Last week’s post was all about vacation and how we can’t take a vacation from our Old Selves but we can use our opportunities to get to know our Old Selves better.
This is 100% my training philosophy for competitive boxing as well. This week, we’re getting heavy, deep and real with it.
Boxers often come to training with the idea that they will change who they are. They will use their training and their ring time to beat the person that they don’t want out of themselves. Blunt but true.
It isn’t that I don’t believe people can change. I do. However in my years of experience with boxing, I’ve found that the only way to change is to first fully embrace and feel the person that you are. And that means fully embrace and feel, not a sort-of fake embrace and feel as a way of getting on to the changing that you really want to do. I know about that whole route because I try it all the time myself without great results.
Let’s say you’re afraid of being hit in the face. Pretty reasonable fear but not something that you’re going to be able to take into the ring with you for a match. If you go about trying to cover up this fear and pretend to yourself that you don’t feel what you really feel, the ring will bring it out of you. The intense pressure of a competitive situation guarantees that the paper you used to cover up your fears will be ripped off and you will be unpleasantly exposed. This is true of any intense situation (like, life, for example) but it is notoriously true of boxing.
Cappy’s Live A Boxer’s Lifestyle Program provides the tools for boxers to take on their fears and turn their Reactions into Responses. When you take the time to understand and feel the part of you that is afraid of getting hit in the face, you will learn valuable lessons about yourself. And you will come to know yourself in a new way. This information will be the change that you seek.
It comes down to this, we are governed by what we try to escape but the things that we accept about ourselves become our tools.
That’s as far as we can go with the words! Come into the Gym and give it a try.