How do you set goals?
Do you set the big goals and hope for the best? Do you write your goals down and that’s enough? Or do you set little goals on the way to reaching the big ones?
Recently CHPT started The Accountability Project.
What is this? And why?
The Accountability Project is a weekly check-in with our clients (who chose to take it on) to see how they are traveling with reaching their goals.
I have been training clients and working within the fitness industry to close to 20years in this time l have learned when to ask questions, when to listen and when not to say anything.
Sometimes clients come in and the greatest achievement of the day is turning up and walking through the door. The last thing that our client needs after the huge effort of making is to be asked about how many pieces of fruit they have eaten that week, or how their water intake is going, or even if they have moved.
Let’s take a moment to enjoy the fact that the client is here and has made it to the session.
My job as the trainer is for the client to leave feeling better than when they walked in.
Somedays our clients push and pull the sled, while others we talk deeply about goals. Forcing goal-setting onto someone just doesn’t work, the client needs to be ready. Ready to set whatever goals and whatever way to get there that will work for them.
Providing a safe platform for our clients to speak freely about goals, is what The Accountability Project is all about. Knowing that our clients can walk through the door and not be pested about the little goals, makes for their experience to be more positive.
And some of the clients come just to move and move safely and that’s enough for them. And that is ok as well.
The main goal of the Accountability Project is to work on the little goals, not the big ones. When clients do send through the big goal, l gently ask them, ‘what are you going to do to help you get there?’ It’s not my job to tell them, they are adults, they know what to do and how to do it.
The main questions that get asked are;
What worked well this week?
What did you learn?
What are you proud of the most?
What do you think you can do better next week?
Once goals are set, l always ask;
On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you? And on a scale of 1 - 10 how much do you want to achieve this?
The number scale is a great way of understanding how committed the client is to the goal and understanding the difference between a want and a need of reaching the goal.
The Accountability Project is a weekly check-in program for our clients. Why do we do it? To provide a safe space for our clients to talk about reaching their goals, to help them be accountable.