Motivation

You Will Never Change Because You Don’t Have Enough Skin In The Game

On our last personal training session before she left for the summer she walked into my office and gave me $100 and said: “If I don’t meet my goal you can have it.”  As she handed me the money, I stored it away in my secret stash and didn’t think about it.

According to her body fat percentage, given she was already pretty lean, we decided that in order to meet a realistic goal in two months, she would have to lose exactly 5lbs before she got back. We came up with a simple plan, shook hands on it and finished our last session together.

Every Friday we would exchange a short email regarding training and her weight loss progress. It was just enough to let her know I was still holding her accountable and I also wanted to show her I cared.

The strategy we came up with was simple…

  1. Train 4x week
  2. Eat mostly real food
  3. Weigh in weekly

When she got back last week she walked into my office both nervous and excited. She wasn’t sure if she had met her goal weight.

Stepping on the scale she LOST….6lbs!!

She had the biggest bright white smile I’d seen on her face in a long time. I was genuinely happy for her!

Like a proud coach and father would do, I gave her a big hug and told her I was proud of her.

Like a proud coach and father would do, I gave her a big hug and told her I was proud of her.

I proceeded to walk toward my secret stash and pulled out the very $100 that she gave me two months prior and handed it back to her.

I’m not quite sure what she did with the money but I’m positive she knew exactly what she would do with it if she won.

It was never about the money. She used the pain of losing as her motivation.

She had skin in the game.

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