My lesson after coming out of three hours of conditioning and sparring today: Getting good as a boxer in practice is 95% physical and 5% mental.
An article I read said that means you have to work hard on your conditioning and “physical game” to make it happen. However, once you step into that ring for a fight the percentages flip flop. Being successful is 95% mental and 5% physical.
You also have to take the small successes with the big disappointements and failures that come with learning something new.
“It might be one more punch, or improving your foot work, but you’re never going to be completely satisfied with your performance” my coach, Molly McConnell told me today. “As long as you come away with improving something, no matter how small it might be, then hopefully I’ve done my job as a coach.”
It’s hard for me to see the small successes, it always has, because I only see the larger failures-the missed punches, tripping up over my foot work, or getting hit. But for today, I’m going to give myself permission to enjoy success, no matter how small.