Ready v. Willing

These two little words have been floating around my mind over the last couple of weeks.

Ready and willing are vastly different.

Ready is about preparedness.

It’s the idea that the work and practice you’ve done to get you to the starting line of anything you’re working towards prepared you for what’s next.

It’s like the repeated practice of a particular skill.

You feel confident because you took action and have an experience and maybe even some level of predictability of how the test, the game or the real life experience will play out.

Being ready is the act of doing.

What about being willing?

Willing to do something is taking the leap of faith.

Willing to try something new without the physical experience of doing.

It is the embodiment of eagerness in taking action towards something you may not have any evidence of how it plays out.

Being willing is the trust in yourself in what action you take towards a goal you set for yourself.

Trusting your choice making and following your inner wisdom of where you want to go and how you show up is the first action step you take in creating something new for yourself.

It’s like jumping out of a plane and the parachute is your trust you’ll be ok.

The parachute is the symbol of your inner knowing and trust in how you’re moving forward.

You can’t know for sure what you’re capable of until you are willing to do something differently.

A new routine for yourself.

Discovering a new connection with your dog you never knew was possible.

Putting yourself out on a limb and showing your heart to a friend.

Yes, these things are scary.

You don’t know what it looks like in real time.

Yes, your limiting beliefs will show up and tell you not to do them.

A professional coach is someone who is in your corner walks alongside you as you continue on your journey.

The coaching relationship will support you through the ups and downs of doing or learning something new can help clear the path of what your next step or jump is in you life.

If you’re curious about how coaching can support you in your journey, set up a Discovery Call with me.

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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