Watching highlights from a classic championship boxing match, it’s easy to be impressed with a really good punch. What we’re likely not appreciating is all that’s behind it — what makes up a good punch.
Consistent process. Private victory. Heart. I think there’s something to be learned here that can help go to a new level in just about anything.
A good punch is the far end of a long process
“Fists are just the far end of a long process.” (see Chris Brogan’s piece)
A powerful, impactful punch is not just the immediate contact of the fist hitting the flesh. It doesn’t just come from thin air.
It’s sound technique and mechanics like footwork, positioning, leg strength, hips, core, and leveraging the back and shoulders.
There’s a lot behind a punch that gets results. It’s the same to achieve success in anything.
Victory in private leads to public victory
What’s in secret always manifests itself in public. It may take time, but it will become known.
Nutrition and water … running, rope work, weights, crunches, hitting the bag, working with sparring partners … coaching, visualization, mental skills, increasing your mental toughness.
A good punch is developed over time in secret. Preparation is king for a boxer.
Paul said, “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air” (1 Corinthians 9.25-26).
Heart: what’s on the inside?
And what about heart?
Boxing is about passion, strength of will, state of mind, sentiment, emotion, and zeal. What’s on the inside?
A real champion wins from the inside out. All of this and more is behind the effective, successful punch in the public ring.
Anything of value involves preparation, attention to the fundamentals, and hard work. Delayed gratification is necessary to attain success. Do we have the strength of will for the process?
Process, private victory, and heart. You can apply this to anything …
Q4U: Are you willing to pay the price in private? Will you be consistent?