Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 139 - Fear of Failure
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Ep. 139 – Fear of Failure

Episode 139: Breaking the Chains of Fear: Empowering Dancers To Get Past a Fear of Failure


Dancers today are seemingly terrified of failure. They might be scared to try something in front of other people, or they might be scared of looking silly or stupid in class, and they hold themselves back. As a passionate dance teacher, you've probably seen this in at least some of your dancers. They’re getting in their own way.

In today’s episode, I want to pull back the curtain on a fear of failure, explain what it is, where it's coming from, and how we can help our dancers get past it so our dancers can reach their full potential. We’ll discuss the signs a dancer might be fearing failure, we’ll break down exactly what a fear of failure in dancers looks like, and we’ll talk about how to supportively push back on your dancers’ fear to ultimately change their relationship with failure. As dance coaches and teachers, let’s collectively help our dancers get out of their own way!

Failure is how we learn and grow. We have to embrace it to see the true progress. So if you're talking about this with your dancers, encourage them to think of failure as nothing more than honest feedback. Every mistake or misstep gives you info about how to improve. You're not failing, you're gathering information. Change the definition of success. It's not about perfect execution. It's about living in your values, and if one of your values is giving it full effort and learning from it, that's the focus.”

– Dr Chelsea

Key Highlights –

  • [1m 38s] – Unmotivated Dancers Are Scared to Fail
  • [3m 44s] – What Exactly is a Fear of Failure?
  • [7m 24s] – When There’s a Fear of Failure, Evaluations are a Threat
  • [11m 02s] – Avoiding the Feeling of Shame
  • [13m 52s] – Push Back on Your Dancers’ Fear 
  • [14m 52s] – Changing The Relationship with Failure

Resources –

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