The book is called “SWITCH: How to change when change is hard” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. This book is about how to change anything – a personal habit, a relationship, an organization, even a culture or a society or a government agency. I learned so much and a total bonus for me was that the authors regularly made me laugh.
In Switch, I learned that there are three basic considerations when making any kind of change. I’ll illustrate them with an example from my life: doing agility with my Australian shepherd, Iko.
First, engage your emotions. You have to want the change. When Iko was a puppy, I used to watch a lot of tv shows about people and dogs doing agility and fly ball and Frisbee routines together. I wanted to have that much fun with my dog! When she was old enough, Iko and I started taking agility classes together.
Next, engage your mind. Iko and I were a team, but as the human “handler,” it was my job to understand the agility course and direct Iko through it. So, when we were in agility class, my mind was very focused on learning the skills so I could know what to do. I didn’t just want her to do things; I learned how to do them and how to send her to the right place at the right time through hand signals and words.
Finally, create a way to get from where you are to where you want to be. I did this by taking weekly classes with Iko. The result was that Iko and I spent a lot of time having fun as we learned to work together as an agility team. Our agility experience was a great success because our relationship grew from the quality time we spent together doing something we both loved. (You should have seen her face as she ran between obstacles! Big smiles and fierce concentration!)
How can you make a SWITCH? Identify one goal. Imagine how it would feel. How great would it be to have that in your life? How would you feel if you had that? That is your carrot. Then, create a path to get from where you are to where you want to be. Pick one thing you can do on a regular basis that will help you move toward your goal. Engage your emotions (your desire) and your mind (your plan) and then keep plugging away, one day at a time. Before you know it, you’ll have a new habit that you love and that gets you closer and closer to your goal.
I’m excited to announce that my new eBook “5 Simple Steps to a More Intuitive Relationship with Your Pet” is coming soon. (And it will be a free download on my website!) With this book, I want to help you take your relationship with your pet to the next level.
I’ve combined my training as a psychic, my intuitive work with animals, and the classes that I’ve taught with the principles from SWITCH to create an easy, self-paced program to help you develop your intuition by changing a few key habits. There are no bells and whistles, no smoke and mirrors, just one simple thing to do each day that will make a big difference in your life and your relationship with your pet.
I can’t wait to share “5 Simple Steps” with you as soon as it’s done.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you.
What one thing will you do differently today with your pet?
Have you made a change with your pet in the past? Did the switch work or not?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.