Measure of Success

A Measure of Success. 

One of my measures of success with a client is whether or not they begin to move more on their own without me. Movement and training is one thing, but it’s when I see a client coming in early and getting on the rower, warming up without me, asking questions about movement or diet and following through that I start to think of myself as being successful with them.

What I want most for people is for them to develop a movement lifestyle. I love to see people become non-judgementally curious about themselves enough that they begin to move more on their own. They learn to improvise a little from the movement I’ve shown them. They experiment. They begin to see results and ask themselves what they can to do to get better. Whether it’s diet, sleep, breath, movement, recovery.  Whatever. You get what I am saying here? It takes patience. Patience on both of our parts.

I look for long term organic change. It’s not linear. I like to begin with movement and see what questions or motivations spring up from there. It can be simple like what should I do to recover after a workout or bodywork session? It can start anywhere and in my opinion, the simpler the better. Small changes over time can equal a sustainable movement lifestyle.

It’s probably the same as leading a horse to water or teaching a person to fish. But this is how I measure my own success as a manual therapist and movement coach. It’s my job to figure out how to work with a person in a way that will create curiosity, wonder, motivation. And I can be relentless in my pursuit of this. If a person isn’t responding in a way that I measure success then I figure out what the hell I can do differently to make that happen. Is it the way I talk or communicate? Is it the movement or exercise or technique? The progression?  As long as someone does the basic work, which is show up for scheduled appointments and be open, then I think we can be successful. It takes time though. If you show up and are ready to move, I will be there for you. Just know that a big meaningful goal of mine is to get you moving and exploring movement more on your own. I can show you all kinds of interesting things and you may progress brilliantly with me, but if I don’t get a sense that you are carrying it into your life, then I don’t feel like I am truly helping you and I don’t feel successful.

Process vs. Endgaining

Ok, first off, I am not a singer, at all, but I was sent this video last week and I fell in love with it right away. I've been thinking of how to make a Process vs. Endgaining video for a while and I can't help but want to talk about this one. I appreciate this video for 2 reasons:

1) Watching the attention to detail this coach employs is out of this world. She is working with what appears to be an advanced vocalist and she is right their with her. Watch how she uses her touch, voice and movement to coax the notes out of her student. Top Notch!

2) I love how she emphasizes the use of the process to attain the result instead of recreating what "worked." She even say's something like, if you recreate what you did, you may get the desired result but that's luck. Being with the process is the surest way to get a reliable result over time.

Process vs. Endgaining.

What is endgaining?

It’s the tendency to focus on an end result while losing sight of the process.

When we endgain, we habitually rush into or continue an activity without consideration of the process that we are using to reach our goal. When we do this, we often ignore the warning signs that could draw our attention to the fact that a problem is developing but instead, continue toward our goal. This often results in conditions such as poor co-ordination, strains, injury and even illness.

In order to be remarkable in your craft it's absolutely necessary to pay attention to the process and with all your might try to forgo engaining to achieve a result.