Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 144- Setbacks

Ep. 144- Setbacks

Episode 144: Why Setbacks in Your Goals are Good for You


Do you ever look at another dance team you admire and think, “They must be so locked in. Every single practice they're probably making progress and getting better every day”? I guarantee that a team you admired at that event didn't just get better every day. There were setbacks along the way. There were days when it felt like progress wasn't happening, but that's why they did so well – these excellent teams understand that setbacks are good.

In this episode, we’ll focus in on the three things to do when you have setbacks in your goals. We’ll discuss the benefits of shifting our mindset around setbacks, why it’s important to pause and reset as well as track our dancers’ progress, and I'll tell you what to do when you have a setback coming up. Enjoy this episode of Passion for Dance!

“If you decide to pick up one word for the year, there are two things you can do to help start things off on the right foot. First, display it somewhere you will see it regularly. That was a clear lesson for me this year. Second, choose three tangible action steps you can take in January to focus on that word. Then, it will take root right away and you see the power of itYou aren't giving up after one bad day, you're giving up after 14 good ones and then 1 bad one. Zoom out. Notice the larger picture. Track your growth, recommit, and take action. Because here's my bottom line today: a setback in your goals is actually a good thing. When you learn that you have an off-day, an off-class, an off-turn and still keep fighting, your progress is unstoppable. It's actually an incredibly valuable lesson to have a setback in your goals and keep going. It builds confidence in yourself. You learn, “I'm the type of person who doesn't quit. I'm the person who stays on track.” That builds self-respect, confidence, and self-esteem, so that you see that setback as an opportunity for growth.”, then you're more likely to see it through for the rest of the year.”

Dr Chelsea

Key Highlights –

  • [2m 05s] – We Want to See Progress
  • [3m 58s] – Shifting Our Mindset Around Setbacks
  • [6m 52s] – Download My Starter List of Journal Prompts
  • [7m 57s] – Three Things To Do When You Have Goal Setbacks
  • [11m 07s] – Pause and Reset [12m 35s] – Tracking Progress

Resources –

Download My Starter List of Journal Prompts:

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Be sure to visit me on Instagram @dr.chelsea.pierotti for more mental skills advice for dancers

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