5 Key Questions I ask my clients …

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5 QUESTIONS I ASK MY CLIENTS BEFORE WE START WORKING TOGETHER

Hello and welcome to the Goddess Academy. I'm glad that we live another day. It's been such a gorgeous day here in England, beautiful blue sky and I just wanted to say hi and talk you through five questions that I ask my client before I work with them.

So if you've ever wondered why a coach would work with you or whether there's a really good fit between you and the potential coach, it's important to understand what it is that you're trying to achieve as a client and then also give you an opportunity to try to understand how the coach would work to see whether you are a really good fit.

So this is a good chance to think about five things for your own life and answer a few questions for yourself. Very useful, it's always a good exercise to have a talk, an internal talk, with yourself and just figure out a few things.

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QUESTION ONE: WHY NOW?

So the first question is, why now?  What triggered you to do something today?

Someone gets in touch, they fill in my form, it's the first question that they are asked. I find that when I ask people that question they invariably go, "Okay, so why is it today, why is this important to me?" And there's usually something that'll trigger that behaviour or trigger somebody to feel, "Oh my gosh, I need some help and I need it today."

So that's quite a valuable question to ask because it tells me exactly where that person is at. Gives them an opportunity to say, "Well, hey, help me, please. Do you think that you're going to be able to help me with this situation?"

I've had a client come to me who found that her energy was really, low throughout the day, she has a huge job, massive role, she is a very important influencer in her industry and has lots of demands on her time and her energy and her focus.

And for that reason, she came to me to say, "Oh my gosh, I need a little boost in my energy. I need to make sure that I'm taking care of myself so I can actually show up."

She wanted to show up in her big role and she needed energy so she came to me to say, "I've had the most horrific week. I've had so many demands on my time, and I just feel really low, I feel like my energy's spiralling. So can you help me?"

So it's a great, great question to answer.

 

QUESTION TWO: WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

Next question is, where are you right now? So what is happening in your life right now?

So her answer to me was, "I've taken on a huge number of projects and I'm speaking at this event and I'm travelling to this event, and I'm going to be on a plane from this day to this day than hopping onto another plane to get to here."

So I knew that the program I offered needed to work for her and her busy schedule and I also knew that she needed help now, that she was going to need quick results so that she could cope with her day.

So this question tells me exactly where she's at.

 

QUESTION THREE: WHAT IS THE MAIN GOAL YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?

What is the main goal that you want to achieve?

And for her, it was energy and of course what do I talk to you about all the time? And have given you in my, Energy For Life Action Plan, it's about how to get your energy going so that you can show up in life, so that you can live to the full, so that you can be there for your kids and you can be present at the moment and you can live it. We're not living a dress rehearsal, this is our life, so sitting here with me right now is you living your life, choosing to live your life at this moment.

It's about making sure that you have the energy to show up so that you can do the things that you want to do. So she answered that question for me very quickly.

 

QUESTION FOUR: WHY HAVEN'T YOU HIT THIS GOAL?

Number four, why haven't you hit this goal?

Well, very often, people know what to do but they just don't have somebody in their corner. They don't have somebody holding them accountable. And a lot of the time, as we age, things that used to work just don't seem to work anymore.

In your 20s, if you just stopped eating pizza you'd probably lose a bit of weight and be thinking, "Oh gosh, yeah, this is good. Something's changed for me. This is great. I'm on to it." But in your 30s, that might not work. In your 40s, your hormones go all over the place. In your 50s, gosh, you're probably heading through the menopause and everything is different again.

So the things that you tried in the past possibly don't work now, which means that while you thought that you knew what to do you probably don't anymore.

So why haven't you hit this goal?

Well, because I've got nobody to hold me accountable and I don't really know what to do anymore.

Sound familar?

 

QUESTION FIVE: HOW WILL WAKING UP WITH THE RESULTS YOU WANT FEEL?

