I didn’t get into boxing to beat people up.
Boxing found me as a way to beat myself down, so that I could build myself back up.
To develop my character.
To challenge all parts of myself, from the deepest, darkest pits of my being to the most beautiful pieces of my soul.
Without my opponents, I would have never truly understood the relationship between chaos and order. So I thank them.
It was also during this time that I realized:
1) the power of self-esteem
2) and the importance of working with a trusted team.
As we all agree, in boxing, sometimes the toughest opponent is ourselves.
First, let me say that I wholeheartedly believe in strength training as our number one concern and point of concentration for ultimately building your physique from inside out.
In order to improve our physical state (we literally tear down muscle tissue so that our incredible human recovery systems and processes build that muscle back up.
Then, just in case, our body also overcompensates for the loss so that we become stronger and better prepared for the next bout of stress, trauma or demand. (Keeping in mind that exercise is a stressor on the body.) Our bodies are built to be challenged, and I strongly believe, so are our minds and emotional capacity.
In personal development circles we call this the breakdown before the breakthrough. So the next time that you are feeling beaten up or broken down, remember the natural cycle of life which is to allow space for that which needs attention most.