Lessons From My Dog, Scooby Doo – #1 Play Full-Out

Lesson 1:
Play Full-Out

You have not seen focus until you have looked into Scooby’s eyes when you are about to toss a tennis ball. The rest of the world seems to completely disappear to him, and all that is left are him and the ball. Although the tennis ball is his first love, if he sees a soccer ball, frisbee or volleyball, he has a difficult time forgetting where it is in the room – a constant awareness – a mad love. Everyone else notices the intense love affair, and it always seems to make them smile. I suppose that’s because we all know how rare it is to witness such passion.

Scooby is outrageously quick. But I’ve recently discovered that his fierce focus has some very cool side effects. His love for catching and retrieving the ball has made him the ultimate athlete. I joke that David Beckham wishes he had the instinctual athletic skill that my dog possesses. You see, Scooby has developed the ability to anticipate which direction you are going to kick or throw the ball based on your relation to the ball, and adjusts his entire body, drastically shifting his weight, almost visualizing where it will land, before a single movement of the ball has been made. His passion for catching the ball has led way to an expert-like skill that shaves a few seconds off his running time and gives him an advantage. Advantage over who? I’m still not sure. But he plays full-out, as if his very existence depends on catching that ball. Absolutely giving every ounce of himself in that moment- as if he is involved in a fierce competition – even though he is the only one in the game.

4 Responses to Lessons From My Dog, Scooby Doo – #1 Play Full-Out
  1. Dean
    August 10, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Great article! His passion, natural anticipation, and focus even on something so small is something we should all strive for. It’s fascinating how someone/something can get in that state even without anyone else pushing them to do it. Thanks for the perspective, we have lots to learn from Scooby!

    • admin
      August 10, 2012 | 7:34 pm

      Thank you for the thoughtful comment Dean!

  2. Roger Downie
    August 10, 2012 | 7:25 pm

    Natalie your comparison of Scooby’s focus, passion and anticipation is a lesson for all of us in Playing Full Out. We really do have to look at what we do every day in the same way. Bring our A game everytime is the right way to play full out. Cheers.

    • admin
      August 10, 2012 | 7:35 pm

      Thanks Roger. I love it… Bring your A game!

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