I know what you’re thinking. Positive thinking, visualizing success, blah blah blah. But seriously, the gurus aren’t far off! When it comes to pole, at least, I can attest to that. With every training session, the attitude you carry through the studio door can make or break your success in that session.
Heading into your training session, try to imagine the moves, transitions and combinations you are hoping to achieve. Picture yourself achieving them, feeling confident and strong. Now keep it realistic, no amount of positive thinking will allow you to safely achieve a move which is far beyond the limits of your current strength and flexibility level. But within reason, a positive mindset will make a remarkable difference to the outcome of all your hard work.
Keeping yourself accountable with a prepared and organized approach to training will also help. If you are training alone, try seeking some advice from your instructor or fellow dancers when planning out your pole goals and training to do lists. Committing yourself to a plan, whether a loose idea of aspirations for the session or a strict set of goals and timelines, will help you stay accountable and avoid hours scrolling Instagram. And in my opinion, a killer playlist is another important key to solo training sessions.
On the other hand, a negative mindset is a hard one to set right. Try as you might, sometimes a bad day is just that, a bad day. Not every training session can be a raging success full of flawless Instagram videos and new tricks and transitions. Sometimes it is more important to celebrate the small wins. Maybe you pointed your toes throughout the entire transition, maybe you managed to breathe and smile throughout a particularly painful move. Whatever the accomplishment, be sure to celebrate and revel in it. Pat yourself on the back for showing up and trying, and endeavour to do better next time. After all, trying our best is all we can expect from ourselves.
Written by Toni Hearn