TOP TIP: It’s not just dogs who can be reactive!

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TOP TIP: It’s easy to end up handling reactively when we’re lacking confidence… we’re ‘not sure’ about what our dog will do… yet although that gives us useful training data sometimes, it also means we can end up communicating doubt to our dog, which in turn can dent what confidence they may possess, which you can see becomes a bit of a vicious circle.

DECIDE to handle pro-actively and with expectancy– does your dog know their job? Then let them show you. It doesn’t make them or you bad if it doesn’t go to plan, it’s training data. That’s all. SO WHAT you didn’t get the sparklingly clear round you wanted, you learned and nobody died.

The more that you can handle confidently and pro-actively, the more you free your dog up to do their job. You’ll be handling clearer, giving them better information and coming off a course with more enjoyment and anticipation for the next one.

How YOU are feeling impacts your handling and affects your dog- both directly (in how confidently you’re communicating and WHAT you’re communicating) and indirectly (because your dog can read you like a book and knows when you’re inwardly having a meltdown!)

Have you seen reactivity creeping into your handling? Where does it strike you?

Camp 2015

Mind to Win Camp 2015

Fri 31st July (NEW START TIME 2pm 9pm) — Sat 1st August (10- 4pm)

@ The Patch, Ballyrainey Rd, Comber, N. Ireland, BT23 5

CRUSHING YOUR CLEAR ROUND GREMLIN

‘I just want a clear round!!’

‘There’s always ONE THING’

‘I just need 1 more win…’

Presented with my own signed gremlin bashing mallet!

Are you running with a gremlin?! 

If you have ever said any of these things, you just might be! Your technical training could be great but you might be carrying a mindset gremlin on your shoulders as you compete with your dog!

Very common issue

Come to camp and learn how to crush your gremlin so it’s just you and your dog in the ring, having fun and achieving your potential!

Here’s what you’ll get:

*Learn the mental skills and strategies to be able to do your best

*How to increase focus, confidence and improve your results *without* fixating on clear rounds

*Lots of practical sessions, both with your dog and without so you can apply the mindset skills you’re learning

*Social time

*Individually tailored strategies to maximise your results

*Learn skills you can immediately put into practice

*Work on the crucial aspect of competition many competitors ignore

*Have fun with your dog!

Improving your mindset really doesn't have to be serious! Exhibit A... ;)

Improving your mindset really doesn’t have to be serious! Exhibit A… 😉

PLUS:

*Free camping all weekend

*Discounted show entries for our Unaffiliated show on Sunday 2nd August where you can put all you’ve learned into practice

*Great camaraderie with other handlers who ‘get’ the importance of the mental game in competing

*Learn from leading mindset coach, Dr. Kathrine McAleese

Spend a weekend in the gorgeous surroundings of the Patch

Spend a weekend in the gorgeous surroundings of the Patch

Mind to Win camp is open to any handler from any club, working at any level.

Price: ONLY £95 for both days!

Kathrine with world champion, Quill Rogers

Kathrine with world champion, Quill Rogers

“I thought my students needed Dr. McAleese’s teaching.  I did not expect to gain so much insight into myself as a competitor… Dr. McAleese’s teachings have had a huge positive impact and long lasting effects on our students who were smart enough to take her course! I hope we can have her back every year”

– Sandy Rogers, Ace Dog Sports (world champion and multiple USA national champion)

“Kathrine, you are an insightful and empathetic guide in how to deal with those voices and gremlins in my mind that want to give me excuses to not perform at my best mentally.Thank you for helping me to find the way through those challenges, so that I can achieve my dreams, one task and goal at a time.”

