Weekly Challenge for 5-6-13
This week got the best of me, and this challenge almost didn’t happen. But here it is!
For some, this might be an easy challenge, but I bet there will be some dancers out there that will find this extremely difficult. What is it? Adding more time to your practice.
It’s hard to find time to cram dance into your schedule as it is, isn’t it? Between work, kids (if you have them), chores, blah, blah, blah…it’s hard to get dance in there. Many of us, by the time we get to dance, are exhausted and the last thing on our minds is working out, or dancing, or doing anything other than sitting on the sofa with a cookie or some ice cream. Right? I’ve been there too. There are days I really, really don’t want to dance, even though I love it dearly and always feel better afterwards.
It’s hard to feel motivated day after day, week after week. I feel ya, I really do. But consistent daily practice is the only way to improve. It’s the only way to keep up all the drills and practice necessary to both improve and maintain your skills. Without consistent daily practice, you will find it exceptionally difficult to learn new moves or master difficult ones.
So let’s not think about how tired you are after a long day at work. Or that you don’t have time. Make time. If dance is important enough to you, you will make time for it. Set a schedule. If you normally practice 30 minutes three times a week, make it four times this week. If you have to, skip watching a TV show this week and record it instead…boom! Extra half hour (or hour!) right there! If that doesn’t work, then increase your practice to 40 minutes three times a week. Those extra ten minutes can be used for practicing those difficult drills or for learning a new move. Even 10 extra minutes can be beneficial. And it’s only 10 minutes…spend 10 less minutes on Facebook this week.
The point is, you can always find time to carve out of your schedule for more dance, if that is what is important to you. So no excuses, increase the time you dance this week, even if it’s only ten little minutes extra each time. And then…see if you can keep it up beyond this week!