I’m off to the roof with a can of Red Bull!

 

Wow, did you SEE what Felix Baumgartner did this week?!

That’s it, I’m off to go one better, bring on the Red Bull (it really does give you wings)…

Nah, not really. See, he’s SPECIAL. I could never do anything so outrageous/brave/crazy/successful (pick your own adjective).

OTHER PEOPLE can win world championships. I could never do that. They’re brilliant, look at all the mistakes I make, I can’t even… [fill in the blank]. Sound familiar?

… and so we limit our possibility. We stifle our potential because we stop dreaming big. We give up our potential when we talk ourselves down, or- like many of you were commenting on Facebook this week- you have other people who’ve had free rein to put you down. And when you hear that often enough, it corrodes your soul, huh?

But I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’ve lost your agility mojo, or it’s not fun anymore, maybe you’re  ready to quit…   or you just feel like your agility training has plateaued and your not able to break through to the next level, don’t despair and DO NOT GIVE UP.

These times are mental strength training and they will serve you if you keep going! Use the MUTE button when you have to- whether it’s to drown out others or to silence the inner critic in your own head. My clients again and again come up against this inner critic and time and again they not only silence it, but they DEFY it and do what it tells them they can’t. And there is no reason at all why you can’t join them in that success. It’s your choice and yours alone. So what do you reckon? Do you want to give it a go?

I hope so- I can’t wait to help you experience SUCCESS!

Kathrine

Would you ever just SHUT UP?!

…Ever wanted to say that to someone?

Maybe someone who bounced up to you as you came out of the ring to tell you what you SHOULD have done and point out where you went wrong?

Like you didn’t already know what went wrong!

If there’s one time you don’t want to be told what went wrong, it’s in those first 15 seconds- 5 minutes after, when you’re still pumping adrenalin, trying to get a lead on your dog and get your breath back. Frankly I think it’s the lack of breath that prevents more trainers and “helpful” people getting slapped when they do this!!

Time and time again people ask me how to cope with people telling them what they did wrong, but not what they did RIGHT! Blimey, any wonder people get discouraged!

But here’s something you can do for yourself– without having to wait for someone else to notice… and it’s been proven to be a key factor used by elite sportspeople more effectively than by those who get stuck at lesser heights.

Realistic performance evaluation.

Fancy term for saying that you aim to note both the strengths as well as the growing edges in your performance. Ignore the areas for improvement and clearly you’re not going to get better. But we also know from research that you need self-confidence and motivation to excel. By having an even-handed approach to our performance we give ourselves evidence that gives credibility to our self-confidence, which in turn helps motivate us that we CAN achieve our goals.

So next time you step out in training or competition, don’t wait for anyone else to tell you what was good (or what you can improve on next time)- analyse your own performance. And if you can’t find any positives, your vision is impaired because I will bet you that they’re there- even if you can’t see them yet. Don’t worry, you can learn to see them- keep going!

Be your own cheerleader and fair critic. Not one or the otheryou need BOTH to excel.

Happy competing! 

Don’t forget to get onto Facebook and tell me what you found most useful in this article! I’d love to hear your stories,

Kathrine

 

Leeks, spuds and pumpkins for the win!

Don’t you just love autumn? The colours alone are gorgeous.

But what has that got to do with you holding it together in competition?!

Here’s a few things that can make you a better competitor that I was reflecting on during a traditional harvest service whilst surrounded by local produce (good job it’s a vegetable growing area. Cattle would’ve been awkward).

Take time to look back.

Whatever your spirituality (and you’re a grown up, I’m not going to tell you what to believe, that’s your job!), harvest services are about taking time out and looking back over the season. Do the same on your competitive journey– take notes, record results, see how you’re progressing towards your goals. If you never look back, you’ll never see just how far you’ve come!

Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude is key. Complainers sap energy- both their own and that of others. But gratitude for what you’ve got and focusing on what you have, rather than don’t have, will give you a better idea of the resources you possess already that can help you achieve your goals, if you USE them!

Think in seasons

Another great thing about harvest service is that it re-connects you with the land, which the seasonal nature of the Earth. This is an important piece in competition. It’s not a never-ending linear process and there is a time for ramping up the pace, and a time to rest… Time to prep, and time to get working!

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I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

Kathrine

Train Harder for less success!

 

“I work so hard, we’re successful in training, but in competition, you’d swear he’s never seen equipment before…”

If you have a performance dog, you’ve probably spent a LOT of money on it: buying it, vet fees, training classes, training DAYS will all the best trainers, trouble shooting sessions with experienced trainers, entry fees, camping fees, competition entries…

Some of you are still not seeing the success you want, your goals seem as far away as ever.

You get more and more nervous and stressed about competing, your trainers work you harder to ‘get it right’, you spend more and more money on training days and… the problems get WORSE instead of better.

If this is you, don’t give up. Let me say that again, don’t give up. This is not the time to quit. 

This is the time to ADDRESS and FACE DOWN the nerves and fears that have perhaps even been there from the start and that your perceived lack of success to date is making worse. It’s time your dog had the same handler in competition as they do in training- instead of that nervous wreck they’ve become used to seeing!

Let me be blunt for a second: if you know that you are anxious and unhelpfully nervous at competitions, then your dog knows. So do your dog a favour and do something about it. TODAY.

For example, if that critical voice in your ear is telling you failure is inevitable, you have a choice. Listen to it, or don’t. The future hasn’t happened, so why prove it right? What if that critical voice is wrong? What could happen THEN??

If you’re ready to change, sign up for your first webchat consultation with me and let’s do training on an area that will help you and your dog enjoy agility more and get you moving towards the successes you want.

Do it now- I look forward to working with you!

Kathrine

 “Thank you so much, I am very happy- Musto especially is really thriving on my improved focus- he is the biggest challenge as he is sooo tuned into me but I seem to be getting it right as he has never been so happy in the ring…” -Tracy Moerel, 2012