NewYearResolutionsMany of us participate in the tradition of the New Year’s Resolution as well as the February tradition of falling off the wagon. Gyms, country clubs and even dance studios see a surge of attendance for the first few weeks of the year. Why do so many resolutions dissolve? I find that they normally fail due to one of the following reasons:

1) Our list is too long- Sometimes our list can be extensive. Try to limit it down to a max of 3 good goals. Use the following step to make sure that they each complement each other.

2) Our resolutions do not match our values- Often New Year’s Resolution Lists look something like “Lose Weight, Save Money, Watch less TV” and we are well intentioned. All of these things on our list would be great to accomplish, but why they make it on your list in the first place? Maybe you want to lose weight so that you can have more energy to spend time with your children or grandchildren. Asking the “Whys” will help you realize the underlying reasons you have chosen your resolutions. That makes it much easier to choose a theme for your list, and in turn make them more attainable.

3) We feel guilt if we mess up once, and then don’t try again- Resolutions are not ultimatums. Failing once does not make you a failure, it is a single event. Try again. Eating one cookie doesn’t mean you can’t have an apple next time. Remember, it takes 21 days to create a habit and there are 365 days in the year. You have plenty of time to succeed.

Where does dance fall in? Use dance as an opportunity to solidify your Resolutions and hold them together instead of another task to accomplish. Your teacher will focus your lessons and learning towards attaining your goals AND hold you accountable. We love to cheer you on!


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