In just two weeks’ time, I will be stepping into the boxing ring for the first time.
To say I’m nervous is an understatement. I have thought of nothing else but this fight for the past month… maybe more. Equally, I’m excited and determined. I would love to take away a knockout victory on my first night. Realistically though, I’m aiming for a unanimous decision. In my dreams, my opponent gets dropped in the first round hahaa!.
I have secretly thought of giving something like boxing or MMA a try for some time but excuses always fell in the way. When the opportunity to do this fight popped up, I will admit, I hesitated at first. I thought to myself, “can I really do this?”
First thing I did was ask those around me who knew me best for their advice. “Do you think I can do this?” Every single person, without hesitation, responded with “Yes!” Well, heck, if everyone else believes in me, why don’t I believe in me?! I thought. I started training regardless and figured I’d give it a shot. It’s now or never.
Recently, I attended a discussion on “imposter syndrome” and in doing some research into this “syndrome” and various other names it’s been referred to, I realized this is a very normal feeling. As soon as we step outside our comfort zone, into unfamiliar territory, we feel like a fraud. We doubt our ability to do whatever it is we’re doing. This, I quickly realized, was exactly what I was going through.
However. What I’ve also learnt through this research is that stepping outside of that comfort zone is what helps us grow. I realise now that every time I find myself getting comfortable, I seek out something new and more challenging to test myself. To learn new things. To become a better person. This is completely normal. As humans, we crave learning new things.
I love looking back to see how far I’ve come through the various challenges I’ve faced over time. Looking at previous experiences with this “imposter syndrome” view on, I realise that when I first took on new challenges in the past, I was just as nervous and excited as I am now. And in all those times I took on new challenges, I succeeded. I achieved what I set out to do. Perhaps with some hiccups along the way but I have always gotten there in the end. And often times, I’ve achieved more strength in myself through the process.
I’m looking forward to this fight more than I’d like to admit. Because I want to prove to myself, not to anyone else, that I can do this. That the hard work, training and support I’ve received is because these people are right. I’m a badass. I can win this fight. I can do anything I set my mind to. And so can you!
I look forward to updating you in a fortnight with the results of my fight. If you’re in Auckland and want to come along to support, the details are below or click here. If you’re hesitating trying something new or taking that next step because it’s scary, I urge you to give it a go. You can do it! Let me know in the comments how you get on! 🙂