10 Core Beliefs of Valour Strike
1: DO NOT FEAR FAILURE:
The successful fail more times than the unsuccessful, fact! It’s just that the successful are willing to fail. The fear of failure is the biggest threat to everyone’s progression. The successful use it to inspire themselves, but unfortunately for most the fear prevents them. Don’t fear failure, expect it; that way you can learn and improve.
All you need to start your training is a pair of boxing gloves and focus pads and you’re off. Let the fear of failure motivate you and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Set the goal today and transform that fear into action.
2: ADOPT THE “CAN DO” ATTITUDE:
Winners don’t make excuses, winners do not say “I can’t do that”. They say, “I can do that and if I can’t do that today, I will set it as a goal, and I will do it in the future”. Whatever the goal may be, it’s more easily achieved with a “can do” attitude.
An Eagle successfully strikes 29% of the time, do you think that these amazing predators think they are going to fail? Or do you think they are sure they are going to succeed.
3: BE PASSIONATE, OBSESSED AND DETERMINED:
When training it’s important to be passionate and enjoy your training. It’s next to impossible to enjoy all aspects of training, some are simply more enjoyable than others. I mean who really enjoys burpees as part of the warm-up.
The point is to stay determined about the goals that you have set for yourself and to be passionate about achieving them.
4: SET GOALS, ACHIEVE GOALS, SET MORE GOALS.
Just because you’re doing more doesn’t mean you’re getting more done. The only way to know how much you’re getting done is by goal setting. By setting a goal (preferably written) your making a commitment to yourself and you will be able to measure your own success.
Here at Valour Strike each and every one of us has our own goals. We have 3 categories of goals; training goals, personal goals and brand goals. Then twice a year we review these goals to see if any of them have been achieved, tick them off or ask the question why not? Then add new goals.
5: RISE TO THE CHALLENGE:
Anything worth having does not come easy. Every goal that we set for ourselves is a challenge or at least should be, otherwise, we are living within our comfort zone. And nothing ever changed or improved whilst operating within our comfort zone.
6: BE SELF-DISCIPLINED AND CONSISTENT (AVOID PROCRASTINATION):
If you can’t rely on yourself who can you rely on? No one is going to do it for you. Your training requires your commitment and discipline. Those days when there are a million excuses not to train, but you manage to, those are the days that make the difference. Self-discipline is an unstoppable skill that all winners have.
Dictionary definition of Procrastination: “the action of delaying or postponing something.”
Why do tomorrow what we can do today? Being disciplined and consistent allows us to improve quicker and achieve our goals sooner.
7: THE HARDER WE TRAIN, THE LUCKIER WE GET.
Success breed’s envy and you have no right to control someone else’s mind. Yet you find so many envious people making statements about luck or genetics. They say things like “That’s a lucky punch” or “I can do that”, but what they fail to acknowledge is that lucky punch has been practiced 10,000 times in training.
That lucky punch was enabled by the footwork I have worked on over and over again. Getting up 1 hour earlier than everyone else to improve my cardio created that lucky punch.
How many times do you think Connor threw his “lucky” punch before it landed on the 12th December 2015? It wasn’t luck, it was his hard work in training that created the precise and perfect punch…. NOT LUCK!
There is no substitute for hard work!
8: LEARN, PERFECT, REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT.
Repetition really is the key to success within the combat world. Do you think that Muhammad Ali learnt his glorious jab, perfected it then never trained it again? No is the answer. He trained it over and over and over again every single day. Every day that jab got that little bit faster, that little bit more accurate, that little bit more useful. An interesting fact is that Muhammad Ali’s jab was recorded at 4/100 of a second, which is literally a blink of an eye.
Just because you know it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t train it regularly. Bruce Lee has a great quote about this:
9: BE OPEN TO CHANGE, LISTEN TO IMPROVE:
How many times do you watch a professional sportsman or woman on TV say they have changed their approach? It’s common and the main contributor towards their ability to stay on top. Just because one method has worked well does not mean that the method will work forever. The ability to listen and absorb information is the strongest skill with any successful athlete.
A great example of this is cornermen/ women in boxing. The fighter can be the heavyweight champion of the world but still listens to the advice of his corner team. Professional sportsmen and women are part of a team. They develop and work together looking for one common goal improvement. We see fighters enter the ring alone, but they didn’t get to that level alone.
10: RESPECT OTHERS: EVERY PRO STARTED OUT AS A BEGINNER.
The hardest part of any journey is the start. The fear of walking into a gym, a boxing club or an MMA team is sometimes too much, therefore, unfortunately, some never action the thought. Once the fear of walking is conquered and you actually get into training you will be pleasantly surprised. Remember that every single person there wasn’t born that way, they worked for the results you can see. They all started as beginners and acquired a vast amount of knowledge on the way.