Sport and laziness

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“In reality, everyone is good in bed. Close eyes. Shutdown brain. Pause as necessary. Restart brain. Open eyes. What’s there to not be good at? Bed is the one place where laziness is rewarded.” – John Dobbin

We all look up to miraculous healings in patients with seemingly hopeless outcomes, as well as people with considerable success in life and amazing personalities.  They are all connected by a desire to change something in their life and endless diligence.  Everything they have achieved in life wasn’t handed to them on a silver platter.  Success is primarily a recognition of the need for change and hard work.

In my work as a coach, I often have to deal with the fact of ordinary laziness as a major factor in failure of people reaching their goals.  Ordinary laziness destroys dreams and does not allow you to move forward.  In dog training I see two main types of laziness.

  1. The purely physical laziness:  Not wanting to get up early in the morning to track with your dog, or completely ignoring the physical needs of preparing your dog for work.  Failure to do a warm up, cool down, stretching.  It is very apparent when someone just pulls their dog from their car and instantly expects them to perform on the field, doing the vigorous exercises of going over a jump, or the physical demands of doing protection exercises.  This type of laziness can lead to serious injury to the dog and can greatly reduce the longevity of our four legged partners.
  2. Psychological laziness: This is expressed in many ways and with many excuses.  People having excuses why they can not attend the regular training sessions or a seminars, giving reasons like domestic or financial obstacles.  The issue here lies in priorities.  When a person needs to buy a house or go on an exciting vacation, they make sacrifices and find a way to have someone watch their children and dogs.  Why?  Because this is important to them, and they take the time and effort to search for the resources to reach their goals.  But when it comes to attending a seminar or having quality training prior to the trials, this is often put on the back burner because having their dog perform isn’t a high priority for them.  

As a friend, I do realise that there are family and financial obstacles that can come in the way of training.  And as a friend I am ready to understand your situation and provide all the sympathy and aid that I can.   However, as a coach, I have no right to do that.  As a coach, one who is preparing you and is responsible for your training, it isn’t my concern that you have no one to leave your children with if you attending a seminar, or that you need to go with your family on vacation, or that you have a broken down car…. I am only interested in one thing.  That you are willing to do what needs to be done to get the results.

Don’t be lazy

Don’t skip training.  Attend seminars.  Get as ready as you can and prove yourself on trial day.

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