Ann Carrington (Team Canada, FCI, IFCS, WAO, EO)

I have been doing agility for most of my life. The older I get, the more opportunities for agility to be “un-fun” arise. Mind to Win gave me back the control over that fun. Kathrine reminded me that dreams never die and that I am in control of achieving those dreams. Not only does Mind to Win work (when the skills are applied consistently!), but working with Kathrine is like working with a childhood best friend. She’s kind, supportive, connected, and an all-around good time. I’ve known her less than a year, and feel like I’ve known her my whole life. I can’t express my gratitude to Kathrine in just a few sentences. Kathrine/Mind to Win made competing fun again, gave me permission to fail and to play to my strengths, and gave me back the control to have a good time in agility with fellow competitors, my students, and myself.
Thank you, Kathrine!
Megan Foster & Smack (Team USA)

BOOK NOW

PLEASE NOTE: Spaces are limited and as this is likely to be the last Mind to Win camp in NI for the foreseeable future, early booking is advisable. Don’t miss out!

 

Dr. KatIMG_3276hrine McAleese is a highly acclaimed mindset coach, an inspirational speaker, and cheerleader of excellence! Her unique talent is helping clients take simple, useable mindset principles to build their confidence and focus so they can compete as well as they train. Highly acclaimed by dog owners worldwide, Kathrine’s seminars, workshops and hugely successful online courses help average and elite competitors alike to get results they can be proud of. As seen in CLEAN RUN, AGILITY VOICE & YOUR DOG magazines.

 

Pink Elephants…

“Don’t think about pink elephants…”

What are you thinking about now?

Chances are, it’s the pink elephants! And if I gave you more time to think about them, maybe they’d be parading, or tap-dancing down the street! Because often when we’re trying not to think of something, that becomes the thing that we obsessively think about.

EXAMPLE:

Have you ever tried to give up something in your diet? Say… stop eating crisps or chocolate? What happens when you decide that you’re NOT going to eat those things? Ever noticed how your craving for them becomes all the stronger??

That’s the same thing that can happen in competition- we become so focused on the things we’re trying NOT to think about (the pink elephants) that they become the only thing we CAN think about.

But the solution to that issue is actually right there with you, and in this 1 minute training, I’ll talk you through it.

Watch now:

If this was useful to you, come on over to Facebook and let me know what you’re going to work on.

Want to go further and get your thoughts helping you?

Our next class starts on Monday 21st March and I’d be delighted to have you be part of it. I don’t take huge numbers of people so you will get plenty of personal attention from me as we get you pushing your mindset saboteurs aside.

To find out more and get your seat in class, please click this link: UPCOMING ONLINE CLASS

 

 

How To Get MORE of What You Want

If you want MORE of something when you’re competing, make sure your thoughts aren’t sabotaging your ability to get it! Learn more in this super short training.

Watch now:

Like it? Come on over to Facebook and tell me what you’re going to Focus on to get MORE of!

Want to work on getting YOUR mental game where it needs to be?

I can help. Get a seat in class and let’s get to work!

CLICK HERE

Is your mindset sabotaging your success?

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Have you ever wondered why some people work less hard than you, yet are more successful?
It can be really frustrating when you *know* your dog is better trained or has more ability than those who’re making progress while you seem stuck. Ugh.
How about that little voice in your head telling you how you’re going to go wrong and making you doubt yourself- ever wondered if it’s just you, or if others struggle with that too?
You’re not alone. It’s not just you, you’re not a freak.
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Dr Kathrine McAleese works with handlers all over the world, and she has discovered that there are 7 common mindset saboteurs that affect many dog sport competitors. So she decided to write a class to help you defeat these ‘gremlins’!
 
In this upcoming online class, she will be personally addressing the 7 common ways people’s mindsets derail their own potential success.
Our original 7 Deadly Sins class is a great place to check what you could change to achieve the goals you want. Using the images of those well-known personality features called the deadly sins, Dr Kathrine McAleese shows you how you might be stopping your own progress. Her foundation level 7 Deadly Sins examines 7 common pitfalls that stop you from achieving success with your dog and in life. Are you ready to make time to consider what is holding you back and learn strategies to move forward?  
Class includes:
  •        Teaching videos twice weekly from Kathrine, including one specific to each of the 7 common mindset saboteurs
  •         Practical exercises to help you identify if/how these common saboteurs are affecting you- and how to master them!
  •         2 Live group video coaching webinars
  •         Multiple weekly question & answer days with Kathrine
  •         Private Facebook group for support, encouragement and ongoing motivation
  •         Become part of a vibrant growing community of handlers dedicated to being their personal best

SIGN UP NOW!

