Just under two weeks ago, I competed in the North Wales heats of the UK Aerial Performance Championships on my dance trapeze.
I placed first in my category… and since then, I’ve been gnawing my nails down to stubs waiting to find out if I got through to the grand finals in August.
The competition organisers have been releasing the finalists’ names in dribs and drabs, which has been… tense. Yes, tense.
Yesterday, I got the news: I’m in!
I’m through to the final and I am fecking delighted!
Here’s a picture of me from the audition hanging on by sheer willpower:
This is incredibly exciting and the hard work on my Finals routine started yesterday, too.
All this is the culmination of about 12 weeks’ hard, hard, hard work.
Training six days a week, with literal blood, sweat, and tears – and joy, too.
And I did not do it alone.
A winning performance is never created alone – just as a successful business or a fabulous book is never created alone.
My trapeze coach, Edd, is a marvellous choreographer and endlessly loving and supportive. Everyone at the studio who watched and cheered as I did run-through after run-through helped me. All the pep talks I’ve had from friends. Joe’s endless support and patience as I’ve been spending so much time training – and his pride when I performed well. My good friend Jodie who made that beautiful costume you can see in the photo. And Fleetwood Mac for recording Tango In The Night.
Success is never created in vacuum. Never.
We cannot do this alone, and anyone who says they’ve created a successful business alone is flat-out lying (or doing a great job of self-deception).
When we hit a rut or a challenge, having the right people around us is especially important – those who’ll support and encourage us, who won’t pander to our bullshit, and who’ll see the opportunities and ideas where we’re mired in stress.
Who’s helping you out regularly? Give them a big hug.
And if you’re in a rut of your own, and need a change of scenery and some smart brains to kick you into the next big adventure, sign up to my daily emails using that box down there ⬇⬇⬇
About the Author
Please do share any articles from this site in part or in full — as long as you leave all links intact, give credit to the author, and include a link to this website and the following bio. Vicky is a gin-quaffing, pole-dancing, trapeze-swinging copywriter who writes about the perils and joys of writing, velociraptor training, and running a small business. She writes this stuff on her websites vickyfraser.com and cookiesforbreakfast.co.uk. She’s the author of one book (with two more in utero) and teaches small business owners how to write copy that sells, and how to be more fecking interesting. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.