Do You Want It Bad Enough?
The majority of clients I work with have come to me through word of mouth, personal referrals from existing clients. Someone who has a friend or family member that has seen results from the work we do together is pretty much pre-sold when we first speak. My focus is typically what their issues are and how best to resolve them, and thankfully they have the “proof” I know what I am talking about, and have heard of or even seen some of the steps we can take to go onto help them. The issue tends to be when do we start and what is first.
On the other hand much of the online content I put out on the website is geared towards people I don’t know getting to know what I do, how it works and how it can benefit them. The shorter posts that go out on social media like the facebook page are really saying look a cup of this tea helps your liver, this breathing exercise helps reduce stress or drinking a glass of kombucha a day can support better gut and immune function. Little tasters of what’s involved.
Health is about many little, simple steps done often. The challenge is learning what these steps are and what are the right ones for you. Or at least that’s what is seems in the surface. Every other day of the week I will get an enquiry and I know I can help them but I also know from experience you have to help someone see that you are the right person with the right approach for them, but when it comes to health you really have to watch as you can’t really sell health, you can identify the steps to take for that person but offering free sessions or discounts can push someone to work with you that isn’t ready. It’s great getting paid for your knowledge and experience of course, but it’s a fallacy to take on every Tom, Dick or Harry in the hope they will jump into action once they have parted with the cash, and the test kits are winging themselves towards their front door.
It can become a real challenge to get results when your client isn’t ready. Which I know sounds obvious. However it can be difficult to tell and for the client difficult to tell if they know they are ready, and do they know why they are doing it, why now, what is the value to them. Finances, stress, lifestyle and the right time all need to be factored in.
Quite often one of the biggest clues that you need to do it, is when you tell me how long the symptoms or problem have been impacting your quality of life and happiness. Another factor is what you have tried before, how many diets, doctors and experts you have seen. If there are few or no examples of previous success with nutrition and lifestyle changes it’s difficult to get yourself over the edge and believe this time, this is it. Even having experienced plenty of successes that have then followed failures tells a story and offers a further clue to what we need to make sure is included in the mix this time. You can take a horse and you can’t teach a dog new tricks along with leopards don’t change their spots, all apply here.
You really want to be working with a new client that has thought through all the pros and cons and is banging down your door, the time is now and I’m at 9 if not 10/10 committed to life changing action, and bring it on, is what you always hope to hear.
There are of course many reasons not just the obvious, financial or too busy to do it, reasons but some people just have not figured out what their game plan is, and how they want to live their lives. If you have never experienced health or the absence of symptoms it’s a tough bridge to cross. I think for many people in this situation this very short simple questionnaire, The Meaning In Life written by Michael Steger, can help spark thoughts and start to generate clear focus and ultimately commitment. Further insights on the question are shown below and a link to the website is here.
I think a certain amount of time spent staring up to the sky and asking what’s it all about is time well spent and good for emptying the head of the noise and honing in on where you are actually at with your life.
Sometimes it makes good business sense to make sure you work with and then grow your busy with the right people, the right clients, and you need to dig deep into questioning are you raring to go and now is the time to strike. This is very important when someone has committed a large sum of money to them, possibly running 3 or 4 lab tests and/or is really suffering with their health, you need to know you have got it right. In these situations to help both of us I have asked a new client to complete The Ready Test Questionnaire.
I really like the combination of targeted questionnaires alongside specific lab testing to bring the subjective and objective out in the open so we can see the lie of the land and learn what we really need to get to grips with. The body is always giving us clues we just have to look for them, see them and properly evaluate them, and then use all this golden information to personalise your journey to a healthier you.
Questionnaires like these start to help you improve your self-awareness and self-observational skills and it’s the things you learn about yourself that further help me, help you. I do spend a lot of time guessing based on my previous experience and can waste a lot of effort nudging and encouraging you that you are on the right track, and trying to motivate you to make the changes, but if you didn’t start motivated or are stressing about the money, or time, or worrying if this will work, it makes success all the harder to achieve.
Psychological well-being is the underlying concept or the more cheesy term, eudaimonic well-being! Put another way, having your head heading in the right direction helps direct the physiology and biochemistry we need to support and repair, when identifying symptoms, and learning of dysfunctional systems (eg. hormone, immune, digestion, liver, detoxification) with the detail and precision of lab test markers pointing the way. Things all come together. However you need to know you are ready, why you want it and then we can target how we are most efficiently going to achieve that for you, especially in the lack of first hand personal experience. If you have a recommendation from someone in your life that you value their opinion, all the better we are one step closer.
Why not give The Ready Test Questionnaire a try and see if it helps you think more about what you want to achieve and help you answer, are you ready?
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