I know tracking worked for me "when" I felt committed enough to spend the time doing it. On the flip side when I was really struggling and felt that tracking was one more "hurdle" to jump, as a client, I would have resisted it, or done it half heartedly.
Through my own experience being a client, I learned to be very clear when suggested homework didn't resonate with me. As a coach, I walk a fine line (per my training) of getting the client to come up and design their own work and having a few suggestions ready for when they are stuck.
Possibly asking the client to try it for a short amount of time (if they are resisting it) and compare that experience (or results) to not tracking.
One thing I've learned with Sparks (Weight Watchers, Curves, etc...) is that having a great support system is important, in whatever modality works best for you: live group support, online, phone group work. Knowing I had people supporting me no matter what happened, yet always encouraging my attempts, and being willing to be an accountability partner was key. So getting a client to figure out how that would look for them and building that for themselves.
Also knowing what could sabotage their work (when dieting, we might stay out of restaurants in the beginning or know which ones we could navigate without too much temptation), so helping clients figure out what might get in their way and making plans to avoid those traps.
I am much more appreciative of the road my clients are on as they try to seek new possibilities and create goals they can live with. Because tracking has worked so well with me on Spark I have been wondering if I ought to be more assertive in asking people to keep track of the steps they are taking to meet the goals they set. Still noodling that, but wondering how our team members are learning as we go from Spark?
Toni Go slow to go fast. Maintaining since September 15, 2012
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