“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired” – Martha Graham
Growing up as a young dancer, the level of dedication, drive, and commitment becoming a ballerina would require became clear to me at an early age. I would go home after dance class and practice daily, perfecting my technique, and increasing my flexibility. I knew no one would do it for me, and that it was up to me to achieve my dream of dancing on stage. I knew I loved it, and I knew I wanted to perfect my skills.
As I got older, dancing got even more competitive, and I recognized that it was not only important to love dance, and to aspire to greatness, but that I would also have to go beyond my comfort zone on a daily basis, and allow myself to be coached and trained to truly excel at my craft. I would have to endure criticism, but I knew that it was all guiding me towards further toward greatness. I learned that I would have to keep going, even when I was tired, or frustrated. Perseverance was vital, and ‘practice makes perfect’ was the motto driving me.Advertising
Back then, I did not realize that the skills I learned as a dancer would apply to so many other areas of my life, and particularly, in the area of achieving goals.
Here are ten reasons that dancers are likely to be more successful. You can also apply these qualities to help you achieve anything you’re striving for in your life:
1. They are tenacious
They try new things, knowing they may fall the first several times. They keep going when they fall; they don’t give up, no matter what. They keep their mind on the end goal that they are working to achieve, and through coaching and support, they stay motivated to keep going, even when it’s not easy.Advertising
2. They have a positive attitude
Dancers endure a great deal of rejection and criticism in their careers. It is very competitive, and they don’t always land the role they dream of, or get accepted to the company of their choice on the basis of an audition. They learn to laugh it off when it doesn’t go well, or they don’t get the job, and they stay positive, knowing the importance of the right attitude.
3. They practice great self-care and self-discipline
Dancers value fitness, wellness, and healthy eating. Dancers know that they need to eat foods that support not only their physique, but their energy levels and stamina.
4. They are committed
They get up every morning and go to dance class, no matter what, and stick with a schedule and routine. They are fully aware of how much commitment it takes to achieve their goals.Advertising
5. They are passionate
They love what they do, and they know that all their hard work is worth it in the long run. After all, they are fulfilling their passion.
6. They celebrate the ‘little victories’
When they reach a big new milestone, such as completing an important performance, they celebrate. But they also celebrate when they meet smaller milestones too, such as executing a new trick.
7. They thrive on perfectionism
Perfectionism is a trait that can appear to be negative, but dancers live to hone their craft, and they know that practice does makes perfect.Advertising
8. They are courageous
Even if they fall down, or have to do something that is beyond their comfort zone, dancers know that going for it with all their energy is the only way. They know that being timid never works.
9. They are driven
They stoke their inner fire to remain driven, as they know that their careers are short, and precious. Remaining focused on your own work ethic and sense of motivation is the key to going far.
10. They cultivate confidence
Confidence is a radiant and magnetic quality. It takes confidence and self-worth to excel, and they know that cultivating their confidence will get them noticed, and help them to advance in their career.
Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com
Last Updated on September 20, 2018
7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life
What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.
For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.
It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.
1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?
The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.
What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.
The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.
2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?
Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.
How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?
If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.
Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.
3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?
Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.
If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?
These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.
What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …
4. What are my goals in life?
Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:
Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.
5. Whom do I admire most in the world?
Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.
Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?
You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.
Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.
6. What do I not like to do?
An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.
What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?
Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.
The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …
7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?
Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.
But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,
“What do I want to do with my life?”
So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.
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