Class begins Monday June 1st 2015

 

PLEASE NOTE: This class may change more than your competition mindset!

This class is not for those who want to stay the same or blame their dog or other people for their difficulties!

This class IS for those who’re ready to take their competing to the next level, or are just plain fed up with sabotaging themselves.

If you’re ready to find out how much MORE there is to you than your doubts want you to believe, then this one’s for you. Get into class NOW!

Here’s that link to sign up again: GIVE ME A SEAT IN CLASS NOW!!

We look forward to seeing you in class!

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ONLINE CLASS: Start Line Confidence Autumn 2015

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There’s no better feeling than stepping up to compete and knowing that you’re ready to give your best.

That feeling of being alive, connected with your canine team-mate, and focused on the performance you’re going to give in the competition ring.

And there is a HUGE buzz to be had from watching yourself develop into that handler, when you once weren’t a vision of calm focus, and perhaps where you’ve been freaking your dog out with your anxious nerves.

Kathrine has helped many handlers just like you to develop their own Start Line Confidence and this is now your opportunity to join them.

Class starts on Monday, October 12th so if you want to develop your own mental prep routine, tailored for YOU, get your seat in class. You’ll work alongside handlers from all over the world, in a supportive and FUN environment, and you can work at your own pace.

You will have 6 months’ access to class materials- or even more if you grab one of the select few ‘PLUS’ seats in class.

Sign up here

Have you ever come off a course and just thought ‘ugh’?

Feeling like you’ve ‘let your dog down’ is horrible, isn’t it? And whether it’s at a small local competition or a national championships, there can just be times that the unwary competitor is caught out by that annoying voice in their head, destroying their focus and making them doubt themselves… you know the one:

‘You’ll never beat… [big name]’

‘You’re too fat/slow/old/short-legged/[insert insult]… to get round that tricky section’

‘Ha! You think you’re going to handle it like that?! Don’t make me laugh…’

Right?! You KNOW that voice, and you know what? So does Kathrine. She’s already helped hundreds of competitors just like you to identify and start defeating it. Will you be the next success story??

That’s what Start Line Confidence is all about.

Join class from October 12th for 4 weeks and work on: 

*Calm Focus, in and outside the ring

*Increasing your confidence in your and your dog’s abilities

*Improving your accuracy when running courses

*Preparing to give your best, regardless of the event

*Silencing that voice that wants you to fail

 

*PRACTICAL strategies for:

•walking the course,

•queueing,

•distractions (including how to deal with other people distracting you)

•and MUCH more.

 

What you’ll get:

*A Weekly highly targeted lesson video

*A Weekly video with a very specific exercise that builds on what you learned in the week’s lesson, which you can immediately begin practicing

*A Private Facebook group for Daily advice, support and encouragement

*TWO Weekly Focused Q&A days for accountability and individual help

*One Extended Live Coaching Call for further in-depth tailored support (PLUS members get an exclusive BONUS call one month after class ends, for further support and accountability)

*A NEW GORGEOUS UPDATED Personal Workbook to accompany class

*Individually tailored personal responses from Kathrine to your topical questions

*A full 6 months of access to all learning materials (that rises to over 7 months with the PLUS version)

 

Here’s some recent feedback from handlers just like you who’ve taken Mind to Win classes:

