points such as the fact Lewis and Clark could have never, ever imagined hopping into an airplane and
making it across the country in 4 hours or less. Order something off Amazon and it is in your hands the
very next day. Oh, and Amazon is working on processes to have same day delivery! Think about that
for a second. Ordering an item from Amazon only to have it in your hands in a matter of hours? Instant
results have become a societal norm. We want it and we want it now! There is just one problem with
this thought process because while flying across the continent in 4hours is a reality, transforming your
body requires a plan, patience and consistency!
It is totally ok to have high expectations for your transformation but unlike walking into a hair salon
and leaving with a different style or color, you will look the exact same after your 1st will probably
look the same after your 10th (substituting apples for your afternoon candy bar). It takes time, but most
of us refuse to accept this horrible truth; the truth that it will take consistency over a period of time
to see real results.
This past Saturday I had a consult with a new client who had started a strength training program six
months earlier. As we sifted through her workout routine and eating habits, her current program
proved to be very solid. All it needed was some tweaking to produce maximal results in the shortest
time possible. She did not take measurements when she began the program but stated she has seen
a change in her physique. It was a great dialogue because in the conversation we openly discussed
how six months of training produced a result. The new and improved program, when performed
consistently, will produce even greater results. Does she have high expectations? I certainly hope she
does but she also has a realistic outlook on when these results can be achieved.
Unrealistic expectations will derail any change initiative. For example, most people who go on a
diet will quit within 3-10 days. Most of the time for two reasons:
1. It is a horrible experience (they are hungry, miserable, upsets their system, etc)
2. They do not see immediate results
Those who will embrace the idea that results come from lifestyle changes implemented over the
long term are the ones who are able to lose weight, improve muscle tone, and boost self-esteem
permanently. They become believers in the program and in themselves. Their expectations are high
because they know they have the power to meet their individual goals.
At Integrated Wellness Concepts we ask our clients about their expectations in our 1st visit. We
encourage high expectations but we also stress the importance of being realistic. Wherever you are in
life, you did not get there overnight and if your goal is to lose 20, 30 or more pounds, be prepared for
your trainer/coach to lay out a long term process for you. Set the bar high and take the Lewis and Clark
approach: They didn’t know where they were going but along the way, they discovered some pretty
amazing things that changed their lives forever.
And I have to believe they had a pretty good time in the process.
Be well my friends and set the bar high,