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Mastering Goals In Irish Dance

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Cara Sutherland is an Open Champion dancer from Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is currently studying Exercise Science and is involved with the Performing Arts at John Carroll University.

The 2014 World Championships of Irish Dancing have finally concluded and there are less than 320 days until Worlds 2015 will begin! It is a great time to think about setting new goals, especially as we approach feiseanna season. It can be easy to forget about what we really want to accomplish in the future if we don’t start planning in advance. Here are some tips to help you set and follow through with your goals!

  • Research proves that people are much more likely to accomplish their goal just by writing it down.
  • Only work on a couple goals at once.
  • Tell a few other people that will support you.
  • Find a way to remind yourself of your goal when you’re at the dance studio and home.
  • When setting goals, make them SMART

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If you do not achieve your goal within the given time, think about what did not work and use that to revise your goal.

Here is an example of a goal I recently set:
Pass my CLRG grade exams (7, 8, and 9) on March 21st with a grade of a B+ or higher.

The goal was “SMART”—specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound. I wrote down my goal in my dance notebook and on a dry erase board in my bedroom a few months in advance. I listed everything I needed to do to pass my grade exams, and I told the other dancers and teachers at my studio. Everyone involved helped to remind me and eventually achieve my goal!

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  1. This is a great post with specific points to consider when setting goals. I am sharing with my daughter who is coming back from an injury and is working out a plan for herself. I am assuming that the “M” is smart is to set measurable goals for yourself as a dancer, correct? Like a specific amount of time to practice, etc.?

    Many thanks for an insightful, helpful post.

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