Now it's February, you will most likely have set (or be thinking about) setting your dance goals for the year. Both establishing your goals, achieving your goals and motivating yourself along the way can be difficult - which is why we wanted to provide you with our top advice on achieving your goals for the year.
Firstly, let your goals be guided by your aims for the year, whether they’re more personal, or more focused on your dance journey.
Goals do not – and should not – need to be tied in with gaining external validation; it’s all about how you feel about your own progress. We’re often quick to say things like ‘I want to come first at Europeans’ or ‘I want to be crowned a World Champion’ rather than ‘I want to be the best that I can be’, ‘I want my team to collaborate better than ever before’. Ultimately, that’s what your journey as a dancer is about: how you can up your game and develop your own skill and talent.
Once you’ve decided what it is you’d like to work on for the year – whether that’s executing a move you’ve been practicing, performing a new routine with your team, getting creative with a new SuperCrew set, entering a battle for the first time, or simply building your confidence – it’s important that you do your best to stick to them.
A great way to stay motivated and stick to your dance goals for the year is to talk about them with dance friends. You may find it helps to talk through your ideas of what you’d like to achieve, and how you’d like to go about that. While you may have been focused on studio time, a dance friend may encourage you to spend more time on your personal creativity. You may want to work on something you’re already good at, and discussing goals with a friend will help you to pinpoint your weaknesses so that you can work on them. You can check in regularly with each other to see how you’re getting on, and encourage each other when you’re feeling a little down in the dumps.
However, when setting and sticking to your dance goals, remember to go easy on yourself and others. We are always over critical, and dance is no exception to the rule. We notice our flaws, agonize over wrong steps, seek perfection in the mirror.
So, you can’t let this strive to be ‘perfect’ get in the way of your personal development.
You should praise your efforts, rather than your results, as this is what really counts in personal growth.
Let’s break this idea down: if you did a routine perfectly the first time, it obviously wasn’t hard enough for you. If you enter a category and come first every time, you need to think about moving up. If you are nailing the middle row performance, ask for a front row solo and completely mess it up time after time, until you’re getting it right. This is the only way to fully achieve your potential; by challenging and testing yourself, until you’ve broken through to a new level.
Now go and set those goals, check in with friends, and make sure that your goals will take a while to reach. That’s what 2019 is going to be about – unapologetically becoming the best version of yourself that you can be!