In The House of Dog – Shadow of a Doubt

When In Doubt, Don’t. -Benjamin Franklin

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. -Voltaire

It’s been a while since I’ve made a blog post. I don’t know if you noticed, but 2020 has been a little crazy. I mean, last week was March and I can’t remember what day it is. Some of you know that my wife had some minor surgery (she’s fine!) but we’ve had our plates full.

But besides the pandemic plaguing my life, I’ve been plagued by something else this year: Doubt. Which brings me to another quote:

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

Leave it to the Bard to say something with so much power. Maybe it was just exhaustion, or perhaps anxiety, but I’ve been racked with doubt over the last few months. I think it is, in no small part, hitting a wall with a certain case. This case not only forced me back to the proverbial drawing board but forced to reconsider my methods down to their very core. Doubt also came in while I was taking a class for one of my certifications. While I loved the class and found it incredibly informative and eye-opening, it also caused me to doubt my skills. Only recently have I begun to realize that to be successful at this, I would have to openly acknowledge my faults and recognize my shortcomings as opportunities. In this field, we are learning more every day and that I should remember that I will not always succeed, but that doesn’t mean I should stop.

Doubt is the greatest hurdle I face as a trainer, but not just in myself. You’d be surprised how many successful trainers are wracked with insecurities. I see a lot of doubt in owners, even over the smallest of things. I’ve seen some owners lose confidence over something so small as clicking a second or two late. As cheesy as it sounds, success isn’t a result but a state of mind. The first step to success is recognizing failure. By simply recognizing it, you have a greater chance of achieving the results you desire.

I feel like by writing this down, and sharing this with you, that it somehow feels like I’m making excuses for myself. I know that’s not the case, despite what my anxiety wants me to think. And it’s not the case for you either. Modifying a behavior isn’t easy, no matter what that behavior is.

So, I will endeavor to not let my doubts prevent me from doing my best, not only for myself but for you as well.

I hope you all are well!

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