Lessons From Sadie
I had no plans to get a dog, but one night when I was in an Instagram wormhole, I found Sadie. You can read more about our story here. I very naively thought I was going to bring her home and that we were going to be instant BFFs. She is a rescue, and I would be lying if I didn’t tell you the past two months have been met with some challenges. Sadie has been in and out of homes for the past year, and who knows what else she has been through, so she has quite a bit of anxiety. Despite these challenges, she has brought an incredible amount of joy into my life, and every day gets a little bit better as we grow to know and trust each other. My mission is to help her as best as possible and to give her a very good, stable life.
I’m all about the Universe giving us what we need and having our back, and I know Sadie is in my life for good reason. Reflecting back on the past two months, I have realized how much she has helped me grow, and how I have applied that to my business. Here are some quick lessons I have learned that may help you too.
Setting Yourself Up for Success- I was working with the trainer on how to get Sadie to stay focused on me while we are out for walks. When we get near an area where there is a lot going on, she becomes anxious. As we were getting closer to the crowded area, the trainer said that we should stop and not go all the way in. She said this is because we want to set her up for success. This struck a chord with me as I began to wonder in what in ways do I set myself up for success. I’ve got BIG goals, and sometimes they can feel overwhelming. It can also feel discouraging and defeating when some of those goals don’t get met. With Sadie, we need to go little by little, step by step so that she begins to feel comfortable in crowded spaces, and sometimes we need to take some steps back. This helped me to realize that small steps are ok, and that we don’t always need to take huge leaps to grow our business. These small steps have helped me to slow down, stay present, and look for other ways that I can set myself and my clients up for success.
It’s All About the Energy- I'm sure at some point you have come across someone who's energy seemed a bit off to you. Just like us, dogs pick up energy big time. It is really important for my energy to be calm, assertive, and confident around Sadie. The trainer was constantly reminding me that I am the pack leader. This was reminding me of a time when I was dealing with imposter syndrome when I was constantly reminding myself that I am the expert. The few ways I have worked on my energy are by journaling, meditating, and exercise. Working on this has allowed me to go into meetings with a much clearer head, a better attitude, and to not show my stress in my work.
The Power of Routine- I am finally on some sort of morning routine! After researching and reading about all the benefits of having a morning routine, I knew I wanted to implement one. Doing it though had been sort of a challenge due to the fact that I create my own schedule, everyday is a little bit different, and I love hitting that snooze button. Welp, now with Sadie, we are up at 6:30am and she is ready to take on the day- I need my coffee first. After food and coffee, we have our morning run/walk for an hour, and then I’m ready take on the day. I can’t tell you how much better this has made me feel about getting the day started. I would like to add more to this eventually but small steps are needed here. After all, I’m trying to set myself up for success. :)
Trust and Respect Takes Time and Effort- This is something I’m sure you already know. This is something I already knew but there is nothing wrong with a little reminder. Like I mentioned before, I naively thought that when I brought Sadie home, things were going to be amazing and that she was just going to love me. Our trainer was quick to remind me that this was going to take time because she doesn’t trust me or her environment. People buy from who they know and trust. You can convert your audience by earning their trust and respect by consistently bringing value to their lives, by listening to them, and taking the time to answer their questions. I chose ‘patience’ as my word for the year so with earning trust and respect taking time, patience definitely comes into play here.
I am so excited we found each other, and I can’t wait for tons of adventures and more lessons. What unexpected lessons have you learned throughout your entrepreneurial journey? I am sure there is more than you realize. Leave them in the comments below.