If you are needing some inspiration in your job hunt, your career, or life in general, then soak up some inspiration from the best female and number one pound-for-pound female mixed martial arts (“MMA”) fighter in the world – Ronda Rousey. Yet, aside from pure and outstanding athletic prowess and performance, Ronda owns mental expertise that you can see in her fights. The mental part, outside the octagon, provides even more inspiration because in witnessing the mental characteristics, one can emulate the same for one’s own success.
Most, if not all, of Rousey’s fights last only seconds and end in a submission. And, most of them are online. Insofar as the fighting, she is highly skilled having won an Olympic medal in judo. She also trains very hard. Watching her bouts, it becomes apparent that she is a determined fighter. She overwhelms her opponents in the first few seconds of the opening round. Resolute, she meets her opponent head on and immediately consumes her foe. She either spots an opening or lets her opponent make a mistake and she steps in, envelops her, grapples to an arm bar (with strikes and occasional knees along the way) and the fight is over. Studying her fight films, while typically only seconds in length, the visual cues provide strikingly obvious conclusions regarding her mental mastery.
First, the ground floor in Ronda’s success is prodigious preparation, and that is an understatement. At first, one of her trainers did not notice her in the gymnasium. Over time, he noticed that she was the first one there in the morning and the last one to leave every single, sweat-soaked, combative, aching day. This is inspiration one – the ability to prepare oneself in the highest levels for performance. Competition is fierce everywhere. Image yourself seeking new opportunity in your career. Over preparation breeds confidence and rockets you to dominate the competition. A deep and powerful commitment to preparation positions the front-runner.
Second, the absolute, unrestrained, and dominant determination Rousey brings to her matches wills her to victory. Outside the octagon, she is an actress and fun loving, even playful interviewee. But when it comes to business, watch her as she walks to the octagon and study her face as she readies to overpower her adversary. The focused, direct, sheer determination is clearly obvious in her. Not the slightest hint of doubt is anywhere in her vicinity. If determination propels winning, Rousey has it in spades. Once prepared, mental determination is power. The grasp of this power is further impelled by resolute endurance.
And finally the third mental mastery – fortitude. Fortitude: “mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously” (dictionary.com, 2015). The unrelenting and straightforward pursuit of the goal – leading to supremacy. This trait is strikingly apparent in Ronda’s demeanor. Perhaps the most important of these three traits, it is easy to recognize how a strong mental and emotional state leads to the ultimate attainment of any goal.
Master these mental qualities. Spend more time preparing and no time procrastinating. Focus on determination and lean out wasteful actions. Practice fortitude and be strong, never giving up on your objective.
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