Consistency consistency consistency (plus the benefit of a great coach)
"What makes Julie a special case is that she has achieved these goals all while attending medical school. The obvious first question is how did she make time for everything? “I think the best advice is a quote from Oprah: ‘You can have it all, just not all at once.’ Depending on what life throws at you, sometimes the balance may tip more in favor of one area of your life and other areas may suffer. I think it’s important to be aware of this and know that you will bring things back to equilibrium in time.” "
Nice words on the BeyondTheWhiteboard website, reminding of how to make improvements (at anything in life). Extending on that example, I've relearned a programming language to a relatively competent level this year through consistent steady practise.
But it also highlights the additional 'secret' of many top-performing people - the use of a coach/guide/mentor. Serious, quality, preparation shows the true skill of a top-level coach:
"....Doug, as many other top athletes can attest, is a great coach with well over a decade of coaching experience. He is methodical, programming his WODs a year in advance for his athletes. His methodology focuses on consistent and frequent exposure to varied skill sets. He does not separate his aspiring Games athletes from his base program."