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It Starts in the Heart

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One of the biggest compliments a boxer can be paid is when someone says that he “has heart.”   Inside the boxing ring, that means you can take a punch, you show an undeniable will to win, you relentlessly fight to the finish or are just plain unstoppable.  As much as any fighter would take pride by having his name associated with that particular phrase, “he’s got heart”, how many actually work on it? Wait…what…you can work on it?  Yep.  If you think that having “heart “is something you’re either born with or not, then think again.

Fight for Your Life

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When it comes right down to it, everyone is a fighter in one respect or another.  You may be fighting to become the next champion of the world or simply fighting for a better life. You may be fighting to get that next big promotion at work or fighting to improve your health.  No matter what your particular pursuit may be, it has similarities to what a boxer encounters every time he enters the ring.  That’s actually part of the allure of the sport.  It can easily be seen as a great metaphor for life.

Burn the Ships

In boxing, once that opening bell rings, there’s no turning back. You can change strategy.  You can choose to dig in and create a new outcome, but the only way out is to finish the fight.  You can go out on your back, out on your feet or by doing the unthinkable (quitting), but there has to be a conclusion.  You can’t take a break from the action or call a time-out to reassess.  The fight must go on.

Fighting Words

Psychological warfare is as much a part of boxing and can do as much damage as any punch, unless you handle it right. Part of that warfare is verbal and there are many reasons an athlete may trash talk.  If you understand those reasons, you can then use the logic behind it to defuse the situation and not let it get under your skin.  By understanding the purpose behind it and what motivates your opponent to “talk smack”, you can then separate the emotion from the situation.  You can gain awareness that, although your adversary’s verbal attacks may be disrespectful, even personal; they may not have the intent behind them that you think.  Fighters run their mouths for a variety of reasons, but not always the ones you may think.