I experienced my first lost in my boxing career two weeks ago. This was also my first loss in an individual sport. Loosing on a team sport is nothing compared to an individual sport. No one ever tells you how hard it is, especially the next day after the competition!
The fight was a war and looking over the footage, I was very pleased with how I looked and how much I have improved since my last fight, in July. I was throwing 3-5 punch combinations and landing every punch.
As much as you mentally prepare to win a fight, you never plan on loosing and I think that I was so mentally prepared to win, that when I lost, I didn’t really know how to respond. Although I was upset, I stayed rather positive after the fight, but that evening, I was up lying in bed until 4am. My mind was racing, going over everything that happened in the fight and that evening. At 2:30, I was writing like a mad woman in my journal about exactly how I felt going into the fight, between rounds and what I needed to do to win the fight and improve in the future. The win was by no means unattainable. It was there for the taking. I wasn’t prepared for that particular style of fighter and although I landed clean shots, my opponent was the aggressor.
So what do you do when you lose? Quit, and be all upset and let your world crash around you. No. You rebuild, set new goals and learn from the experience.
You’ll always learn more from a Loss than you ever will from a Win.