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Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Dear Boys and Girls Who Coach,

Yesterday I received an email from a coach asking: What do you do when someone tells you that they don't have the self-discipline to work out at home or that they just "can't" eat clean. And if you're trying to build your coaching business, what do you when the person you're trying to talk to just won't listen or will even roll their eyes.


I remember walking down the street on a June day in 2007 feeling miserable and fat. Nothing fit and nothing I had tried seemed to work. My weight had just yo-yo'ed after a stint with the Scarsdale, or should I say, the Starvation Diet. I was desperate; I had even been considering the drug Ally; yes, the one that makes you poop inadvertently. But, frankly, that just wasn't for me.

I was a woman looking for a solution.

That solution came to me that very desperate June day when I spotted my ex-husband and his girlfriend, who used to be at least 20 to 30 pounds heavier and who was sporting skinny jeans. That night, I texted him at least three times to find out the name of the program that she had done. It was P90X.

I ordered the program that very night, even though eventually I decided that Slim in 6 would be a better place for me to start. I was ready for change. I WAS LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION and I WAS WILLING TO COMMIT. I cannot tell you how glad and thankful I am that someone shared this most awesome secret with me, even if it had to be my ex-husband's girl.

I've been coaching for two years now and not a week goes by that I don't receive a heartfelt email from one or several of my customers thanking me for introducing them to and guiding them through a fitness program that has changed their lives.

When I am out and about I talk to folks about BeachBody products and about the coaching opportunity. I know that there are people out there who are looking for a solution and/or an opportunity. Many are looking a solution to their fitness woes and some are looking for ways to earn a little (or a lot) of extra cash in this crappy economy.

But for every person that I talk to who is excited about what BeachBody has to offer and is incredibly thankful that I came along, there are two who will resist ("I prefer the gym" or "I'm too lazy to cook" even though they just said they want to get in shape) and who will, yes, even roll their eyes when I talk about the business opportunity.


I will willingly and eagerly talk to anyone about BeachBody, but I will not beg someone to get physically and/or financially fit. There are too many people out there who DO want my help. My time is better spent working with those who truly want my guidance and who are willing to put in the work.

I once received an email from a guy who wanted to do P90X, but who told me that he had the habit of quitting everything. I tried to encourage him, but after a week, he sent me a two word email: I QUIT. I didn't respond, not because I didn't care, but because I knew that this person was not willing to put in the effort. Had he told me that he was willing to work toward change, that he was committed, but struggling, I would have supported him all the way.

Barbie does not beg and she only works with the willing.

To my customers who put in the sweat and tears, even when the journey feels like a big struggle, i am with you all the way.

To the BeachBody coaches out there who are determined to make this work for them, remember: Rejection goes with the territory, but I can assure you, there is someone out there who is waiting for you to come along to present them with a solution/opportunity that can forever change their lives.

Bring it!


Anonymous said...

Wow Barbie, great info not only for coaches, but for life as well. You really can only help those that want to help themselves. You just have to let them know you'll be there when they're ready. I really enjoy your blogs.


screwdestiny said...

That's really great advice. Thanks.