Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Setting Goals for 2014

2014 is going to be a big year for the "Little Red Dogs" clan. Well, fingers crossed anyway... :)

I don't really celebrate the New Year or generally set resolutions,  but,  the new calendar year is our starting off point for our new trialling season. Lots had been happening over the past 8 months - hence the absence from the blog. New priorities were set and a new life path had been determined. It has been a very exciting time!

Part of the new life path involves setting goals - some attainable, some ridiculously far fetched. I personally find motivation in failure.  When success comes too easily I become lazy and complacent - and that does no good for anyone.

So here are my "New Years" resolutions which are really just life goals that I happen to be sharing on January 1st.

Travis Agility Goals:
     Improve teeter performance.
     Get some kick-ass distance handling skills.
     Successfully complete running contract training.
     Enter Travis in his first trial to test out those running contacts, teeter and distsnce skills.

May add well earn some agility titles while we are at it...
     Earn AAC Master Gamblers Dog of Canada (MGDC) title
     Earn AAC Master Snooker Dog of Canada (MSDC) title
     Earn AAC Agility Trial Champion of Canada (ATChC) title
     Earn AAC Expert Standard (ExST) Bronze title
     Earn AAC Expert Jumper (ExJ) Bronze title
     Earn AAC Master Steeplechase Dog of Canada (MSCDC) title
     Earn AAC Bronze Award of Merit


Seems like a lot of titles but we are just on the cusp off earning most of them... just 18 Q's for 7 new titles.

     4 Master Gamblers Q’s
     3 Master Snooker Q’s
     3 Master Standard Q’s
     2 Master Jumper Q’s
     6 Steeplechase Q’s

Indie Agility Goals:
     Imrove teeter performance.
     Nail down weave entries.
     Faster stopped contact performance.

May add well earn some more agility titles while we are at it...
     Earn AAC Advanced Agility Dog of Canada (AADC) title
     Earn AAC Master Agility Dog of Canada (MADC) title
     Earn AAC Master Jumper Dog of Canada (MJDC) title
     Earn AAC Master Gamblers Dog of Canada (MGDC) title
     Earn AAC Master Snooker Dog of Canada (MSDC) title
     Earn AAC Agility Trial Champion of Canada (ATChC) title
     Earn AAC Master Steeplechase Dog of Canada (MSCDC) title


Just like Travis we are right on the edge of earning those titles...just 19 Q's for 7 titles.
     1 Advanced Standard Q
     4 Master Standard Q’s
     2 Master Jumper Q’s
     4 Master Gamblers Q’s
     3 Master Snooker Q’s
     5 Steeplechase Q’s

I'd also like to put Novice CKC obedience and Novice CARO titles on both dogs. Indie must master the stand for exam though...a major work in progress.

As for me I have 3 big personal goals;
     1) Get physically healthy...meaning loose all the pound I have packed on over the past 3 years.
     2) Earn 9 of the 18 remaining college credits I need for my diploma...goodbye social life.
     3) Start my own business. Nothing big and fancy... just to get myself on the path headed towards the big and fancy (a 2016 goal).

2014 is going to be a giant of a year. I know I won't achieve all my goals - I do dream big - but I have to push myself.

Go big or go home.

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