Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Visualization to prepare for a boxing match

In my training I have been emphasizing the mental game more, recently. I'm posting some of the tools here that have proved helpful to me. Below, I am posting a guided visualization that has proved helpful for preparing for a boxing match. The idea is really to just get comfortable and to start imagining what your win will be like. If you follow steps below, that should put you in a space where you will be in a better position to win your next boxing match. I hope you will benefit from this tool.

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Allow yourself to relax. Relax easily. Avoid making a big effort or forcing yourself to relax. The visualization can be a fun, pleasant, and enjoyable experience; it does not have to seem like hard work. You can do it effectively without struggling.

Begin.

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes gently.

Take a few deep breaths, focusing on the sensation of your breath coming into your body and leaving yourbody.
Imagine yourself stepping into the ring. See the crowd, the lights, and the ring in front of you.

See yourself walking to your corner and sitting down on the stool.

Feel the coolness of the water as you drink it, and the energy of your team as they give you instructions and encouragement.

Hear your team telling you how well you are going to do.

Now, imagine yourself standing up and walking to the center of the ring, ready for the match.

See yourself looking across the ring and making eye contact with your opponent. Smile easily at him.

Take a deep breath and imagine yourself feeling calm, focused, and confident.

See yourself moving around the ring with ease, executing your techniques with precision.

Imagine yourself landing punches and dodging your opponent's strikes.

See yourself using your defense strategies effectively and staying composed.

See yourself winning the match and feeling proud of your performance.

Feel the referee raising your hand in victory, as you are announced as the winner of the fight.

Feel the warm inner glow and sense of accomplishment that accompany the experience of winning.

See yourself walking over to your opponent and thanking him for a good, hard-fought match.

Hear your opponent congratulating you for winning.

Hear him praising you for good technique, skill, and strategy.

Hear him praising you for whatever you did particularly well during the bout.

Hear him thanking you for being competitive, enthusiastic, and a good opponent.

Hear yourself replying to your opponent in an appropriate way, based on what he has said to you.

Imagine the crowd cheering and your team congratulating you.

When you feel ready, slowly open your eyes and take a deep breath. Bring the feeling of calm, focus, and confidence with you as you prepare for your match.

Remember to practice this visualization regularly, and before the match, in order to have it be more effective. And also, try to be in a relaxed state of mind, making it easier to visualize and focus.

Good luck in your fight!

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