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.
Our dogs need vacations too – to repair their bodies and their minds. Are you giving your dogs the time off they need?
Hard work helps us believe we’ve done enough and therefore “earned” it. And when we believe, really believe in ourselves, things start to shift. We can see ourselves struggling, or we can see ourselves doing what we love and working to improve. Failures become feedback and curiosity replaces judgement.
Once upon a time my beloved “Novice A” dog, Karma, got invited to the AKC Agility Invitational the same year we also finished third in the inaugural AKC Rally National Championship - we were having quite the year! Karma was running well, feeling well and we were...
I’m writing this the morning after a great Facebook Live on this same topic, realizing that some of you may prefer a written version with fewer tangents - Ha! Watch the FB Live replay here. When we go into the ring - any ring: conformation, agility, obedience, draft,...