The Perfection Puzzle
Being a perfectionist can be both a blessing and a curse. Throughout my career it has driven me to the extremes in technique and precision, but it has also caused me to be overly critical and easily frustrated. The nature of fighting and life is that ultimately you are not in control. Accepting this has been a fundamental element of my growth as a fighter and person.
For me, that realization came in the first round of the Gray Maynard fight. I had conditioned myself to think there was no way I was going to be taken down at all. When it happened I was so distracted by this that I lost all focus for pretty much the rest of the fight. It’s not that I hadn’t been taken down before. My brain stayed in that moment of being taken down instead of adjusting. There are technical mistakes that can be adjusted of course, but really it was the mental mistake that killed me.
Never was I more aware of the importance of not demanding perfection. The ultimate lesson learned was, don’t demand unattainable results, demand one hundred percent focus and effort.
Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2012 in Kenny's Blog.
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