Monday, 21 November 2011

Reflecting on the Weekend

On Saturday I held my first agility lesson in the field at home for a long time. Three friends, who I've trained with in the past, came up for a 1-2-1 lesson, well actually a 3-2-1 lesson to be correct. It was refreshing to train again with people who have learnt agility by similar methods as myself (Greg's System) and who were keen to fine tune their skills and learn new techniques.

So often these days I find people want 'quick wins' without realising in sport, and life in general, there is no such thing as a quick win, it's down to hard work and determination. Recognising this these handlers are certainly working hard on their agility training. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Last January I did an evening Sports Psychology talk for a local club. They were another group of people interested in developing their knowledge of how people learn, techniques for instructors and the psychology of sport. They invited me back on Sunday to run a seminar for their instructors.

It was another interesting day discussing subjects ranging from: the latest learning and teaching techniques being used in other sports; setting out the clubs long term aims and direction; the structure of agility classes, based around the clubs new set of aims, and we even started planning the next 12 months training format. It was good working with a diverse group of people who practiced agility, heel work to music and obedience. Once again it was refreshing to work with people seeking alternative views and advice to develop their knowledge to pass on to the club.

Looking how the world is changing so rapidly and the effects of high living costs, people are going to be asking themselves a lot more often if they can afford the costs associated with hobbies. We've already seen a drop in the number of agility competitors this year and people questioning the value of travelling many miles to competitions and even training due to rising fuel costs. By increasing our knowledge, skills, understanding and putting more focus on long term development rather quick wins, people like these I've worked with over the weekend will get far more enjoyment from the sport and the results that justify the cost.

Albert Einstein's definition of insanity:

"Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

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