Monday, December 14, 2009

A Good Plan is the Foundation of a Good Fitness Business

To be successful, you've got to have a plan. This is true for anything in life, but especially in your career as a personal trainer.

In the end if you don't have a good plan, then how can your clients achieve their fitness goals, and how will you get what you want out of your business?

One of the biggest and quickest ways to fail is to not have a plan. What bride reserves a church and simply shows up the day of her wedding expecting it to all be ready for the perfect ceremony?

Even something as seemingly small as a children's party starts with planning. It's simple: you do not get the results you want unless you work toward them. Therefore, decide what you really want and make a plan for it.

What is the difference between wishful thinking and a solid plan?

Start by looking ahead. What do you want and where do you want to go with it? Knowing where you want to go will make planning a lot easier.

You've also got to know where you are right now, so you have a starting point from which to plan.

Once you know where you are and where you want to go, you can more clearly define any possible obstacles that might pop up in between. Know why you want what you do, because having a reason will make it more meaningful and easier to work toward.

Sometimes this question will alter the goal itself. For instance, if someone has a goal of losing 20 pounds, but doesn't have a workout or meal plan to make it happen, the goal is worthless.

If that person targets a 50-pound loss in preparation for something in the future, you can guide him or her towards that goal because you know how to set up a plan for it.

Whether you are planning your personal training business or helping plan a regimen for a client, write your plan of action down. When you put your plan on paper, it makes it become something real, a tangible product.

Don't think you're done once you've written out your plan. Examine it and identify potential barriers that can hamper progress. Take note of those and think about how you can deal with them. By doing this, you are developing your "plan B".Don't forget to prepare other options for yourself, as sometimes the first plan doesn't quite work out.

Keep in mind that those who do not plan ahead are bound to trip up. Put it down on writing in order for you to clearly see your path towards your goals. Don't be so stuck on your plan that you cannot change with unforeseen situations that might arise. Don't just have a plan; have a "plan B," too.

Casey Kaldal is a leading expert in helping Personal Trainers build their business, attract more customers, and earn more money in less time.

He teaches fitness instructors how to become fitness Rockstars and snag incredible Personal Trainer Jobs on his leading fitness marketing blog.

By : Casey_Kaldal

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