What the heck is Strategic Encouragement? I know this may be a question that many of you ask as you see the words. I do not believe that it has any formal definition. On their own the words strategic and encouragement obviously have meaning. In fact, strategic: relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them (defined by google) and encouragement: the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope (defined by google), are both rather powerful words. My belief is through no accident they have become the only way that I can define what I do as a coach.
One day while teaching a bootcamp class I was counting reps. I will add right here a little truth, I am often a poor counter of repetitions. As I shouted to the class the rep that we were on and let them all know that we would be doing one more round of the exercises i heard the following, “Your a liar. You said that this was the last round.” When you are working with a group of people you always have to take the unexpected in stride and I simply responded, “I am not a liar, I am a strategic encourager.” Of course I got a lot of flack for that and a whole lot of what the heck is that but my point was made. It was not until weeks later and repeating the statement every time I received a moan or a groan from the class that I realized this is exactly what I do.
I get asked all the time what it is like to be a Personal Trainer but I have always felt that I do much more than that. I look at everyone that I work with on the whole. I look at their family, financial, spiritual, business, emotional and physical levels at the time that we start. My goal is to help through a my training in nutrition and exercise and my life experience as a coach balance all of those out. I believe that if they can find balance they will find health. Obviously, this has to be done very carefully. Those who seek me out as their trainer already know this is how I roll and are generally open to my style. My approach is very strategic and this is a part of my makeup. I am an extremely emotional and intuitive person. I have a pretty good sense of people and where they are at. I listen and watch and coach both when I a, with them and when I am not. I am always evaluating what their love language may be and what might be the best tactic to deliver information. Should I use brute force or does this situation require me simply to listen. In the end, like the military, this requires strategic attention. Strategy is always going g through my head at all times. I am always on when it comes to this.
Encouragement? This is just something that I believe I was gifted. I am an encourager by nature. From the time I was a little child I have been encouraging anyone and everyone I meet. I love to see people when they realize their own capabilities. I love the aha moment. I have never been the greatest athlete but my role was to be good enough to have athletes respect and then encourage them when they were down. This works a lot better when you are the RUDY of the team. I am not sure if I was the best it would have translated as well. I think the fact that I have to work so hard to get to where I am at inspires by itself. Then when I give them those few words of encouragement their belief catches fire faster. I believe this is what I was supposed to do on this earth. I believe that my role in this world is to be a Strategic Encourager.
After years of not really being able to explain what I do for a living or my purpose I have begun to think that moment in bootcamp was not an accident. I tend to think that the moment was a defining moment for me. It was the start of helping me realize my role as a coach. It has helped me realize a little about what I have been doing over the years. I have made so many mistakes and I have a list of things that many would not be proud to include but I believe that experience was given to me so that I know how to relate to multiple people. I believe that my job in this world is to strategically encourage everyone I come in contact with. I believe my job is to provide HOPE to those that have lost it.