Number five, how will waking one day soon with the results that you want to feel? How will it benefit yourself? How will it benefit others? And how will it impact your business?

So five very interesting questions and you bet you can answer that last one.

How will it feel? Imagine waking up feeling vital, feeling like you are rested, you are recovered, you can focus on your day ahead and there's nothing holding you back.

How would that feel? That would feel awesome, wouldn't it? It would mean that you could actually get stuff done. It would feel that you were super productive in your day.

It would mean that you wouldn't have to necessarily reach for a big cup of coffee to wake yourself up in the morning.

So that's what it's about so, for this client, it was about managing her energy and I taught her to eat so that she was feeding her body constantly and managing her energy, managing her blood sugar levels, so there were no peaks and troughs in her energy throughout the day.

And what that does is it just helps to support your system, she made sure that she got to bed on time so she had enough sleep, making sure she's drinking enough water. And there's a whole supplement protocol that I put her on as well so that her adrenal glands started to relax and very quickly she started to feel so much better and so much in control.

When you take the time to create some perspective on life, all of a sudden, all of these things come into play.

 

So there you go, five questions that I ask my clients before I work with them and their answers to those questions will help us just open the door to a deeper discussion. And that's what it's about, okay?

So it's about knocking on the door and saying, "Hey, come and chat to me." If you want to fill in my form, if you'd like to find out a little bit more about how I can help you and whether I can help you, then please feel free. There is no obligation, there is nothing for sale on the call.

So please give me a shout. Energy, low energy, is quite an easy fix. It could be something else with you.

See you in the next LIVE. Bye for now.

Standing on top of the world

Hiiii Goddesses !! Colette here. I just wanted to say hello on this amazing day. I wanted to update you on a few changes that have been happening inside Pure Form Fitness, and put you in the picture as to who I serve, what I do, and see whether I can help you.

I have rebranded. You'll see in the image above that I've rebranded as the Goddess Academy. That's really because there are so many different things that I offer to help female business owners up-level themselves so that they look and feel better, so that they find energy for life and are able to show up every single day with purpose, with passion, and deliver what they need to deliver in their businesses and at home.

There is an Energy For Life Action Plan that you can download, and I'll put a link to it in this post. If you feel like you are low on energy every day, you just cannot seem to get yourself going, download the action plan. It will really help you. There are three actionable steps I share, things that you can do today that will just change the way that you view yourself and view your life and your environment, so download it.

Then, I've upgraded a whole load of things, and I'm so excited about what it's going to mean for my clients, what it's going to mean for people who are finding my page. It's just become very, very clear to me who I love helping to reinvent themselves, the women I serve and what I can help you do.

I just wanted to start from the beginning and let you know just a little bit of history related to the changes and why they've come about.

About five years ago now, and some of you will know the story, I got back from a holiday in Antigua,  we'd been sailing. We'd had an incredible time. We'd found this amazing little bar that served pain killer cocktails. I can remember just having loads of those. We stopped over for a couple of days and just spent time in this place called Green Bay. We took quite a few photos of ourselves while we were there. I can remember having a look at them and seeing this girl reflected back at me who just wasn't the girl that I thought that I was. She looked older than I knew I was. I just felt old. I knew I was overweight. I felt like my energy levels were slipping. I felt like no matter what I tried, it just didn't seem to work.

That was just the first aha moment for me where I suddenly went,

"Oh my gosh. That's what I look like."

Oh my gosh, I've got to do something about this because I'm ageing before my time. I'm heading towards all of those health issues that being overweight brings diabetes, stroke and heart disease and all of these things that we worry about as we get older. Not to mention not living to my fullest potential because I was struggling to cope with the demands on my energy. I knew that I had to do something about it.

At the time I was teaching round about 20 classes a week so I should have been fit and lean and strong, and I knew I was fit, but I was fat. I was kind of a fit fat girl if that makes any sense. Those photographs just showed me exactly where I was at. I decided that I had to do something to help myself.

