ASSESSMENT- “the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event.”
How well do we determine the PROPER feeling and potential actions of the person in front of us?
Well, I would say that many of us let others in our life dictate that to us. How? They tell us what scares them and we just accept, without researching, that it must and should be exactly that way for us, as well. When we do that, we disregard all that we have learned about determining our individual fate. Should we listen to others? Absolutely, but then we need to take everything that we ASSESS and run it through our “filter” that we have been working on since birth. Then we can truly determine what’s best for us! What does that mean? Everything, but because I am a personal trainer, I’m mainly speaking of assessing a person, that I’ve never met, to determine if I can help this person or not. If I can’t for some reason, then I don’t take on the client. I might refer them to someone else or I might determine that we are not a good fit, trainer & client.
Let me assure you that if I don’t feel like I can assist a person, then the best thing I can do for them and myself is to not sign them up. If I did, I would be taking their money and knowing that I can’t help them. Also, they would be wasting their time and money and folks, time is precious!
Now this assessment works both ways. The client needs to be able to assess the personal trainer at the consultation and determine if that is the personal trainer for them? How? Asking questions! Write them down before you go if you need to. Also, understand that humans “fear” anything that is “different”! Which brings up the fact that in my studio, I have a lot of equipment that you won’t recognize and my training style is probably different than most, so ask questions and understand that “change never happens when you only keep feeding everything in your life to the same things all the time! Many people come to me “knowing” what I present is different but then are shocked because, when they get here, “it’s different”!
So remember, assessment is your “path-tool” that helps lead you to where you want to be! Thanks, The Trainer (RN)*