The Confidence Competence Loop applied to Fitness
Part of what I do in my personal training business is life/business coaching. I do this with my personal training clients because all sorts of various topics come up, and it just seems like such an obvious way to make my clients’ lives better. Inevitably it ends up improving my life/career as well.
Recently I was talking with one of my clients, the president of a healthy snack food company, a guy full of challenging insights and a really good guy to boot. I had mentioned that promoting my motivational speaking/modern-day performing strongman business at the corporate level through email just wasn’t panning out. All the corporate stuff I’ve done found me which isn’t being proactive.
You know part of successfully achieving goals is being proactive and assessing whether or not the plan is working. In my case, emailing events wasn’t panning out. And from some conversations with a magician over in Vancouver…I knew I had to pick up the phone.
I hate making cold calls.
So I said to my guy…”I hate, it but I know what I have to do, I just need to get a couple under my belt and it won’t be so bad”
It can be explained in the confidence competence loop, something I first heard about from Brendon Burchard. In essence, when you first start out with something, you don’t really know what you’re doing, so you don’t feel that confidence. But then you take some action, you learn from it and you gain a bit of competence. That competence gives you a little bit more confidence so you do a little more. Then you gain a little more competence so on and so forth. That’s how you start to gain momentum. The key is to get started.
In training, it can be much the same way. You want to get in shape, but you don’t really know what to do. So you do something, it could be running, it could be joining a gym. It’s overwhelming but you start anyways and kind of figure it out as you go. Sooner or later you get a bit of success under your belt, your friends start noticing, you’re able to do things you couldn’t do before and that success compounds itself.
Nobody is expected to know it all when they first start out. As a personal trainer, there was no way I could have possibly known everything I know now with almost 20 years of accumulated knowledge. But I learned as I went and you can too.
Of course, you could also shortcut the process by having a coach that knows what works and what doesn’t. Btw, I had a coach that told me to pick up the phone…I just didn’t listen…but I learn from my mistakes.
If you’re ready to take charge of your health…and life, I offer a free trial membership at my personal training studio in Boonton. Pick up the phone and text me (like I said not a fan of phone calls…but I’ll still take them) at 973 476 5328 and just introduce yourself.
Eric Moss is a personal trainer in Boonton and moonlights as a world-record-holding modern-day professional performing strongman, author, and motivational speaker. In the tradition of the strongmen more common during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, associations, nonprofits, and government entities as well as for schools and universities. His personal training studio is located on Main Street in Boonton New Jersey and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, Montville, and Parsippany New Jersey.