I just read Naughty Dogge‘s article about how trainers need to learn to not be indecisive. Which, I agree with. Hesitation, or lack of confidence is something that can actually cause a lot of problems. If you hesitate while training a dog to ‘Sit’, it is not nearly as damaging as if you are indecisive with an aggressive dog. However, in either situation, you just missed an opportunity, or put someone at risk.
I may not know everything, and I know I have a lot to learn. But at the same time, I present myself with confidence. I can admit I was wrong, and that I made a mistake. I learn from those mistakes. It is very easy for me to stop and think ‘I can’t do this. I shouldn’t even call myself a trainer.’ But I am. I am inexperienced compared to some people who have been working with dogs for 10 years. However, I have drive. I want to learn, and I am building my clientele while I am also working full time. I am planning on going to school in July to obtain my certification, so I can be ‘more legit’.
I am excited, and nervous of making mistakes. But I can pick myself up and face another day. I do this… every day. I make mistakes, and I struggle with making the right decision. Sometimes, it’s not the right decision. But at least I made a choice at all. I’m doing this. I’m not waiting ‘for the right time’, ‘for the money’, or ‘for an opportunity’. I’m doing it. I’m living it, and I’m making it happen.
I have confidence, and I don’t struggle with being indecisive. I make decisions quickly, and I am prepared for when a dog throws me a curveball. Which has happened, and recently. I won’t give up, and I will face every challenge head-on. I might be confused, and I may have to take a step back to look at the bigger picture. But believe me: I’m not giving up. I won’t.