All Part of Boxing Development
Some days, you may wake up and find that you just don’t have IT in you—whatever the factor is that gives you passion, power, and umph is missing. You’re low on energy, you feel weak, and every skill you’ve learned and nurtured has somehow left your body and your memory. You may even be wondering how you’ll ever become a good boxer.
When you stop and think about it, it turns out that your day isn’t bad—it’s actually an opportunity for growth and a sign that you’re getting better! If you want to learn why your worst day is actually your best, read on for more information about boxing development and skill acquisition from your Gloveworx coaches.
Everything is a Process
Development of skills is a process. As you learn a skill and get better at performing it, there are a few milestones that you go through physiologically and neurologically to make that skill second nature. Generally, there are four states you go through as you improve: Unconscious Incompetence, Conscious Incompetence, Conscious Competence, and Unconscious Competence.
During unconscious incompetence, you don’t understand how to complete a skill and you don’t recognize that you lack the knowledge of that skill. You might even be denying that the skill is useful. Before moving on to the next stage, you must recognize and understand the value of the skill.
Now that you understand how to perform a skill and you recognize its importance, you have to concentrate each time you perform. You may have to break a movement down into steps and carefully consider each step as you execute it.
At the point of unconscious competence, you’ve had so much practice with a particular skill that it’s become second nature to you. You perform it easily every time and you may even be able to multitask, completing this skill along with another task at the same time. Now, you might even be able to teach this skill to others. This is the last stage of learning and boxing development.
Why the Bad Day?
As you transition from one stage to the next, there is often a “bad day” that occurs. All the negativity you feel on this day is a result of the solidification of boxing development and learning. These days are critical to skill acquisition and often occur at the very end of a stage or at the very beginning of one. Often, a bad day is exactly the motivation your brain needs to move forward and keep going.
Bad Days are Actually Good Days
Bad days are all part of the learning process. The important concept here is that you don’t track your progress, boxing development, or success day by day. Rather, look at the big picture and check that there is an overall trend moving in an upward direction.
A bad day may make you feel lost, especially if you’ve made progress and then suddenly feel like you’re right back at the start. This regression is a necessary step in continuous growth, and it signifies your progression!
For every ten steps forward, there will be the sporadic step back. You may not be able to see it yet, but this minute regression has a negligible impact on the distance you’ve managed to cover, and it is an integral part of learning how to become a good boxer.
Trust the Process
Most people see a bad day as something to be scared of, but it’s better to embrace these days as evidence of your continued boxing development and improvement. Though it may feel as if you are going nowhere, this dismembered feeling is your body and brain working overtime to solidify the changes you are making neurologically and physiologically.
Keep reminding yourself that your negative feelings will not last. Remember that you don’t have to be great to start—you have to start to be great. Next time you’re having a bad day, just know that it is all part of the boxing development process and that you will come back better, faster, and stronger.