It got me thinking about the similarities between improving your creativity with something like playing guitar, and improving your skills at a fitness related activity like boxing.
With any skill, you need to start at the basics, and this can take time. You are not going to take guitar lessons for a week and then pen an amazing song. It will probably be pretty shit. To start you will learn a few chords on their own, then start being able to transition between them.
Similarly, you are not going to walk into a boxing gym for the first time on Monday, then on Friday have silky Roy Jones Jnr like skills. More thank likely you will feel clumsy and awkward for a few weeks. You will catch yourself in the mirror shadow boxing and think "Jesus, is that what I look like". Then after awhile you will start to piece it together, get used to throwing single punches, bit of foot movement, then start piecing some combinations together.
The wannabe songwriter will get obsessed with listening to their favourite musicians. They start to listen to songs a bit differently. They will examine them, breaking them down, how they move fluidly between intro/verse/chorus/break etc... Listening to the timing in different songs and the different effect it has. They take the pieces they like and start working these things into your own song writing.
The aspiring boxer will start watching lots of footage of fights on Youtube. They will start watching the fights differently. They study the boxers: what stance they have, are they offensive or defensive, are they explosive in the first round or will they use their cardio to keep the fight going till the later rounds, the different way fighters move, use angles etc... The boxer starts to piece their own style together based on what they like about different fighters and what suits their style,ability and body type.
To excel at any of these crafts you will need to get out of your comfort zone. You could stay in your bedroom and play guitar/shadow box by yourself, and you will learn a lot from this, but eventually you will plateau. The musician needs to get out there and start jamming with other musicians, talk to people who are in the same boat, swap ideas. They need to play their music for other people and get them to critique it, see what they are doing wrong, what their strengths are. At first it will be very difficult to play music in front of other people, but it will get easier the more they do it. At the start it will be awkward playing in front of a couple of friends, then you play in front of 5-10 strangers at party, next thing you are playing at an open mic session in front of 50 people and so on. What better motivation is there to practice than knowing you are playing your first gig in front 100 people in 4 weeks time?
The boxer needs to spend the time in a boxing gym, training with other like minded folk. Learning what they need to improve on, getting some practical experience in the ring. That will be awkward and intimidating to start. They will be worried about getting into the ring in front more experienced boxers and looking foolish. But as time goes on this will become easier and you push the boundaries of your comfort. You gain confidence and start going to different gyms to spar, eventually getting up in front of crowd and showing off what you have learned. What better motivation is there to practice slipping punches than knowing that someone is going to be throwing full force punches at your head in 4 weeks?
What would you like to become better at? What are you waiting for?
How can I help you? Drop me a line and Ill help you reach your goals
FREE Workouts to do at home!
Dont forget to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram