This year one of my goals was to have a well behaved dog. I knew to reach this goal consistency with training would be crucial. How did I do? Well…

Maya is a two and half year old black Labradoodle, tall and leggy with lots of energy. In short she’s quite a handful.

It should have been easy. I told myself fifteen minutes a day was all she needed. So what happened? I started making excuses. I’m too busy, I’m too tired. I can’t train a dog in the winter it’s too cold. It’s too difficult to give out treats with gloves on. I’ll just wait until the weather warms up. Then I’ll really have the time and the motivation. Even when the driveway was covered with a thin coating of ice and she nearly pulled me down in her eagerness, I still didn’t have the motivation to start the training. Spring came and went and so did the motivation and I kept finding more excuses.

Finally, last month I got tired of a dog that was becoming more and more out of control and even aggressive. So I started working with her, teaching not to pull on the leash every time we went for a walk. I committed to at least five days a week. And it’s paying off. She’s much more calm when we walk.

Had I made training a priority and committed the time I would have a well behaved Labradoodle who would be a joy to play with this summer at the dog park. Instead, I have a hyper dog who won’t come when called and is extremely possessive with her toys, hence no dog park trips.

Why do I share this with you? Because how many of us make and set goals and never follow through? Remember all those New Year’s resolutions? We are so committed on Jan.1 about making more money, losing weight, etc. This year will be different, we tell ourselves with great determination. We’re really going to do it. We are so motivated. Then two weeks later half or all of those resolutions are in the toilet and we’re feeling guilty or beating ourselves up for failing yet again. It doesn’t matter how easy or difficult our goals are. Look at my dog training goal, fifteen minutes a day, so easy…not. It was easier to make excuses. I’m sure you can relate.

So, I share these tips with you because I want to achieve your goals no matter how big or small.

Tips for achieving any goal

  1. Decide what you want/ get clear/ visualize it already achieved
  2. Make an action plan on how to achieve it
  3. Make it a priority
  4. Commit the time
  5. Keep moving towards it even it means taking only small steps
  6. Get help/support when you feel frustrated or discouraged
  7. Celebrate along the way/ don’t wait for it to be accomplished first

What about you? What goals have you set for yourself? What is the main goal you would like to achieve in the next 6 months or year? I would love for you to share.