Megan says:
I have been doing agility for most of my life. The older I get, the more opportunities for agility to be “un-fun” arise. Mind to Win gave me back the control over that fun. Kathrine reminded me that dreams never die and that I am in control of achieving those dreams. Not only does Mind to Win work (when the skills are applied consistently!), but working with Kathrine is like working with a childhood best friend. She’s kind, supportive, connected, and an all-around good time. I’ve known her less than a year, and feel like I’ve known her my whole life. I can’t express my gratitude to Kathrine in just a few sentences. Kathrine/Mind to Win made competing fun again, gave me permission to fail and to play to my strengths, and gave me back the control to have a good time in agility with fellow competitors, my students, and myself.
Thank you, Kathrine!
Megan Foster & Smack (Team USA)

Since I have started using some of the Mind to Win techniques my working cocker Taya has been a different dog…. so much happier… so much more confident… so much more focused…. both in training and in competition. I have done lots of other workshops but Mind to Win techniques have probably had 10x more impact on our agility than any other workshop. As you can tell I couldn’t recommend it more highly!!

Sally Hayward 

“Thank you for bringing out the best in me!… That amazing feeling of being focused and at one with my dogs is priceless – thank you for helping me achieve my goals with my precious dogs. Can’t thank you enough  xx”

Gemma Fisher 

Kathrine has the unique ability to see where each of us is on our separate journeys and to set us in a more positive direction along the way.

Cody Craig

Thank you, a weight I didn’t really realise I’d been carrying has been lifted 🙂

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Love how last year’s course is still making a difference to how I face life in general as well as agility.

Brenda Ellen Tenten

If you’re struggling with your agility game then you need to speak to Kathrine at Mind to Win – she’s made all the difference in the world to my life, and not just agility. She’s like your own personal cheerleader, plus she gives you the confidence to cheer for yourself too – what more can I say, she rocks! :)”

Gemma Fisher

To get your seat in class, click HERE

Class starts on Monday October 12th– get a seat and let’s help you become the best handler you can be for your dog!

 photo-2-150x150Dr. Kathrine McAleese is the go-to dog sports psychotherapist and a performance coach, speaker, writer and cheerleader of excellence! Her unique talent is helping dog handlers take simple, useable mindset principles to build their confidence and focus so they can compete as well as they train. Highly acclaimed by dog owners worldwide, Kathrine’s seminars, workshops and hugely successful online courses help average and elite competitors alike to get results they can be proud of.

What it’s Like to Work With Mind To Win: Interview with Tracey Watt

Interview with Tracey Watt 10/12/14

Interview by Jenny Halpin

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   Kathrine’s note: I had nothing to do with this interview. I wanted you to be able to hear from one of my clients (more interviews to follow), without them speaking to me or just being nice. So Jenny   chose the questions, spoke with Tracey and then sent me the transcript. The only things I have done are to embolden her questions and to cut off the conversation at the end that was after the interview  ended. So this is every word that Jenny recorded. Enjoy the behind the scenes perspective! 

Tracey Watt & MojoJ: What was competing, or life competing like before you started with Mind to Win?

T: Before I started with Mind to Win I was extremely nervous when I was going to shows. I was an absolute nightmare on the start line. I could be easily put off by anybody round about me would be able to say “Oh I was going to do that” or “I wouldn’t have done if like that” and if it was the way I’d walked the course, that would be me, I would be in bits before I went into the ring! Completely. I also had this preconceived idea that everybody was actually watching my run; now I know that people don’t but at that time I thought everybody was watching me and everybody was standing at the side going “Oh she shouldn’t have done that or she should have done this” and the whole gremlins taking over your life… So yeah, it wasn’t the nicest place for me. I used to go along, feeling sick, thinking why am I doing this and then coming home being miserable if it hadn’t gone well to my other half and them saying “I thought you started doing this for fun”. Yeah it is fun… so yes, it was just pretty grim.

J: Yes, it sounds it. So what made you choose Mind to Win? 

