So I was working with my not so little puppy Mambo this morning. He’s 4 months old and he’s sort of a terror…. sort of… he’s sweet. He chews on his sister, Ginger. She tolerates him. She’s 9 years old. He’s 4 months old. She tolerates him. Cat is disgusted.
I was “trying to work” while Mambo was romping around the house with his stuffed baby and causing all sorts of mayhem. It’s all good mayhem. He’s sweet. But I can’t think when he does that. I can’t type a sentence when he does this. It occurred to me that I was just “chasing a tiger by the tail.” When we do this, all there is is a response to what’s happening. It’s the same when we are “trying to get our plan in place” because actions and activities seem so unruly. There’s always something falling off the plate.
When I take training treats and have Mambo go to his “place” and sit and lay down and relax–he gets a treat. He knows what he’s supposed to be doing. He behaves. I can work. He gets a treat, gets in bed with his stuffed baby and gets training treats. How great is that? I saw that I was “getting out in front of the mayhem” with my plan. Mambo will do exactly what I say when I’ve got the training treat plan happening. When I’m not, then I have to contend with a hyper puppy filled with love and a bad chew toy habit.
So why do we create plans? Our plans help us get the tiger by the tail and get out in front of what we need to have happen for ourselves.
Planning. It’s the connection between strategy and execution.