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05/23/2014 04:08 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

How Acting Like a Dog Will Get You What You Want

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This is Rushmore. He goes by "Rush" for short. In his little brain, getting in the car means something great is about to happen. Maybe a visit to Grandma's, the dog park, the lake or even the vet. All great stuff if you're a dog.

Recently, while he was in the backyard unsupervised (just for a moment), he saw a car. It had some people and other dogs in it. The back seat door was open.

Rush found a small hole in the fence that he could slip out of pretty easily. So he bolted with lightening speed out of the fence and hopped into the back seat of the car -- the neighbor's car. He sat up in the back seat (exactly like a human would sit in a car) with a look on his face that said, "OK, we can go now."

"There's a car with it's door open, people, dogs... what am I waiting for?"

The difference between dogs and adult humans is that we think more. Instead of going after what we want, we ask questions like:

  • "What if it doesn't work?"
  • "What will people think?"
  • "Will it be OK?"
  • "What if she says no?"
  • "Is this the right thing to do?"

What if, what if, what if...

Rush wasn't thinking, "What if?" He just saw what he wanted and went for it. Rush can teach us adult humans a few lessons about getting what we want.

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  1. Know exactly what you want. There was no doubt in Rush's mind that he wanted to get into that car. He had complete and total clarity about what he wanted. Successful people know exactly what they want.
  2. Don't worry about obstacles. Rush viewed the main barrier (the fence) not as a real barrier, but rather as a minor thing that must be overcome. He found a way to get right through it. This was not the first time he's gotten out of a fence. Rush has six years of practice at getting out of fences. Successful people go over, under, around or through the things in their way. It gets easier with practice.
  3. Stop caring what people think. Rush did not care if anyone thought it was inappropriate or weird to jump into a stranger's car. He just did it. Successful people don't care what other people think. They go after what they want without regard to other people's opinions.

Figure out what you want and quit worrying about the obstacles and what people think. Run right out of the fence and jump in the car.

What would you do if obstacles didn't matter and you didn't care what people think?

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