It’s a beautiful Monday morning with the temps in the 60’s and the sun shining! Something we haven’t been seeing lately. Days like this really start your day out right and put you in a good mood from the moment you look outside.
As I was getting ready this morning I was going over the weekend and how great it was. First off I had my first Fathers Day which was something special that I’d never had the privilege to experience before. My son Kelson is such a blessing…even if he was crabby due to getting a top tooth! I have more then I deserve (son, an amazing wife, a roof over my head, etc) I can tell you that!
This weekend I tested my Search and Rescue dogs thru North American Police and Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) and man it’s stressful!! I wrote about the stress of it last Fall http://www.powershopgym.com/i-failedor-did-i/ You train so hard all year (yearly recertification) so you know what you are doing but it seems on test day everything goes out the window. Your stress level goes up and the dog reads that and can act completely different….which really makes the stress pile on. It’s a vicious cycle and a great K9 and K9 handler can look foolish if they melt down.
Last year we had one of those situations. We failed!
This year WE PASSED!! It wasn’t as pretty as I’d like but we Got Er Done!
As I pondered this morning I remembered how I felt last year failing and how it made me work harder, train smarter, try to relax, and let the dog do it’s thing but help when needed. It’s the whole stick and stay and keep trying concept that we tell so many of our clients to do each and everyday. Not every day is “pretty” or “perfect” heck they usually never are but stick and stay! Consistency over time will lead you towards your goals or away from them…I like going towards my goals and not away from them though.
I write all of this to help everyone utilize this information no matter what you are working towards. For my clients it’s usually making healthier strides each and everyday. For you reading this I don’t know what goals you have…but I can tell you stick and stay and consistently work towards them. If it’s 1%/day great…it’s better than yesterday. Consistency over time adds up! When kids begin to walk they don’t run a marathon out of the gate. They take a step and fall but the most important part is they get up and try again. Next time hopefully taking 2 steps or more before falling and then more the next time. It’s consistency over time that leads to walking and eventually running long distances!
So I am going to leave you with a question. What is it that you
need to stick and stay with and have consistency over time? Debt reduction, school, jump shots, progress in your career, being a better husband or wife, being a better father or mother? Whatever it is I urge you to stick and stay and keep improving by 1% it will add up in the right direction.
Eric Peterson, MS, CSCS
K9 Eve – Human Remains Detection certified with NAPWDA
K9 Emmett – Utility Area Search certified with NAPWDA