Slow Progress? Things to consider…

One of the first members of The Dancers’ Best Body Program who I’ve been working with since her enrollment has been steadily making progress towards her body goals. She has seen shifts in weight, confidence, the way she perceives herself, the way she approaches food, and her outlook on dance.

There is SO much for her to be proud of!

However, in a recent chat, she was feeling really stuck. Wondering why it wasn’t all just falling into place more quickly. Of course, this is compounded by a time of transition in her career where she’s auditioning for a new place to dance – super stressful!

I had to ask her, because it’s something I identified in my own journey, what the fear was.

What’s your biggest fear right now?

Her answer of course was that she wouldn’t get a job and reach that next place in her dancing journey.

This lead me to my next question.

Are you letting your body be the thing you can blame?

There are so many factors that impact the speed at which we see shifts in our bodies. However, there are also times when we self – sabotage and can’t release the habits that slow our progress because if your body was “perfect” all that’s left is your dancing.

That’s about FEAR.

And naturally, there’s a lot of fear that you won’t “make it” as a dancer…or keep the job, or get the promotion, or the role, and the list goes on and on!

Believe me, I totally get that. I was a big self saboteur throughout my dance career and beyond and I didn’t want to face my fears so instead I emotionally overate and made sure I always had my body to blame.

I want you to consider that there are three decisions that can have a monumental impact on where you go as a dancer (from Tony Robbins book Awaken the Giant Within) :

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1. Your decisions about what to focus on.
2. Your decisions about what things mean to you.
3. Your decisions about what to do to create the results you desire.

Now, take action :

Think about a change you’ve wanted to make that you’ve been putting off. Why have you been avoiding making the shift? What potential pleasure can come of actually taking action? What results can come from this change? What’s the first step?

Today, take the first step. Want some accountability? Email me (info@thewholedancer.com) and share what you’re committing to changing! I read and reply to every email and I’d love to hear from you!


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A possible reason your body progress is SLOW

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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