BACK TO WORK. Although I have trained and been at work over Christmas, I will freely admit that I haven’t worked on my goals as much as I should have done.

Revision for my journalism apprenticeship took a back seat and I haven’t worked on this site as much as I should have.

But I have finally broken that barrier of slugishness and got back to it. And it feels better to do so.

Now that I’m getting revsion done for upcoming exams, working on my end of course project and building this site, I can enjoy my rest and training all the more. I don’t have that guilt of feeling like I should be doing something else.

Here are some of the real life heroes that help me get into that productive zone.

Ant Middleton and the SAS heroes

“Pain isn’t telling you what to do. Pain is asking you a question. All you have to do is say no.”

Ant Middelton, Jason Fox and the rest of the veterans from SAS: Who Dares Wins have a ton of great philosophies on staying motivated even when it feels impossible.

An element of SAS psychology is that there is no support vehicle. In one exercise on Who Dares Wins, contestants have to trek, in snow shoes dragging a sledge, across a snow plain towards the support vehicle.

But when they get there, exhausted, it drives away. They have to trek back to base camp as well.

That’s the attitude we need to have every day, leave nothing for the swim back. No matter how much it hurts now.

In latest book, chronicling his journey up Everest, he says: “There’s no better way of learning how to control the fear of suffering than getting stuck in and experiencing what you’re afraid of again and again.”

Boxing greats

As a competitor in combat sports, I’m continually inspired by the legend of the fight game.

In particular I have been reading about the great welterweights in George Kimball’s Four Kings.

Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran all put their safety on the line for the good of boxing fans and the sporting code.

Kimball writes: “Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran were fighters. They didn’t set out to save boxing from itself in the post Ali-era. But they did. And we may never see their like again.”

Legendary boxing trainer Cus D’Amato kept many children off the streets, giving them an outlet with the sport. One of them was former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Let me leave you with this from Tyson’s book, Iron Ambition My Life With Cus D’Amato.

“Nature gave us fear in order to survive. And of course fear is our best friend. Without fear we would all die, we’d do something foolish or stupid”

“I always compare it to fire. Fear, like fire, must be controlled…So once you control fear like fire, you could make it work for you. Without fire we wouldn’t have the civilisation we now recognise”