This week, Nikki Kilburn (Learning and Development Manager) reflects on her SMART goal September experience.
My SMART goal for September was to attend a hip hop dance class once a week for the month of September. My outcome for my goal was consistency. I chose consistency because sometimes I can struggle with keeping a routine. This is generally because I travel around the country with work and also because life can get in the way of the best intentions.
It had been a while since I had been to a dance class and I was feeling a bit nervous. I had visions of not being able to keep up with the choreography and, to be honest, the first week was a bit of a mind bender. I was quite discombobulated with all the instructions and then having to remember and repeat with the group while the instructor watched. It was quite full-on. I did enjoy myself though and was glad I had made it through week one. The next week was great; I was buzzing off the momentum of week one and was pleased I made less mistakes and managed to keep up.
The following week was a bit of a challenge though as I didn’t get in from work until 7.30pm. I had left the house at 6.45am and I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was curl up on the sofa and watch TV. So, that is what I did. I wanted to maintain the consistency and so I found a dance fitness class I could attend later in the week. This allowed me to chill out and afforded me some flexibility.
I was glad I hadn’t focused on the goal of going to the same class every week because I would have probably ended up feeling under pressure to go or not gone and felt bad. The last couple of weeks were easy as I was able to go to the dance fitness class one week and the hip hop class the other week.
All in all it was a good commitment to make. I’m going to keep going to the hip hop class when I can and when I can’t I will either have a bop about the kitchen or find an alternative that could well be on the dance floor on a Saturday night.
Thank you Nikki for sharing this reflection with us. Having a ‘Plan B’ can offer flexibility which in turn can help us overcome barriers and achieve our goals. If you want to read more SMART goal September posts, you can click here to read Nadine’s reflection on her SMART goal September experience.