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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Past

Sunday Past

Dancers are often told they should compete with themselves, which basically means they shouldn’t focus on trying to be better than the person standing in front of them at the barre. That's because competition with another person or persons can become nasty pretty quickly. Note that this doesn't mean you can't be inspired by another dancer.

Motivational  Secret #110 provides another way to think about it: Outdo your past, not people. Concentrate on doing more than you did yesterday, and progress will follow. If you concentrate on outdoing another dancer, the focus is in the wrong place – and a less productive one.

Focus on outdoing your past, not outdoing yourself, as the original competition adage admonishes. This puts the emphasis on things outside yourself, and makes it less personal and more effective.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Motivational Secret #110:  
                                                         “Outdo your past, not people."                                                                      
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