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As a beginner adult dancer and even a seasoned one, it’s so important to have goals! If you’re aimlessly going to class, without an end goal in mind, then it’s very easy to get discouraged. But when we know what we want to focus on, every movement or exercise will feel purposeful. This not only teaches us to have a positive mindset but also helps us strive toward something. Let’s break down what a goal should look like and have it set up for success!
- Dream Goal
- Sub-Goals to reach main goal
- Actionable steps to reach goal
- End result
1. Dream Goal
It’s time to define your big goal. Don’t be afraid to dream big! What’s something you really want to improve or learn? Is it a certain combination or flexibility? We want to be as specific as we can, to help us later down the road as we break down our goal further. I’m going to write out one of my personal goals here so you can see how it will all come together!
As you can see from above, you need to use POSITIVE and SPECIFIC language. Your self-worth is not a reflection of these goals. If you never reach them it’s okay. No matter what you learned something on the journey and that’s what matters. Some people like to put in a date that they want to reach this by. As an adult, it sometimes takes longer or shorter to get to where we want to be at. I don’t usually put a date because honestly, it’s usually an ongoing process.
Okay, so now we have the main goal that we want to reach. But how will we know when we get there? We need to break it down into milestones. Think of these as sub-goals. Once you hit a certain one, you know that you are getting closer to accomplishing your dream goal!
You need to sit down and brainstorm/research some milestones that you can reach when you know you are on the right path. Here is an example:
Is it starting to get clear on how to write these goals? The clearer the picture is the easier it will be to get there!
3. Actionable Steps
This is where the slippers hit the floor! Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What steps do you actually need to take to get there?
- What do you need to practice?
- How many days a week?
Let’s break it down with my goal of improving my turnout.
As you can see, I have defined the exact exercises to reach my dream goal, how many days a week I will be practicing, and the number of reps to start with! It’s as easy as this. I now have clear, actionable steps on how to reach my goal.
4. End Result
So you put in the work. You wrote your goals. You created your milestones and actionable steps to get there. Now what? What is your goal for this goal? *does this sentence even make sense* Let’s go back to my goal. I want to improve my turnout. But why? That’s your real end result. The answer to the “Why”.
For me, I want to improve my turnout to be able to move faster and more efficiently. That’s my dream end result. If I am able to improve my turnout even just by a little, then I will be able to improve other areas of my technique easier. This is pretty much everything with ballet. All the parts exist together and tie to together to create an elegant package. Make sure to include your end result in your goal! This is what will truly motivate you.
Something I find really helpful for visualizing my goals is creating a vision board! This is something that you can look at to help motivate you before you take a class or go through these extra exercises you are doing to reach your dream goal.
I created this awesome template for creating a vision board for your goals! This can be as broad or specific as you want. Download it here:
I’m so excited to hear about your goals as an adult ballet dancer and maybe even your vision board! Please share with me on Instagram. I’m on there almost every day.