Amazing!! It’s already 2017 … where did 2016 go? Really? It must be true that the older one gets, the faster time passes. And, there is current science that suggests that time IS actually going faster!
One exciting aspect of this ‘fast moving time’ is that we can see the results of our plans and actions quicker than ever before. That, coupled with the ending of one year and the fresh beginning of a new one just around the corner, means there is no better time than now to set you and your dog up for success in the new year!
So, let me ask you:
Do you want more “Happy” in your life? (who doesn’t)
Do you want to enjoy each day a little more? (duh, right?)
Do you want 2017 to be the best year ever for you and your dogs? (doesn’t that sound awesome?)
I have two simple, easy things you can do right now to get that rolling for you. Everyone can do this, it takes very little time, AND your dog will remind you constantly!
When you LOVE what you already have in your life, you’ll get more of the same.
It all starts with natural laws of our world: we will attract into our experience what we are in vibrational resonance with. Simply put, everything is energy — you, your dog, your emotions, your thoughts — yep, all energy. That’s because everything is made of molecules, which are made of atoms, which are made of subatomic particles…which are pure energy.
Energy, by nature, resonates with and attracts back to it things of the same resonance, or frequency…just like a tuning fork brings a particular piano string into resonance. You’ve likely heard the expression “like attracts like”, that’s resonance. So, if your thoughts or emotions are centered around fear, anxiety, or lack (of anything)…you literally draw those things to you like a magnet.
Don’t want that now, do we?
One great way to turn that energy around, and attract more useful things to you is to feel, acknowledge and express gratitude. Expression of Heartfelt Gratitude is one of, if not “the” most powerful ways to change your life. Teaching myself to practice gratitude every single day is one of the best things I have ever done…for me and for my dogs!
And, when I think about it, I learned this lesson from my dogs. When they’re happy about something, they show it! And, furthermore, they spend their time anticipating what great stuff is about to happen (cookies, walk, ball, play, dinner, massage) instead of lamenting about what great stuff they wish they had.
So, in it’s simplest form, all you have to do is be happy and grateful for all the great stuff you have in your life, and anticipate all the great stuff that is going to happen soon.
Pretty cool, right?
It’s pretty easy once you get started…the great feelings that flow when you practice gratitude automatically generate more great feelings that attract more things to be grateful for! Start today. Start with your dogs.
For example, TODAY:
I’m grateful that I get to nurture a partnership with my beautiful border collies.
I’m grateful that I can spend time outdoors with my dogs.
I’m grateful that my dogs are healthy and sound.
I’m grateful that if needed, I can take my dog to the vet for care.
I’m grateful that I am healthy and sound enough to work my dogs.
Im grateful that I can make the time to work my dogs.
I’m grateful that I have warm clothes and boots and rain gear that keep me comfortable when I’m outdoors with my dogs.
I’m grateful for the feel of my dogs soft hair and warm skin under my hand as I stroke their heads.
I’m grateful that my dogs and I have F-U-N when we work and play together.
I’m grateful for the honor and privilege of having such a relationship with my dog…whether we win, lose, get eliminated or have to scratch…I am grateful.
Get Ready for all the great stuff that you are anticipating!
So, how do you “Get Ready”?
The simplest way to get ready for all that great stuff you’re anticipating is to plan for it. Planning is all about getting your ducks in a row so you are ready when your great stuff shows up.
Planning helps you to get clear on what you want so that you’ll recognize it when it comes. And planning helps you to get ready in baby steps, so you don’t have to rush around like crazy when you realize that you’re not ready. Makes sense, right?
Planning also helps you to get organized with your training sessions and allows you to develop a finely tuned sense of where you are and where you want to go. You will become attuned to your dog each and every time you work/play together and that allows your dog to give you great feedback about your training and handling.
Here’s a simple way to start:
Begin to ask yourself useful questions before and after each session…and before and after each phase of planning. Questions like “What skills do I (or my dog) need to rehearse in order to become competent at the desired level?” “What do I need to change or improve in order to create the results I want?”
After each training session, ask yourself: “Are we better now than before the session?” If your answer is “no”, change what didn’t work and try again. If the answer is “I’m not sure”, go back and repeat the same to become sure. If the answer is “yes” and if your answer is usually “yes” then you are not challenging you and your dog enough. Those words of wisdom are passed down from trainer Bob Bailey. Wise indeed! We can’t get better if we don’t challenge ourselves, right?
To take this one step further, begin to Create Your Plan for 2017.
Start with taking inventory of the skills and the level of partnership you already have with your dog in each area. Then visualize and determine where you want to be…one area at a time. Be quite detailed. See and most importantly FEEL, what it’s like to accomplish your goals. Take in every detail and write them down.
Next, create a plan of action, step-by-step that will get you to your goals. You can do that by the training session, by the week, or the month. Be detailed enough that your road map will guide you well along the way, without bogging you down in too many details. Your details will come into play before and after each session. If you’re not sure, get help from your coach or instructor.
Record your training sessions…in a journal or logbook. Write notes for each session and for each competition: What went well…what are you happy with? Be specific. Record the relevant environmental details of the session too. Then, what would you like to change or revise for next time? What would you like to improve? What is your plan for making those changes?
It’s important to focus on a positive outcome and remember it’s so much easier to teach a dog to “DO” rather than “DON’T”. For example, “DO keep a good shape to your flank” is easier to teach than “Don’t cut in on your flank”.
It’s so important is to nurture a positive mental attitude and engage in self-talk that helps you reach your goals.
Always speak to yourself in the present tense as if you already have the quality you want. “I am calm and confident.” Use positive phrases, (avoiding the words ‘not, won’t, can’t, should’)…such as “I am relaxed” vs “I am not tense”…or “I am focused” vs “I will not be distracted.”
Review your plan every month or quarter, compare it to your training journal, ask yourself those useful questions…make adjustments and move forward. Have fun, be happy every day, and remember tip #1. 😉
And…I’ll leave you with these thoughts to ponder …
“If you always do what you’ve always done you will always get what you always got.”
“How am I going to live today to create the tomorrow I am committed to?”
Join us for the 2017 Creative Alchemy Passion Plan program…you’ll be so happy you did!!