Dance Studio Owners: 6 Easy Steps to a Successful Season


So here we go again — the start of a new season brings excitement, challenges, stress and newness! If you are looking to make this your best year ever it is important to start the new season with the right mindset and to get your staff on the right track as well. Remember: your attitude determines your actions or in-actions. Your outlook will determine your life’s outcome more than any other single factor! Surround yourself with people who are with you. Eager to follow your lead and to be your biggest supporters

1.  Fill your life and your business with “doers”.

Dance Studio Owners: 6 Easy Steps to a Successful Season

In business and in life, there are two kinds of people; there are doers and the naysayers.

The doers are the ones who will lend support, tips, solutions, ideas and encouragement when

you need it most! The naysayers focus on what is wrong with an idea or plan, rather than what

is right with it, possess a doubting spirit, hate change, talk behind your back, cause dissension

— and will ultimately try to make your life a misery.

The key here is to look closely at the associations you have in your life, for that is the direction

you are heading. In other words, choose whom you associate with very carefully and avoid the

naysayers at all cost! Fill your life and your business with doers. Build your circle with doers,

and you will move forward. If you have people around you who are always trying to pull you

down, you will not reach your full potential. Get these people out of your life and business, and

watch how you FLY!

2.  Attitude determines action.

Dance Studio Owners: 6 Easy Steps to a Successful Season

You are not what you think you are. What you think, you are!

3.  Your Environment is you!

Dance Studio Owners: 6 Easy Steps to a Successful Season

Tell me your vision, and I will tell you your future. If you want to change your business or your

life, change your vision. Build a picture in your mind of what your ideal business or life would

look like and be like and you will bring it to life. Seems too simple or unbelievable? Think again!

Keep this new picture in your mind 24/7, and expect that blips will come along the way. This

should not – and must not – deter you. Life isn’t always easy or fair, but so what — you are the

master of your mind!

4.  Make time for you and your growth.

Dance Studio Owners: 6 Easy Steps to a Successful Season

–    Spend time with great people.

–    Learn new and fresh ideas through tapes, CDs, and videos.

–    Visit places that will inspire you.

–    Attend events, seminars, and conferences that will prompt you to learn, grow, and

   pursue change.

–    Read great books.

–    Look at ways to help people be at their best, but expect nothing in return.

–    Expect change, embrace change, be a game changer.

–    Whatever you did today, try to do it better tomorrow.

Live by these success principles, and you will succeed. Your success has everything to do with

YOU; it is not the economy, your customers, the area you live in, the landlord, your banker, or

any staff or faculty member you have. Keep this in mind when things get a bit tough. The key to

your success is your passion, vision, desire, plan, and your action! That is all you need. If you

believe in this one statement you will have a tremendous advantage over any competitor and

your business will be a masterpiece crafted by you!

5.  Forward thinking will take you where you want to go!

Dance Studio Owners: 6 Easy Steps to a Successful Season

Always be looking to see how you can expand, grow, and better serve your customers. That’s

where you need to constantly be working from. I like to take time every couple of months to see

how we can be different or where we need to go to get in the fast lane of looking forward. You

can look back to see where you have been and be aware how you have learned from every

incident. But looking forward will take you where you want to go. Keep in mind that business life

is a bit like driving your car. You have a big front windshield and a small rearview mirror. What is

behind you is not nearly as important as what is in front of you.

6.  “M.I.W.” Baby!

Dance Studio Owners: 6 Easy Steps to a Successful Season

It’s all about Making It Work! This philosophy has helped us in business. It has helped our

dancers whom we train and our teachers who live by this simple phrase. Let’s face it, if you can

make it work under any circumstance, then you will find a way to resolve any issue, problem, or

crisis. The make-it-work way will always move you forward and create a sense that you can fix

anything. Hey, this is show business. When the curtain goes up, the audience could care less

about who doesn’t feel good, what technical issues occur, or who is understudying for whom.

They want to be entertained! They want their money’s worth. Dance routines are rarely perfect,

neither is business or life. Just make it work, and you will find solutions that you had not even

thought about!

Keep in mind: no road is straight all the way through… There are twist and turns, stops and starts, delays, accidents and construction. Business life is very similar. Expect this to occur along the way. As the Tolstoy quote in this chapter reads, it is really how you look at anything. Each hurdle you clear and each step you take to move forward will increase your energy, your empowerment, and your focus. Don’t stop, don’t ever stop! Your breakthrough may be just around the corner. Keep on the lookout for opportunities, and they will find you.

This Article includes excerpts from Steve Sirico, Angela D’Valda Sirico, and Robert Landau’s new book It’s Your Turn, The Success Blueprint for the Dance Studio Owner

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