Welcome to 2014! If you’re one of the people that likes to mark the new year with resolutions, then why not make a dance resolution?
Last year, we looked at the SMART criteria for effective resolutions: your resolutions should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
This year, let’s focus on the big picture. In a year, what do you want to have changed? Do you want to be having more success in competitions? Do you want to go out social dancing more frequently? Do you want to practice more consistently? Imagine what your life will look like in a year when you have attained this goal.
Now think backwards from that goal: what will need to happen in order to attain that goal? If you want to be competitively successful, you probably need to keep a practice schedule and meet with an instructor or coach regularly to guide your progress. If you want to go to more dance evens, think about what you will need to change in your schedule or budget in order to make that possible.
Hopefully, this exercise has given you some specific changes to make in your life. How you build those changes into your routine is up to you, but at least you know what you should be changing.
Good luck on your goals in the new year!