T: I was actually watching someone else on the start line who has a very particular routine that he followed and I commented about how in the zone he was and he was dead honest, he said I’ll come and speak to you after I’ve run. And he came to grab me later on and he said you need to look up Kathrine McAleese, Mind to Win. You need to look up that site and you need to do some reading and get on some of her courses. So that was kind of where it came from. Looked up the site, got hooked up on the Facebook page and just from the messages and the things that Kathrine sent through that was kind of it for me, I was like I really like this. I like what I’m seeing. And then obviously I seen some of the courses that were coming up and I thought I’m going to give this a go cos I really think it could help me.

J: So what classes have you taken?

T: I’ve done 7 Deadly Sins, the 12 Days of Christmas, the Goal Setting for Success and Start Line Confidence. Tracey Watt

J: Oh wow!

T: Does that mean I’m a fully paid up member?!

J: It’s certainly impressive! So what was your favourite course?

T: I really liked the 7 Deadly Sins but I think the one I got most out of was the Goal Setting for Success.

J: Right, why was that?

T: It really helped me focus in on what I want to achieve; it helped me with my weight loss, because I changed the way I thought about what I was doing. And I think there was a lot of things I got out of that course. I also now sit down on a regular basis and review what I actually want to achieve and the steps that I’m going to take to do that. And that’s come across in my work as well, you know, it’s been really helpful in there.

J: So it’s sort of a whole life application then?

T: Yes, definitely the Goal Setting, cos when you get yourself in to that whole mind-set of what you want to do and what you want to achieve and then taking it, reversing it back, you know, to get to A, what steps do I need to take? And it’s just taught me some really good behaviours and how I can actually map that out and work out how I’m going to get there.

J: Right, so… that was just an extra question…so how has Mind to Win helped you? Well you’ve just touched on that, is there anything else you want to say about it?

T: Oh yes, so I have, haven’t even read my notes! When it comes to setting my goals I think one of the things that I did before was I used to set… they weren’t particularly smart goals, you know it would be like “I’m going to lose weight”. Well that’s nice… but I didn’t have a Right by this date it is my intention to be at this target, how am I going to do that, what am I going to do to achieve it? And that has been one of the key things for me that I know make it something that isn’t going to be easy, it’s going to be a stretching target, but at least I’ve got the clear target in there as opposed to just “in 2015 I’m going to lose more weight”. Well, what does that mean? Cos it could you mean that you lose a pound over the course of the year, well done you lost more weight but it’s not what you necessarily want to overall achieve. So yeah that was the big thing. And it’s definitely- much as you probably look at me bobbling about here- it has increased my confidence in my own ability! Because it’s… can’t really explain that bit… I think through the things that I’ve learnt and whether you think you’re applying them all or not I think there are points in your life and as things are happening you think oh yeah I remember, you know, I read this on a course or this would be useful to bring in… So yeah it has increased my confidence considerably and definitely in relation to agility 100% increased my confidence because I basically was going into that ring feeling like I didn’t have the justification to be there, whereas now I go in thinking, right this is it, me and my dog, we can do this- and we’re off!

J: Great that’s brilliant… we are touching on the questions anyway… what else, how have you applied Mind to Win to any other areas of life? You’ve mentioned some things, your confidence, your weight loss…

T: Yeah definitely with my weight loss because I have set myself the goals and been able to do that. I have used some of it at work with some of my team. There’s some… oh you’ll know.. Kathrine refers to the frog analogy and eat the damn frog! And it’s quite funny because after I’d done a bit of that course there was something going on at work and one of the team had a particular piece of work that every time I asked it was back at the bottom of the pile and I was like “Right, this is your frog”. I explained and she was like oh right and so basically you don’t eat it now it’s just going to get bigger , it’s going to be more evil and more vile tasting by the time you get to it so just do it! So we know have this laugh in the team that we all have our own little frogs of work to avoid or not do. So yeah, I’ve used it there, I’ve used it in dog club, I take some of the stuff into there to help me with some of the challenges I’ve had there. It’s been really good.

J: Cool. So what would you say to anyone, someone who is thinking about taking a Mind to Win course?

