I know we all love dancing, but as much as I love it, every once in a while I find myself asking, "Why the heck am I doing this anyway?" When you have those, "why am I doing this," days, what do you and/or your coach do to help keep you motivated? I'll start. Things I do: 1. Give myself a dance "dessert". After I reach a big milestone, I give myself a whole private lesson to just have fun. Any kind of dance. No teaching or coaching allowed. Maybe not even structured dance -- maybe club freestyle to techno music. I do this to remind myself how much fun I'm having. 2. I make myself re-read and reset my dance goals every month or so, and definitely near anniversaries. This helps me notice when my motivation is slipping before I get to the burnout stage. Things my coach does: 1. Tells me jokes. And this is not easy for him, because he's a serious guy. But he deliberately tries to lighten up the tone throughout our lessons, when he sees me getting too serious or too frustrated. 2. Discusses goals and direction with me every 10 - 20 lessons or so.