So I set off on this discovery voyage to go and find a formula or find the formula that worked for me. I tried everything. I tried Atkins. I tried diets where I cut out whole food groups. I tried high protein. I tried high fat. I tried low fat, tried low carb, tried everything under the sun to try and get myself on track. None of it worked because I wasn't being true to myself. I wasn't up-levelling my own priority, on my priority list. I was just trying and looking for a quick fix, and these things don't exist. The magic pill doesn't exist. You've actually got to put yourself in front of yourself and go,

"Do you know what, I need to just look after myself. I need to take care of me."

When you start living like a healthy person and start eating like a healthy person, do you know what happens? All of those other things come into balance. I have developed programs, that help to support people in their fitness journey because we are all at different stages of our fitness journey. We've all got different challenges.

So I thought I would tell you a little bit more about what a typical journey looks like when somebody starts to work with me.

 

A client will come along. They'll invariably download my Energy For Live Action Plan, for an introduction to my 3 practical steps to take care of the important things in life and start to improve the confidence, vitality and purpose so they show up and are productive all day!

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I know that everything in life must be progressive in order to make long term changes to the way we take care of ourselves and each other, with this in mind I have designed a Step-By-Step Progression Method that helps women get their shizzle together every day.

Step 1

Once you've downloaded the Action Plan, you will be offered an opportunity to participate in my next five-day life detox boot camp, which is an online Bootcamp, which will help you put everything in perspective.

So you'll be able to look at your life, your environment, at the way that you prepare your food, whether you put or set aside some time to look after yourself and find the way forward.

I take you through five critical steps over five days, that will help you take the first steps to take care of this.

Step 2

From there joining me on my  21-day challenge will be the start of taking care of your nutrition.

You know what? Nutrition is 80% of the battle.

If you can get your food right, all of these other things will happen.

Your body doesn't want to be overweight. Your body wants to be healthy and strong and vital and wants to be full of energy. 

Once you've done that, I will then invite you to a chat with me and we can talk about the next steps. There are various things that we can do. I've got a membership site that I'm in the process of building and will be on offer very soon.

Step 3

My Ultimate Body Formula Program is where most of my clients really start to see the transformation in their lives and businesses from there we progress.

The program is an opportunity to really fine-tune nutrition and exercise. We put those things together with mindset work and start to have a look at your whole life. It's a very holistic program and you work through eight weeks of content with me. There is a member only hub that delivers the content and I will keep you on track with weekly accountability calls.

The transformation that happens in my clients' lives when they start to do all of these really simple things, getting fit, getting healthy, getting well, looking after themselves, it's all simple stuff. It's just not easy. Very often, we just need somebody in our corner to help us, and that's where I come in.

 

That is the service that I offer. I teach people how to eat well, how to look after themselves and nourish their bodies so that they don't have all these silly cravings that keep us stuck, to actually make some time for themselves and uplevel themselves on their priority lists. That's in essence what I do.

The transformation that follows has an impact on their entire life. So it affects their relationships, it affects the way they view themselves, they obviously fit into their clothing, feel different about themselves.

The next level then is to step into shoes of the GODDESS and start looking at personal branding, you are given an opportunity to be styled by a professional stylist, hairdresser and make-up artist and then have a look at how your new confident self is reflected in life, in business. As your confidence grows your relationships get better and you step into your Ultimate Goddess, reflecting this in your life and business. 

If you want to have a little chat to me, you can fill in my form when you download my Action Plan or you can go to the CONTACT page on this website and fill in my form, there's nothing to sell on the call, so please don't feel that there's any obligation. We have an informal chat about what it is that you need and see whether we are a good fit and whether working together is an option. If it's something of interest, then we'll talk about it, either way, there's no pressure.

Okay. So that's a typical client journey and the steps needed to reinvent yourself.

