No other woman has reached the epitome of badassery quite like UFC Women’s Bantamweight World Champion Ronda Rousey. Indeed, her kick-ass attitude has translated well into her MMA and Hollywood careers, leaving millions of fans wondering – is there anything Ronda Rousey can’t do?
12 straight wins later, Rousey is still undefeated and it looks as if it’ll stay that way. There’s no doubt that Rousey has influenced a legion of men and women to stop being #DNBs (do nothing b****), creating an aura of self-confidence that we all definitely need in our lives.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Ways To Be A Badass Like Ronda Rousey:
1) Be fearless — “Fear will not dictate my destiny.”
Being the current undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight World Champion is not an easy role to sustain. All of Ronda’s opponents are determined to strip her of her title. Instead of letting this get to her, Ronda uses it as motivation to work even harder.
The more we let our fears control what we can and can’t do, we limit ourselves and push away the chance of achieving greatness. We need to face our fears and turn them into strengths because that’s what true martial artists do.
2) Be loyal — “Never forget where you came from… make time when there is none.”
You’d think someone as famous as Ronda Rousey would spend all her free time hobnobbing with the who’s who of Hollywood or MMA. Sure, she may hang out with them every once in awhile, but Ronda is also a big family person.
In fact, if you’ve watched any of her fights, you would have seen her mom and at least one of her sisters sitting cageside. Ronda considers her family to be the main driving force in her career.
No matter how far we get in our careers or our martial arts journeys, we should always be thankful for the opportunities we were given and be grateful to those who helped us along the way. Having gratitude is a great measure of character and should always be a priority.
3) Be aware of your actions – “When I think about being a role model, I think about how I want my little sister to see me.”
Ronda’s younger sister, Julia, has been reportedly dabbling in sports, just like her older sister. How could she not – it’s practically in her blood. Her mother, Ann Maria de Mars was the first American woman to win the World Judo Championships and there’s no need to get into details about her older sister, Ronda.
Ronda knows that she is her sister’s role model so she needs to watch everything she does in public and continue being a positive influence on her sister. Ronda proves that being in the spotlight shouldn’t change the person that you are.
As martial artists, we should continue to live by the values we’ve learned from martial arts and stand by them.
4) Be confident – “I’m scared of failure all the time, but I’m not scared enough to stop trying.”
You would think that being undefeated would convince someone like Ronda Rousey to be more complacent. But in fact, it is the complete opposite. No matter who her opponent is, Ronda knows that anything is possible once you step inside the cage. She doesn’t let this faze her and she keeps to her A-game the minute she touches gloves with her opponents.
No matter how confident we have become in our abilities, we should never become complacent. Giving up should never be an option, especially considering how far we’ve come.
5) Be mentally tough – “I train to be the best in the world on my worst day.”
Everyone knows how much Ronda Rousey looks up to her mom. Not only is AnnMaria de Mars a talented judokan, she’s also an MA and PHD degree holder.
When Ronda was growing up, de Mars always tried to instill a winning mindset in her daughter, which Ronda admits was tough in the beginning. However, she knows that it was de Mars’ strict training philosophy that helped her Judo and MMA careers immensely.
Whenever we step into the ring, the cage or onto the mats, being strong not only physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well could make all the difference.
6) Be resilient — “Life is a fight from the minute you take your first breath to the moment you exhale your last.”
Ronda Rousey has never stopped fighting. From being born with her umbilical cord around her neck, to dealing with a speech impediment till 6 years of age, to her father’s suicide two years later and problems in school, Ronda eventually picked up Judo, which would end up becoming her salvation and would lead her to MMA.
There’s no doubt that throughout Ronda’s life, she needed a tremendous amount of resilience to get where she is today. But even as an undefeated champion, Ronda is still working as though she isn’t the most dominant athlete of her generation.
No matter what curveball life throws at us, we have to stay strong and do the best that we can to achieve our goals – the last thing we should do is give up. The minute we throw in the towel, we admit that we aren’t capable of greatness – which is definitely far from the truth.
7) Be focused — “The way that I like to fight is – I like to paint myself into a corner so the only way for me is to win.”
Ronda’s dominance in the cage did not happen out of sheer luck. It was because of her determination to be the best, a mindset that she’s had ever since her judokan days.
By convincing herself that her only option is winning, Ronda gives herself no choice but to give 100% and more every time she walks into training. She knows what she is capable of and what she needs to do to get there – nothing ever should ever get in the way.
The more we believe that we are capable of greatness, the more we are likely to achieve it. By constantly reminding ourselves of all the awesome things we’ve done and we can do, we won’t give ourselves any options and we will continue stay focused on our goals more than ever.
There’s no doubt that these are the reasons behind Ronda Rousey’s success in MMA. We should use these lessons as a platform to unleash our greatness into the world and be the best martial artists we can be. So tell us, are you a #DNB or are you ready to unleash the warrior within?