Setting SMART Goals & Special Savings for the New Year

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December 30, 2014 by Nicole

Happy New Year from Dance Orlando! We hope you have a happy, safe & healthy holiday. To celebrate the new year, the following year-end specials are now available through December 31:

  • Save $50 off concert fees for the 2015 summer concert Broadway Our Way – Learn more
  • 20% off the 2015 Summer Intensive programs (2-week elementary program and 3-week junior and senior levels are available) – Register now
  • 25% off 2015 Summer Musical Theatre Dance Camp – Register now
  • 20% off class hours for drop-in students – Purchase now

Now is also a great time to set new goals and intentions for the coming year. Remember to make them SMART:

  • 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 2015.

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.


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