my Dad at the helm
Bright and early this morning - today's challenge is cross-training. When you are getting ready for an important athletic event you are encouraged to cross-train. That is to work muscles and talents that aren't directly related to your sport. Wikipedia says this -
Cross-training (also known as conditioning) refers to training in different ways to improve overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of each training method, while at the same time attempting to neglect the shortcomings of that method by combining it with other methods that address its weaknesses.Clear enough?
Your challenge is to look at whatever you feel you're getting ready for - to be published, to have a gallery show, to have twelve people over for a wonderful meal, to leave your job, take up farming or become a renown tango dancer and find some other discipline that does not 'seem' related and practice it.
Example - for a few years, I took painting lessons. I found that it was quite helpful to my writing in a number of ways. It was pointed out to our class that it is best to keep working all over the canvas - that if you focus on one part of it and don't bring the other parts of it up - you will have a distorted picture. This was completely analogous to reworking that first chapter to death while neglecting the rest of my manuscript. I also learned to trust my right brain and to give my left brain busy work so my right brain could get on with the important intuitive and somewhat irrational tasks that needed to be done.
So - find your cross-training discipline and give it a try. I guarantee it will be enlightening.