Practice becomes firmly grounded when continued
for a long time, without interruption and with reverent devotion.
-from the Sutras of Patanjali and also the tattoo of the ever inspirational Rachel Brice
I'd like to share a small but gratfying personal victory I had yesterday. On January 1st last year, I set aside some time to set personal, professional dance goals for myself. As I sat writing them, I kept "aiming low"...goals that, while useful, were relatively easy to visualize, I was being safe. But, I don't want to be safe. I want to jump off the cliff, take risks. So I took a deep breath and wrote down BIG goals, allowing myself to dream.
One of the goals I wrote was for class attendance. Yesterday, I stood up in my office and did a little jig - I was 4 students over my goal! I am amazed at the possibility opened up by setting out what you want.
So, as December begins, I am setting aside time to set goals for 2011...
In 2010, I have focused on my business, my classes and my private students. However, I now am turning to focus, again, on my own dancing. I know I must devote time, energy and focus to my art, so that I feel progress.
To that end, I am setting the following goal for myself - I want to practice dance, in some shape or fashion for every day in 2011...I will attempt to create 365 days of dance.
So how often do I practice now? errrrrrrrrrrrrrr.............it depends. There are times (most likely before a performance) that I practice a few hours a day. However, oftentimes, when my life gets busy, I can go weeks without practicing. I am dancing, performing and teaching several classes a week. But, I am not taking time to devote to my dancing, to what I have to say.
So what constitutes practice? How long does it have to be? How will I keep myself honest? Well, I am thinking about that, and will be tracking my efforts on my blog (this also will help me keep up on that).