Interview with Tracey Watt 10/12/14
Interview by Jenny Halpin
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!
J: 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.
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]