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So now when I instruct my clients, instead of “do as I say not as I do”, it’s “do as I’ve done since I’m living proof that it works”.

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Many years ago as a student in middle school I had the pleasure of being on the Girls’ Softball Team. During practice one afternoon our coach hollered something I found interesting to say the least.

“Do as I say not as I do!”

Those words were intriguing to me. They were the distant cousin of that other oh-so empowering phrase I had heard often enough while growing up, “because I said so!” “Does life really work this way?” I wondered. Do we get to become adults and tell others what to do without actually being the example we’re trying to instill? It sounded easy enough and soon became my philosophy.

Even though I had read many books on self-improvement and was quite a deep thinker, I wasn’t much of a doer. I would dispense advice with the notion that it was fine and normal for people to do as I say, yet not as I did.

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At one point I remember discussing tricks and tips in regard to weight-loss to anyone who would listen since I naturally enjoyed the subject. I had lost weight before and even though I had gained half of it back and felt out of shape and disconnected from fitness, as long as I knew what I was talking about I could easily direct people, correct? I mean, my coach was employed by the school system and she said it was ok to be exempt from BEING the example I was trying to set. I figured I must be on the right track. This is where instincts come in. I FELT wrong. I felt like a hypocrite. If my advice was so sound, why wasn’t I following it? Why didn’t I look fit and healthy? Why did I need to lose 40 pounds if I had all the answers to being slim?

I had finally realized that as much as I loved discussing health and well-being, the only way I would be able to do so with any amount of dignity was to BE the example.

I had to feel the pain and go through the motions I was enlightening everyone else about. I had to connect with the very same process I was teaching to others to implement and the reason it took 20 extra years to figure this out was because I had a recording playing in my subconscious telling me it was perfectly acceptable to talk the talk rather than walk the walk. Isn’t that what “do as I say not as I do” means?

As a fitness professional, I had to become the client first. I had to directly understand what I was coaching. I had to BE what I was telling others to DO! I had to do the same work, feel the same pain and go through the same process that I now coach. I had to become a “product of my product.”

So now when I instruct my clients, instead of “do as I say not as I do”, it’s “do as I’ve done since I’m living proof that it works”. It gives leadership that easy to digest flavor of truth!
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