I’m reading Do the Work (amazon aff link) by Steven Pressfield. (You can get it free on Kindle, or it’s $10 from that link). Oddly, it’s where my mind is right now anyhow, so I’m at one of those ideal points where reading the book is really in sync with what I need to know. I was thinking about how hard it is to work on things where the result doesn’t come immediately. And I was thinking about what goes into a punch.
What Goes Into a Punch
A punch that someone throws at you is never just a fist connecting with flesh. It’s mechanics. It’s practice. It’s sentiment. It’s experience. It’s knowing where your feet should be. I read recently that boxing was much more about feet, legs, hips, and core than it ever is about fists. Fists are just the far end of a long process. The process contains a lot more than that punch.
Boxers must eat well. They must run, skip rope, work on their core muscles, punch the heavy bag, lift weights, learn about mental toughness, and many other things. There are several grueling runs in the rain before a punch matters. There are crunches. There are all kinds of things that don’t instantly translate into a punch in the ring against an opponent.
And that’s why boxing is hard. Sure, being afraid to take a punch might be your first thought, but I imagine it’s a hell of a lot harder to do all the work that is required to go into a punch.
Do The Work
I’m working on changing/improving how we market Kitchen Table Companies, and it’s a lot of work that comes before we see the reward. Long before the punch, I’ve got to improve the sales copy, improve how we talk about it, improve who we seek out.
I’ve gotten really unhealthy lately, mostly just neglecting my body while I work on my business. There’s a lot of work that goes into fixing that, including getting out there and walking, then eating better, then running, then doing more. It has to start somewhere.
But with every success I’ve ever had, it started with work. I had to start somewhere. I had to accept that I wasn’t where I wanted to be, and then I had to work harder and harder.
Learning how to delay gratification is the key. Learning how to accept that your practice today is going to make your punch tomorrow that much more amazing is the mantra. Working on my punch. Working on my punch. Every step run is working on my punch. Every blog post written is working on my punch.
What are you doing to work on your punch?