“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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