At the start of a new season of dancing, you might be feeling some anxiety or worry caused by your high expectations for yourself. But at the beginning of a new season, there’s also so much possibility! With some easy prep and attention to key areas, you can start this season feeling refreshed, excited, and ready to achieve big things. An intentional start is going to allow you to achieve more with ease and happiness. Commit to finding clarity and intuition for your dance journey.
Start with self-awareness. You might think you just have to start with your eye on the prize or the goal. Well, being too focused on the goal might make you lose the connection to self. I just saw a former group coaching client decided to pass on a traineeship, shortly before she was supposed to start.
This demonstrates an incredibly strong and clear connection to herself and what’s best for her. This was an incredibly hard and BRAVE decision. If she was eagle-eye focused on the goal of dancing at all cost (even at the cost of her well-being), she may have proceeded to the traineeship even against her better judgment.
The following questions and journaling prompts are designed to foster a stronger connection to your intuition so you can prioritize your well-being over the goal.
If dancing is the goal and you know pursuing it is the right thing for you right now, you have to work to build incredibly clear and intuitive self-awareness.
Consider each of these 7 areas and how you might achieve greater balance, ease, and clarity:
- Your body
- Your food
- Your mindset
- Your vision
- Your goals
- Your support systems
- Your self-image
Take ACTION. Grab a piece of paper or a journal and do some journaling.
Want to take it a step further? Set up a complimentary coaching call, and we can discuss developing greater self-awareness in any of these areas before a new season of dancing.
#1. Your body: Find an approach to your body that feels supportive.
- How are you relating to your body?
- What will you do when body-image challenges arise?
- Think about some ways to remain grateful for what your body can do even when you’re not happy with how it looks.
#2. Your food: Eat in a way that supports your best dancing AND makes you happy.
- Are you doing some planning around food so you have lots of delicious options available all the time?
- How can you incorporate more variety into your eating plan?
- What’s one new recipe you can try this week?
#3. Your mindset: Consistently work to build mental resilience, strength, and empowerment.
- When do you find your thoughts slow you down or impact your energy?
- How might you support a strong mindset?
- Who are you allowing to influence you? Is it positive, negative, or neutral?
#4. Your vision: Look ahead and imagine what you would like to happen this year. (How about 3, 5, 10 years from now?)
- How do you want to feel as you pursue dance?
- What keeps you inspired?
- Who would you like to be surrounded by?
#5. Your goals: Craft some concrete goals to help you reach your vision.
- What goals and action steps will support you towards your vision?
- How will you stay aware of your goals even when you’re busy?
- Who will help you stay accountable to your goals?
#6. Your support systems: Have support people in place so you don’t feel alone on this journey.
- What friends, family members, teachers, coaches, or dance medicine specialists help you feel supported?
- Are there people who aren’t supportive or whose energy feels toxic? How will you distance yourself?
- Is it time to seek additional support? Sign up for your free coaching call to see if we’re a good fit.
#7. Your self-image: Find clarity in where you find your personal value and worth.
- What are your skills, hobbies, talents or passions outside of dance?
- How do you show up for yourself and others?
- Confront thoughts that are unhelpful or rooted in fear. How can you think with possibility?
If you take just one action today, do this: sit down and do some writing to reflect on these questions. If you want greater clarity and intuition in your dance journey, let’s chat!!