Checking In

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May 3, 2014 by Nicole

My birthday was this week, and I’m only bringing that up because I think birthdays are your own personal new year’s day: time to take stock, evaluate your goals and the progress you’re making toward them and then set new ones.

With the spring semester winding down for most of us, it’s also a good idea to check in on those SMART dance goals you set at the beginning of the year. How’s it going? Are you meeting your goals? If not, can you identify why or what you can do to get there?

If you are meeting your goals, then it’s time to set new ones! It’s a perfect time to start setting your intentions for your summer, no matter if your summer plans include intensive study or if you’re taking some time off.

It’s also a good time to check in and review your dance journal. Is it working for you? Or maybe there’s a more meaningful way to keep track of what you’re doing?

These are important questions to periodically check in on. Checking in keeps you on track because it makes you focus and evaluate what you’re doing. Being mindful about what you’re doing improves your ability to break the habits you’d like to and make positive steps toward improvement.

That mindfulness is so important to your dancing but also for life. It keeps you from going into auto-pilot mode and may have even more benefits that are still being discovered. At least one study suggests that practicing mindfulness can increase the density of the brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.

So, check in on your goals regularly to evaluate what you’re doing & why. It’s good for your growth as a dancer but it could also bring you other benefits that you can use outside the studio.

How often do you check in on your goals?

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About the author: I’m a professional communicator with a love of dance, entertainment and constant improvement. You can find me on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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