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Going through periods of low motivation is normal, but it makes continuous improvement difficult. Whether you’re battling time management, comparison, or burnout, finding small sparks of motivation is important to help get you back to doing what you love. There isn’t a simple solution to creative blocks and low motivation, but having the right words to guide you is a great start.

1. “To the ones that still believe in their dreams, chase them. Chase them until you’re out of breath. Then, keep running.” — Sydney Leroux

If you are feeling like your dreams are out of reach, make this quote your mantra to remember they never are, even if you get tired. Keep going and fighting to achieve your goals.

2. “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” — Wayne Dyer

Sometimes we can get so caught up in trying to get the front row of a dance that we forget why we are dancing. You can have just as much fun dancing in the back as you do in the front. Dance is meant to be fun. It’s not always about being the best. While it is good to have goals and push yourself, it’s important to not make getting front center the make or break of your career.

3. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to just try one more time.” — Thomas Edison

If you are so close to getting a new skill or getting that tricky choreography locked in, don’t give up. It is normal to get frustrated when you keep trying and messing up, but eventually that one last try will be what you need. So, just keep telling yourself “one more” until you get it.

4. “Be stronger than your excuses.”

Making excuses for something you don’t want to do is easy. They might be silly excuses just so you can avoid doing those extra push-ups or get out of practice early. Making excuses is a hard habit to fix. Don’t let excuses be what keeps you from doing the work that will make you better.

5. “If it doesn’t challenge you. It doesn’t change you.”

Put in the hard work and challenge yourself so you keep growing. Challenging yourself to go a bit further, a bit higher, a bit cleaner is part of what makes dance worthwhile.

6. “Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.”

You are your only competition. It’s not about whether someone on your team can do more turns or has more solos. It’s about whether you are going to work to get to that level or not. 

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.