This coming weekend, Ronda Rousey will step into the Octagon in Australia to defend her World Title as the Main Event of UFC 193. Apart from being a phenomenal athlete, this is more than that, Ronda is transcending the sport, what it means to be a woman on the top of your game and inspiring millions (including me) along the way!
There are a lot of things I know we can all learn from this weekends big fight, whether it is a win or a loss (she WILL win by the way). The majority of us will not be stepping into the octagon any time soon, but that does not mean you can’t learn something that will help to you raise your performance, to lead an ambitious life and break down your barriers.
Here are 14 lessons we can all learn from Ronda Rousey’s confidence, strength and determination:
Ronda is not just naturally “hard as nails”, she has been preparing for this battle all her life. As a former Olympian in Judo, she has more than prepared. In life if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
You choose what your purpose is, what you ambitious about and what you want to achieve. Then you need to become 100% fit for that purpose, not someone else idea of what you should be, embrace your quest and become it.
There are many negative and unhealthy media pressures on all people on what they should become and what they should look like. Ronda has openly admitted she always had body issues, but found a way to embrace it. She is showing us all that health and beauty comes in many forms. If you are leading a healthy life and looking after yourself you ARE beautiful — regardless of “magazine” standards.
Ronda could be the “best” fighter in training and her preparation could be legendary. However this is all slightly pointless if she never entered the arena to find out how great she really is.
What areas of life are you not entering the arena? What areas are you stuck in preparation mode or not preparing for at all? Take some imperfect action and step from the sidelines into the arena. You will learn much more and adapt at a quicker rate from taking action.
Basically you don’t know how good you are until you have been punched in the face 😉
In 2011, UFC president Dana White is shown on video being asked: When are we going to see women in the UFC? to which he responded with “Never.”
Just 4 years later, not only is Ronda fighting in Dana White’s Octagon, she is the big name draw and not just in the women’s game, but also in the entire Ultimate Fighting Championship. Just like Ronda, YOU do not need someone else’s permission to go after what you want in life.
This is not the only barrier Ronda has broken down to get here. Earlier this year, she was featured as the first female ever to grace the cover of Mens Fitness magazine. She has also easily crossed over to major Hollywood movies such as FAST 7 and Expendables 3, redefining beauty and power combined.
What is something people tell you that you cannot do? If you want it, ignore them, do it and go SHOW them how great you are.
“People say to me all the time, ‘You have no fear.’ I tell them, ‘No, that’s not true. I’m scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.” Ronda Rousey
Think again and stop making excuses.
It is the accepted norm that fighters abstain from sex before a fight. This has been documented and implemented for years by many great fighters. Ronda has questioned this “truth” and clearly has her own viewpoint, make yours 🙂
“I mean for girls it raises your testosterone, so I try to have as much sex as possible before a fight, actually. (Laughs) Not with like everybody. I don’t put out Craigslist ads or anything, but you know, if I got a steady, I’m going to be like, “Yo. Fight time’s coming up.” –Ronda Rousey
“We seem to be in this conflicting era for women, where women are doing so amazingly and taking over the athletic world, but we’re also in a time where … how can I really put it? That women without any skills, that freeload, are being glorified.” –Ronda Rousey, NYTimes
For all the glamour and media attention Ronda gets now, she is still putting in the hard work everyday. Do you just want the rewards without the work, without walking the path to get there? Be honest and if you want it, put the work in needed.
‘After every fight, it’s really important that I just have a big mound of hot wings in front of me. I’ve had points where they didn’t get me the right hot wings after a fight and I cried. Literally tears because I look forward to it for so long and I’m so perfect on my diet and I’m like I can’t wait to beat this chick and just have a plate of hot wings and a side of beer. That’s all I want in the world.” -Ronda Rousey, Elle
These little rewards daily and weekly can really make a difference in your life, productivity and happiness. For me, do I get more done and finish earlier if I know I get to pick up my son Dylan from school at 3 p.m.? Hell Yeah!
“I started hearing ‘How are you ever going to find a husband, if you’re such an intimidating person,’ ‘You’re so accomplished, no man is going to want to deal with that.’ I’m like, ‘Why would I want to find a man that is so easily intimidated? There are many other intimidating things in life than me. If I’m too much for you, then life’s going to be too much for us.” -Ronda Rousey, Elle
Like it or not, you are the average of the people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely. If you want to soar with the eagles, do not hang out with turkeys!
The 2014 fight with black belt Alexis Davis lasted 16 seconds. If you can do something in 3 minutes that takes others 3 hours to accomplish, do it! Don’t get satisfied with being “busy” — be productive instead.
Ronda’s total fight time in the UFC is under 3 minutes, clearly she is not paid by the hour, it is all about the outcome. This is also something I believe in and have observed in over 150 successful entrepreneurs.
No matter what you say, you need to be able to back it up in life. During an interview, the host decided to challenge and goad the champion into a wrestle (above)
If you are going to do something, do it and show the world, don’t just tell the world. If you say you want to be in shape and have been saying this for the last year… guess what, clearly you don’t! Your actions speak louder than words. Alternatively, much like the interviewer above, don’t let your ego write checks your arse can’t cash 🙂
Ronda has not “played around” and tried out her UFC career. She has gone all in and shown clear dominance. The “thing” you are currently trying out, giving some attention to, seeing how it goes… imagine what is possible if you go 100% in, full commitment! An exciting thought, isn’t it? If you are not all in, why not? If you want that outcome, don’t wait.
Clearly Rousey resonates with and inspires women. Writing this right now, I am proof that it is not exclusively for girls and women. I am inspired through the roof! The power is in seeing someone who has found what they were born to do, do it, pursue excellence in the field and embrace everything that is part of their transformation in a beautiful way.
As my friend and founder of Wimp2Warrior Richie Cranny puts it…
“Ronda Rousey has single handedly created a whole new fan base demographic for the sport of MMA and of course the UFC. There will be thousands of people in the stadium on Sunday who have never been to an MMA event before and probably don’t know of any other fighters on the card, but have come anyway just to see Ronda.”
I believe Ronda will never stop fighting, as it is in her nature and this weekend is just another chance for her to show the world how ambitious she is to remain at the top in UFC, and in her life.