I am not an athlete, nor have I ever taken a deliberate hit or kick to my face. I’ve never been punched, so I can’t even relate to the work you pursue.
I have read some interviews you’ve had, and read through your bio on your website; I realize this all has to be taken with a grain of salt as we have never met and those are just snapshots and pieces of a much larger picture.
However, this is what I have come to understand. You are a woman who has a drive unlike most of the population. At a young age you were forced to overcome some very difficult and painful battles, all of which set in motion the drive and determination that is within you. At a young age you began competing and taking the world by surprise. Winning a gold medal in Beijing. Then you set your sights on professional fighting, and becoming the Worlds first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. You also hold the 2nd fastest title defense for your 16 second knockout against Alexis Davis. And again you earned a place in the records books for the fastest UFC submission, 14 seconds, in your fight against Cat Zingano. Wow!
I can't imagine how difficult it must be to keep these accolades from becoming your identity. So often when any of us find ourselves in an environment with new people the first thing we want to know is, “What do you do?” And in those brief moments we begin formulating opinionsof that persons worth based on their education and/or their employment.
While your drive and grit inspire me, your discipline challenges me; who you are isn’t defined by a belt you have won in the ring. Or by the 12 straight wins you have earned. And is CERTAINLY is not defined by the last two losses you have suffered. I believe who you are is defined by who and what you are when no one is watching. It is in the day to day life you live. How you train, the pleasures you enjoy, the family and friends you keep. You are so much more than what you do, and you are more than a victory or loss in an octagon. You are more than than thegold medal you’ve won. Those things are a reflection of the woman outside of the octagon; they are not the only thing that defines your value. What you do in the days and years that follow these losses or set backs will be as important as all of the days you trained your butt off.
For all of us, we must determine who we will be in the mundane daily grind of life. Our character, integrity, discipline, and purpose are defined in the minutes of every day. The BIG moments in life, no matter what they are; aren’t won in the ring, they are won in the day to day. And often times it is the losses that propel us towards our greatest growth.
No matter what you and I do from this day forward; no other person has the power to make or break us; you and I are the only one who can do that. Chin up, you are so much more than a win, loss, or medal. You are more than what others say and think. Go prove to the world what is inside of you, and I will do the same.
RM Ministries founder & CEO