“Thinking – the talking of the soul with itself.” – Plato
Training Your Mind To Dance With A Goal!
You work toward training your body to be toned, strong, and graceful. You practice choreography until you can do it backwards and with your eyes closed. You train your body every day to level up in the Dancesport world. But what about your brain?
You can train your brain just like any muscle in your body. If you’re dedicating your entire life to dancesport, it should always be working toward a specific goal. It can be something simple, like mastering a specific move or a choreography. It can also be something huge – win Blackpool Dance Festival 2019. Become the next US Championships.
No matter what your goal is, here’s a list of how to train your brain to reach your goals:
- Write down your overall goal. Look at it every day. Write specific, concrete steps. Write down your goal so you have one focus for everything you do.
- Set yourself a date to complete your goal. This helps avoid procrastination or distraction. If you find something worthwhile to add into your list of to-do’s that extends the goal date, then great! Just stick to your plan as it evolves.
- Set higher long-term expectations, and lower short-term expectations. Break up with the idea that you’ll turn into your idol tomorrow. A high expectation with a long term goal is, “I’ll be the next US Champion!” A low expectation with a short term, reasonable goal would be something like “I’m going to perfect this technique.”
- Work on something toward your goal EVERY SINGLE DAY. Small changes in your life grow into larger accomplishments, working similarly to a staircase. Each step up is stacked on the step before it, but you can’t get till the top until you’ve taken every step.