New Year, New You: Setting Reasonable Goals, Part Two

Welcome back! In our last post, we talked about setting aerial goals for the new year. Specifically, we honed in on the importance of being reasonable and specific in your goal-setting, as well as focusing on things within your control. Here’s a few more tips to help you achieve your goals and make your aerial dreams come true.

Don’t do too much at once.

It’s tempting to want all the things and to want them now. More pull-ups and flatter splits, straight-legged inversions and a 60-second handstand hold; it’s easy to find areas to improve. But let’s be real. There are only so many hours in each day, and only so many things we can expect from our bodies. Think carefully about how much time you have to devote to your goals and choose one or two things to focus on. And remember, rest days are important. If your plan for aerial domination has you in the studio seven days a week for hours at a stretch, back off. Give your body time to recuperate, and you’ll see better results.

Celebrate every success.

Remember that progress isn’t always linear. You might be steadily adding time to your handstand, working from that 30-second hold up to 40 seconds, then 45, then . . . nothing. Or even worse, a step backward. That’s okay! It happens. Our bodies are complex and affected by all sorts of factors. Instead of focusing on the setbacks or plateaus, take time to celebrate your progress. Even if that 60-second handstand continues to elude you, you’ve still increased your time and built strength in the process. There’s so much benefit to just doing the work, even if the results aren’t what you expected. Every bit of progress counts and should be celebrated.

Ask for help.

As we said at the beginning, we’re here to support you as you work towards your goals this year. If you’re struggling with a particular skill, sign up for regular Open Studio time or book a private lesson to explore it more fully and focus on fine-tuning it. If you’re looking to build overall strength, make attending a conditioning class one of your goals. Want to increase your endurance? The cardio equipment in the gym is calling your name – set a goal to spend some time on it before or after class.

Finally, think about the role other people play in your success. Some of us are more private and want to keep quiet about our goals – making them public may feel like too much pressure or just like it’s not anyone else’s business. Other people really benefit from having a community check in with them and hold them accountable. If you’re the former, we won’t intrude (though we might suggest tracking your progress in a journal or app), but if you’re the latter, feel free to talk about your goals in class or post them in the student Facebook group. We’re happy to cheer you on and support you!

Good luck reaching your goals this year – we’re excited to play a supporting role (both literally and figuratively) in your success!