(edited, originally posted by Arcaro Boxing)
Repetition is key to training. While it’s true that we aren’t here to have the same dull experience over and over, it is also true that repeating the same thing over and over again gives us information. That limitation is really only the act of trying not to do something we really do. We will continue to repeat what we are doing until we gain more awareness or until something is really heard.
We often practice and repeat patterns we are completely unaware of and it usually takes discomfort, conflict or some outside source to enlighten us. This is one of the many reasons I love boxing.
Be thankful and willing to engage in conflict, because you will learn something about yourself that can help you in future situations.
Keep repeating your patterns and habits until you can really understand what you are doing.
For example, If I deliver a jab and my hand comes back low, I am going to find out from my sparring partner hitting me with a left hook (I’m a southpaw). In the ring I can either get interested or angry about why I keep getting hit. If I stay interested and allow myself to repeat my habit, I will learn more until I am ready to implement something new. Sometimes what I implement doesn’t work, but if I repeat it a few times I’ll get even more information. This way of discovering is to me holding the key to unlocking usual patterns and habits in the ring and daily life.
Essentially, be thankful and willing to engage in conflict, because you will learn something about yourself that can help you in future situations. Keep repeating your patterns and habits until you can really understand what you are doing. Stay patient when you don’t have different results, the answers are right there in the situation. Be appreciative of the people willing to engage with you even when it doesn’t feel good because there is no right approach to anything. There are only approaches and outcomes and learning, and we are all in it together.