This isn't just another guide; it's an invitation to unearth the relentless fighter within you.
We're about to explore the emotional battleground of overcoming hurdles, conquering procrastination, and building a mindset that stands unwavering in the face of setbacks.
So, lace up your mental gloves, because this is your ringside ticket to unlocking the fighter within.
1. Embrace the Challenge: Overcoming the Initial Hurdle
Embarking on a new training routine can feel like staring up at a mountain, especially that first step.
Embracing the challenge is about admitting that starting is often the hardest part.
So, if you're diving into a new workout plan for example,
Just start by driving yourself to the gym and once you get there…
Focus on getting past the next hurdle of things you don’t want to do
And keep doing this until the task is complete and you now get to walk around with all of the PRIDE and CONFIDENCE that comes with getting it done.
Remember you dont have to be great to start…
But you do have to start to be great.
2. Consistency: Building Habits for Lasting Success
For most people consistency is not about training intensely for hours; it's about committing to regular, small actions that add up over time.
But you’re a fighter and if you want to be a part of that club of RUTHLESS WARRIORS
Then you need to push yourself well past any point where the average person is willing to go
So you can’t just kind of want it…
If you're an amateur fighter looking to be great…
Then you can’t want anything else, your whole life revolves around boxing
So avoid the temptation to train for an hour before relaxing at home
And make daily efforts to mentally go where man has gone before and dig deeper than all your heroes and all your idols
So that one day you won't be watching them, they will be watching you.
3. Actions Speak Louder Than Thoughts: Defeating Procrastination Through Action
Prioritizing action over dwelling on thoughts is crucial, especially when faced with procrastination.
Suppose you're preparing for a sparring session, but motivation is nowhere to be found.
Instead of succumbing to negative thoughts, set a timer for a focused 20-minute shadowboxing session.
By taking action, you break the procrastination cycle, and your actions speak louder than the initial reluctance to start training.
When procrastination kicks in before sparring, set a timer for a short burst of focused shadowboxing.
By prioritizing action over overthinking, you'll find that the initial resistance fades away.
4. Remember Your Why: Connecting Actions to Purpose
Effort without purpose is like an engine without fuel
Whether you're honing your skills, challenging yourself, or aspiring to be a better fighter…
You will always need to know your ‘why’ if you want to stay dedicated
Because when the suffering comes and your mind begins to tell you to quit, the only thing that could possibly convince you to keep going…
Is the ‘WHY’
Especially when the training camp comes to an end and it is time to compete.
When you have to step out of your daily routine to prepare yourself for your fight through uncomfortable situations
Whether it’s going through the dreadful weight cut or anxiously warming up backstage…
Keeping your 'why' in your mind fuels your dedication and allows you to refocus by reminding yourself what you want and WHY you want it.
5. Mastering Self-Talk: Cultivating Positive Internal Dialogues
Your internal dialogue shapes your mindset, especially during tough training sessions.
Mastering self-talk involves shifting from negative to positive thoughts about yourself.
The trick is to compliment your effort and not your ability
This is because those who believe they are better also believe they don’t have to work as hard
Which is FALSE
But those who believe they have the ability to work harder
Always just end up being better
So you need to change your belief from thinking that you are special and you have this god given gift to fight
And instead, change your mindset to think that you aren’t special but you are willing to go further than every other human being on this planet…
To become SPECIAL.
6. The 1-Second Decision: Swift Responses to Challenges
The 1-second decision is invented by the godfather of mental toughness, David Goggins
He basically says that in the moment when you can’t see the end, everything hurts and you want to quit,
Don’t tell yourself that you are going to keep pushing until the end…
Just tell yourself that you will keep pushing for 1 more second and once that second is up…
Push yourself for 1 more second
Keep doing this until the suffering is over
So instead of feeling overwhelmed by the enormous session in front of you, just focus on the single second and then look back at the enormous session you just conquered…
One second at a time
7. Building Resilience: Bouncing Back From Setbacks
Setbacks in training are like plot twists in a movie – unexpected but a crucial part of the journey.
Building resilience means viewing setbacks as opportunities to learn and improve.
Think about a sparring session where things didn't go as planned, leading to frustration.
Instead of dwelling on the setback, adapt dynamically by identifying what went wrong, adjusting your approach, and approaching the next session with newfound knowledge.
This adaptability builds resilience and positions setbacks as stepping stones to future success in the ring.
As we conclude this expedition into the fighter's psyche, envision your hand raised in victory after each grueling session, each setback overcome, and every challenge conquered.
You're not just an amateur fighter; you're a warrior sculpting your destiny.
The walls of laziness crumble beneath your determination, and the echoes of your 'why' resonate in every punch thrown and every step taken.
Embrace the challenge, stay consistent, let your actions roar louder than thoughts, and, above all, keep the flame of your 'why' burning.
The ring awaits, and you, my friend, are destined for triumph.
Now, go claim it!
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