How to make pressure work in your favor!

No 38 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, September 22, 1956

How to make pressure work in your favor!

Some ideas on making stress work in the positive for you!


Inside Influences

Have a positive optimistic outlook

Have an anchor of faith or spirituality

Always be motivated

Take action – be the proactive person

Always enjoy learning

Go with the flow – be flexible

Adapt with life’s changes

Be a leader socially – be the Go-To person

Show self-confidence and self-esteem


Outside influences

Take every opportunity that comes your way

Use the support of family, friends, and co-workers

Manage the stress and difficulties that you face

Surround yourself with a nurturing, happy environment

Live in an autonomous area

Earn the trust of others and be trusted by others


Do I do all these things? I attempt them all daily. The fact that I have them listed, and I study them, and I try to achieve all of them makes me a winner. Have these goals in front of you and strive to achieve them. Personally, I hate negative stress and what it does to my blood pressure and my heart. Yet, I must, I do, and I will manage the challenges that come to me daily. Owing a dance studio may put you on the mountain top one minute, then into the depths of hell the next when a water pipe breaks over you dance floor! You just learn to adapt and try to not have a stroke or turn into a mean person. The truth is, it will all get better.

I love receiving a bag of lemons. Tea, sauces, fish, steaming, cleaning, salads. So many uses for lemons. When I take a lemon, I let it settle to room temperature. Then I roll the lemon to release the juices. Before cutting it, I zest the whole outside.

Then I cut it open, squeeze all the juice out. I take a grapefruit knife and then cut out all the inside and chop it up and use it in my dish. When I’m finished, all that is left is the white skin and I have completely used up the lemon. I use this analogy, because this is what I want to do with my life. I want to use up every part of me to the service of others and use every drop of ability that I have to influence and guide others.

So, go be a good lemon in your life.  Remember, surround yourself with people you want to become like. Surround yourself with great leaders, mentors, guides, helpers, and with friends who will tell you “NO” when you are wrong. Truly, we become exactly like those around us all the time.

Remember pressure can make you blow up, or cook a great pot roast. Use life’s challenges to empower you and make you stronger!

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!




TIME IS SHORT! 3-27-15 David Earl Woodbury

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No 13. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, March 27, 2015

Time is Short!
You, enlightened, self-sufficient, self-governed, endowed with gifts
above your fellows, the world expects you to produce as well as to
consume, to add to and not to subtract from its store of good, to
build up and not to tear down, to ennoble and not degrade. The time
is short, the opportunity is great; therefore, crowd the hours with
the best that is in you.
— John Hibben, president of Princeton University, 1913 graduation address

The championships, the money, the color; all of these things linger
only in the memory.  It is the spirit, the will to excel, the will to win; these are the things that endure.
— Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) American Football Coach

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Don’t you hate it when you go to the fridge and reach in the back for a bag of lettuce. You’re so excited to find it and your hungry. You pull it out and feel “squish” and hold up a bag of sour, brown, lettuce goo. It’s 3 weeks past the expiration date. You don’t dare open it for the smell would permeate the whole house. You waited too late.

Opportunities are like produce. Use it or lose it. What about the old lemons and apples and bananas we find. How many sour gallons of milk have we thrown out? Yuck.

I love to come back from the market with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, apples, bananas, and then make a wonderful salad and have a perfect banana for my morning cereal with fresh milk. There’s nothing like fresh food. Buy it, use it quickly, enjoy it!

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Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
— Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)  7th President of the United States

That’s how it is with life. We must take action. I have post notes everywhere (and a pair of glasses on every table) and everywhere a pen. I wake up from a deep sleep to write out my idea from my dream on a piece of paper. I have post notes all over my bathroom mirror, my office monitor, my fridge, my desk. Ideas are all over the place.

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What I hate is the idea that I did not write down. The note that I cannot read and cannot remember. The lost opportunity, the lost inspiration, the lost moment. Grab hold of your ideas and make them come alive. If I live 50 more years, I will not have enough time to listen to all the music I love, to read all the books I crave, cook all the dishes I want to prepare, and meet all the people I want to meet all over the world. Life has to be lived NOW!

You want to dance? Learn ALL the dances. Come in for lessons as much as many times as you are able. Do it all. Live it all. Experience it all. Life is short.

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.-Nelson Mandela

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!– Jonathan Winters

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Take a chance. Be a “fresh produce” kind of person. Live your life to the max. Take action today. We don’t know what tomorrow may bring. Today is the day to make life happen for you!


David Woodbury

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?

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

David Woodbury