We sign up to the whole agreement – dogs who live too short, destroy items in our home, barf-up godknowswhat, get hair on everything, and eat stuff they shouldn’t. The list goes on and on and we have the receipts to prove we lived through it.
I love what I do. I love helping my clients and hearing all of the success stories, the big and little victories. I believe that everyone needs someone in their corner to wipe their brow, know when to kick their butt, know when to console, and be there to celebrate. I look forward to what awaits in the coming year and beyond!
We have to be a bit more compassionate with ourselves when it all goes to hell and the plans we’ve made shatter to the floor. Sometimes it’s not about gluing the pieces back together, but instead sweeping them up to make room for what’s new. I’m in a sweeping mode right now. I’m determining where I will invest my time and energy in these next few months and how to balance my dog goals with my life goals.
I was able to see myself away from my ego and back to the connection I have with my dog. I felt myself becoming more grounded and my ego had no more fight left in her. We did our group stays for practice and the freight haul for conditioning and I let go and enjoyed the time with my dog. I had two more runs in the day to go and I owed my dogs my complete presence.
Limiting beliefs are those things we’ve taken to heart, accepted as true and make decisions because of them. They’ve taken root, become unconscious and reflexive. We also give our power away to them, believing we are helpless against the “truth” of them. They are even likely based on past experience so the “evidence” we’ve collected validates the belief. Limiting beliefs are powerful suckers!
We get into trouble when we abandon the things we know work for us and for our team. Our dogs don’t understand why everything is different, why all the humans seem so keyed up. It’s our job as their teammates to ensure we create the most familiar routines we can so they can also focus on the run.
I think of outcome goals as the point on the horizon towards which I’m steering. Do I veer a little north or south on my way? Of course. But I know how to get back on track and most importantly, what I have to do in order to get there (aka process goals, but that’s a different blog!).
Who recognizes you on the days when you don’t Q but make a ton of progress? Who sees you have one bar and still it’s your best run of the weekend? Who is there to lift you after you have “just one thing” go wrong? Who is there to cheer on your baby dog?
If you’ve ever longed for connection with your dog but aren’t sure what that looks like or how to get it, this blog’s for you!
There are so many people who let the fear win and don’t try. I’ve entered national events knowing I had little real chance, but I wanted to step into that arena; to test myself and my team; to get my ass kicked in some pretty cool places. Yes, I am competitive, but mostly I want to get better.