Everyone you meet has a story. I’ve learned that not all stories are happy ones. Some clients you meet may have a negative attitude towards themselves or life in general. Having several clients with the same attitude is emotionally draining. As a trainer it’s important to learn how to manage these clients. What’s equally as important is to learn how to overcome negativity in order to be an effective trainer.
Most of the clients I meet are convinced their story is the worst of the worst. They believe that their situation won’t get better. Yet, here they are coming to me for a reason. When they speak to me it’s always, “I used to be so much healthier.” Or “I have so many health problems I don’t know where to start.” Listening to their history is part of the job. It’s not my purpose to chastise them for past mistakes. It’s my job to focus them on the task at hand.
I have learned how to effectively manage negativity so it doesn’t affect my mental health. These common sense tips come from learning the hard way. You must learn how to be an effective trainer without becoming emotionally drained.
Dealing with negativity is part of our job. An effective trainer focuses on the positive. We must remember everyone is worth the effort and their goals are achievable. It’s our job to encourage our clients to reach those goals. We can only do that through positivity.