1. Start new ventures with both caution and enthusiasm.
Reason: I need to broaden my horizons as a teacher and a student. My current schedule is not working for me the way I want it to but I have been either too busy to change - or too afraid.
2. Don't expect everything to be perfect.
Reason: As above, I have to go forward with gusto but also with the understanding that not everything I touch will turn to gold. Whether that means a class I'm currently teaching or one I want to start or one I want to take, I have to recognize that most things fail. If something succeeds, hurrah! If not, move on!!
3. Be more in the moment beyond the classroom.
Reason: When I'm teaching, I forget everything outside the room. I love that! That's the feeling I want to have all the time.
4. Stop playing the blame game.
Reason: I worry constantly about whether students will come to class. I worry about the weather keeping them away, the prices keeping them away, and so on. I blame myself when they don't attend. I have to remember that 99% of the time, it has nothing to do with me. And that 1%? Unless people tell me, I may never know!
5. Do more self-promotion.
Reason: I have long believed that the best advertising for my class is me: I take class, people see me, they like the way I dance or chat with them, they come. Or word-of-mouth: they come, they recommend me. This is totally passive! I need to be more active, including asking my current students to recommend me to their friends or write positive reviews of me on my Yelp page.
**And to get started on #5, here's my Yelp page if you want to recommend me: http://www.yelp.com/biz/adult-ballet-class-with-leigh-purtill-los-angeles (Thanks!!)
Happy New Year and may your life be filled with joy and dance~