T: I would say sign up today. Just do it. Because once you’ve actually started done that and you get to it… I really like the Live sessions Kathrine does, they’re really good. The Facebook pages, the closed groups for whatever course you’re doing just give you such a fantastic network of people who appreciate where you’re coming from, they understand… they might not be in exactly the same place, their scenarios might be slightly different but they’re all there to help and support and give advice… it’s just a really good system because it’s much better than it just… I mean you can read loads of stuff and I have over the years, I’ve read various books on building your confidence but I think having someone who you can bounce your ideas off of and say well you know I’ve tried this and it didn’t quite work, this is what I’d do differently next time… it just makes such a difference to have that and you know it does make a big difference to your life. Kathrine is absolutely fantastic and what I would say is that it’s really important for anyone who does take part in the course to actually fully take part in that course. There’s no point in signing up if you’re not prepared to commit fully to it and to engage on Facebook and through the live meets and things like that because you won’t get the same value out of it I think. You’ll still gain some things but it won’t be as much as if you actually interact with everybody

J: Absolutely. Some of the Facebook groups are just amazing 

T: Yeah. I love them and I still look back at them and I still post on some of them so you know it’s fab. They’re really good.

J: Yip. That’s great. Oh right, last question already- anything else you want to say?

T: the only thing I wish was that there was more face to face stuff that we could do… I very jealously look at the camps and things like that and they’re never a day or time that I can make but one day I will do it! I know that she’s not enough hours in the day…

[end of interview as J & T start talking about life generally]

Pay it Forward!

PAY IT FORWARD!

When I do seminars and online classes, I always invite my clients to PAY IT FORWARD. To tell others what has changed for them having worked with Mind to Win and to SHARE with those they care about the difference that working on your mindset makes.

At some level we all KNOW how essential a part it is of our training, but unfortunately, anything related to the mind is not YET as socially easy to talk about (or accepted) as it really should be.

People will happily talk about and go to a doctor when they feel physically unwell or like their body isn’t working at its best, somehow it’s not YET as natural and ‘normal’ to consult a specialist when you know your mind could use a couple of tweaks- however minor.

So when you TELL your friends what we’ve been working on and how it’s improved things for you, you are LIBERATING others from the LIE that there has to be something ‘wrong’ with you to do mindset work. There IS NOT something wrong with you, you’re HUMAN! None of us are perfect and we can ALL use help to be our best, whether it’s our technical skills or our mindset skills. We need to normalise this, and you telling people that you’ve been working on your mindset might be the thing that helps them do the same. Or indeed helps them get therapy for deeper issues.

If you’re not sure how to tell others-

… you can tell them that it’s an essential part of sport, and ask why they don’t work on it…

… perhaps you might want to remind them that the world’s top class athletes in most sports constantly work on their mindset- even taking their coach with them on tour…

… maybe for you it’s easier to focus on what was going wrong and how it was affecting your dog and point them to how different your dog is now…

… maybe you just want to tell them the fun we have in class and about some of the ‘aha’ moments you’ve had that changed your results…

… even a comment when you share a status can help those you care about start to see how normal a thing this is to talk about and realise that they too can get help when they need it…

Whatever way you choose to do it, please pay it forward. TELL your friends. Help me make it normal for people to get help and improve their mental game. Honour those who have helped you and STOP SHAMING YOURSELF for having sought help!!

YOU are the strong one for knowing you had a weakness, facing it and changing it!

YOU are to be celebrated, so please don’t hide it. Wear it with pride and help others to do the same!

Together we can help people live happier, healthier lives, and today I invite you to partner with me in this movement and pay it forward.

Instantly Improve Your Competition Performance

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There is no better feeling than leaving the competition ring knowing that you’ve had a connected run and done your absolute best for your canine team-mate.

In my years as a psychotherapist, researcher and competition mindset coach, I have observed key problems like that that really mess with competitors’  ability to do their best.

How I can help you

I have combined my expertise and training with scientifically proven principles and have now translated these into easy to follow classes and courses that ANY competitor can take and apply. In fact, these principles can be applied to any area of life, not just competition!

