When your car brakes down it's highly likely you take it to the mechanic to get fixed, no questions asked.
During my time as a trainer I have experienced the same doesn't necessarily apply when someone comes to get their body fixed and improved. Sometimes you can make a good suggestion and the reply comes back ''I have tried that, it doesn't work'' Once I hear this type of reply over and over, I almost know my job is going to be much harder.
The great man Bruce Lee once put it like this:
Very often people would come to him and ask him…
“Could you tell us master, how we could be a great Martial artist like you?”
Then he would take them into a little gym and he would go through some of his moves.
What he was doing was to assess and find out where they are…
Because he believed that most people had the wrong information about martial arts. Much like people can with exercise, lifestyle etc, even if their intentions are good.
Just like many people have the wrong information about this word ‘success’…
After he took them through a little exam, he would sit down at one side of a table and he would put them on the other end…
And put a glass of Coke in front of them and a glass of clear water in front of him.
Then he would say…
“I want you to let this glass of coke represent your knowledge. This is what you know to be the truth.”
“And I want you to know that this clear water represents what is the truth, which is something I know and you want to learn from me.”
“However I can’t give you my knowledge because you have too much of yours…”
“Only if you are prepared to let go of yours and make room for mine, then we can work together… but as long as you hold on to your coke, I can’t give you the truth…
Empty your cup and trust your trainer! ;-)