For All Spinning® Enthusiasts

3 Empowering Gift Ideas

Back in 2010 I presented a Lecture at WSSC called 'The Gift of Empowerment'.

Today's Blog is a taster of this lecture..

The Gift of Change

•Realise no one is perfect. Don’t beat yourself up about the past - remember the past doesn’t define your future – only you can do that.
•Change someone’s life for the better; do a good deed. A good deed has multiple payoffs for everyone. You can make life a little easier or enable others to accomplish something they may not have been able to on their own. The size of a good deed is not of importance – only that you did something for someone else. The payoff for you – as the commercial says is “priceless”.

“Nothing changes unless something changes.”

The Gift of Knowledge
•Expand your knowledge with books. Seeking new information expands our mind and can develop our spirit. No time to read you say, books on tape (especially motivational tapes) are a great way to squeeze in learning during the vast amount of time we spend commuting or training.
•Why not improve your well being, develop your financial portfolio, learn more about current events that affect your life, attend Spinning ® Continuing Education Courses.
•Knowledge is only good if you deliver it!

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”

The Gift of Goal Setting
•Commit to a healthy lifestyle.
•De-clutter and organise. That mess can make you feel overwhelmed, confused, and stressed. Less truly is more!
•Setting goals for your students, will give them measurable benchmarks to work from. They will see themselves develop and improve. This will maintain their interest, and keep them coming back for more!
•Remember, the greatest gift of all is the gift that keeps on giving – the gift is empowerment!

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”.

As Spinning® instructors, we typically fill the role of “expert” as we guide class after class through powerful training sessions.  However, acting in this capacity can put us in a fixing role, which can impede our ability to see the wholeness in our students.

Fixing and helping others can create distance between student and coach, whereas serving promotes a connection. When you regard your students as capable, creative, and complete, you’ve taken the first step toward empowering them to motivate themselves. 

When your students feel connected to you and their intentions, they are likely to come back for more and to approach each ride with energy, focus and determination.

Service-orientated instructors get results because they enable their students to set and accomplish their own goals—not because they tell them what to do. This builds intrinsic motivation—a powerful force that leads to success on and off the Spinner® bike.

•Periodically ask questions and then be quiet so students can reflect and ride from what’s inside of them. Remember, coaches get results by asking powerful questions.

  Here are some examples:

–What do you want right now?
–What is most important for you on this stretch of road?
–What drives you and motivates you in life? How does that look in your riding?
–What if you stopped living by circumstances and started designing your life?
–What if you didn’t have any limits?
–How much do you want your goals?
–What can you do differently on this stretch of road that will inspire you?
–What option for this stretch of road will bring out the best in you?

Using an empowerment approach is actually a lot less work for the instructor and both you and your students will leave feeling energised and fulfilled.

The magic of tapping into someone’s empowerment capacity is that it keeps working long after the class has finished.

Don’t be surprised if your students tell you that they applied your questions to other areas of their lives or experienced profound breakthroughs.

The benefits of a Spinning® class should last long after your students have dismounted the bike.

Yours in sport,

Michelle Colvin

International Spinning® Master Instructor (UK)

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