Crolla’s Christmas Crackers: Transferable Tips from the Top
As sponsors of champion boxer Anthony Crolla, at Morson we’ve been lucky enough to personally follow his career throughout the years, documenting the highs and lows and pick up some tips for success along the way.
Follow his journey, replicate his determination and end the year on a high – here are his top tips for success.
It’s important to take a break
Injury after the Linares fight forced Anthony to take a break from boxing and training. What at first seemed like a setback actually helped Crolla refocus:
“I’m always ticking over in the gym but after the last fight I picked up a few injuries and had to have a little bit of a break. That really did me good, I feel refreshed. A few weeks of family holiday made me feel really good and ready to go again”
Scarily, recent reports claim that unused holiday days are at a 40-year high. No matter how busy or important your job is, taking a break is essential. Holidays are proven to reduce stress, improve concentration and increase job satisfaction. Decrease the likeliness of a burnout by re-calibrating your work/life balance and recharging those batteries!
Hard work pays off
For Crolla, the working hard has been the most important way to bounce back after defeat. With two consecutive losses to the same opponent by the start of 2017, Crolla’s career looked in jeopardy. How did he bounce back?
“Hard work. Hard work and knowing that I had to change a few things. That night was a blessing in disguise, I cringe watching it now. After the fight, I went back to my parents’ house and knew I had to change things and improve.”
Crolla’s reaction to defeat is easily applicable in the workplace. When faced with a challenge or disappointment, it’s so easy to react defensively, get demotivated or even consider changing jobs. Instead use disappointments to fuel your fire to improve, overcome and succeed.
A team mentality makes you stronger
The importance of teamwork can sound like a cliché and we’ve all heard how working as part of a team can increase the efficiency and quality of output.
However, Crolla offered a slightly alternative perspective on the subject of teamwork. We asked Anthony if he feels pressure to be a role model to younger boxers, and his answer surprised us.
‘I don’t see myself as a role model. The lads (other boxers from Gallagher’s gym on the undercard) don’t treat me like that, we’re all just mates, we all support each other. It’s great to have 5 of us on and I look forward to 5 good wins. Each time each one of them wins, it gives me strength, so by the time that I fight, we have 4 wins behind us and I’ll go into mine full of confidence’
Teamwork is not only the act of working together but is a mentality which you can bring to foster success on even solitary projects. During the festive period, the amount of team activities is sure to ramp up, take the opportunity to embrace them and maybe make some new friendships along the way too!