendencies you might have (that, by the way make you really good at what you do), work daily on a few thoughts.

1. Start making your self see the advantage of a bad situation.

Small things even: you hate meetings. Staff meetings are a waste of time you think. What’s the advantage? Make yourself list 3 things that are good about them even if you don’t immediately see it.  For instance, it’s a rare opportunity for newer trainers to interact with veteran trainers and hear how they think. It’s an opportunity for staff to bond and decrease competitive nature of seeking same clients. It’s a time to increase loyalty and give mission statements to staff that otherwise work part-part time and could hurt your business by not knowing things you take for granted.

2. Start making yourself see the good in a business colleague that really rubs you wrong.

So you’re not going to be best friends. How does the opposite or contrarian opinion they have to yours help you? For instance, maybe you get to see how others see you – you’re ideas are not always right to them either. You have the chance to reflect on the fact a percent of customers see you the same way as this person. You can target different customers thanks to the insight this person gives you that alone you wouldn’t have seen.

It’s an “exercise” without a heart rate or weight load but it can be intense in helping you leave perfectionism and move toward productivity.


P.S. Confess- are you a perfectionist? Any tips you can share about how you overcome it?

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