Izzie and I are really coming along in agility. We earned two more Qs toward her Advanced Games Dog of Canada title this past Sunday with only slight mistakes on my part keeping us from Q-ing our other two runs. I'm very happy with our progress thus far and it gives us motivation to power on forward into the harder levels!
Becoming successful in anything requires hard work. There may be people who attain success seemingly overnight. Lucky bastards maybe? Who knows. But for the rest of us poor sods, we've gotta put in the effort to get out the success. It's like taking the stairs, you've got to exert that force to carry yourself each step. Unlike the elevator, it's all on you to get to where you're going. Nothing is going to carry your ass up those stairs except you.
How does this relate to agility? Well agility is a sport; and like with any sport, you will get out what you put in. If you haven't been working on your rear crosses, don't expect them to be fantabulous when you are forced to do them on a course. Simple as that.
Going back to the stairs comparison, the first time you start your journey up those stairs and trying anything it will burn and you will want to quit. You will shed blood, sweat, and tears. If you don't, you're not trying hard enough. Feel the burn, cherish the burn. Then remember that the more you do those stairs and push yourself and work through it, the easier it gets. You might trip all over yourself trying to front cross at first, but you keep pushing through and practising and eventually something that seemed as hard as a triple salchow will come as easy to you as a bunny hop. Again if I had students to say this to I would harp on and on about it and maybe get it tattooed on my forehead, but you get out what you put in.
So next time someone exclaims to you "Wow you guys are so successful! I wish my dog and I could do as well as you and yours!", just remember that you put in the effort and you're reaping the rewards and bask in that warm fuzzy feeling that you get from your work.