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Episode #6: How To Fail Forward – Being Successful At Failing Part 2 of 2

In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to PLAN for failure
  • How to make sure you INCLUDE failure in your plans!
  • Different kinds of failure, and which kinds you WANT (vs the kinds you DON’T want)
  • How confusion, indecision, and perfectionism all play in to our thoughts and feelings about failure

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  • Great episode! I love the concept on failing. I realized recently that I don’t want to handle the “safe” way, I want to try the harder things, and that means it may not work but you never know if you don’t try and I learn a lot about myself, my dog, our teamwork when it doesn’t go as I envisioned.

    • Liberating, isn’t it? For me at least, it’s a process or a practice that I have to come back to again and again, but it’s a good mental space to work towards being in all the time! Thank you for this comment!

  • This podcast was appropriate for me after the last trial. We got all 3 runs on Saturday, so proud of Taco and being a team with him, but on Sunday I made a mistake in my planning of doing a backside and getting a blind cross in on STD premier, Mark Sjogren’s course. He did his part but I couldn’t get in that space to guide him. It felt tighter when I was running and the jump was inset so pulling him around the landing side of the jump would have been better. I just wished I had realized that before, because we could have done that. Also on the jumpers course the start was a circular pattern to a jump to a tunnel and I needed one more step to the tunnel( I was told)cause he turned back and we got a refusal. Everything else was fine. I feel like maybe I should have led out more and blind crossed, he would have stayed, and then he would have been on my right but I was worried about running into the jump and him following the curve. It’s crazy because sometimes after walking a course I feel like we can do it, and other times I’m not sure and we get it. Obviously sometimes my whole plan doesn’t work and I have to adapt on course and can do it and be successful. It can be hard to gauge how far I have to go in and where I will be to guide him.

    • Linda, thanks for leaving a comment! One of the things that can happen when we’re wallowing around in failure is that we lose the ability to objectively assess WHY we failed. I hear handlers describing reasons for failure on runs that aren’t quite right. For example, I’ll have watched a run where a handler failed to do something small at obstacle 5, let’s say, and the handler walks out of the run and thinks their failure happened at obstacle 7. So they’re all worked up emotionally and focusing on what happened on a part of the course that isn’t the REAL reason the run fell apart. This is where video can be SUPER handy, and making sure to take a few minutes after a run to breathe and cool yourself and your dog down physically BEFORE diving in to the where’s and whyfor’s of a run 🙂

  • After listening twice (just in case), I’m hearing to set outcome goals vs process goals. “Make the top 5%” vs “make handling choices that support my dog”, “purposefully train my RDW 3x a week leading up to the event”… Knowing we often can’t control the outcome (the other competitors at the event and their performance will also dictate the 5%), can we talk about why you’re picking outcome goals? or am I misunderstanding? Thanks 🙂

    ps, I have my first 2 “outcome failure goals” on my whiteboard!

    • Elise, thanks for leaving a comment! It’s definitely true that we don’t have nearly as much control over outcome goals vs process goals. However, I don’t think that should keep us from having outcome oriented goals! Process oriented goals will help put us in a position to achieve outcome oriented goals – and evaluating process oriented goals should come first when we DON’T achieve outcome oriented goals. BUT, MAKING outcome oriented goals is something that we shouldn’t avoid entirely, particularly because most of us avoid making those goals in the first place for fear of failing to reach them 🙂

  • Great podcasts on failure! I especially like the idea you mentioned that if you’re not failing on a regular basis then you’re not really pushing your growth hard enough. I’ve worked hard for a number of years at establishing habits that regularly bring success. But after hearing your podcast it’s opened my eyes that my attitude may be self-limiting. Its time to stretch out of my comfort zone! I’m now getting excited at the thought of using failure as a metric to track my efforts to improve (rather than just trying to minimize errors). Thank you!

    • Vic, you’re welcome! I do think that a lot of us, myself included, can cringe at the word failure, it’s so filled with connotation. But absolutely, if we aren’t making mistakes regularly, we aren’t at the edge of our comfort zone or skills, and if we aren’t at the edge, we can’t expand it! Keeping records is a wonderful idea – and the goal isn’t to stop making mistakes, the goal is to stop making the SAME mistake so that you can ‘level up’ to others!

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