The second of our tips which are useful in boxing and practicing violin is, "Fight to Win."

I summarized that as:

I need to start fighting with the end goal in mind.  I need to do the things that are necessary to win the match.  I don't need to concentrate on the frivolous.  I need to do the things that matter. 

I guess that you could also summarize it as "Fight Smart!"

There are five keys to keep in mind here:

1.  Slow and patient is better than quick and sloppy.  You make fewer mistakes when you are deliberate about what you are doing.  Sometimes fighters who go in flailing crazily get lucky, but they are almost always beaten by the boxer who waits out the initial punishment and works on his opponent's weaknesses.  Pick out the soft spot and hit it again and again until you get it right. 

2.  Don't try to do too much at once.  A fighter tries to beat his opponent by flailing around without a specific target.  The whole opponent is the target.  A boxer will pick out one or two weaknesses and concentrate on them.  And as the boxer takes control of the opponent's weaknesses, he comes closer and closer to winning the match.  As you work note by note, rhythm by rhythm, measure by measure, phrase by phrase and passage by passage through your piece the composition becomes yours.  It may not seem the fastest way, but it is most certainly the surest.

3.  When you know the right method to use, stick to it.  Don't improvise your own fingerings and bowings once you have it right (or have had the right way shown to you).  The boxer's manager usually has more experience than he has.  The manager has a good view of the fight from a vantage point where he can pick out errors and weaknesses and point out strengths.

Tomorrow we will look at parts 4 and 5 of this area.
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Slow and Patient.
     Have a Specific Target.
     Stick to a Successful System.
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