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Achieve The Impossible

Greg Whyte is the mad scientist behind all the Comic Relief/Sport Relief. But not as you would expect. He is an ultra-sports guy, from marathons to bike rides to swims he does it all. Behind every celebrity challenge, Greg is literally there, through the blood, sweat and tears and whatever obstacle the challenge faces.

For the recent Gregathalon, both Greg James and Greg Whyte did 5 triathlons in 5 days in 5 different cities. One of them being Glasgow. The morning of the swim was freezing and I did not envy them swimming up in Pinkston. However, the 10 mile route they did from the city centre, out to the west end and the university and back to the BBC at the Quay is one run I will do.

This book is the kind of go getter book, that isn’t corny or cliche, just honest. From the examples of points where Greg or a celebrity has struggled which makes difficult training days all the easier. From the advice about why so many people choose not to do a big event, whether it’s a 5k run, a sponsored mile swim due to the immediate negative reaction from people. You tell people what you are training for and the response tends to be “well that will be difficult”, as opposed to one of support.

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

Belief, commitment and motivation are intimately linked. The rise or fall of one element will have a direct impact on the other two elements.

In order to deliver success, your desire for success must outweigh your fear of failure.

When it comes to fear of success there are a number of very simple ways to address your fears and turn a negative into a positive. My three techniques of choice are writing, visualizing and talking.

This law of diminishing returns often limits performance and, ultimately, success. On the plus side, the harder you work, the greater the reward.

There is one simple rule when it comes to performance enhancement: the better you get, the harder you have to work to improve.

From a personal perspective, with my well mentioned demons of depression and dealing with failure, it’s interesting reading the sport and psychological perspective on it. On a different note, I know too well the feeling of not getting results. Putting the hours in, but my running splits not getting better, then suddenly after a seemingly bad run, a few seconds faster average per mile.

For anyone who needs some motivation for anything, pick this book up!