I live in this big city, I took a jump and landed a job with a studio that caters to wealthier people in the surrounding area. I never really doubted myself when it came to programming because I was good at doing it on the fly (I had to be) and I thought I was good at being a trainer, but working for this company has me second guessing my 6 years of experience —
Truthfully, I didn’t start questioning myself up until now when I am working along 4 other trainers who are younger than myself but seem to have such a way with writing programs that it just falls into place; on the other hand, I find myself getting frustrated when creating workouts, because I don’t know these clients very well, I seem to be creating exercises that some of the trainers don’t know or even heard of it, and I fall short when I am creating programs for those who I don’t train very often — not my fault necessarily but when I see the face of another trainer who is looking at my programs because they are going to administer the workout to the specific client; the facial expression says it all. Not to mention, when an exercise gets changed and they explain in the notes why or when they don’t fulfill my workouts because it isn’t what they want to do with the client. Seems my small town didn’t prepare me for this harsh reality: I NEED TO STEP UP MY GAME! and I need to do more time researching, studying, doing more CECs and bettering myself in this field or I won’t make it past this job, I won’t make it to my end goal in this career, and I won’t have the confidence that is needed to prove I am worthy of meeting my expectations and more.
I have hit a brick wall that has given me a reason to think things over with my career. I am nearing the age of 30 and my game-plan could have already been working had I paid more attention to detail, focused on more important priorities, made a better decision in the path I am taking, and had I really stayed focused these last few years and now it is finally catching up to me — I find myself falling behind in the spectrum of “good” trainers and I don’t have a plan B — I just have a plan A with many bullet points underneath, it will get me motivated to start this new chapter with a new phase , but I should have, could have, would have… & that’s that! I tell clients not to start Monday, but to start “now” and honestly, I need to use my own advice and start now and build myself, build my own empire and grow, find mentors, create networks, build a network of people and make connections that help me better myself. I don’t want this mundane personal training job for the rest of my life, I want a personal training job / strength coach job that will put me in a higher % of trainers whom people recommend, people look to, people read about and feel inspired by. I want to make a salary that pays my bills, and allows me to live a lifestyle that meets my needs/wants, I want to be better than I thought I could ever be and I want to know how far I can go in this career; along with blogging professionally and podcasting. These things mean the world to me, my passion , my drive and I deserve to be where I see myself by 30, so I am going to be a small two year plan for myself then break it down into 1 year plans, quarterly plans/goals, monthly, weekly, daily… and I want to make the list obtainable but meaningful as well.
If this is what I want, nobody is going to give it to me. Not in this lifetime, so I have to work for it and pay my dues and make the sacrifices needed. Here I am, challenging myself to do better, be better, and learn more.