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10 Reasons Dancers Are More Likely To Be Successful

10 Reasons Dancers Are More Likely To Be Successful

“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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