Getting in the Ring with Personal Impact
On Monday I started learning how to box. It was my first session. I came away feeling physically and mentally great. And what also came up for me, is how much boxing can be like personal impact.
Here are the main reasons why:
1. In boxing, if you throw a punch, you need to do it where space has already been created by your opponent. In your personal communications, it is exactly the same. Always open up your client or colleague first, get their thoughts and ideas before you go in with your own. Resistance will crush creativity and rapport in an instant if you don’t get it out of the way first.
2. Keep watching what’s going on. Stay present. If you don’t in boxing, you will get hit and it will likely hurt. Same in communications. Our inner chimp (also known as negative self talk) will win out if we don’t ensure we stay present in the room with what is actually going on rather than what we believe ‘should’ be happening. Keeping your attention on what is there in front of us allows us to respond with full mental agility and astuteness.
3. Keep breathing. I struggled to do this in boxing. I needed to keep being reminded because I was actually trying too hard. Another personal impact parallel. Often, when we set our own bar too high, we trip up and sell ourselves short. So, in the words of John, my boxing trainer, “Breathe! Trust yourself and do what comes naturally.”
So there you have it. Creating a physical impact is much the same as creating a personal one.
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