Journaling is one of those activities that many of us would love to get into. There are so many benefits to a regular journaling habit.
It can help you to process and heal your emotions, increase your self – confidence by reliving positive experiences, and it can even strengthen your self – discipline (not that dancers tend to be lacking much in that area).
One of our biggest fears as dancers is that we won’t “make it” professionally. Are you going to get a job offer? And if you do, will you be able to stay injury free and maintain that job?
Journaling can help you to work through those fears and feel confident that you’ll find a way to move forward no matter what happens.
First thing in the morning, this is my little morning routing, I get a huge glass of water and grab my journal. Find a peaceful place to sit – for me this changes from day to day and write my “Be, Do and Have” list.
Even though there’s a phone in this picture, I’d encourage you to start the day without your phone!! That way you can just focus in on yourself and your goals without any outside influences.
The “Be, Do, Have” list is a good way to reconnect to your goals in a positive way each and every day.
- Be : what do you want to be or what kind of person do you want to be? i.e. kind, successful, a corps dancer with Miami City Ballet, etc.
- Do : what do you want to do? i.e. to perform my best in the studio and on stage, to dance the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, to go on a hike every day.
- Have : what do you hope to have in your life? i.e. A comfortable living space with beautiful furnishings, lots of healthy food to eat, friends you can depend on.
My favorite part about this list is that it can be different every day. Whatever you’re going through in life or dance can change what you’d like to “Be, Do and Have”. So it might just reveal something surprising!
When you look at your list you can think about how those things influence each other. Do they connect together? Or is something not aligned? Sometimes the things we “want” don’t align with who we want to “be”. And that’s OK! Seeing it on paper is going to help you connect to your truth.
Ok, your turn! What would you like to “Be, Do, and Have”?