Mar 6, 2015

Defining the cause versus the issue

Issue:

point the decision of which determines a matter:

The real issue in the strike was the right tobargain collectively.

Cause:

The reason or motive for some human action:

The good news was a cause for rejoicing.

Upon talking with a good friend about different issues I've been having with my motorcycle and the absurd cost to fix a battery he brought up a few good points when it came to why the dealership charged as much as they did, of course I always bring everything back to personal training. 
I was informed that the dealership ran a series of tests in order to diagnose exactly why I have been having so many issues with the bikes battery, the cause of why it has been running low or even flat and how to eventually fix the problem. Here I thought that the dealership was after my money and up charged me in order for them to be more profitable but at the end of our experience together, thankfully I have not had any more problems. The problem was not in the battery but in the wiring and if I wouldn't have gone to the more detailed place then I would have paid more in the long run, had more issues and even more stress as a result of less attention to detail. 
This always makes me think of how I treat my clients, these fine details and attention to the customers concerns and needs made me think of issues versus the cause. 
Issues with clients: Weight loss, body fat loss, specific areas of improvement, strength, lack of energy, poor eating and the list goes on.
Most importantly, the cause of these issues. 
Why did you gain weight?
What's causing the body fat gain?
How can we improve on those areas that are bothering you?
How do we take your strength goals and make them a reality?
Where are we making mistakes that cause a lack of energy and increase your energy? Is it nutrition? Is it lifestyle?
How do we increase your good habits when eating and eliminate the bad?
The best trainers always work with you on these causes, identifying them and finding ways to help you bring out the best in you. It's not only the job that they do but the reason they chose the profession they are in, isn't that why you hired them in the first place? I have yet to step beyond a common goal with a client who hasn't truly opened up to themselves as well as me in order to improve. 
It's not always easy to admit your faults and be open with someone about wanting to change, I understand this most of all, it all comes down to trust. Do you completely trust your trainer? If you don't, find someone new, there are many in the profession suitable to whichever goals you want to accomplish. Don't patch an issue, find that root cause and rid yourself of these small issues in your life, where you are in your life you can always change and improve, it just takes that small step outside of your comfort zone in order to accomplish it. 
As always, you need to be supported whole heartedly by your trainer, they need to be passionate about your journey and want it just as much, if not more than you do! Change is coming in your life, are you willing to take those steps? 

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