You look at the calendar, and it's June 13th. Maybe it was the Target BOGO bathing suit sale, perhaps it was the Home Depot patio furniture popping up all around you; whatever the reason, the fact that it's nearly summer finally hits you, and you decide you want to get in bikini/beach body shape.
What's the first thing you do?
If you are like a lot of people, you look to social media and social websites to see what the latest fad diet/exercise craze is. Maybe you pick up the most recent book by Dr. Oz, Jillian Michaels, or some other celebrity health guru.
Maybe you buy a new piece of home exercise equipment with a four-figure price tag.
The rationale is sound: "They are popular, so it must work!" "Go big, or go home!"
This year, summer of 2019, I'm going to challenge you to do something different.
I'm going to challenge you to go small.
For a person seeking out help or guidance in getting their body where they want it to go, this is an excellent time of year! Social media is festooned with people JUST LIKE YOU who have done what YOU WANT TO DO.
Imagine you are scrolling through social media's #transformationtuesday or #throwbackthursday hashtags, looking for inspiration. You see a person who is built a lot like you, living it up, loving life. Then you swipe, and you see their transformation. You think, "Wow! How did they do that?"
Then you see that they are affiliated with Beachbody, or Isagenix, or some other known MLM and your immediate thought is "Ugh." or "MLMs are predatory." or "I don't want to be sold to."
Now imagine pushing past these initial feelings and going through this person's feed. Imagine you see testimonials and shout outs. Real people who this person has legitimately helped, who have given their consent to be an advocate for this small-time health coach.
This person, who is like you, has clearly helped other people like you before.
Why not ask a question?
Just to be clear, any person worth their salt knows that asking a question is not committing to buying anything. It's opening the door a crack to see if the person on the other side is someone you are willing to work with. This goes for both clients and coaches.
Let's say you start having a conversation. You will know within the first few sentences if this is a person you want to continue talking to. If they aren't, thank them for their time, delete the chat, and close the door.
But what if they are funny?
What if they are brilliant?
What if they have similar interests and struggles as you? Maybe they know exactly what you are going through, and they are more than willing to help you; they are excited to help you?
How rare is that in this world? Sharing a genuine connection with someone who wants nothing more than to help you?
How much success do you think you will have working with someone like that, instead of buying in on the latest trend?
That's why I'm challenging everyone this summer to get the success you want by going small.
Here are a few health and wellness coaches that I highly recommend:
So pick a coach, and start your summer off on the right foot!
Want to work with me? Please DM @SLCansian on Instagram/Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat!
Stephanie Cansian is a rebelliously positive Central Jersey citizen with her husband and their dog.