Olympic Mindset – 5 Tips To Developing An Olympic Mindset As A Writer

The Olympic Mindset isn’t something you’re born with, but something you train for. Talent is the first key to Olympic success. Still, all of the talent in the world won’t get you an Olympic medal without training and developing an Olympic mindset.

Here is how one coach developed an Olympic Mindset in his swimmers.

5 Tips To Developing An Olympic Mindset As A Writer (Modeled After Mark Spitz’s Coach):

*Identify Your Vulnerability. Train to overcome your vulnerability as a writer instead of avoiding or just acknowledging that it is your challenge. Do something about it.

*Surround Yourself With Winning Coaches. There are times you need encouragement and sensitivity. There are times you need a kick in the seat of the pants. Find a winning coach that knows you well enough to give you both types of coaching.

*Get Out Writes. When you struggle with lack of motivation because the challenge seems daunting, find rewards to intense writing challenges.

For example, if there is one scene that you are having lots of difficulty with then challenge yourself that if you finish that task in forty-five minutes or less you don’t need to write for the rest of the day. Or some other challenge. This trains your mind to be able to overcome the difficult challenges with tenacity.

*Deadline Challenges. Set a time deadline for yourself to complete a certain task that is close to your personal best and aim for that goal. If you reach it, take a day off or reward yourself. This will teach you to push to meet your deadlines.

*Create A Community With An Olympic Mindset About Writing. Surround yourself with others who are striving for excellence. Good enough shouldn’t even be part of the equation. What Olympian ever trained to be ‘good enough’?

What do you do to develop an Olympic Mindset in an area of your life?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “Olympic Mindset – 5 Tips To Developing An Olympic Mindset As A Writer

  1. I’m trying to develop the Nike, Just Do It! slogan. And when I hit post, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Go to my other computer and start Chapter 1 of my next book!

  2. So often I talk to myself about Olympic athletes and all they give up along the way. Thanks for the timely reminder, Michelle!!

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