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Achievement #479 - Getting the work done early

After an incredibly busy last week, I've learned I need to get the bulk of my non-essential work finished early in the week, so I don't have it adding pressure to the days when I would normally focus completely on my business. Yesterday was a great start, allowing myself time to both rest and work, and after today, I should have the majority of the work finished. It's going to be a great week.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 22, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Achievement #478 - Third bank of videos complete!

Finished filming for the first 7 tango steps yesterday! We're getting faster now, managed to correct some things we'd missed in the previous 2 sessions - and still got out an hour early! Hoping we can get 2 different dances done at once in future sessions.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 14, 2017 at 9:22am — No Comments

Achievement #477 - A moment of reflection

Yesterday provided an opportunity for me to take stock of my life in recent months. I realized that, thanks to me ongoing dance project, I've been working harder these past few months than I ever have in my life. But at the same time, I don't regret the work - in fact, this has been the longest time in years I've one without ending my days feeling guilty, as if I'd missed my potential. There was also a recognition of how much I've done to get here, and wonderment at the seeming randomness of…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 8, 2017 at 8:54am — No Comments

Achievement #476 - First filming for front page video!

Moving forward on yet another project: Making a compilation video of people of all ages and walks of life, dancing in various settings, having fun, messing up, and enjoying themselves - to show people that dance doesn't have to be scary, and if these people can do it, they can too. Yesterday I worked with my wife's very accommodating parents, and while they had trouble with it at first, they gradually worked it out. Lots of great smiles and laughs!

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 7, 2017 at 8:32am — No Comments

Achievement #475 - Action-based Language

I learned about a new way of speaking I'd like to permanently add to my social toolkit: Action-based language. The idea is to express all challenges in terms of how to move beyond them, rather than focusing on past events that led up to them. Obviously this won't work for every situation, but I've had it explained that it can be very effective, especially when dealing with very goal-oriented people.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 3, 2017 at 8:02am — No Comments

Achievement #474 - A diplomatic email

I've been planning on messaging a student who's been absent a great deal, and whom I've suspected is frustrated with my style of teaching. I finally sent out a very tactful email yesterday. I was rewarded with a response - she finally explained what's been bothering her. I'm not sure whether she will continue lessons with me or not, but at least now we can move towards a resolution.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 1, 2017 at 8:29am — No Comments

Achievement #473 - Beginner Salsa vids filmed

Yesterday my wife and I filmed our next set of instructional videos. It was a bit rushed and we didn't get done as much as we wanted to, but made significant progress with at least one dance. And we're learning how to get faster and more consistent with the videos, which is far more important.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 31, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Achievement #472 - New stretch for sleeping!

I have very tight hip flexors, which can cause pain and recently have made it difficult to sleep. My trainer recently recommended foam rolling after applying heat to the affected areas. I gave it a shot yesterday, and managed to get a 2 hr nap in! And I still felt good when I woke up :)

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 21, 2017 at 8:56am — No Comments

Achievement #471 - The best of a bad situation

Very hard day yesterday - received some bad news, had some difficulty with a peer, and got confused about the time of a lesson. What I can say is at the end of it all, I still gave my students the very best I had to give. I didn't let the hardships of the day affect my lesson, and I'm proud of myself for that.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 19, 2017 at 9:48am — No Comments

Achievement #470 - Remembering the little things

I've been working hard at connecting faces to names at Chester Village, where I teach chair dancing. It's great to see people's faces light up when they hear their name, but yesterday had an additional payoff: One woman asked if I would dance at another venue that has weekly events! I need to talk to the coordinator of course, but I've got better chances now that one of the members is vouching for me :)

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 14, 2017 at 8:45am — No Comments

Achievement #469 - Expanding the business

I teach chair lessons at a long-term healthcare centre, and it's going so well I recently decided to expand my operations. I've been compiling a list of different places to contact, combined with other ideas a friend of mine who is involved in the health industry. It makes me nervous thinking about cold-calling or emailing these people, but I feel more confident than I've been in ages. 

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 12, 2017 at 8:20am — No Comments

Achievement #468 - Spreading out the work

One of the challenges I face is having to divide my time amoung multiple kinds of work, when I tend to prefer some kinds over others. Yesterday was a good one for this: I completed a large amount of marketing for the studio, got in some research for my business, and acquired a new reference contact for teaching dance at retirement homes and healthcare centres. Looking forward to repeating that today.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 11, 2017 at 10:08am — No Comments

Achievement #467 - New recording space!

It took some negotiating, but I've managed to secure recording time at an event hall at a fraction of it's original asking price. It's better lit than where I was previously, and looks nicer in many ways. And it's practically right next to home!

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 10, 2017 at 7:01am — No Comments

Achievement #466 - Monitoring Success

Yesterday, I taught two different lessons. One went better than the other. BUT I've much better idea of how I can improve because I've started to include more detail about this in my notes. It sucks feeling I could have done better, but it's gratifying to know I WILL be better, because I'm finally paying more attention to it.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 7, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Achievement #465 - Best lesson ever!

I've been reviewing how to make a lesson more enjoyable, while allowing myself to get to know the student better and present opportunities for them to get what they're looking for through dance. Yesterday I applied what I'd learned so far, and had possibly the best lesson I'd ever taught! The couple had a fantastic time, and I felt I maintained the flow throughout the lesson, far better than I had before. They didn't purchase a program, but they were very enthusiastic at the end and said…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 6, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Achievement #464 - Youtube page set up

The Youtube page for my business is now (mostly) set up, so I can draw more users back to my website, or connect to the next video in my vlog series. Plus, I've confirmed two more people to be interviewed in future monthly themes! Step by step...

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 5, 2017 at 10:05am — No Comments

Achievement #463 - Turning a day around

I had a really rough night's sleep the night before last, and felt pretty grumpy the next morning. Instead of getting to work like I originally wanted to, I frittered the morning away watching Youtube videos. It took spending a bit of time playing outside with the bunny to help me reset and focus, but once it happened, I was back on track! Got a lot of inbound marketing research done for the studio, and made some important progress on my own site as well. Having a difficult start is hard,…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 4, 2017 at 9:38am — No Comments

Achievement #462 - Surviving

Yesterday was wall-to-wall busy, and I needed to pick up my energy more than once. I managed to get a short nap in the middle of the day, but otherwise it was about 12 hours of moving, working, and dancing. I'm glad I managed as best as I did, and a bit proud that I didn't lose my centre like I might have in the past. Daily mantras are paying off.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 30, 2017 at 9:57am — No Comments

Achievement #461 - Milestone on my journey

There is friend I know from university who intimidated me somewhat, because he was pretty suave, gave off an aura of confidence, and generally seemed to have his sh*t together. It's remarkable how much our relationship has changed over the years, as I've gradually come into my own and developed my own confidence in myself. He's been away for a while, but yesterday my wife and I paid him and his fiance a visit as they travel across Canada towards their new home. It felt, maybe for the first…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 29, 2017 at 8:58am — No Comments

Achievement #460 - Correct bad habits

One student of mine has a bad habit that he's been struggling with for years: He moves his partner by pushing forward from his shoulders and arms, rather than moving his body. Yesterday however, we had a breakthrough. I had him dance facing his partner without contact, then instructed him to think about moving her 'with his belly'. To my amazement, he made a full pass around the floor without hunching forward! His partner was very grateful, and I'm excited to have finally found something…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 22, 2017 at 9:34am — No Comments

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