James is the co founder of The Social Selling Company - A Dedicated B2B Social Media Agency which is based in London.
He is also a keen fitness enthusiast who held the Guinness World Record For Kettlebell Swings for 2 years and was a a finalist in BBC 2 Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week TV Series.
I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed the surge of social enterprises who aim to provide people with the opportunities to partake in expensive treks and other activities under the crusading banner of charity.
Yes I said it... Students are rich. You may be surviving of Pot Noodles and collecting pennies from street corners to pay for the electricity but do not feel ashamed because you have lots of time available and time is one of the most valuable assets on Earth.
The fact is not much good happens in this world without first taking a risk, then once the first tentative steps into the unknown are taken you are going to have to work doggedly hard and smart to make the risk pay off. Even after all of this, things may not work out how you expected. It's just that simple!
If we want to become better people, we must know what it feels like to lose or to be in the presence of someone who surpasses our own skill level to such a degree that our abilities pale into insignificance. This is something which should be cherished.
I only have one month to go before my next epic fitness challenge. On 18 September at Portsmouth University Freshers Fair I will be attempting to Row 50km, Run 50km and then stair climb up and down a 50 meter building 100 times all in under 14 hours!
In a broader sense many people suffer with the same problems as I did during the run. They have these grand goals set up for themselves but the moment they actually get down to tackling them they become so overwhelmed by the task that lays before them that they get down and give up on the whole thing all together.
Curiosity is what drove my inaugural voyage into ultra endurance running. Me and my friend Max had always dreamed of travelling across the world since we were school children, when we left college we adorned our backpacks bought our tye- dyed t-shirts and joined the ranks of the gap years masses. But when we returned we wanted more.
One important skill I have learnt throughout my travels is the skills of self reflection. During Ultra's you are forced to turn a mirror towards your own behaviors. My 8 weeks of running across Europe was a self reflective journey. I began to delve deeper into myself as a person.
I am currently training full time as well as writing a book and I am studying for a degree, in this sense my time is very limited and as a result I have developed effective strategies over time to maximize my time management and overcome various goals in a given period.
Nobody is perfect, we are all flawed in one way or another. But we are all unique and all carry a host of skills and attributes which have the potential to become powerful tools in our arsenals...we just have to realise it!
The best way to start reversing your bad habits is to make a series of long term and short term goals which will serve as beacons for the directions of your new habits. For example the most common habit which faces most students is excessive procrastination, in my opinion, the easiest way to overcome procrastination is by setting goals.
23/04/2013 13:54 BST
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