Most fighters start boxing at an early age and retire by the age of 30. I put the boxing gloves on for the first time at 44 years old. While the science of boxing has amazed me, it has also taught me a lot about fitness, fun, humility, life and business.
Should you ever take a boxing class, let me offer one quick pointer…. if your instructor asks for a volunteer…. let someone else do it! I learned
that the hard way!
Here are four more lessons I have learned from boxing that apply to excelling in life and business.
Preparation is the Key
A three minute round in the ring when you are standing toe to toe with an opponent is a adrenalin rush! However, It will become apparent real fast if you are not prepared physically. The same thing is true in your biz life. Being prepared for the moment in the ring or the moment in front of a professional prospect boils down your prep work.
As Muhammad Ali said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
Develop Mental Toughness
Stepping into a ring for the third time I knew I was going to have to lose fear of getting my butt kicked. The physical demands of boxing blew me away – I never really knew how fit they really are. Just as surprising was the mental toughness a boxer has to develop. Telling your body to keep moving forward when it knows its going to get hit is not natural.
Life and business is the same way. At some point you will be scared, and you will have to make a choice to move forward to achieve your goals.
Cus D’Amato, the famous trainer of champions Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson and others, once said, “The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.”
Champions Are Not born They Are Made.
Have you ever heard someone say, “Maybe I am not gifted in this or that area” or “That simply isn’t my thing”? Doubt can creep into anyone’s consciousness.
One thing I have seen in my boxing gym – there are a lot of fighters that have a God given talent who will never make it past being a sparring partner. No one wakes up and is a champion. Heroes in boxing and titans in business are Made – not born.
Life is to short trying to live your life like someone else. The race to keep up with the Jones’ is a losing one – even if you are in the lead.
In boxing, in business, and in life it is easy to compare yourself to someone else to see how you measure up. The truth is …. Judging yourself against others doesn’t work. Live your life by your design.
There are many universal truths in business and in life the main one we need to remember is … we all need to be the best version of ourselves.
A little wisdom from Rocky Balboa….
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