When somebody comes to start working with me, invariably their clothing doesn't fit, they've got low energy, no focus in their lives. Their relationships are struggling. Maybe they're struggling at work. It could be anything. It could be a big birthday that's coming up. There's usually an aha moment. There's something that happens that works as a catalyst to get you to the point where you have to start taking control. For me, it was the photograph. For me, it was seeing myself reflected back and just going, "Oh my God. I have to do something."

If you're having those feelings, then this is the time to reach out for some help. Get some help from somebody. It doesn't have to be me. I'd love to help you, and if you are the right fit for my business, then obviously we can talk. But invariably, you want somebody in your corner who can help you, guide you, coach you, hold you accountable, and show you the way. Someone who's walked that walk is the person that is best-placed to help you.

Once they've gone through the process, they just feel different. I've got a client who was having a very difficult time at work, and she was just really, really stressed a lot of the time, hated going to the office. Her health was suffering. Her mental health was suffering. Her relationships were suffering. It was only when she had an aha moment where she decided she has to change something, that she started looking for help. She realised she needed it. That's when we made contact and she started working with me.

We are still working together and it's a year on. In fact, even longer than that, a year and a half. She is going from strength to strength. Her body is in incredible shape. She's got her nutrition under control. It's not simple. Every day there's a choice that you make. Every day you choose to eat well, to live well, to get into the gym to exercise, to take care of yourself, because if you're not taking care of yourself, you can't expect to take care of the people around you, and your family needs you. They need you to be 100% firing. The same as the people in your business. They need you to be on the ball. They need you to be firing and turning up and having loads of energy and actually leading the team.

She came to me and we started working through all of the basic things. She started getting all of these simple things right, and before she knew it, her energy levels started to grow. Before she knew it, her relationships were looking better because she was being honest with herself. She then started her own business, left her employment because it was causing such a drain on her. She made the decision to leave and to start something fresh.

I look at her now, a year on, oh my goodness, what a completely different person. That's because she trusted herself to figure it out. She came to me for some help and she has just followed every single step in my process and she's walked through it. She's come out the other side feeling strong, feeling fit, looking incredible, feeling confident, and her business is booming.

 

There you go. The only thing you need to worry about today is looking after yourself, okay?

Put yourself on your priority list, download my action plan and see where that takes you, and I hope that that serves you. Any questions, please shout. Fill in my form if you want to have a chat. Like I've said to you, there's no obligation on that chat at all. All I want to do is help.

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Sleepwalking through life?

My dad always told me about how quickly life goes by the older we get, I never really understood that statement as a child. At this stage of my life, I have no doubt in my mind that it does! My weeks fly by as I'm sure do yours, the question I ask myself at the end of each one is where did that week go? Where did that month go ... what happened in that year ...

Many of you know I have worked with coaches over the last few years for my business and also for my competitions, I have invested a lot of money in my own personal development and training and still feel like there is so much to learn and do with my life, that is flying by at a rate of knots ...

Yikes! So how do we stop time and do what we want to do and LIVE our dreams?

I was listening to a chat the other day about this woman who lost a massive amount of weight just drinking meal replacement shakes. She then started eating proper food and put it back on and proceeded to yo-yo diet for specific events throughout the year. She realised after her second bout of flu that this was no way to live and enjoy her life.

So like so many of us she started eating normally on the weekends so she could have a glass of wine and chocolate pudding, a pizza with the kids and then starving herself in the week, thinking she just needed to cut out food and let her body deal, only eating when she was hangry ... well day 1 went well - lol - been there?

OK then she discovers the latest fad, everyone is eating low fat ... yes, that must be the answer ... nope, that didn't work!  OK, maybe high fat? Maybe paleo, maybe low gluten, maybe no carbs ... argg you can see where this leads. Its no wonder we all end up so confused about what to eat and when and how much and then we set ourselves up to fail because we are unhappy and craving food and feeling low because we are missing out and then because we have left ourselves in a malnourished state we get depressed and sick ...

Yes? I know these feelings well!

