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Are you dancing to win or dancing not to lose [Part 1]

Dancing to win or dancing not to lose blog dancer's guide by Marcin Raczynski

When you’re a kid and you start a new sport, there is nothing impossible. No dream is too big, no competition is too hard, no choreography that can’t be learnt. You realize that with the young age on your side and youthful ignorance, the world is your oyster.

Dancing to win or dancing not to lose blog dancer's guide by Marcin Raczynski

When you grow older, people start coming to you to tell you what’s possible and what isn’t. Or even that you shouldn’t even bother trying something. Without even realizing it, your enthusiasm and confidence that you once had as a child are slowly drifting away.

With your friends and family telling you that your dreams are too large, you suddenly start to believe them…

Then, instead of having big goals and focusing on them, you get stuck in thinking about what others think you can do! No more dreams, fear of entering a competition in case you get last, playing it safe. Do these sound familiar? Whilst you’re busy doubting your every step and being in comfort zone, others dancers move forward, improving steadily and leaving you behind.

What’s the difference between dancing to win or dancing to lose?

Dancing to win:

  • planning the best solutions to excel at the next competition and keeping the mind open to try new things
  • focusing on big competitions without fear of losing
  • turning every obstacle into an exciting challenge to make you better
  • knowing where you want to be as a dancer, rather than thinking of where you are now

Dancing not to lose:

  • spending more time thinking about how other dancers progress
  • getting caught up in predicting the effects of losing competitions and feeling embarassed
  • believing that winning is not for them as they are not good enough, but rather focusing on not being last at the competition or looking silly
  • questioning every opportunity to progress and finding reasons why they are not good

Based on what I said above, do you find some of these characteristics in yourself?

I prepared a short list of 5 tips for you that will help you “dance to win” instead of “dance not to lose”. Click HERE.

Are you dancing to win or dancing not to lose? blog article by marcinlondon

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