Low confidence can be a significant hurdle for any newly qualified PT looking to start training clients or build their businesses.
It’s a normal feeling.
You are just starting out, navigating through new territories like planning, consultations, instructing, marketing, and sales.
Think of it like your first driving lesson, where you nervously manoeuvred the car, uncertain of your skills. You were kangaroo hopping across the car park, as the instructor hovered one foot over the brake.
New PTs often grapple with low confidence due to their lack of experience, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, and the overwhelming array of options available, leading to self-doubt.
If this resonates with you, watch the 11-minute video below and read the three actionable tasks below to help you boost your confidence:
Watch: 3 Actionable Tasks to Boost Confidence as a Newly Qualified PT
Here are the three tasks for you to action immediately – do it now!
And then repeat these three tasks and watch your confidence soar.
1️. Schedule It and Do It:
One of the best ways to build confidence is through ACTION. In order to feel more confident about something you have to start doing it. So, first of all, get clear on the thing you want to feel more confident at (for example instructing clients or planning a session)
Then get your diary or calendar and carve out time to practice this specific thing.
You need to dedicate time to this. So don’t let excuses creep in or other things become more of a priority – just schedule it and commit to doing it. When you schedule your tasks and follow through, you prove to yourself that you are capable of doing it.
Most of your fears will disappear the moment you start doing it.
2️. Practice and See It as a “First Draft”:
Remember, no one starts off as an expert. Every training session or fitness class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Embrace the mindset that each time you instruct or plan a session it is your “first draft”.
A rough version that can be refined and improved upon over time.
By adopting this growth mindset, you empower yourself to evolve continuously. It removes the pressure of being perfect the first time and it gives you a chance to take imperfect action immediately.
Every mistake is a chance to learn, and every success is a stepping stone toward mastery. The key is to keep practising and refining your skills, regardless of how underconfident you feel.
This applies to any part of being a newly qualified personal trainer. It applies to your consultations, planning, perioidisation, instructing, marketing, sales… all of it.
You may need the help of a friend to help you practice your first draft of instructing. Or if its planning you will be able to use hypothetical versions alongside real clients.
3️. Evaluate Your Performance with Positives and Areas to Improve:
Reflection is a powerful tool for self-improvement. After each session, take a moment to evaluate your performance objectively.
Acknowledge and celebrate the things you did well, whether it’s motivating a client, perfecting a technique, or explaining a challenging exercise effectively. This is important. Don’t forget to evaluate the positives. As humans, we often find it easy to knock ourselves down, but hard to big ourselves up.
Also, identify areas where you can enhance your skills. Constructive self-evaluation is not about criticizing yourself but about recognizing your strengths and areas for improvement.
Outline how you could improve next time. limit yourself to picking a maximum of three items to improve each time. This will help avoid being overwhelmed.
Repeat as a Newly Qualified PT
Consistency is key in implementing these tasks.
By repeating them consistently, you will witness a significant boost in your confidence levels.
Remember, confidence is not built overnight; it takes time, dedication, and a commitment to self-improvement.
Stay focused, stay positive, and believe in your journey. With dedication and perseverance, you will not only overcome your initial self-doubt but also become an exceptional personal trainer.
Keep pushing, keep learning, and keep growing.
Your confidence will soar, and your clients will benefit from the amazing personal trainer you are becoming. 🚀💪
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Hayley “3 Actionable Tasks to Boost Confidence as a Newly Qualified PT” Bergman
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