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Usually when we think about fitness for the canine athlete, we think of exercises that we can do with our dogs. Our focus is usually on our dogs… not on ourselves. I argue, however, that when it comes to reaching peak canine performance, one of the most important determining factors for success (or failure!) is ourselves.
We’ve all been there at some point in time… a subpar performance with our dogs, having to cancel an event after months of preparation, our dogs being sidelined due an injury, and more.
What separates the champions, the elite athletes, and the success stories from the others is how they bounce back from setbacks and failures.
The way you think about challenges and setbacks can either help or hinder your ability to overcome adversity. The biggest factor involved when it comes to overcoming adversity is our mental mindset. You must be resilient and have a certain level of “mental toughness” if you are going to turn your struggles and failures into success.
So the next time you experience a setback with your dog, follow these proven strategies that have worked again and again for successful, elite athletes…
So the next time things don’t go your way, instead of feeling sorry for yourself and beating yourself up, follow the five tips listed above to develop the mindset of a champion. I promise it will have a positive impact on your training and your dog’s future performance!
Connaughton, D., Wadey, R., Hanton, S., & Jones, G. (2008). The development and maintenance of mental toughness: Perceptions of elite performers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26(1), 83-95.
Crust, L. & Clough, P.J. (2011). Developing mental toughness: From research to practice. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 2(1), 21-32.
Goldberg, A. (2017). Dr. Goldberg’s Mental Toughness Blog. Retrieved from https://www.competitivedge.com/blogs
Mosewich, Crocker & Kowalski. (2014). Managing injury and other setbacks in sports: Experiences of (and resources for) high-performance women athletes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6(2), 182-204.
Poirier-Leroy, O. (2016). The research behind the mindset of super champions. Retrieved from https://www.yourswimlog.com/mindset-super-champions/
The Sport Information Resource Center (SIRC). (2014, October 2, 2014). Overcoming setbacks: developing resilience [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://sirc.ca/blog/overcoming-setbacks-developing-resilience