You became an instructor because you were motivated to do so. Maybe the motivation came because you needed a job. Maybe it came because you wanted to get in better shape. Maybe it came because you feel you have a natural ability to teach. Maybe it came because you just love Pilates.
Whatever your reason for becoming a teacher, first of all congratulate yourself in doing so! It is certainly an achievement that comes with a lot of work. Which also means you may be at a point where you are feeling a bit burned out.
Teaching Pilates is not as easy as it looks on the outside, and you may find yourself struggling to keep that inspiration going.
Fear not -- we are here to help you rekindle that inspiration that got you here in the first place.
Re-Channeling That Pilates Inspo
In order to find that inspiration that brought you here in the first place you have to turn inwards and find it within yourself.
Sure, looking at other people and instructors can help temporary inspiration return, but what is going to really give you that deep-down, gut inspiration is within you.
Here is how you can find it.
1. Why did you start teaching?
Think about what brought you here in the first place, and why that was such a major driving force for you to put in the work to get to where you are today.
2. Who is your ideal client?
Are you feeling less inspiration because you aren’t teaching to your ideal client? Write down a profile of who your ideal client is so that you can work to find those people.
3. Are you practicing what you’re preaching?
You spend your classes motivating students to be the best versions of themselves, but are you doing the same for yourself? Make sure that you are using your words of inspiration for your students on yourself.
4. How much are you working?
If you’re not working enough, and not making enough money, you can feel the inspiration slip right through your fingers. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re working too much, then you may feel like Pilates is consuming your entire life, and not in a healthy way.
5. What are your goals?
You reached the big goal of becoming a teacher, but don’t let that stop. Find new goals to set in your teaching so that you continue to keep yourself challenged and always growing.
You have your reason for becoming a Pilates instructor in the first place, so don’t lose touch with that. You may need to find a new reason now, or simply reconnect with your original one. Whatever it is, don’t lose hope -- you worked hard to get here!