Before you know it another year has passed and you've still not hit that elusive target weight that you had in your mind. How much I should weigh, what size clothing I should be wearing, how thin my legs should be ...

Are you this person?

This is what I call sleepwalking through life ... not actually living it or enjoying it fully ... we choose to live it in snippets, a night out with friends, a holiday away with the family, a night in to watch TV, eating too much of the wrong stuff, overdoing it and then feeling guilty drinking 5 litres of water and detox tea and then starving yourself to get back on track ...

OK! I'm calling this today!

Just STOP!

Stop the negative self-talk and let go!

LET GO the preconceived idea of what you should look like, what you should weigh and what size clothing you should wear!

Instead, FOCUS on the things that bring you JOY.

From today ...

Start living the life you want to live as though you are that person who is in shape, healthy and happy. Make the food choices that person would make. Make the effort to exercise the way that person would exercise and LIVE!  There is no point waiting until you are size [blah] to go and buy that gorgeous dress you saw, go buy it and wear it with pride. Get enough sleep, drink enough water and enjoy the moments that make you happy. Look after your health and before you know it, everything will come into balance and you will shift more excess in this state than you ever would drinking meal replacements and starving yourself.

Remember your energy flows where your focus goes ... focus on the things that bring you joy!

Is it time for YOU?

I love working with female business owners to help them bring all their drive for business, to focus on themselves, to find the formula that works so that its a no brainer to live your life to the full. Healthy, fit and well so you can cope with anything that life throws your way!

The magic starts with a desire to change and a willingness to trust the process ...

To find out more about the Ultimate Body Formula Program, head on over to my website www.colettepienaar.com and download my Woman In Motion Cheat Sheet, where I share 3 things you can do today to move forward and start taking steps to do what's needed with confidence.

If you would like to tell me more about you and book in a no obligation call, then fill in my form.

The formula I have developed has evolved over the last 13 years and I use my very best tried and tested methods to help each person. There is no one size fits all program. Get in touch, let's see if I can help you too.

To find out more about the program, head on over to my website and download my Woman In Motion Cheat Sheet.
or fill out my form and tell me more about where you are at.
Fill out my online form.

Do you feel invisible?

There are a few moments in life that stick in our minds, this is one of those for me.

I can remember having a conversation with one of my clients who was heading towards a big birthday, she explained that she felt like she was becoming invisible ... puzzled by this statement I was curious to know why. This beautiful woman with a huge personality and a generous heart was standing right there in front of me ... definitely not invisible ... so I asked her to explain.

She said that throughout her life she had always managed to connect with people, she felt like she was taken seriously at work, her relationship was great, she just coped with life well, and she smiled when she said she turned heads. This gave her a big confidence boost and made her feel beautiful and like her life was good.

Her business grew from strength to strength, she always had enough energy to keep focused, she felt good about herself, managed to fit into her clothes and was happy with the image she was portraying being congruent with who she was at the time, generally happy with the direction her life was going, the blueprint she had in her mind of how life should be was looking the way she had imagined.

Then out of nowhere ...

Something in her started changing ...

She looked at this woman in the mirror and just didn't recognise her anymore ...

Her heart sank ...

OMG, she thought, where has that girl gone?

The one with all that confidence and total zest for life. She realised that she had put everyone and everything ahead of her own needs and had let herself go. While her business was flying, her figure, her health, her confidence were all dwindling.

She had finally realised that she had to start living again.

With too many close friends getting sick, she began to really appreciate that life was too short and that there were a few changes that needed to be made so she could find herself again.

She knew it was time to let go of the old and start writing a new chapter.

She just had no idea where to start ... which is when she reached out to me and asked for my help.

We had worked together in the past so she knew I could help her with her nutrition and exercise, what she realised over time was that those things are just a small part of what she really needed, she also knew my business had grown and evolved, she had seen the amazing results from my current clients and wanted those for herself!

Colette, can you take me to the next level?

My response was I'd love to!

