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Iโ€™m sharing this photo from my amateur boxing days as an example of me stepping out of my comfort zone at a young age.

 

Walking into a boxing gym for the first time and climbing through the ropes for my first fight are to this day one of the most nervy and surreal experiences Iโ€™ve encountered.

 

Anyone who knew me well enough in school will know I wasnโ€™t a tough lad, pretty shy (although a bit of a class clown) and experienced being bullied both physically and mentally. I was a bit of an easy target because I was too shy to stand up for myself, which is why I always kept it to myself, laughing it off like it didnโ€™t bother me when it really did.

 

As a 14 year old kid and to this day I would describe myself as โ€˜quietly determinedโ€™. I wanted to toughen up and I wanted more respect. I also wanted to improve my fitness for my football. I was playing for Stoke city school of excellence at the time and the coaches told me I wasnโ€™t fit enough.

 

This is when I asked my Dad if I could start boxing. He was up for it as any dad would be but my mum hated it. She never did come to watch any of my fights which I donโ€™t blame her for.

 

Cutting a long story short so I can get to the importance of stepping out of your comfort zoneโ€ฆ

 

I went on to have 14 Amateur fights. Winning 10 losing 4. I KOโ€™d 3 opponents and I also got stopped twice myself, including a broken nose. I won area titles and lost in the midlands final twice.

 

Those stats are very modest but they are something that to this day I am incredibly proud of, because like I previously stated. I wasnโ€™t tough and I wasnโ€™t confident. I had to massively push myself to ask my Dad to take me to the boxing gym. He even told me years later he didnโ€™t think I would stick at it because of the way I was.

 

But I did! And the one thing I can say that is true with 99% of all things we are nervous about starting is thisโ€ฆ

 

It was nowhere near as bad as I imagined it would be. Once I had established myself I loved it! More so than my football. The training, the sparring the fights! The confidence boxing gave me was incredible and getting punched in the face was nowhere near the big deal I thought it would be.

 

So letโ€™s relate this to taking that first step to improving your health & fitness.

 

If you are feeling pretty crappy about yourself but have continually procrastinated about joining a gym or investing in a coach, then you know what you have to do!

 

Taking that first step is tough! Itโ€™s scary! And you will probably procrastinate about taking it for months before doing it but nerves are a good thing. They are a sign that you want to do something that will ultimately improve you IF you take that first step.

 

Once youโ€™ve done that then you just have to stay patient, stay consistent and trust your coach because pretty much anything great that we want to achieve will require you to invest in a specialist in that particular field.

 

Thanks for reading and I hope it helps.

 

Kev ๐Ÿ™‚