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.