Goal setting can be tricky. You’ll want to make sure that when you set one that it has the following characteristics:
It is reachable. If you are just starting out in dance, setting a goal of being in a company before the end of the year may not be realistic. Take a good look at where you are and look at what the next steps would be terms of improving your current situation. Then, set a goal based on that. It may not be as exciting–but you won’t be setting yourself up for disappointment.
It can be broken down into steps. In order to reach a goal, you’ll need a “road map” for achieving it. This consists of a series of steps you can take to make it happen. Be sure to think that through as well.
It should be measurable. Setting a goal such as “getting better at turns” is vague, which makes it difficult to tell when you have actually reached it. Instead of that, try something specific, such as “go from single pirouettes to doubles before the end of the year”.
One of my goals for 2011 is to bring video to the site. I have my camera, have installed the software, and am in the process of deciding what I’d like to share with you via this medium. I’ll start with small clips and work my way up to longer videos.
Do you have a dance goal for 2011? I’d love to hear what your plans are! You don’t have to share all the details here–but it would be fun to hear your ideas for the New Year…