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Comparison is the thief of Joy. Be the best version of you!

Do you ever find yourself comparing yourself to other groomers? With an endless supply of social media posts, the struggle is real when it comes to being our own worst critics. We compare ourselves with other groomers and forget that each and every single one of us are incredible individuals with our own set of talents. We all have our own personal style that we bring to the table when it comes time for grooming. So no two groomers will groom exactly the same. You can train yourself to learn each breed but each dog’s structure and hair type can leave interpretation to the individual. But what is important to remember is we are all amazing groomers in a world of pure and designer pets, and each dog we groom can be a new blank canvas waiting for us to weave our magic art. As we all know, it is important to track our progress in anything we do. It gives us a sense of accomplishment and can help motivate us to keep pushing forward. When it comes to grooming, tracking your progress can be extremely helpful in ensuring you are on the right path.

Well, I have some tips to help you out! Keep reading to see my top 6 tips to track your progress. You may be surprised at how much you have accomplished!

1. Take the time to scroll back through your pictures of grooming from 3 months, 6 months, or a year ago and see how far you have come. We all started somewhere and our grooming will change throughout time. Be sure to acknowledge the progress you have made. Do you remember the goals that you wanted to achieve when you first started? Even as simple as just finishing a dog, right through to grooming that breed you never thought you could, be sure to reflect on all your achievements

2. Sit down and write down all your accomplishments that you have reached in the past 6 or 12 months. Bet you will get a surprise how many new things you have learnt!

3. Your personal life is just as important, if not more so than your professional one! Think back to the people you’ve met and the new networks you may have and what they mean in terms of shaping who you are individually, have you grown with your mindset?

4. Celebrate the little victories, try and take note of the little things you achieve in your working day, even your everyday steps towards a goal. It's important to celebrate these moments because they are what make us who we really want to be! Make sure you record in your grooming journal any special accomplishments, then there is no forgetting how far you have come. 5. Grooming is a lifelong journey of learning. Whether you're watching grooming tutorials, reading grooming books, or attending dog shows, everything you do is all chalked up to valuable lessons towards your grooming . Think about all the knowledge that you have learnt so far. Ever played name that breed with your family or friends? Bet you win that game every time 

6. Remember the things that would make you nervous that don’t now? Maybe even as simple as trimming nails or that dog that would come in that you thought you could never groom, but guess what ... you do now! Little victories every day brings joy.

You are your best competition, and you should never compare yourself to others. The goals of others will be different from your own, always remember where you started in this journey and look forward with eager eyes to where you’re grooming journey is going to take you!

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