Being told the truth is often an unpalatable and uncomfortable experience.
I don’t care who you are, no one enjoys having a light shone on the things that you prefer not to think about.
I like to think that I’m pretty good at self-awareness and self-evaluation, it’s one of the side effects of growing up with sparse praise (I really was the kid who got told that if I scored 99% in an exam then why hadn’t I got 100%!), but I am as vulnerable as anyone to a straight shooter.
The difference between me and (perhaps) you is that I actively seek out the uncomfortable because it’s the only way to make me grow.
I want to know where I am screwing up because it’s more important for me to improve than it is for me to have my head blissfully stuck in the sand.
I need to know where I go wrong as a business owner, a trainer, a friend and a father. How am I expected to improve if I just live in my own echo chamber where everything that Nick Mitchell does is perfect?
I’ve always carried that philosophy over to how I’ve worked with Personal Training clients and how I now want my team to work with everyone who comes to us at UP.
Some will call this a “tough love” approach, but that’s looking at it far too one-dimensionally. It’s actually about taking the road less travelled and having the courage and conviction to get a client into an uncomfortable place that then forces change.
Far too many in the PT industry see their role as at best as a paid training partner and at worst a gym babysitter.
Telling the truth doesn’t always win you friends, at least in the short term, but it is the fastest and only real way that I know to get lasting results in any aspect of life.