When you meet Alli Knoth (or at least when I did) she is warm, inviting, and very personable. Even as a self-professed ambivert, she has this energy about her. Of course she is a fitness trainer, nutritionist, and self-development coach and this feeds her personality. Her main focus when it comes to self-development is to help introverts become their most authentic self. “People gravitate people that you can relate to. I had no desire to be a corporate coach, because I didn’t know about corporate life. The people I want to help are introverts and ambiverts that are hiding in their lives. That haven’t gotten out of their shells and don’t have the confidence to really showcase their authentic self.”
“Being your best introvert is knowing yourself and being okay with the fact you are an introvert. Knowing you don’t have to change to have friends. Or have career that you want. Or relationship that you want.” This is great to hear, because growing up you are told to be more outgoing and be more assertive and to change who you are so you can get that job. When really being yourself is the best way to get what you want and help everyone you know. After attending her ‘Be Your Best Introvert’ workshop a few weeks ago, I had to get more information about how she came to this adventure in her life.
“A few years ago I worked with a life coach and it totally changed my life. I was like it was the best experience ever. I feel so confident now and I started making plans for my future. Which is something I had never done before. I don’t know why, but I hadn’t.”
This ability to change and reexamine her life after such an event makes her even more relatable. Alli is from the small town of Livingston, Texas, which is deep in the Piney Woods area of Texas and currently lives in The Woodlands, Texas (just down the road a piece) and has kept up with the small town-ness in her life. Despite The Woodlands growing every year, you can find small pockets of community within them and surprises around each corner. She received her degree in Exercise Science from Sam Houston State University (Eat ‘Em Up Kats!) and certifications from the AFAA on Personal/Group Fitness Training, TRX Training, plus she is a registered yoga instructor. She has always been interested in personal development and her guilty pleasure was to read self-help books. “I have read a million books. I read the worst books. There are a ton of bad self-help books out there. I think that is the genre where you can go over board. You find little nuggets in each and every one of them.” Even with a focus on physical personal development, she wanted to help people on a mental front as well.
She wants to help people make a plan and stick with it so they can fulfill what they want to do. She doesn’t combine all these aspects into one complete package though, but does have a life-coaching and physical fitness package for those who want to work on the physical and mental. “I considered to come up with some kind of program that would include all of them, but I personally think it would be very challenging. Doing that [nutrition], and fitness, and life coaching can be overwhelming [for the clients].” Alli wants her clients to have realistic and non-vague goals. When told by her clients they want to get in shape or get fit, “It may be true, but what do they actually want.” She continued by saying being fit is completely different depending on the person and what they actually want to accomplish.
For those who want to get into life coaching she says, “Talk to other life coaches and see how they conduct business.” How you want to conduct business should be based on what you are more comfortable with. You can conduct them exclusively online through a webinar or Facebook group. Or you can be the person who does in-person sessions with your clients. It all depends on how you want to continue on your path and what you want to give to your clients.
When it comes to getting in over your head she says to take it slow and try not to over commit yourself to too many things at once. “In those times of feeling overwhelmed, I have definitely broken down and asked ‘What am I doing with my life?’ And a great time if I had some outside help, that I would have been better equipped and not just freak out and actually consider what are the issues right now.” It happens all too often when you are younger and want to prove that you are an adult. It is normal and when you fail you shouldn’t look upon it as such a bad thing. Failure helps people move forward and learn from it. “As I have gotten older I have a better toolkit to deal with stress and feeling overwhelmed.” Either can delegate them or see what is more important right now and put the rest off to when you actually have time to deal with them. When it comes to her introvert clients, she has seen them dive into all these things that they want to do, but when it comes to things that they are passionate about they let it fall to the wayside. Which is not a great way to continue on your path to personal development.
If you want a 3-month session with Alli, she is doing a giveaway right now on her website. It is easy to enter, plus it’s a chance to save $650 and make a new path for you life. It ends September 30th, so make sure you enter soon! Even if you do not want to enter check out her website guaranteedgiddy.com, she posts about all sorts of things to include fitness and lifestyle. When it comes to life coaching she is online only, so no matter where you are in the world, she will be able to talk to you. If you want to get in shape with her, she does all The Woodlands based classes, and all locations and times are posted on her social media and website. For more workshops she is planning a large one in January focused on setting goals for the year, make sure to read up and join her mailing list to get more info about that.
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