Clean Run - December 2012 - (Page 21)

Agility Mind Gym Full Circle By Kathy Keats In this final segment of “Agility Mind Gym,” we come full circle back to passion and mastery. When we are struggling, we sometimes lose the joy and passion that started us in agility. We have doubts about why we are doing this sport, and don’t see the point. We all search for meaning and purpose, and spending tons of money and time in the quest for a $1 ribbon or a Q can seem very hollow, especially when things aren’t going well. And, if that was all it was about, it would be meaningless. But that’s not what it is about. It is about meaning and purpose. It is about learning, growing, and challenging your boundaries. It is about mastering yourself. It is about joy, passion, discipline, and creativity. It is about living fully and feeling alive, and sharing that with your canine buddy. Life is a series of moments to be experienced. You miss life by dwelling in the past or by living for what might happen in the future. Material success such as wins and ribbons may give you a temporary high, but they don’t bring you happiness. As I’ve said before, it’s like a drug, a temporary hit and then you need another dose. If you are a successful competitor, people may remember you for awhile, but you will only be remembered until the next “hot” thing comes along. What has a lasting impact are the people who have an impact on other people’s lives by giving of themselves—a kind word, a bit of advice, putting on events, or mentoring others and helping them see their own potential. When you give, you get back far more. Success is a funny thing. The more material success you have, the easier it is to see beyond it to the real meaning of success, but the more addictive it can become. The harder you try to hold onto success or “make it happen,” the more elusive it becomes. Sometimes that’s why it can be easier to have success early in a career, before you are thinking about it too hard or the expectations are too high. The tools of passion, focus on a goal, determination, and persistence, along with controlling your inner dialogue can take you just about anywhere you want to go. It is simply a choice, and you have the power to do it if you so choose. I have enjoyed writing this series immensely, and I wish you every success in your endeavors! D Agility Mind Gym Exercise 1: What have you learned about yourself in the last 12 months? What have you changed about yourself in the last 12 months? What do you want to improve about yourself in the next 12 months? Agility Mind Gym Exercise 2: What have you learned about your dog in the last 12 months? How has your dog changed in the last 12 months? What do you want to improve in your dog in the next 12 months? Kathy Keats has been competing in elite athletics her entire life, with great success. She has been fascinated with human potential and peak performance and has dedicated much of her life to learning how to apply these principles in her various endeavors, as well as teaching others how to reach their potential. Kathy’s success at the national and international level in multiple venues demonstrates a plan for success, not simply a talent in one area. Kathy wants to see everyone become the best they can be and reach their goals in whatever life path they choose. You can reach her at December 12 | Clean Run 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - December 2012

Clean Run - December 2012
Table of Contents
Editorializing: All Roads
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers: Identify Patterns to Gain Perspective
Challenges for Rising Stars
Power Paws Skills: Front Crosses
Agility Mind Gym: Full Circle
Training a Deaf Dog to Go the Distance
Awesome Paws Drills
Does Gender Matter When Choosing an Agility Dog?
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Overexcited Spectator
10 Games to Play with Dogs That Are Recovering from an Injury
Gait Analysis Helps Diagnose Early Lameness & Improve Performance
The F-Word: Building Resiliency to Failure!
Training with the Stars: Maureen Waldron
Building Blocks: Developing Solutions for Agility Problems
Being a Good Student, Part 2

Clean Run - December 2012