Our Dancing Goals 2-20-15

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No 8. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 20, 2015

David Woodbury

Our Dancing Goals

You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set
your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to
bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually
raise it. That’s the only way to get to the top.– Emil Zatopek (1922-) Czech Middle Distance Runner

My motto was to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling
badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to
keep swinging.– Hank Aaron (1934-) American Baseball Player (Retired)

I love to set goals. I have several To Do lists running all at the same time. Also, I’m a digital saver. I look back on Goal Sheets and To Do lists from the past and I’m always surprised to see that I have accomplished most of what was on the sheet.

Imagine if I had not written them down? Imagine if the dream was not spoken, acknowledged, declared and defined? Are some of my goals too big? Are they too early? Are they the right goals for me? There are many answers to these questions. Yes, some goals are not right for this very moment, but they will be possible in the future. Some of my goals are in the dream realm. Some are practical. Some have not been started. Some have been accomplished and have fallen away, and need a resurrection.

At least I have my hopes, goals, and dreams. Perhaps, one of your goals will come to you 10 years from now. Perhaps one of your goals will come true tomorrow. It’s better to at least have the vision and strive for it rather than not have a dream at all.

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There are no unrealistic dreams, just unrealistic timelines.– Nido Qubein, president of High Point University

Try this. It won’t hurt you. Sit quietly with a pen and paper, a cup of tea, some great music, and begin to write. Write on the top “My Dreams”. What do you want spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically? What do you want with your faith, health, weight, relationships, lifestyle, and career?

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Then, write what you are willing to do to make those dreams come true? Do you have the time and money, commitment and energy and support to make these dreams come true? Do you have a support system? Do you have a plan “B”?

After this session, then declare your goals to a mentor, someone you trust. In fact, find several people you trust and confide in them your plans. After you iron out the wrinkles, make a bold proclamation statement of what you are going to do and then TAKE ACTION.

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Have the character to make the start, continue with focus, and finish and complete the goal.

Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do. But I think you have
to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that
makes you a winner right there.– Venus Williams US tennis champion

With dancing we begin with one step at a time. We put one foot in front of the other. We begin with the end result in mind.

If you follow my blogs, would you write me a note about your dreams?

Send an info@DancingSantaMonica.com

Reach for the moon and the stars and enjoy the journey.

David Woodbury

“Back to Weight Watchers Santa Monica” March 28, 2014

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No 14 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, March 28, 2014

“Back to Weight Watchers”

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of
possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world —
making the most of one’s best.– Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American Protestant Minister

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have begun my physical. I gained about 30 pounds in building out the studio and starting the new Arthur Murray Franchise. This is a result of lots of long days, hours, and many, many Jersey Mike’s sammies and not enough dancing!

So, now I have been examined, given blood, had an ultra sound, am getting a stress test, and have to see a dermatologist and get new glasses. So, it’s time to bite the bullet and get into shape!

2014-03-22 07.20.22Life, you are amazing. Who walks into Arthur Murray Santa Monica a while ago, and is now one of our best guest getters, Amy Brunell from Weight Watchers, my former leader at WW. Well, last week Amy had “the talk” with me and I woke up. Joel and I walked into WW of Santa Monica last Saturday and rejoined.

Thank you Amy for following through with me for many, many months of patience, post cards, visits, and becoming an Arthur Murray Student. I applaud your belief in what you do to help others. You have helped change my life! You are a lady of class and you believe in what you do.

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being
cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared.
It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure footedness
that comes with having proved you can meet life.– Ann Landers, born 1918

Well, now I’m almost half way done with my physical, stress test soon and heart sonogram coming up, eye test and then the results. Truly, our health is our wealth! Our health must come first and we must keep moving to stay in great shape! Yes, I am altering my thoughts which will results in a new reality in the now.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his
life simply by altering his attitude of mind.– William James (1842-1910) American Philosopher and Psychologist

2014-03-25 13.23.25Do you have someone in your life like Amy who will give you that push forward to make a change? Do you have someone who is not afraid to tell you the truth and to give you a kick in the butt when needed? If not, here it is…move forward and move your body to health and fitness and success.

Are you sitting? Well, get up and shake it. Dance, exercise, eat well, rest, manage stress, retain great thoughts and surround yourself with people you like and do what makes you happy. Don’t live another day unhappy and say au revoir to the past and run toward a bright future.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Time Machine!