Ronda Rousey is the UFC’s undefeated women’s bantamweight champion. She is also an Olympic medalist in judo and just won a highly hyped match against Bethe Corriea in Brazil. What made that match so memorable was not the 34 seconds it took Rousey to win but her courage leading up the match and her resilient attitude to withstand the most publically cruel comments from Corriea about her father’s suicide.
In her new book My Flight/Your Fight Rousey talks about her life and how she overcame adversity: “I’ve used every physical setback to develop in another area I wouldn’t have otherwise addressed. When I broke my right hand, I said, ‘I’m going to have a badass left hook when this is all said and done’…Don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus on what you can.” This is a life lesson that regardless of our age we need to keep in our view.
Three life lessons from Ronda Rousey:
Push Away Fear
On fear, Rousey aptly identifies human nature and why we don’t make change. “If you are unwilling to leave someplace you’ve outgrown you will never reach your full potential. To be the best, you have to constantly be challenging yourself, raising the bar, pushing the limits of what you can do. Don’t stand still, leap forward.” Our daughters mirror our actions. If we take bold actions to move towards unafraid they will to and their confidence will soar when they see how one small step leads to another.
When we have a big defeat, we can let it eat us up and it becomes our reality. In 2004 Rousey lost a medal to Claudia Heill. Afterwards, Rousey thought if only thoughts about that fight and felt animosity towards Heill believing she had robbed her of happiness. “Years later, Claudia jumped off a building and committed suicide…By the time she died, I had my own Olympic medal. And I had quickly realized just how little happiness it brought me.” Finding more than one thing that brings happiness will lead to true sense of well-being.
Things Won’t Ever Be Perfect
People think that if only this happens it will be perfect-the job, school, friends, boyfriends, husbands. This drive for perfection is more than limiting it creates walls that are hard to breakdown. Rousey suggests “…you can acknowledge that there is always a better time or a better place or a better opportunity and refuse to let that fact hold you back from doing everything to make the present moment the prefect moment…regardless of circumstances, I still win”.
These words will help all of us rise up and remember we can do anything:
“I KNOW THAT I CAN DEAL WHEN THINGS ARE BAD. I CAN COME BACK WHEN THINGS ARE AT THEIR WORST. I’M NOT AFRAID OF LOSING ALL MY MONEY OR LOSING MY CAREER BECAUSE I KNOW I’M CAPABLE OF LIVING IN MY CAR AND RISING UP. ONCE YOU’VE CONQUERED THE WORST THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN, THERE IS NO NEED TO FEAR THE UNKNOWN. THE FIGHT IS YOURS TO WIN.” Ronda Rousey
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