Go Straight to Your Goal! 9-23-16


No 39 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, September 23, 2016

Go Straight to your Goal!

“It is the man who goes straight to his goal, obstacle or no obstacle, that commands our respect, gets our confidence, and gets to the front. He is the man who is sought in an emergency, not the man who is afraid of obstacles, who magnifies difficulties.”

– Orison Sweet Marden (1850 – 1924) American Editor and Speaker

Before turning 60, I lived a life of “setting goals”. In fact, that was my whole life. I was dreaming the big dreams of success, and contemplating all the things I would do if I just applied myself. I have also lectured and helped many people set and realize their dreams.

So what am I doing now? Now I’m living my goals. No one talks about what do you do when you have achieved your goals. I believe that you reassess and go to the next level! It is challenging to have struggles and to have fought for a goal, and then achieved it. Many have lost faith at this point in their lives, for they did not know what to do next.

After reaching a goal, life’s obstacles are still there and we must learn how to deal with daily life and how to rekindle our passions and dreams.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt(1884-1962) American First Lady and Political Activist

Do you have a reoccurring dream while you are asleep? I do. I’ve had some of the same dreams all of my life and I can remember them. How about a conscious dream? My true lifelong dreams have not changed in 60 years. To live a life of beauty, movement, music, service, and faith. To share all this with others, that has been and will continue to be my life’s dream.

“The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be common, nor the common heroic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist

As the above quote says, I have resolved to be great. This life is not easy, but is very exciting and rewarding. I want to make a difference, to leave a mark, to leave a legacy!

Let’s end with this amazing quote from Shaw.

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

Thank you for reading!


Keep on Dancing!

Reese’s Pieces – Setting Goals Part 1, 4-5-16

Reese Elliot

003 4-5-16 Reese’s Pieces Setting Goals Part 1

Many people grew up with an aversion to the gym and physical activities. Luckily, nowadays there are a plethora of tools available to fitness enthusiasts. This updated health and fitness information is available now more than ever before. Through these tidal waves of research and statistics it is our job to discern what works best for us. Programming a health and fitness plan can seem quite daunting. The first thing we must do is determine our fitness goals.

When planning a workout program, it is important to determine what your short and long term goals are. Having goals that you constantly work towards keeps us accountable. Making these goals realistic is absolutely vital. If we work towards something that isn’t achievable we will be our own worst critic when we don’t achieve. This sort of negative self-thought is not conducive to getting what we want out of fitness or dance. So what do we do? We set goals with our trainer or instructor and we put together a plan to achieve this. Today, we will focus on short term goals.

I don’t want to keep anybody from dreaming big. I’m not saying big dreams aren’t necessary for our mental health. However, when it comes to fitness training it’s best to set realistic short term goals that help you feel accomplished. These short term goals could be something as simple as walking three times a week, or drinking enough water every day. Sticking to these short term goals will help us develop towards our long term ones. For us dancers, a good goal to set is the frequency that we attend class. This is something we all have control over and it only benefits us. If you set a goal of coming to a group class three times a week, stick to it. You may not see the benefits immediately, but you are working towards your long term goals.

Any journey that’s worth taking has bumps and obstacles along the way. Our journey to live a healthier, more active lifestyle is no exception. Goals are a way for us to maintain accountability. Lapses happen, and when they do it’s important to remember that it happens to everybody. Even the professionals. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”- Zig Ziglar

Thank You,

Reese Rolison, Dance Professional

Arthur Murray Santa Monica