I was in the gym this morning and noticed the multitudes of people who apparently resolved to get to the gym more often in 2019. One of the coaching referral sites from which I meet some of my new clients has about twice as many requests for coaches as usual. Another coach referral service told me that numbers of inquiries are way up. That makes sense: people’s objectives set in a euphoric mood soon after the ball drops in Times Square often necessitate the services of a good coach for either career or life (or both!) improvements.
Ah yes, it is January!
The annual bout of increased personal-and-professional-improvement prospect traffic will last another week or two, then slowly peter off to the normal, baseline level. The chest press machine will soon no longer have a line-up (although I have signed up a couple of brand new clients).
I see a similar phenomenon with Salsaholics, and it’s not limited exclusively to January. As most people know, the first lesson for a first-time student at Salsaholics is only $5. It’s a low-risk opportunity for new dancers to try out a new school in what might well be a new style, or even a totally new activity, as many of our first-time students have absolutely no prior dance experience whatsoever. Or, they may sign up for a deal for a deep discount on 5 classes which is sometimes available for new students. Either way, they come to try out the classes and more often than not, have a wonderful time. And then, once their deal is over, so too is their dance career.
What happens? For some, they decide that dance is not for them after a single lesson—or even after just a few. Like almost everything else in life – like fitness and health, like career development, like personal improvements in one’s life – learning to dance up to a level at which you feel comfortable dancing in a social setting takes time, effort, practice, and repetition. The payoff is remarkable: I’ve watched the progress of numerous students and friends who are absolute beginners when they start develop into great dance partners via regular classes and practice in only one year.
So, as we enter 2019 together, why not set your sights on January 2020 as the time when you will have achieved your personal, amazing dance goal? On behalf of all the Salsa Dealers at Salsaholics Anonymous, I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, and fun year ahead, with at least a good part of it happening when we…
See you on the dance floor!