Dancing with a growth mindset – how to set goals
So what does dancing with a growth mindset actually mean I hear you ask? Well let me explain. Are you looking for the secret weapon that will help your dancer unlock the key to their true potential. You may not be able to help them with their pirouettes or their acrobatics BUT there is one REALLY important and REALLY powerful thing that you absolutely CAN help them with and that is their mindset. As crazy dance mommas we all want the absolute best for our budding superstars. We want them to be the absolute best they can be. This is where growth mindset comes in.
One of the key elements of dancing with a growth mindset is understanding that abilities aren’t fixed but rather that effort and attitude determine abilities. That’s right, forget the ‘I can’t do it’, ‘everyone else can do it’, ‘I’ll never be as good as them’ and say hello to a dancer focussed on their goals, believing in their ability to improve and ready to fly! Once dancers learn that challenges help them grow, that potential is not predetermined and that failure is an opportunity to grow the results are dramatic. Rather than your dancer being limited by a fixed mindset when they are faced with a new skill and thinking ‘I’m not good at this’, ‘I’ll never be as good as such and such’ or thinking, ‘its good enough as it is’, imagine if dancer was constantly and confidently trying to learn and grow. Let your dancer be inspired rather than threatened by the success of others and help them understand that new skills take time. These are the fundamentals of growth mindset and learning how to set goals is a huge part of this shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. More information about growth mindset and dance is available in the Growth mindset for Dancers Resource Kit and Ebook. This kit has all the information you will need to introduce growth mindset to your dancer and comes complete with a ten worksheets and suggestions for their use.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to grab this free goal setting worksheet, just enter your email below. I use this worksheet all the time as it really helps dancers understand why the basics of technique are important, how little steps are the building blocks for all the big impressive steps they are so fond of. You can really see them processing it all and it really opens their eyes to why we do certain things and how important the fundamentals are. They are then encouraged to set their own goal and map out the steps it will take to get them there. Enjoy 🙂