Today, we’re going beyond the slip lead and into the mind. We’ve got LWDG Mindset Coach Emma Liddell with us to delve into something many of you might be experiencing but perhaps didn’t have a name for— Trainer Dysmorphia.
It’s that nagging feeling that your training skills just aren’t up to par, even when all signs point to the contrary. But guess what? You’re not alone. We’re here to arm you with enlightening insights and practical strategies to shake off self-doubt on your gundog training journey. So, are you ready to transform not just your training, but your entire mindset? Let’s dive in!
Understanding Trainer Dysmorphia
First off, let’s understand what Trainer Dysmorphia is. This term refers to the disconnect between how you perceive your training skills and how they actually are in reality. You might find yourself downplaying your abilities or feeling like you’re not as competent as others think you are. But who experiences this? Well, you might be surprised to know that it can affect anyone, from newbies to seasoned pros. The early signs to look out for include constant self-doubt, reluctance to celebrate small wins, and the tendency to compare yourself unfavourably to others. By recognising these signs, you can start the process of reclaiming your confidence.
The Psychology Behind Trainer Dysmorphia
Why does this mindset issue seem to hit women particularly hard? The answer lies in the societal expectations and norms that we’ve been conditioned to absorb. Often, women are more scrutinised in their roles, and this extends to areas like gundog training. This societal pressure can create a mental divide between your self-perception and the reality of your skills. But awareness is the first step to change. By understanding the psychology behind Trainer Dysmorphia, you empower yourself to take control.
Practical Steps to Overcome Trainer Dysmorphia
So how do we bridge this gap between perception and reality? Here are some actionable steps you can take:
- Mindset techniques: Consider adopting affirmations or guided visualisations to boost your self-confidence.
- Training strategies: Take time to document your successes, no matter how small, and review them when doubt creeps in.
- Community support: Don’t underestimate the power of a supportive community. Share your experiences, seek advice, and celebrate wins together.
Hopefully, in this week’s podcast, we’ve demystified Trainer Dysmorphia, dived into the psychology that often underpins it, and equipped you with practical, actionable steps to overcome it. Remember, the first step in breaking free is awareness. So let’s embrace our strengths, lean on each other for support, and continue to grow in our gundog training journey. With the right mindset and strategies, we are unstoppable!
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