It’s funny how much advice we get during the course of our lifetime.
Some of it is good, some of it is bad – really bad.
And then some advice can be life changing. A simple phrase or paragraph or two can make all the difference in the world.
Today I want to share some advice I heard long ago and I am always amazed at how correct this one sentence is. Here it is:
“Look at what the majority of people are doing, and do the exact opposite, and you’ll probably never go wrong for as long as you live”.
That was said by the late, great Earl Nightingale.
When I first started in dog training everyone was issued a choke chain and treats were NEVER to be used – EVER!
Luckily, I looked at the majority and did the exact opposite and ole Earl was 100% correct.
Earl also wrote and recorded “The Strangest Secret” which I highly recommend listening to or reading. It’s all over the web and a quick search will serve it up for you.
I’ll share his secret with you because it can greatly help you with dog training (and anything else) and it’s only six words:
“We become what we think about.”
What’s that? You’re not impressed?
Listen up Sparky, those six words can make all the difference when you are training.
Here’s the deal: Thoughts control our actions. Our actions control our results. If you think about washing your car and decide to do it, pretty soon you’ll be outside with a bucket and soap. It all began with a thought.
Now here is why I am sharing this with you.
A lot of the new clients I have been working with fail to realize that they can consciously choose their thoughts. Instead they think they are no good or beat themselves up.
Over the past few weeks I’ve heard comments like:
“I have been such a bad mother. I think I’ve totally screwed up my dog.”
“I’m not very good at this dog training stuff. My dog will never learn.”
If thoughts control our actions and actions control our results, what kind of results do you think you’ll get with thoughts and comments like those?
So if you’re not getting the results you want with dog training, take a look at your thoughts and start changing them.
Once you THINK you can train your dog and take ACTION you’ll remeber this message and say, “Damn, that Amazing Dog Training Guy was right.”
Feel free to write and tell me how wonderful I am – haha!
Have a great weekend!