Happy New Year!


December 31, 2013 by Nicole

I’m still slightly in disbelief that it’s New Year’s Eve, but nonetheless, it’s here!

New Year’s Eve always brings talk of resolutions. You don’t have to call them resolutions, but I think it’s important to look forward to the New Year with goals or intentions. If you’re reading this blog, it’s reasonable to assume that you have dance goals for 2014 that you’ll be working to attain. With that in mind, I also think it’s important to have SMART goals. By making your goals SMART, you can increase your chances of accomplishing them.

Paul J. Meyer describes SMART goals in Attitude is Everything: If You Want to Succeed Above & Beyond. SMART goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-sensitive

Your goal should be specific, clear and unambiguous instead of vague or general. A vague/general goal is “I want to become a better dancer.” To make your goal specific, you need to be able to articulate exactly what is expected and what you would like to accomplish.

A goal should be measurable so that you’ll know if and when you’re making progress. This criteria helps keep you on track to meet your goal and helps keep you motivated. When you’re seeing progress, you’re more likely to stay the course. You’ll know if your goal is measurable if you can answer questions like
How much?
How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?

This helps make sure your goal is realistic. An attainable goal pushes you outside your comfort zone. It should be challenging…you want your goals to stretch your capabilities and skill sets, but it should not be too extreme or impossible to reach.

Your goals should matter. I could set a goal to “make 100 sandwiches by 9pm”  – that’s specific, measurable, attainable, and time-bound….but it’s totally irrelevant. Relevant goals drive you forward. If your goal is relevant, you should be able to say “yes” to the following questions:
Does this seem worthwhile?
Is this the right time?
Does this match up with my other efforts/needs?

Goals tend to work best when you give them a target date. By committing to a deadline, you’re adding focus to your efforts. This also keeps your goals a priority. To help create a time-sensitive goal, ask yourself:
When should this be accomplished?
What can I do six months from now?
What can I do six weeks from now?
What can I do today?

I hope you have a happy & safe New Year’s celebration and that Dance Orlando will be part of your 2014. Good luck on setting your goals/resolutions/intentions for the New Year and best wishes for meeting them!

Share your goals with us – let us know what you’re working on in the Comments section. They don’t have to be dance-related.


7 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Rhonda says:

    Thanks for all your hard work with these posts. I really enjoy them and look forward to them in 2014.

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