Are you sabotaging yourself? (Hint: probably!) mindset Mar 05, 2024

Whenever I hear someone talk about "self-sabotage," I think to myself, "At least I don't do that." However, upon just a smidge of reflection, I realize how wrong I am. Sigh.

 

Self-sabotage happens in lots of tiny ways. Sometimes, I frame it as "cutting corners" because the ways we...

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Are you having a Goldilocks problem? energy mindset Feb 27, 2024

Remember the story Three Little Bears and Goldilocks? One bed is too hard, one too soft, and the other "just right." I often use that blonde child's name as a shortcut when talking to clients about finding the right intensity or "edge." Too much or too little isn't good; you must find...

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Amp up your success with this question. goals mindset Feb 20, 2024

Because you are receiving this newsletter, I know you embrace process goals (I see you and appreciate you!). Yet, clarifying your process goals can be tough for some. So, I have a question: "What does success look like?"

This is a common question in the corporate world used to evoke clarity...

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Resilience can include humor. mindset resilience Feb 13, 2024

If you've been around me for a minute, you know that resilience is one of the most essential mindset skills. The reason, of course, is that "stuff" happens, and our dog lives don't always go according to plan. And that means we have to be good at recovering so we can focus on what we...

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How it all started! goals mindset Feb 09, 2024

I consider February my anniversary month. I don't remember the exact day I launched The Q Coach, but I know it was this month, eight years ago! (Wow!)

 

There were two things I knew I wanted to address in the dog handler community: goal-setting and the mental game. Goal-setting...

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Noticing vs. giving attention energy ring nerves Jan 23, 2024

When I think about what "takes me out" at a trial, it's usually because I've allowed my attention and energy to wander off in a not-so-good direction. Examples include: the time I obsessed about a fellow competitor's parking choice, letting myself get twisted up about my ring conflict and what...

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Do you love an emotional spiral? bouncing back mindset Jan 16, 2024

Oh, the power of the downward spiral! Something "bad" happens in the ring, and then we come out and can talk about nothing other than the mistake. The emotion of the error spins up a frenzy that seems to leave an emotional mark long after the run. It takes on a life of its own, and down...

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Is vulnerability the opposite of confidence? confidence mindset Jan 09, 2024

This past weekend, I gave a seminar to a small but powerful group of handlers. Eventually, the subject of confidence emerged. I shared my belief: the opposite of confidence is not insecurity but rather vulnerability.

 

It's potentially a hot take and likely not the definition the...

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Congrats on working on your mindset! goals mindset Dec 19, 2023

I spent the weekend glued to AKC.tv, trying to catch my clients' runs. If you were there, know that my dogs thought I'd unlocked a new level of insanity since I was simultaneously cheering and crying at the TV in between yelling about the livestreaming issues. (I'm complex, okay - ha). I was...

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Arguing against compartmentalizing. fun gratitude mindset Nov 28, 2023

 

This month in the membership, we aren't talking about dogs at all. Okay, maybe we are a little bit, but it's not the focus of our mindset work. Instead, we are getting our life-life in shape because of how much it impacts our dog-life.

 

It turns out we aren't robots. We...

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Are you being toxic with yourself? mindset toxic people Nov 14, 2023

When it comes to competition, maintaining a positive mindset is often championed as the golden ticket to success - after all, nothing positive comes from a negative mindset! But is there such a thing as "too positive?" Or "too grateful?" Sorta. Both positivity and gratitude can go to the...

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It's not all fun and games. energy mindset Nov 07, 2023

On the heels of what ended up being a very impactful podcast last week on fun (who knew?!), I heard about "The Rule of Thirds."

 

While I'm sure there are other versions out there, the one I heard was from the perspective of an Olympic athlete being told about the Rule of Thirds by...

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