Lessons from the YMCA

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Lessons from the YMCA

Coach Stevo was honored to keynote YMCA of Canada's annual summit. Here are some lessons he and Omar learned from one of the largest and oldest health organizations in the world.

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Temptation or Willpower: What Matters in the Long Run?

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Temptation or Willpower: What Matters in the Long Run?

Goal achievement seems to be more about avoiding situations that are tempting, rather than fighting them with willpower. But of course, we all experience temptation and we’re never gonna stop experiencing temptation, so the question becomes…

What do we make of the fact that we our long-term goals and conflict with our short-term temptations? As always, the founder of humanistic psychology, Carl Rogers, has a starting answer:

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The Motivator Trap (And How to Avoid it)

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The Motivator Trap (And How to Avoid it)

Coaches can’t motivate their clients, yet we often act like we can. Because we don’t set appropriate relationship boundaries, we end up holding ourselves accountable to motivating our clients. And this sets them up for failure in the long run.

So we need to understand how to avoid The Motivator Trap. Otherwise, we prevent clients from appreciating and using our expert advice. 

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From Instructor to Motivator: The Art Of Coaching

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From Instructor to Motivator: The Art Of Coaching

“How am I helping you?” is a simple question to ask a client. A short five words. Only sixteen letters. Yet such a powerful tool for building strong relationships. This friendly question may even startle the client you ask, but it will also make them think. The ensuing conversation will deepen their whole perspective of who you are as their coach. And, their honest, heartfelt responses will let you know if your assumptions about what you do are spot-on or way off.

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How to Kickstart a Habit Again

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How to Kickstart a Habit Again

Let’s talk about something that everyone knows but isn't fun to admit: changing your habits is hard. You’re going to struggle. You’re going to stop following that awesome workout routine you found on YouTube because you don’t care for it anymore. You’re going to stop practicing your Spanish lessons because you aren’t improving as fast as you thought. You’re going to stop meditating for 30 minutes every day, because well, it hurts to meditate for 30 minutes a day, and you feel like a vegetable after.

So how can you get back on track? How can you make the habit personally meaningful again? After working with hundreds of coaching professionals and thousands of clients, we know some suggestions for helping people like you get back into the game.

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We’ve all been wrong about Willpower. And that’s OK.

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We’ve all been wrong about Willpower. And that’s OK.

For 20 years, we thought the science of willpower was settled.

We had no idea how wrong we could be. 

This month, after 2 years of waiting, a paper is coming out that is blowing up everything. It's making top social psychologists consider drowning themselves in booze and leaving the profession on their blogs. It's making us all reconsider how we know what we know. And it's made Habitry look long and hard about how we recommend Motivators work with clients.

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Understanding Stories of Transformation: Eric and Peety

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Understanding Stories of Transformation: Eric and Peety

Do you know why you achieved the things you've achieved? Do you know how?

We're all excited and inspired when we see stories of transformation. In the United States, personal transformation is part of our cultural identity. We see ourselves as people who transform from the lowest status to the highest. 

It’s little surprise, then, that a transformational story is gaining traction in social media this week. Produced by the Humane Society Silicon Valley, the story of Eric and Peety currently has over 18 million views on Facebook.

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Don't Grow It Alone: Use Your Communities to Build Your Community

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Don't Grow It Alone: Use Your Communities to Build Your Community

I stared at my phone, reading the simple instructions Omar had left for us in the Habitry app during the first Essentials of Habit Coaching cohort.

I swallowed hard. No big deal, I said to myself. I got this. He had just asked us to work on a new coaching habit: “I will start group conversations about change.”

What if everyone says no when I ask them to join my group? What if I don't have anything to say?

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Momentum Trumps Everything

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Momentum Trumps Everything

When I was studying for a Ph.D. in Psychology, I felt miserable. Focusing only on research wore me down. I felt a gnawing desire to go out and practice. To apply psychology. I famously (infamously?) decided to quit grad school not just once, but twice in the span of a year. Facepalm. The second time around I was so embarrassed I didn’t even say goodbye to most of my friends in the program. Why was it so hard to just quit and start working on my career, the first time? Why did I have to prolong the misery?

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Fail to Achieve a Goal

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Fail to Achieve a Goal

Well, here you are. You failed at a goal you set yourself. 

It's a terrible feeling to think of having failed at a goal. And yet it's a very common experience. People often fail to get things they want. Just as common is the urge to blame yourself for it — to say that you didn't want it enough, you weren't good enough, or you just didn't try hard enough. 

But there are some key aspects of goal setting that can set people up to fail without them realizing it. Let's look back on your goal and efforts toward it and see what we can find. 

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The 3 Crucial Feelings You Must Experience Before You Can Change

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The 3 Crucial Feelings You Must Experience Before You Can Change

People come to us to help them increase their motivation to change. But the reality is, people have finite time and energy and many priorities. They can only work on whatever we're helping them do more often for a temporary period of time. And they might even start rebelling against what we ask them to do. So what can we do instead?

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Pay it Forward

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Pay it Forward

I used to think I didn't market. But I was an idiot. It just didn't feel like I was marketing. And if you want getting the word out about your business to be easier and less effortful, your marketing has to become a system of habits.

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Fitness For Freedom Episode 5

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Fitness For Freedom Episode 5

The number one question we get from clients is ‘How can I motivate myself to exercise?’ and it it one of the hardest things to answer because everyone is different. Steven Ledbetter has an MA of Sport Psychology and is the CEO of Habitry. We cover a lot in this interview, so hang on to your boots.

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Change the Program to Fit the Person: Progressions for Nutrition

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Change the Program to Fit the Person: Progressions for Nutrition

I used to add the extra stuff and clients would come in and maybe it would go well. They might get blasted and love being pushed. I’d get texts about being sore and that they were excited to do the next one. Or worse, it would be too much for them and I could tell they felt disheartened and I’d have work to do to build them back up due to my over exuberance. 

But then we’d meet again, and they could only remember half the stuff I’d coached them through. They would say they were too sore to practice much or any of the stuff I’d given them for homework. And the stuff they did remember wasn’t done all that well either.

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Food For Fitness Episode 14

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Food For Fitness Episode 14

I know what to do, I just can’t stick with it. Sound familiar? Why is it often so hard to make real progress? That’s where Steve Leadbetter aka Coach Stevo comes in. Stevo runs a company in San Francisco called Habitry who focus on teaching people habits and principles to improve their fitness and nutrition and enrich their lives. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and he’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 

This episode is full of amazing information that you’re going to love. Stevo explains habit formation, why you should create “fallback Friday” routines, why we don’t actually want to run marathons, why we don’t want to exercise and why training outside kicks ass. 

He explains why we should change the way we set goals, how we can focus on behaviours, overcoming stumbles, staying focussed and achieving and maintaining your ideal physique. 

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