At some point, we’ll feel bad about our tango. Maybe we had a bad time at a lesson, a bad night at a milonga, or we felt as though we were the only ones who didn’t grasp what was being taught at a workshop.
It REALLY stinks being in a funk where we doubt our abilities.
Yet at the same time, this is the worst possible time to quit. Getting down on ourselves is understandable. But wallowing in the funk not only distorts our self image when it comes to tango, but it can also negatively blow the way we view other areas of our lives out of proportion.
Looking at this a different way, being in the low point of a slump is the best time for improvement. As embarrassing as it is to be confronted with our flaws in all their naked glory, it’ll never be easier to see exactly what we need to fix. By sticking with tango through these hard times, we’ll eventually get better and grow. And when we do, we’ll see that these slumps are almost a necessary component of achieving our goals.
The slump mercilessly points out that we’re not as good as we thought. But it can also give us the motivation to keep pushing ourselves forward…and soon we’ll realize we’re not as bad at tango as we once feared, either.