When I first started boxing, I wanted to get good, fast. I assumed that since I was already strong and athletic, I could speed up the learning process — but I was wrong.
Of course, I should know better. I teach and write about learning new skills all the time. When clients come to me and want to do a pull-up, a handstand, or to get their life from point A to point B, I’m honest with them about the process. The harder the skill or the bigger the dream, the longer it will take. If they try and skip steps and avoid building a solid foundation first, they’ll burn out, get sick or injured, or end up on an endless plateau.
But, as every teacher knows, it’s easy to tell others what to do and much harder to apply your teachings in your own life.
I wrote a personal essay about my boxing journey and the lessons I’ve learned so far about leaning into the journey and trusting the process. You can read it on Medium here.
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What I’m reading —
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction by William Zinsser
Even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer, this book will help you think and communicate clearly. The sections on science and business writing are pure gold. Unlike some how-to books, it’s also an engaging read and made me laugh out loud constantly.
A quote that inspires me —
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernard Shaw
What I’m training —
Here’s a fun bodyweight conditioning workout I posted on Instagram this week that will get you sweating.
Three new workouts —
16-Minute Kettlebell Core HIIT Workout (HIIT, kettlebell, medicine ball)
Fight Fast Boxing HIIT Workout (HIIT, jump rope)
100 Burpee Challenge Workout (Time challenge, equipment-free)
You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.
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