New Year New You
New Year Resolutions!!! If you know me at all, you know I am a goal oriented person. Thinking about my goals for a new year is one of my favorite things. I even have categories that I set goals in…
- self care
So what is the difference between a resolution and a goal? And, why are goals so important? A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. A goal is an aim or desired result. Goals help you stay focused, measure progress, overcome procrastination, and stay motivated.
Make sure to set SMART goals
Specific– What exactly to you want to do?
Measurable– How will you know when you have done it?
Achievable– What steps are you going to take to reach this goal? These are our resolutions.
Relevant– Why is this important to you?
Timely– When do you want to achieve your goal?
So let’s apply this to our dancing. Here is one of my dance goals…
S– I will significantly increase flexibility in my legs
M– I will know I can do this when I can do my left split
A– I will make stretching part of my daily routine. I will attend yoga, Pilates, or Barre class weekly.
R– This is important because I would like to be able to do some fancier dance tricks. It will also increase my range of motion that will be make me feel better. It will give me a sense of pride and confidence.
T– This will happen by December 31st 2018
I have already written down every goal and resolution for 2018. But will I accomplish all of them? It is all about staying motivated, being able to measure progress, celebrate small victories, and keeping the end result in mind.
Many people create a “vision board” to keep their goals always in sight. Vision boards are not something that you create and then never touch again. They should be interactive and always changing. It’s a great place to display your accomplishments.
Another way to keep yourself motivated is to share your goals with someone. For example sharing your dance goals with your dance teacher are usually a good idea 😉. Remember you are not alone!
Scheduling your action plan. So I mentioned that I am going to proactively do something to increase my flexibility everyday. But, when exactly am I going to do this? It is so easy to lose track of the day and not get anything done. I have a planner that I have scheduled EVERYTHING! A little OCD? Maybe. But even something as simple as a reminder on your phone can do the trick.
It takes 21 days to create a habit. What will you do for the next 21 days? Let’s be awesome together!