The dog cowers when his master raises a hand. Although a well-trained retriever of two years, the animal’s skin quivers when his owner shows displeasure or introduces new training. With displeasure comes pain and the dog now associates all training with torment and fear.
We too can learn to cower. Set enough goals, raise your standards, or change your life, and you will fail. Some learn to motivate ourselves through fear, like the dog, and it works…for a time.
Others learn to self-motivate by being better than yesterday, by seeing small amounts of progress, and preparing and giving their absolute best.
Choose to berate yourself over failure and you will soon see goals, change, and learning opportunities as pain and avoid all further contact.
Choose instead to be better than yesterday, to celebrate small steps forward, and give your best.
How will you treat yourself?