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Why dancing should NOT be at the top of your New Year’s Resolution List

Why Dancing should NOT be at the top of your New Year’s Resolution List!


Welcome to the time of the year when we start wrapping up what we liked (or didn’t like) of the outgoing year, and start focusing on the things we want and need from the coming year. Some of us make resolutions, others make promises, some set goals, but whatever you plan on calling them, please do not call Dancing a “New Year’s Resolution.” Why you ask? Let me show you:


According to a study of at the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, the top 10 Resolutions for 2014 were:


1)    Lose Weight

2)    Getting Organized

3)    Spend Less, Save More

4)    Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5)   Staying Fit and Healthy

6)    Learn Something Exciting

7)    Quit Smoking

8)    Help Others Achieve Their Dreams

9)    Fall in Love

10) Spend More Time with Family



The study went further on to describe that 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions, but only 8% of those 45% actually are successful in achieving them. See where I’m going with this…


Now according to TIME Magazine, an article written in 2012 described the top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions. Those are:


1)    Lose Weight and Get Fit

2)    Quit Smoking

3)    Learn Something new

4)    Eat Healthier and Diet

5)    Get Out of debt and Saving Money

6)    Spending More Time with Family

7)    Travel to New Places

8)    Be Less Stressed

9)    Volunteer more

10) Drink Less


Looks like 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10 are out! You may still have an opportunity to become

2) More Organized

8) Help Others Achieve Their Dreams, (unless that is considered volunteer work which would therefore mean that one is out)

9) Fall in Love.

Resolutions are out there, and every year we all feel compelled by an outside force to keep set them and keep them. But how can we be successful in making sure that we keep them? And better yet, how do all these points relate to Dancing NOT being a resolution? It will all tie up in the end, I promise.


Many websites all have a similar plan of action to help you stick to your resolutions, but I have narrowed it down to these top 10:


1)    Make it something you really want: Don’t let it become something you “should” want or others want for you. It should be something that fits your own values and means something to you. (I knew that I wanted to compete, and although I needed Rhythm and everyone said I should do it, I knew Smooth was my passion.)


If you want to see the rest of the ways to stick to your Resolutions, stay tuned next week for more help on how to stick to your Resolutions!

Have yourself a very Happy New Year, and start on those things you “Really Want!”




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