We’ve all been here. You set a goal, determined “this time will be different!” You start out great, really hanging in there trying to change your routine to accommodate this new challenge. And then, life happens. You get sucked back into the old routine vowing to get back to your goal. You wave at it a few times saying “I miss you – I really want to get focused again!” But it fades in the distance.
During this month of talking about #excellence I thought it would be great to find some tips for setting and achieving goals. Here’s what I found:
Set a Goal that Motivates You. Your goal should be something that means a lot to you. It could be personal, school related, or a goal for dance. Make sure it’s important to you.
Make Sure it’s a SMART Goal! Now what this means is that your goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Bound. If your goal meets those criteria – you’ve got a good one!
Write it Down! This might seem like a step to skip but don’t! Write down you goal and put it somewhere you can see it every day. You want it to stare you in the face and remind you why you chose that goal. It will help you stay motivated to read it every day.
Make a Plan. Create a plan to achieve your goal with steps that are achievable. Write out the steps and cross them off when you finish them. And don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back!
Stick With Your Goal. You can do it! Stick with your goal to the very end! Set up alarms, reminders, alerts, post-it notes, whatever you need to help you stay motivated. You can also determine a “prize” for yourself at the end for achieving your goal which means you get the benefit of accomplishing what you set out to do AND got a little bonus for doing it!
Working with friends helps keep the ball rolling on your goal too. At Jeanne's, we love to work with and support our dancers in setting new goals, monitoring their progress and helping them succeed! Check out our Performing Companies Here for new opportunities to work with dancers who love to set goals!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!