One of the best things I ever did for my dancing was allow myself to admit what I want to achieve. I want to be the pro-am open rhythm national champion. I remember telling my instructor this goal of mine during one of our first conversations. I was waiting for the odd stare that speaks “okay honey, we’ll pretend that’s possible.” It never came. Instead, what I heard was “you have to say it.” Relief.
The fact is, you can’t work toward a goal if you never acknowledge you have one. You might not achieve all your goals. You might even swap one out for another at some point, but only if you recognize your goals can you let them guide you. Only if you give your goals a home can you figure out just what it’s going to take to make them happen and, in turn, which ones you should focus on and which ones you should put on the shelf.
Speaking of goals, every competitor has many of them. Some are lofty. My goal of being the pro-am open rhythm national champion is a prime example. It’s not something I’m planning on achieving in the short-term. For me, it’s a long-term goal. Whether I can achieve it will depend on what I can do financially, physically, mentally, emotionally and temporally (yes, time matters too). It also depends on what others can do financially, physically, mentally, emotionally and temporally, so it’s not entirely up to me. Nevertheless, being the pro-am open rhythm national champion is on my horizon. However, it’s not the center of my attention. Instead, my attention is directed toward short-term goals, like what I need to accomplish in my weekly practices. One week it might be dancing with my eyes, another it might twisting around my spine, another might be running through each routine ten times with clear intentionality.
That long-term goals live on our horizons is what distinguishes them from short-term goals. Long-term goals are like beams of sunlight. They make everything visible, but we shouldn’t focus directly on them. If we did, we’d be blinded, and our eyes would quickly burn out. Short-term goals are easier on the eyes. They keep us moving in the direction we want to go until our long-term goals are within our reach.
Manager and Student at Ballroom & Beyond