Our aim is to help all our DogLogic students to become winners.
But what do we really mean by that?
Oxford English Dictionary definition of “winning”:
“Gaining, resulting in, or relating to victory in a contest or competition, attractive; endearing.”
When they think of “winning” most people think that it means coming first and beating all the opposition. Being the best in comparison to others.
By definition, then, if you are a winner, then everyone else is a loser.
But is that always the case?
Do we want it to be the case for us?
Of course, it’s nice to come out on top from time to time, but if we do not beat all opposition, does that really make us losers?
In our opinion, winning is not just about outperforming everyone else but is much more to do with performing to our own best abilities.
Kilian Jornet, one of the most dominating (and competitive) endurance athletes in the world, said this about winning:
“Winning isn’t about finishing in first place. It isn’t about beating the others. It is about overcoming yourself. Overcoming your body, your limitations, and your fears. Winning means surpassing yourself and turning your dreams into reality.” – From the book Run or Die, by Kilian Jornet
This definition much more accurately reflects what winning really means to us at DogLogic.
Using this definition, we really can help all our students to become winners and in so doing, become winners ourselves.
Winning then means different things to different people.
At DogLogic we consider everyone is a winner if they:
- Cultivate and enjoy a great relationship with their dog.
- Train and play with positivity and fun.
- Are always kind to and advocate for their dogs.
- Enjoy the process of working through everyday challenges.
- Show compassion and empathy towards others working through their own
- Embrace mistakes and treat them as opportunities to learn and grow.
- Pick themselves up after a disappointment
- Celebrate coming first and gaining titles with grace and sportsmanship.
Recently several of our students competed at a local agility competition. We often receive videos of what we like to call “nice nearlies” (runs that are great, but with one tiny mistake).
Students usually analyze the mistake so that they can work on improving for the future, whilst celebrating all the positive steps they are making along the way.
On this occasion, many of those videos showed “winning runs” in the more traditional sense, resulting in place ribbons and new titles for the dogs. We were obviously very happy about everyone’s successes and congratulated them enthusiastically, commenting that we always love their positive attitudes, but that it was nice to actually come home with the prize sometimes.
It was heartwarming to read this comment from one of those prizewinners, who has worked hard to overcome so many challenges with her own dogs. “Yes, it is. (nice to win sometimes) But no matter what we’re always learning….that’s the real win.”
Take a look at some of those great runs and celebrate with us all on becoming
winners all round!