My Dog And I Were Attacked And What I Learned From The Incident

Image this: You’ve been cooped up inside because you’ve felt under the weather for four days. You finally start to feel better so you decide to take your dog for a run.

That was me a couple of days ago. I felt like crud in the morning. My throat would burn and I would feel groggy throughout most of the day.

Lok the Vizsla after a run

Lok and I after our run

I was stoked to get outside for a run. Honestly, I think Lok was more excited than I was. Still, you get the picture.

We’re both excited. We run for 4 miles and the run was great. Our pace was just above 8 minutes per mile. There were no stops (other than a couple of potty breaks for Lok). And Lok got to go for a swim.

You Can’t Keep Looking Back

If you want to move forward, you have to give up doing something. That something is looking back. Constantly looking back to the past will hinder you from moving forward.

From becoming a better husband. From being a better husband. And from being a better leader.

You have to stop looking to the past - Woman looking behind her

Photo by Roberto Nickson

It’s hard to look forward and away from the past. There are so many awesome things to look back upon.

You’ve accomplished so much. You’re proud of the time you took your wife to the perfect vacation spot and the time you spent there. Or you fondly recall the time you helped lead your team to win the sales competition in your department.

All good things! All things you should be proud of. But what happens when you constantly look back?

Leaders Are Better Together

There’s been a lie going around the leadership circles. The lie is that leaders are loners. They don’t need anyone else. They can do things all by themselves. The truth is, leaders need others. Leaders are better together.

While I was out for a nighttime winter run with my dog Lok, I began to think about how I was a better runner because he was with me. Our time running in the snow enlightened me to the following leadership facts.

Leaders Are Better Together

Having someone with you challenges you to be better:

The run Lok and I went on was only 3.3 miles. Yet I was huffing and puffing minutes into the run. I wanted to turn tail and head home, head hung in defeat. But when I took a look at Lok, he was still going strong.

Stop Living In Fear

When fear rules your life

The last couple of years of my life has been filled with fear. It all started with our dog Zane.

He was a great boy but he had a mean streak to him. One that led to a lot of fear in our lives.

Fear will control you

Over the course of his short life, Zane would snap. By snapping, I mean he would turn on us and bite us. There were multiple times this happened over the years we owned him.

While we loved him, we also feared he would become violent. One day he did and that was the day we made the decision we would have to put him down.

Then, for the next 3 years, we lived with the fear we would lose our other dog Leviticus to old age. We lost Leviticus almost a year ago.

Those years were filled with fear.