Do the Thing – Courtney Townley

Posted on October 2, 2009 by


“The law of nature is, Do the thing, and you shall have the power:  But they who do not the thing have not the power.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Accountability is the backbone of the entire Genesis Transformation process.   It defines the role of the coach as much as it names the end point of a client’s journey, a journey that begins with the coach holding the client accountable but ends with the client holding themselves accountable.  Genesis Transformation teaches all who embark that “accountability” is at the heart of living an empowered life.  It is not dreaming, or thinking or wishing about “doing the thing” that makes us successful.  It is having the intention and the follow through that leads us to be our greater selves.
Clients initially inquire about the Genesis Transformation process because they have lost their way in the chaos of a busy life, and they have ultimately become a little, or a lot, less of who they originally intended to be.  They have become less accountable or not accountable at all to certain aspects of their life, namely diet and exercise.  Knowing that there must be another way, they courageously pull over on the shoulder of life and ask for directions from someone who is more familiar with the territory.  Enter the Genesis Coach.
A Genesis Coach is a certified personal trainer, who specializes in weight loss and lifestyle management techniques.    Their job is to help a client navigate their way to better health by educating them on basic human physiology, the effects of food and exercise on physiology, and how to apply that knowledge to their individual needs.  Perhaps the biggest role that a Genesis coach plays, however, is to bear witness to a client declaring a goal, and then hold the client “accountable” to meeting that goal via smaller weekly goals that the coach and client discuss during their consultations.
There is no doubt that accountability, to ourselves or someone else, plays a vital role in the success of a lifestyle transformation program like Genesis.  How else could progress be gauged?   The “thing” either gets done or it doesn’t.   And there is no “try”, as my husband always lovingly reminds me, there is only “do”.  We enter food into the database or we don’t.  We eat cleanly or we don’t.  We lift weights the 4 times we said we would or we don’t.  We do all of our cardio or we don’t.  We put focus into our workouts or we don’t.  We arrive at our goal or we don’t.   We maintain our goal by assuming responsibility for all that we have learned throughout our transformation or we don’t.

Courtney Townley

Courtney Townley

The role of the coach, as I see it, is to act as a trail guide to help the client find their way back home, back to their natural state, a state of pure and abundant health for which the client is ultimately responsible.  Coaches are familiar with the territory of fitness and wellness and can suggest the safest and most direct route to the client’s destination.  And if the client makes a wrong turn (as in the self-sabotage of NOT doing the thing), the coach is there to  show them back to the path that the client originally intended to be on.
Together the coach and the client walk the same path many times over to be sure the client knows the way, understands how to use the tools (habits) the coach has provided them with and how to seek out landmarks that may indicate that they are headed back in the wrong direction.  Slowly, the necessity for a coach fades  as the client’s ability and willingness to be accountable to themselves emerges.   And to bear witness to another coming into their own power is a truly awesome thing!

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