Let's talk about 'motivation'
So, you've decided that you need to improve your dog's behaviour, but you are overwhelmed with options and don't know where to start!
You have this vague idea of how you want your dog to behave, and what things you want them to stop doing (or learn to do) in the back of your mind, but you’ve yet to really do anything about it.
Either you’ve done nothing, you’re just at the very beginning, or you’ve worked at improving your dog's training in fits, starts, and stops sporadically and you're not seeing results which is disheartening.
You’re waiting for some magical moment of inspiration. You want to feel fired up to get out and work with your dog like you feel when you watch videos with motivational music or listen to the latest dog training podcasts.
But the main issue with motivation is that it never seems to last.
Take it from someone who’s been through the process. I preface almost everything I do with the idea that getting results or getting out to train my dog at all is difficult.
But I figured it out.
You have to understand the most important fact about motivation.
YOU DONT NEED MORE MOTIVATION.
We've all done it, you watch an action film and come out of the cinema fired up and ready to be the next Bruce Lee.
In reality, feeling fired up doesn’t really do much.
There are better words than motivation to describe what you need:
You need CLARITY
You need to find a DIRECTION to move in and move in that direction
Equally as important, you need MOMENTUM
If you get theses three things — clarity, direction, and momentum, you’re most of the way there.
Clarity means you develop a high enough level of awareness to understand what it is you are going to do and WHY.
That clarity can mentally move you in the direction you need to go. You don’t necessarily need to know exactly what to do next, but when you have clarity or a clear goal in mind, you’ll be ready to move in that direction.
Pick a method of training or a trainer and work on it, commit to it and see it through. I actively encourage my customers to speak to other dog trainers.
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