It’s that time of year again. People make resolutions. Gyms are full in January and empty again by February. Only about 8% of people keep their resolutions. Why is this? What happens to the fire that’s ignited on the 1st of January? Here are some tips to help you with your pole resolutions.
First, set clear resolutions. Saying “I want to get better at pole” is vague and not quantifiable. Set a goal you can measure, such as “I want to attend at least 2 pole classes per week” or “I want to be able to climb/invert/superman/whatever your goal.” These goals can be measured and are attainable, making success easier.
Second, make sure your resolutions are realistic. If you are a beginner at pole, you aren’t going to become Bendy Kate right away. By the same token, don’t set any unrealistic goals like “I want to lose 10 pounds per week” or any other nonsense like that.
Once you’ve set your pole goals for 2017, it’s time to set yourself up for success. How can we best do this? Here are some tips:
- Calendar it! Do you use Google Calendar or iCal? Put your classes and practice times on your calendar so they don’t get lost in the shuffle of the day. Set aside the time for yourself. Using a paper calendar? No problem, write it on your calendar.
- Have a friend who has similar goals and help each other with accountability and motivation. Who wants to disappoint their friends?
- Be patient. Goals are rarely achieved in one day. Keep practicing.
- Ask your pole instructor for conditioning exercises you can do at home to make your time at your pole studio more productive. Having trouble with splits? Your instructor, or Pinterest, can point you in the direction of some exercises you can do at home.
- Celebrate small victories! Notice when you become more bendy or when certain poses become easier to attain. These are victories, too. Don’t focus on the negative – look for the positives.
- Visit Atlanta in June for PoleCon! [Blatant plug!] You will experience workshops, seminars, performances, and browse the exhibit hall. This should get the motivation flowing!
- Create a vision board. Vision boards can help inspire and motivate you, even on a subconscious level. Place the board somewhere you will see it on a regular basis. You can even get a few friends together for a vision board party.
These are just a few ideas to get your motivation going for having a successful 2017. What do YOU want to achieve?