Fear or Forward?

Failure or Forward?

Most of us strive to be 1st; we will settle for nothing less. The reality is that for you to be first there are many, many more who come in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on… And there is a price to pay to be first. If you’ve been around the ballroom floor more than 1,000 times, you know what that means. We each have a goal. When and where we achieve it depends on a creative combination of planning, training, partnership, event selection, external circumstances, fellow competitive dancers, and evaluation standards. When I fail to achieve my goal I consider several key points to get back on track to move forward. Let’s take a look at some.

Focus – Are you blaming someone or something else? The accountability is yours, so take a detailed look at what you did. Then focus on what you need to do to improve.

Find – Muster the strength and find the courage to seek honest feedback from your partner and the judges. There were two of you on the floor, so ask your partner and/or instructor how they felt about the outcome. What do they want to enhance and further develop?

Friends – What did others see in your performance? It helps motivate the process when you have positive input from someone else. We tend to be our own worst critic.

Forgiveness – Can you forgive yourself for the things you did wrong or could do better? We have to move beyond the negative to get to the positive.

Foundation – Did you adequately prepare for the event or did you think a two day rehearsal would do the trick? People take years to affirm the basics then refine their skills to achieve the results they want.

Faith – Do you have faith in yourself, your learning abilities, and your partner? Share your feelings with your partner. If they know what’s going on, they can be a better support to you.

Function – Keep your thumb on the heartbeat of reality. This is one event in the arena of multiple opportunities. There’s a ladder to climb; you go up one rung at a time. Sometimes you have to pause to get your bearings and re-evaluate your progress to your final goal.

Freedom – You can only grow by correcting your mistakes. Take a deep breath and start moving forward again. What is done is done; none of us are perfect. Only when you allow yourself space can you be free to let that creative learning process kick in again for further development.

Fullness – Dancing is a part of me that brings peace, pleasure and great joy. There is a reason that you started dancing. Go back and capture the full essence of that!

Follow – Stay on the path. Follow your heart. Never, never, never give up!

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Martha A. Harper, M.Ed. Education Leadership, B.A. Sociology Martha embraces 16 years in Ballroom and Latin dance, 8 in American Smooth, Rhythm and Latin and 8 in International Standard. Currently training and competing Pro-AM, International Standard. Primary focus: enhance awareness of cultural development, artistic creativity and health advantages of ballroom dance while encouraging fine tuning of instructional methods. She is a retired legal secretary and is a published author residing in the United States.

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