I was thinking that I wanted to add a few thoughts, pieces of advice and perhaps give you all a little project for the summer. The summer is a time for fun, relaxing, enjoying friends and family, but it is also a time that things grow. Flowers grow taller, trees bloom and life seems to come alive all around us. Have you ever noticed the when you go back to school or dance in the Fall that many of your classmates look taller? The sun and the summer has a way of changing things around us in the physical world. I would like to suggest that you use the summer to work on changing or perhaps enhancing some of your thoughts and habits to grow as a person, dancer, athlete and student. I humbly suggest you think of this summer as a summer of transformation.
Before I get to that piece I want to add a few thoughts to my previous post on things to do at your summer intensive. When my daughter was at a wonderful summer program two summers ago I had the privilege of hearing the orientation speech that Artistic Director gave to the attendees. His words to the students were insightful, thoughtful and inspiring. I know my own daughter thought of his comments often that summer and they had great impact. He said many things here is one thing he said that I want to share with you all.
Drum roll please. (just kidding…a little fun guys, a little fun). I am going to paraphrase as it was a couple of years ago.
The AD told the dancers, I know many of you are coming to this program because you want to get inspired and learn, but what you may not know is that I will get inspired by some of you this summer. Those simple words created a basis for people to show up to classes hoping to be that special dancer, what an empowering statement! He continued to say, each day you come to class, think about a tool that you have learned that you can use both now and when you go back to your regular studio. He encouraged the students to have fun but to use this time to grow as a dancer. There were many great moments of that welcome speech that I thought were motivational, but these particular comments were very memorable. Dancers, go to your program take that advice, leave each class with something that you take with you always, write it down, make a voice recording on your phone, think about it, visualize it, share it with your friends and be grateful that you are able to spend your summer doing what you love. I know I have talked about the gratitude concept before, but it is worth repeating. When I think about the dancers all over the world that would do anything to have the opportunities that many of you a have (and aren’t able to do) it is worth repeating.
SUMMER OF TRANSFORMATION
In my previous post I gave you some advice on goal setting, planning, gratitude and intention. I want to expand on the goal part of the conversation. Take a few minutes and look over your goal list (now if you haven’t created one yet…take some time to do so)
Remember goals should be measurable by another person, meaning you can say I want to be more flexible but how will you know if you accomplished that goal; otherwise it can easily become a wish, not a goal. You can put things into categories, academic summer goal, fitness, dance etc…then break it down and track it .
We created a board , it is not done yet, as my daughter still has lots of tests in school, but it is almost there. You can put pictures, specific goals and then dates …put a check mark on tracking. Example if you want your foot to look a certain way, take a picture of your foot today, put next to it a picture of your goal foot, then right now the steps you need to take to improve your foot and get it to your goal, then track it…all on the board. Look at the board daily. Now if you are away and don’t want to share this info do it on a smaller scale in a notebook. Whatever works best for you.
The idea is that at the end of the summer you can look back and see what you have accomplished. This method is proven to help you move forward towards your goals.
An academic goal could be certain number of books read, math skill or perhaps you pick a summer long project, write a book, start a blog. increase your vocabulary.
If you need help I will offer 30 minutes of my time to anyone that reaches out, I can work with you how to create the board and tracking.
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Most important thing is decide to do it, I know it is hard to get started on this stuff, and dancers, you are all very busy with school and your training. The development of your mind, creating great habits, being aware, planning and taking action, are all important to your becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.
I know many of you are time management Gods and could teach me a thing or two. The input I offer is to enhance what you may already do or to encourage you to start thinking about adding this to your training. It is so easy to get caught into the “doing” part of life, that the “planning and thoughtfulness of our days” can get lost in the shuffle.
One of the things that I think is important to state here is this:
Turn your “should’s”into “musts”…this concept is taught by Tony Robbins.
Example. I should drink a lot of water daily vs. I must drink “x” ounces of water a day and to do that I will make sure I have enough cold water available to me throughout the day. I will not make excuses that I didn’t have access to it, I alone will make sure this happens, this is a must.
When we are totally committed to something we do not make excuses, we find a way to get it done.
Tony Robbins talks a lot about raising our own standards.
Be focused, determined, driven, grateful and excited about the possibility of transforming a part of you that you have decided need to grow/change or become enhanced.
I will end this with a question….what are your “musts” this summer?
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