How Do You Get Courage?
Adopt Lion-like Characteristics.

Lions have always been a worldwide symbol of courage and pride. Even royalty, hence the name, “King of the Jungle.” They are animals that exude power because to be king, one needs to have a degree of ferocity. If you’re the alpha lion of your pride (group of lions), then you have to deal with younger lions challenging you for your title. Lions symbolize strength because they need to be strong to remain lions.

Mindset Is Crucial

People will say boxing is 80% mental and 20% physical and I’m definitely one of those people. Mindset is going to determine every fight you have. If you don’t think you can win, then you probably won’t.

Training is useful for the body and mind. Through practicing long combinations, you can make your concentration last longer. It’s something that grounds us as fighters. Training will always be there for us and all the tools we need can be gained through training. Even courage. The essence of courage is putting your heart into something. If your heart isn’t in it, your training will reflect that.

Courage is continuing on because of a faith in yourself, but it’s also conceding when you know you’ve had enough. There’s no shame in throwing in the towel. If you just stubbornly stick in a fight and turn into a human punching bag, then I think you’re missing the bigger picture. One win is not worth risking an entire career/life over.

Becoming a smart boxer who lives life to the fullest takes courage because the path is soaked in blood, sweat, and tears. When you are fighting an opponent, you’re not just fighting their mind and body. You’re fighting their passion.

This is why I love fighting. A fight is a chance for people to test their strength and courage. And usually, the more passionate someone is about fighting, the more strength and courage they’ll have.

You will have a hard time winning any fight if you are easily discouraged.

Courage Building Exercise:
Go up to a stranger you find attractive and compliment them on something. Then ask how their day is. The rest is up to you.

Please leave a comment/question below!


Randene · September 24, 2017 at 12:47 am

Hi. 🙂 This is a great to-the-point article. It is something that I have been working on with my daughter who, though nearly a black belt in taekwondo, is terrified of sparing in competition. The exercise that you include here will be a good one. Now I only need to convince HER of this! Thanks for a great post. 🙂

    Jack · September 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    No problem!

Eric · September 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Having courage is extremely important in so many aspects of life. Without courage, one would not even be able to stand up and go about their day. You’re definitely right about knowing when to have the courage to throw in the towel as well. Sometimes it is best to save or strengths for other things, knowing that we tried. I love the courage building exercise. Every step you can take in moving out of your comfort zone is a big deal. It’s natural to be nervous, but if we find the courage we can accomplish great things!

    Jack · September 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Totally agree.

Matt T · September 26, 2017 at 11:51 pm

It’s like the quote: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”. I think courage and confidence are critical in every aspect of life, not just boxing. And that’s fascinating to me that many concepts that apply to fighting/boxing apply to life in general. There’s a lot one can learn from sports.

    Jack · September 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I like that quote too.

Jessie · September 29, 2017 at 2:31 am

I believe that the statement stating boxing is 80% boxing and 20% physical can be said about most sports or challenges. Courage is a huge factor in any sport, because for most of them, you have to push past your comfort zone, and keep going when you want to quit. Like you said, being smart is important in boxing, and every other sport out there as well. Nice article!

    Jack · October 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Definitely! And thank you!

Austin · September 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

This is awesome. I have been wanting to get into martial arts for working out. Boxing would definitely be a good option. I have been looking around my time, but unfortunately have yet to find a boxing gym in this small town. I totally love this article because I feel like it is also applicable to life. You won’t succeed in life if you aren’t committed mentally.

    Jack · October 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you! Yes, I try to relate my advice as much as I can to life as well.

Josh Ellery · October 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

I agree, courage has gotta be the most important aspect. It is said that mike tyson beat his opponent before they even entered the ring. His capabilities along with his ruthlessness sent them into panic mode. What an amazing picture of a lion you’ve put at the top there.

I’m guessing your a fighter yourself?

    Jack · November 2, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I’m just training for now. I’m hoping to get into amateur boxing soon.

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