Stubbornness The Other Side Of The Coin

Is being stubborn a good trait for a blogger?

Yesterday I wrote a post over at my dog training site about persistence. Being willing to get up every time you hear a dog misbehave and always enforcing commands can be an important element in dog training. This takes time, energy, and effort. To be resolute with dogged determination is important for many of life’s endeavors. Perseverance is important in most chosen pursuits including blogging and business. Persistence can be classified as a personal rule in my seven track system. As I mentioned it’s also interconnected to the rules of one’s chosen pursuit.

What does it mean to be persistent? What’s needed to be persistent? I think a key ingredient is commitment. I would have a hard time doing something that is difficult without making a commitment. I’m participating in a new 30 day blog challenge, but I am not as committed this time around. I have started the challenge already prepared to skip days. If I write each day great, if I don’t, oh well.

She is not a writer or a blogger nether is the dog. However I could write a blog post about that dogs, animal husbandry (or should that be pet foster parenting), and relationships all rolled into one
She is not a writer or a blogger nether is the dog. However I could write a blog post about that dog, animal husbandry (or should that be pet foster parenting), and relationships all rolled into one

In my post yesterday I mentioned a gal I used to know who thought I was stubborn and didn’t like that trait in me. This reminds me of what I will often tell dog training clients, “every personality or behavior trait has two sides.” Sometime a trait we think we don’t want is easier to live with than a trait we think would be nice. When getting a new dog people sometime look for the wrong traits. Having a friendly submissive dog can make command compliance easy to accomplish. However, if a dog is too submissive you can also have problems with excessive fear. A low stress threshold and fear are some of the main reasons dogs display behavior problems.

More to the point, traits often come in clusters or what we can call constellations. Seldom is a personality trait isolated from other aspects of the individual. I used to work with a lot of clients who wanted to own a dominant dog. Traits associated with fearless dominance can have some unexpected and often undesirable consequences. The first one that comes to mind is getting onto serious fights at the dog park.

Now getting back to persistence, while being with someone who is stubborn might have some drawbacks, a relationship with someone who is very committed may have some advantages. Since relationships are not always easy, being stubbornly committed to a relationship may help when things get a little rough. Commitment can be the other side of the stubborn coin.

The same thing can be said about commitment in business and to a lesser degree for blogging. I think writing a blog for 30 days is much easier than staying in a relationship or running a business.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website
OCDogTraining.com

2 thoughts on “Stubbornness The Other Side Of The Coin”

  1. For me I need to have consistency and accountability. If I have a goal to achieve, I will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal. One needs persistence, perseverance and commitment to succeed in business and in life. Everything is hard at the beginning. Consistency helps to overcome qualms about succeeding. There’s something to the phrase “just do it.!”

  2. I think Robin nailed it and you have a pretty good point of view on it. I hope that you end up writing everyday man because you’re getting better each time. And speaking of persistence and commitment… Usually it takes a while to see the fruits of commitment and perseverance come to life.

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