I love working with people, it is so interesting to discover the little quirks and nuances that make them who they are. This is especially true when it comes to discovering what motivates an individual to keep them on track. What motivates them in the beginning may not be the same thing the are channeling a couple of months down the road. You may think that your client is trying to get in shape so they can be a good role model for their family only to find out it is all about vanity.
There are several different ways to look at motivation for this piece I thought I would explore intrinsic and extrinsic motivating factors. People that are highly intrinsically motivated may draw upon abstract factors like personal pride, individual drive or the desire to achieve. At the opposite pole you might find that your extrinsically motivated clients might value reward based systems or need more vocal queuing. Most individuals exists on the spectrum between these two extremes and just my lean a bit to one side or the other.
The fun comes in discovering what your clients tendencies are and a conversation about their past experiences with exercise and weight loss can be very revealing. In the initial session just asking, “what are your top three motivating factors for losing weight and getting in shape,” cuts right to the chase. Really understanding what is driving your clients to achieve will really go a long way when their motivation stars to wane.