Many moons ago, I was a dolphin trainer. My first students were three Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin calves. Two were compliant and easily trained. The third dolphin, Sundance, was a challenge. He did not willingly come because I said so, and he did not care if I was the one holding the fish (literally). I thought he was a bad seed and was purposely trying to make my life difficult. If it had been possible to reassign his tank, I would have requested the transfer!
One day, while I was determined to “make” Sundance listen and he was hell-bent on defying me, we accidentally bumped heads. I instinctively reached out to soothe him. We made eye contact and something changed.
That brief moment of connection put us on a new path. The next day instead of commanding the group to get started, I greeted them with presence and playfulness, making sure to say hello to every dolphin. We shared a new dynamic, and the only thing that changed was my mindset.
CONNECTION, NOT CONTROL, WAS WHAT SUNDANCE NEEDED, AND THIS HAS BEEN MY PHILOSOPHY WITH EVERY STUDENT EVER SINCE.
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