The inner game of boxing
There are two types of boxers, the go it all, and the cool headed. You want to be the cool headed. To go all in in boxing, is giving your handsome face to punch to your opponent.
7 years ago or so, I was a boxing man. I found joy in the noble sport of boxing. There are a lot of factors other than courage in the boxing world, technique, training, consistency and most importantly, a cool head. When you go all in like a mad man, you tire yourself out in seconds, you forget about technique and everything that can give you a chance to win.
Once, I had a boxing match with a terrible opponent, a rough kid from a rough neighborhood and that very evening, i fell sick. I felt pretty bad, coughing, trembling body and so. Nobody expects you to get sick the night of the fight, in fact, that’s just a nuisance in the head of everybody, so I, young and stupid, went to fight, with the amazingly stupid council of: just give all you’ve got!, so i did. I just threw all the punches in every direction I could, except that my opponent took notice of this, and played very defensively. I still remember the fight, my father watching me, my trainer on the corner, the crowd yelling for blood.
Never, Never go into anything with the give it all attitude. Cool head is what is needed in every fight in life. I noticed once I got defeated.
Situations in life can get us pretty scared or too exited but nevertheless, a cool head will keep us afloat and take us out of the problem.
Emerson said “A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits , and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principle.”
I remembered the night of the fight, too worried for what other thought of me. What will my father say if I lose? What will my coach say? What will people think of me? Stupid. This is why you go all in, you expect and want the appraisal from every one, but the real triumph is within oneself, the triumph over fame, the cool head that keeps you centered, down to earth.
Next time you go out to the world remember, using your head, with calm and poise, is always, your best bet.