A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to watch Canadian Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. They are competitive skaters who are on their way to the 2018 Olympic podium. The most amazing thing is that they stepped away from the ice for two years. And they lived their lives, and did other things.
But they missed competitive skating and have returned to competition with a meticulous plan, plotted to perfection. They wanted to relive the magic and exhilaration of living in the world of the skating elite.
In order to reach for the top they hired the following: a nutritionist, a physiotherapist, a strength and conditioning coach, a mental preparation expert, an acting coach, as well as choreographers.
Wow! Wow! They suggested that they love living their lives with daily goals, weekly goals and seasonal goals.
I can see an analogy here with writing. The most successful authors I’ve met, are as focused and driven as this pair of skaters. These writers keep setting goals and have constructed a plan for their writing future. They demonstrate flexibility and are ready to commit many hours to their craft.
Now, I may not have the support staff of Virtue and Moir, but I certainly try to surround myself with experts in the field.
Who do you consider your support staff?