Posted by: allstaragility | February 15, 2010

Back on track!

I brought a friend of mine Lanny Bassham’s “With Winning in Mind” CD to help her mental performance.  D’oh- I think I needed to listen to it again!   After all, achieving a good mental game is never complete;  it is something that must always be practiced, evaluated and fine-tuned.    This was a good reminder that, when you find yourself derailed from the right track, get back on it ASAP!   Just as negativity is contagious, so is the optimism and goodwill you project from within.     Be determined to shine through and smile no matter what!

I am extremely pleased with how well Bode and I worked together this weekend.  It has taken a lot of adjustment going from Skye who had an 85% Q-rate to Bode who has had some struggles in AKC competition.   He missed this trial  last year while starting his rehab for an iliopsoas injury.  It has been a long, nagging process and I realized the rush to be ready for AKC Nationals and then Tryouts was really too much, too soon.  As a result,  we fought jumping confidence issues for the greater part of last year.     It has honestly been the most difficult training obstacle I have ever faced!  I am so proud of how well he is coming along as he improves with each turn in the ring.  His overall performance this weekend was outstanding and I feel he is on track to peak for Nationals.    I really am too hard on him- joking that the poor little boy doesn’t have the same “mental depth” as Skye, but he does give 100% of himself in the ring and always has a smile in his eyes.  Who could ask for more?

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