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Dancing to Success: The Power of Small Changes


Competition dancers are always looking for improvement. Their search can be very frustrating because change takes time. A lecture I heard some time ago suggested that it takes thirty-five consecutive repetitions of doing something in a different way for it to replace a habit. However, change can produce remarkable results if introduced sensibly and continuously. 

 

Generally, I have found in my coaching that to create better performance it is often, usually, not necessary to do new thing... but to stop doing things that delay change and improvement by replacing a bad action with a better one. After all, there is no point in practising your faults and trying to perfect them is there?  First you must identify them and make sure that you fully understand those things that are stopping your progress. And then it’s essential to fully understand the change you must make.


In considering how to encourage change I decided to study and subsequently qualified in Sports Psychology and found it an enormous help in directing students’ development. I have recently read a very interesting book "Atomic Habits "  and it confirmed my view that quite clearly simple items, (an atomic particle), a single action, diligently produced for a short period every day builds into a major change over time. This is exactly like the compound interest you have on your savings. It grows steadily over time. It cannot be rushed if you want to accumulate growth from what you are investing, or change and improve in your dancing.

So, by practising every day for a short time, but repeatedly, what might seem a very small thing you will find with carefully targeted change that the Atomic particle can explode! It can give you the pathway to a more successful performance. There is a Quickstep song sometimes played that tells you……


 IT AIN’T WHAT YOU DO… IT’S THE WAY THAT  YOU DO IT… THAT’S WHAT GETS RESULTS!

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