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Happy New Year!

Well ladies and gentlemen, we made it! It is a brand-new year (yeah, OK, so it’s a couple of weeks into the new year), and with that brand new year comes brand new pole frustrations. So what can you do to keep on track, and stay cool?

I’ll tell you what you can do. You can set SMART goals. If you’re not familiar with SMART goals, here’s a quick explanation. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-focused. How could you apply those to pole? Easy!

Let’s say you see someone with a flawless extended butterfly on Instagram and fall in love with it immediately. You decide you MUST have it. So there’s our SPECIFIC.

MEASURABLE is the next piece of our extended butterfly puzzle. How extended do you want to be? Give this a quantifiable measurement: I want 10 degrees more split in my extension. Something like that. Now you have something MEASURABLE to work toward!

Now take a close look at the extended butterfly in relation to your current level and capabilities. Is it ACHIEVABLE? That is, are you currently comfortable with inverting and executing a regular butterfly? If not then you need to scale the goal back. So maybe instead of perfecting that extended butterfly you focus on getting your regular butterfly to be picture perfect and stable 10 times out of 10.

REALISTIC is up next. Is it truly realistic, given your self assessment, that you will be able to get the measurements you’ve set out for yourself? If not, reassess and scale your goal accordingly.

TIME-FOCUSED. Last one! Set a date for your final assessment of how you did in teaching your goal. Make the date reasonable–that is, if you will need to increase your flexibility in order to get a wider split, don’t make your target date a week away. 🙂 All of this may seem like a lot of work, but setting SMART goals is a really great way to keep yourself moving forward without all the frustration of setting unattainable goals and then getting upset of you don’t reach them.

Happy Poling!


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