No 4: Changing Lives through Dancing
Friday, January 17, 2014 (Today is our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!)
There are not secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.
— Colin Powell (1937-) American Military Leader and Diplomat
The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all,
the world needs dreamers who do.
— Sarah Ban Breathnack
How to plan a great dancing year, prepare with hard work based on the knowledge we have gained from our past mistakes and successes. Then Dream, but Dream and Do!
I have had a big dream, and I have taken big action. Yes, a dream is a wonderful thing to have, but without the work behind it, it is like the morning mist that slowly fades away into past memories and is a thing of the past.
Have you ever had an idea and said “That’s brilliant!” and then promptly forgot it? I have these life changing thoughts all the time, in fact, I have life changing dreams when I sleep. Now, I have paper and a pen close by. Write down that amazing thought, that ground-breaking dream, that life-altering message that comes to you from above…then ACT on it.
How am I planning a great dancing year? Well, first I have spoken my goals to large groups of people, and today I spoke my goals to a large room full of my peers, and they were writing down my goals as I spoke, and our team leader is going to follow through with our words! Wow, that’s a goal that has come alive and is now in the full light of day.
Then, I have a plan. I must confess, that I am the biggest pain in the butt at the studio. I am constantly speaking our goals…all day…all night…day after day…week after week. And get this, I’m seeing our goals turn into reality. Perhaps not as fast as I want, but I see the reality taking form from these great dreams. Just like Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird, we are rising from the ashes into a new golden bird of dreams come true.
Take your calendar and write in your next dance event. A private lesson, a group, a party, bringing a Guest, dancing in a competition, going to a Showcase, graduating from a dance, or just coming in to practice your favorite dance or perfecting your weakest dance.
Take someone with you. Let your teacher know what you want to do. Tell another dancer what you are planning. Make an announcement at a party that you are now competing and then perform a spotlight of what you are going to perform. Write a blog, post it on Facebook, just let someone know what you are doing and come out of your shell.
Now, get on the dance floor and make it happen. Chose your best song, put together your best moves, then dance, dance, dance and live your dream.
I’m not going to rust out, and I’m not going to wear out (I hope). I’m not going to sit on my derrier and wait for the sunset of my life to arrive. I’m going out with a fight, dancing a jig, with a song in my heart. Yes, plan a great dancing year and I’ll see you on the dance floor!
David Earl Woodbury
Next Week: Polish Your Dancing Skills With The Medalist System