(The following is a guest post from Lasee.)
Hi, I’m Lasee. I am Meschelle’s business partner. I help edit her blogs, consult with her about coaching clients and I preview every speech before it gets delivered. Since I am an integral part of her business, I decided that I would like to get my name out there as a blogger also. So, here are my thoughts about life…
The Iditarod dog sled race started this week. What? You’ve never heard of the Iditarod! To us dogs, the Iditarod celebrates the best in dog sports heroes, much like the Olympics is for you humans I would think. The Iditarod celebrates one of the best dog heroes of all time, Balto. He led the dog sled team that delivered life saving medicine to the people of Nome, Alaska in 1925. Despite temperatures of 60 degrees below zero and wind gusts of 80 miles per hour, Balto used his sense of smell to guide his team to Nome and literally save the entire community (you can read more about his story here).
The Iditarod covers a similar trail that was used in 1925. This year, 72 dog sled teams started the race that will last for over 11 days, running 1049 miles in below zero temperatures (You can visit the official Iditarod website here if you want to learn more). After reading about the start of the race a few days ago, I dreamed last night that I was the lead dog on the winning dog sled team. Wow! What a feeling! My picture was on the front page of the papers, I had a medal around my neck and I was now the envy of all the other dog racers.
I was so inspired when I woke up that I decided to start training and become a dog racer. Before I even got up, I had a plan established. I was going to run 15 laps around the back yard each time I went out. I was going to stop begging for “people food” and I was going to get in the best shape of my life so that I could be a dog racer next year at this time. But, then I went outside … and it was 30 degrees and windy. I decided that the weather was too bad to start training; maybe I will start tomorrow. As I laid on the back of the couch, I got to thinking. Dreaming about being a sports hero is much more fun than actually doing it. I can dream about it while sleeping on the back of the couch, sleeping in the sun or even sleeping in my king sized bed. But running in the back yard is much colder and takes a lot more effort. And my daily routine is already exhausting:
6:20 – alarm goes off and I wake up for a minute until Mom turns it off
7:30 – go outside (for as short a time as possible)
7:32 – start begging for food while Mom makes breakfast
8:30 – start work by going into the office with Mom and laying on the back of the couch
10:30 – wake up to bark at the mailman
12:00 – go outside (again, for as short a time as possible)
12:02 – Jump on the cat so that I can take her place in the sun
Well, you get the picture. I am so busy – where would I find the time to train?
As I laid on the couch pondering this situation, I came to a conclusion. Training is hard and not much fun. Believe it or not, I may not be in shape to run the Iditarod (the last time I went to the vet, she actually said I was overweight – how rude!) If I was to actually try to make that dream a reality it would take hard work, which I really don’t think I’m up to. I much prefer a 70 degree house to below zero temperatures, and sleeping in the sun is much more fun than pulling a dog sled. If I was serious about making that dream a reality, I may have to hire a coach to help me get in shape. I think that the dogs that become stars do so because they have a good coach encouraging them to reach their goals.
From what I hear Mom saying, I think that may be the same with people also. She says that the best human athletes have coaches, even the most successful business people have coaches who hold them accountable to doing what they say they want to do and accomplishing their goals. I think I finally understand what her life coaching is all about. Maybe it’s as hard for people to get out of their comfort zone as it is for dogs. Maybe, in order to become amazing and successful, people need someone else motivating them to actually get off the couch and do what they need to do. I think that people like to think that they have the power to do it themselves – asking for accountability may look like a sign of weakness. But, if Mom’s right and the most successful people have coaching and accountability partners, then it seems that those who don’t really just want to remain comfortable and stick to dreaming.
To be honest, I think that I will never be a sled dog. I prefer dreaming. But, what about you? If you are fine staying where you are and merely dreaming, then you should do what I do and keep your current schedule. But, if you really want to achieve success, maybe it’s time to get off the couch, get an accountability partner (quick thought – you could hire my Mom) and get uncomfortable so that you can reach your goals and be amazing.
But, what do I know? I’m just a dog. I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and if they’re good I will even share them with Mom. If I get lots of feedback, I may get the chance to write another blog, so please let me know if you like this.