Are you dreaming big enough?
I’ve been on a quest lately to inspire myself and others through my teaching and blogging. As I’m sure some of you have noticed, I’ve been blogging daily lately with the goal of helping others through their training and life struggles. I’m planning on continuing this trend in the future. Why? Because I’ve realized that it’s not only about achieving my own goals and dreams, but helping others feel that they can achieve their own…even if they doubt it themselves.
When I mention goals to my students, I often find that many of them set the bar very low when it comes to their expectations. Some of them even claim to have no expectations at all. Have you ever gone into a competition or training session telling yourself, “I’m just here to have fun, I don’t care what happens?” I’ve heard it many times as a coach and instructor. I’ve even been tempted to take this approach myself sometimes.
But sometimes there’s a spark…a ghost of a flame igniting your desire to succeed. And you realize that you can have so much more; be so much better; if you just push for that next level, whatever that may be for you. You can take this chance to embark on a path worth doing, to create your own journey to greatness. The question is, will you do it?
Hang onto the images flickering through your mind right now. Your dreams are there even if you can’t consciously describe them. They are dwelling right beneath the surface of the barriers saying “I can’t”, “It’s not possible,” or “I’m not good enough.”
These are the barriers I had to overcome when I applied for the 2005 world team with my first dog Mikki. I was told that he probably wouldn’t make it. People had already begun cutting me down telling me that he was a nice “steady” dog. Some were even blunter and flat out told me he was too slow. But part of me felt that spark of inspiration. And rather than being discouraged I decided that I was going to push myself to achieve what I at the time felt was impossible. I was going to make it to the world team. Now don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of people supporting me as well, and for those of you who offered your support I will be forever grateful. There were also many negatives thrown my way. At that moment I decided not to let others lessen my dream. Mikki and I went on the represent Canada at the FCI World Championships for three consecutive years. He ran 7/8 runs clean in his worlds career. And I owe it all to having a dream for something more. If I had allowed myself to be discouraged by what others thought possible for me, I never would have embarked on a journey that has completely changed my agility career and in doing so, my life.
Remember that this was MY dream. Yours may be completely different and it doesn’t make it any less important than mine.
I want to share this powerful video with you that I watched today. While watching I realized just how much the sport means to me, and just how special the bond is with my dogs.
Your dreams are just that, they are YOURS. No one can tell you what to dream. But it’s up to you to make them a reality.
Take this oppourtunity to help those around you by sharing this post with those whom you wish to inspire.
“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert Schuller
Jess Martin of Agile Dog Training
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