So she filled in my form and we got chatting about the vision she had for the next chapter of her life.

What an exciting time to reinvent yourself I said, your business is good, life at home is good all we need now is to do what is necessary to bring YOU into focus. You've given it all to building an incredible lifestyle which is something to be proud of, it's your time now! Time to get yourself back, creating the space for you to do what you need to have loads of energy throughout the day, to have the figure you want, the confidence in your appearance again and knock their socks off!

Let's turn some heads again, shall we?! and get you to the place where you are living that ideal life you have dreamt about ...

Is it time for YOU?

I love working with female business owners to help them bring all their drive for business, to focus on themselves, the magic starts with a desire to change and a willingness to trust the process ... the knock on is transformation - very exciting to see.

To find out more about the Ultimate Body Formula Program, head on over to my website www.colettepienaar.com and download my Woman In Motion Cheat Sheet, where I share 3 things you can do today to move forward and start taking steps to do what's needed with confidence.

If you would like to tell me more about you and book in a no obligation call, then fill in my form.

The formula I have developed has evolved over the last 13 years and I use my very best tried and tested methods to help each person. There is no one size fits all program. Get in touch, let's see if I can help you too.

To find out more about the program, head on over to my website and download my Woman In Motion Cheat Sheet.
or fill out my form and tell me more about where you are at.
Fill out my online form.

Not kind to myself at all!

I had just finished teaching my 16th class for the week and was feeling knackered, my body and my mind were exhausted. I felt like I needed to hide away somewhere and recharge, to withdraw into my shell like a good little crab. The only problem is that I still had another class to teach and 3 clients to see that day alone, forget about the rest of the week ... 20+ classes, 15 clients ... it's no wonder I had no time!

So I knew I had to get a quick coffee down the hatch and a protein bar in while I set up my next class and boom! had to be back on it - this is what worked for me. On the outside, I was on form, a true fitness professional, on the inside I was burning out!

Interacting with clients and motivating, encouraging them to do more to have fun ... developing that connection we work so hard to build ... this is one of the skills we learn as instructors, connection with the people in front of us, helping them to progress no matter where they are at.

While rewarding to see individuals progressing at the end of a week of giving of ourselves its all too common that we have nothing left.

I would get home after teaching my final triple on a Sunday and not want to talk to anyone, see anyone or move. I would inadvertently have a shower, put on my trackies and slippers and crash in front of the TV. Not a good look or a fun way to connect with my hubby and friends. I just had nothing left. A totally empty cup which as we all know and experience from time to time is not good. When I took time out to recharge it was usually when I had burned out or on holiday. And each time I did this I realised how utterly exhausted I really was. As soon as I found myself going through the motions and dramatically lacking energy I knew it was time to take a breather.

Then, of course, the holiday snaps come out and while I knew I had a well-deserved break I was never happy with what I saw reflected back at me.

Never feeling proud of my figure, always wanting more for my life, feeling like I was failing with my own health and fitness and knowing that I had to take control and take care of me. I had a moment of stark realisation one afternoon when I was walking my dogs, it was late in the day and the woods were deserted. Not sure why my mind took me to this place, but I realised that if anything were to happen to me, firstly my dogs weren't the best guard dogs, fail on that score, and if I needed to run, I simply didn't have the strength left in my legs, I was too tired and fatigued to even try.

It was the moment I realised that I was capable of being kind to everyone else, generous, patient, full of positivity and yet so incredibly incapable of being kind to me!

Suddenly the shell that I wanted to hide away in, just didn't feel big enough! and I realised I was investing my time and energy in all the wrong places.

It was time to slow down, give myself the space I needed to take care of me and be KIND!

This is one of the fundamental lessons we learn on the Ultimate Body Formula Program, something the ladies that work through the program with me learn to put into practice.

To find out more about the program, head on over to my website and download my Woman In Motion Cheat Sheet.

or fill out my form and tell me more about where you are at.

Fill out my online form.