Some of my previous clients have used these principles to help them succeed at national and world championships, others have used them to lose weight, improve their fitness, even launch businesses! And if they can do it, so can you.

GET YOUR COPY TODAY, It’s FREE!

In this FREE video training, I am going to give you one of my TOP TIPS. You can apply this TODAY and IMMEDIATELY see an improvement in your performance. To get this free training NOW, just click this link: GET IT NOW!

Here’s the super simple way to get it:

*Click the ‘Get it now!’ link and complete the email address request

*Confirm you want it (I know, it seems weird, but it makes sure it was you actually requesting it and not someone spamming you!)

*Immediately receive the link and password giving you access your free training.

*Enjoy! Within the next 5 minutes you could be signed up and learning a crucial tip that has the power to improve your competition performance TODAY!

 

Once you have watched it, please come on over to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let me know the number 1 thing that struck you from this training!

Don’t forget to follow Mind to Win on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily motivation, encouragement and more top tips!

To your success!

Kathrine

Here’s that link one more time: YES, I want this FREE training video!

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Dr. Kathrine McAleese, is the go-to dog sports psychotherapist and a performance coach, speaker, writer and cheerleader of excellence! Her unique talent is helping dog handlers take simple, useable mindset principles to build their confidence and focus so they can compete as well as they train. Serving dog owners worldwide, Kathrine’s seminars, workshops and hugely successful online courses help average and elite competitors alike to get results they can be proud of.

Attitude is everything!

When you get a group of people together to compete who are peers in terms of their technical skills, what will ultimately make the difference is who can hold it together mentally, to execute those skills best when the pressure is on.

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Once all the technical training has been done, what will ultimately make the difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t is ATTITUDE.

That goes for when they’re training, struggling with plateaus and seemingly insurmountable problems, or when they’re stepping up to compete against [insert big name here]. Keeping a cool head to get their timing right and shave off every potential wasted moment, THAT is what makes and breaks great teams.

Aim High

As the adage goes, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!

Look at the photo above and the placement of the house. The person who dreamt that up aimed high- literally and metaphorically! It is in an insanely precarious location, was probably a nightmare to build and yet, won’t it be the most incredible place with stunning views??!

Your dream may seem crazy too, and maybe other people will think that you have finally gone mad. Hey, maybe YOU will even think you’ve gone mad!

But

…WHAT IF you can make it happen?…

…WHAT IF your dream is actually that braver part of yourself calling you to aim higher than you’ve been told to, or dared to before now?…

…WHAT IF you were actually made to achieve this?…

Instead of worrying so much about how awful it might feel to fail, start planning how you’re going to succeed. 

That shift in attitude may be the biggest step you actually need to make to allow your dreams to come true.

Newsflash: Ignore this myth!

There is a prevailing myth that some people have just ‘got it’ and are mentally strong, and some people aren’t. I beg to differ. Yes there are different levels of inherent resilience and certainly there are different personalities that may support someone in being mentally focused easier than others, but I do not accept that there is an unchangeable binary distinction between those who ‘can’ and those who ‘can’t’ when the pressure’s on.

Just as you can learn the TECHNICAL skills you need, so too you can learn the MENTAL skills you need.

We ALL have strengths and we ALL have places we could tweak our technical and mental game- this is why the best sportspeople in the world keep their mental coaches close at hand! We’re HUMAN. We can all use a little help to get focused where we need to be at different points.

Even if you have a current record of consistently turning to mush when the pressure is on, YOU CAN CHANGE THAT. It will take work, but it will also be worth it.

The difference is attitude:

* Are you fed up of how things are and want to try something new?

* Are you ready to tell your fear and pride gremlins to back off so you can achieve what you want to?

* Would you like to find out what you’re REALLY capable of?

I hope so, because I truly believe you’re worth it.

Let me know what this article made you think about- come on over to Facebook and share your thoughts, I’d love to talk with you!

To your success!

Kathrine

me with Quill