As with any sport, you win some, and you lose some. It all comes with the competitive territory. But too many people plan only on the outcome and forget to expect the unexpected.
Sugar Ray Leonard said, “I always expect unexpected challenges. Boxing is not an easy sport.” He has a great attitude. No matter how good or bad you are, where you are in your training, or what your goals are, expect the unexpected.
What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, it means to not be so focused on winning or losing that you forget to adapt in the ring. You can have the best strategy in the world and still fail. If your goal is to adapt based on your competitor’s strategy, your condition that day, etc. you’ll likely have a far better time. Not every method is foolproof, this one included, but it’s a solid starting point.
Sometimes you have to ask yourself: is it worth losing if all you did was stick to the plan? Or is it better to lose knowing you’ve done all you can to fight your best and hardest and that the fight was well earned regardless of the outcome? If you answered with the latter, it’s time to get your head back in the game and learn how to adapt to anything they bring your way.
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