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Goal Setting and Belly Dance: Time to Get Specific!

Now that you've made your memorable moments list, categorized those moments, and listed all the possible goals you could have for Q2, it's time to get specific!


Goals generally fall under a broad, vague category of "improvement."


You rarely start a goal with the intention of getting worse at a thing, so my assumption is that you want to "get better" at some aspect of belly dance.


Look back at your original goals. They probably include "practice 3x/week for an hour" or "practice undulations" or something similar to get better.


But "better" is completely arbitrary and fuzzy. You need a clearer definition of what you're going for.


First, if your goals are focused on the "practice x hours," ask yourself why and what.


Why do you want to practice x hours? To get better? To get better at shimmies?


What are you going to do with that time? Practice shimmies. Something else maybe. IDK. I never know what to practice.


Let's try something more useful.



Look back at what you know you want.


Maybe you want to be more graceful.


What does that mean TO YOU?


To know what more graceful means, you need a baseline.


How graceful are you now and in what area? Do you mean more graceful moving across the floor or more graceful undulations or more graceful hands and arms?


Even if you mean ALL of it, you need to focus on one area of improvement, designate what you mean by better/more graceful/etc., and then look at your baseline.


Example:

+In 90 days, I want to have flexible hand motions that flow while I'm moving the rest of my body.


+Baseline: Currently, my hands are stiff and don't have much flexibility or range of motion. When I move my body, my hands get rigid, and when I move my hands, I forget what my body is doing.


Now that you have a specific goal AND your baseline, you can figure out specific practices you can do to reach the goal.


Note: I HIGHLY recommend that you work terms of minutes per week rather than daily goals.

Here's how this might look using the above example.


Graceful Goals


+In 90 days, I want to have flexible hand motions that flow while I'm moving the rest of my body.


+Baseline: Currently, my hands are stiff and don't have much flexibility or range of motion. When I move my body, my hands get rigid, and when I move my hands, I forget what my body is doing.


During Month 1, I'm going to work on hand flexibility and wrist mobility: I'll spend 20 minutes a week doing wrist circles and hand undulations while sitting.


During Month 2, I'm going to work on wrist circles and hand undulations layered with arm patterns for 20 minutes a week.


During Month 3, I'm going to work on wrist circles, hand undulations, and arm patterns while doing hip hits and hip figure 8s for 20 minutes a week.


By then end of three months, you will have improved on your hands/arms/layering!


Now you do it!


  1. Specific goal

  2. Baseline

  3. Give yourself monthly practices that BUILD on each other and that move you away from the baseline and toward your specific goal.

    1. Month 1

    2. Month 2

    3. Month 3


I recommend a maximum of three goals that are this specific.


Now I want to hear YOUR goals! Let me know in the comments.



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