Are You Moving Fast Enough?

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I’ve talked a number of times over the years about the comfort zone, the learning zone, and the panic zone.

The comfort zone is when you are perfectly comfortable, you don’t make mistakes and it feels easy and in control.

The learning zone is the next level where you feel pushed, a bit out of your element, not quite as in control, and you make some errors because you are walking a thin line between having the skill and not having the skill, but still within the realm of doable.

The panic zone is when you are so far out of your element, you can’t function, and are in way over your head.

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

Are you moving fast enough?

Kids don’t care so much, but adults are terrified of failing and making fools of themselves. We are much more aware of the risks of making mistakes because we have suffered the consequences.

As a result we slow down and try to make sure of every little step, but this causes us to lose the flow. If we make the little step too important, like our whole goal was to do this one little step, then we lose sight of the big picture, of our vision. This little step is a means to an end, not an end in itself. 

At some point, staying on something too long becomes procrastination. You are either afraid, or unmotivated to take the next step, or you aren’t sure what the next step is. Find out, and get going!

Find the balance

Remember, I am not suggesting you go too fast either. I am talking about when everything is completely comfortable and under control. There is a difference between feeling comfortable and looking for perfection.

Whether in your dog training, your handling or your competitive performances, you need to learn to push yourself to the limit, just outside your comfort zone, and the irony is…get comfortable being uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid. Try going just a little bit faster. Just a little bit.

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6 Responses to “Are You Moving Fast Enough?”

  1. Barb burley June 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    I love your muses! They are right for me.

  2. Jane June 8, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Not running too fast but running hard trying to keep up with my dog and as a result pushing her forward off course????. Shorter courses that are tight are easier for us as she does have the skills. It is the long runs that we find overwhelming
    Am in the comfort zone with my older dog
    Jane

  3. Beverly McG July 19, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    Mario Andretti’s quote applied to me. Good article. Made me think about where I was (am); and what I need to do.

  4. Marian S. November 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    I missed reading this ack when it was posted but right now it is dead on! I am in the learning zone with many of my skills. Feeling on the verge of tumbling over but actually achieving the flow that is needed for my dog to get the correct information. Thanks for the article. I’m trying to go faster. 🙂

  5. Alison Beere January 17, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    “f you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti”

    This is a great one-liner for me, and I’m applying it to business and life rather than agility. My comfort zone is sometimes a deep rut, to be honest. I’ll let this soak in and challenge me, there’s no progress without learning, and sometimes a little panic!

    • The Agility Coach February 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Hey! Thanks for the comment Alison. I think the comfort zone can become a deep rut for all of us. I try to take at least one course a year, and try to jump in whole hog so that I’m okay with getting out of my comfort zone.

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