If you’re passionate about something, you believe in it, then you have to be consistent. And you have to put in the hard work that it takes to be successful.
Sometimes your worst hits in life wind up being your best advantage. If only you could believe that when you’re getting hit.
There’s so many women that need to be inspired, encouraged to go after their dreams, their goals, their aspirations. Because we all have that champion within us. It really is about your mindset and having the tools that you need, surrounding yourself with the right people, people who have been able to achieve some of the things that you want to achieve.
If you’re having a bad day the main thing on the mental side is realizing that I’m having a bad day and thinking about why and then just kind of re-prioritizing and saying, “I’m going to let myself have this bad day, but tomorrow I’m going to get back on track.” That’s pretty much it. We all have them. You do have to let yourself have them and then go within and figure out why you’re having it and prevent it from happening again.
If I’m not prepared, I don’t feel confident. It’s something that you can have control of. You deserve what it is you’re going after as long as you’ve done the work that needs to be done to prepare for it. You can’t just have your hand out!
Everyone wouldn’t just accept that I wanted to be a fighter – because I wasn’t someone that they envisioned could or would be a fighter.
For me, I like to imagine being successful. I like to imagine the end, which is success. I envision it, where I can actually see it happening. Going into the ring, seeing the fight happen, seeing me winning that belt, seeing me back in my dressing room celebrating with a slice of cake, which I always had. And the same with meetings. I do prepare though; that confidence comes from preparation, because that fear is in the back of your head of not doing well, of not saying the right thing or having the right information. That’s where the preparation comes in for me.
Sometimes if you don’t physically attempt something, you don’t realize how sick to your stomach or how hard it is.
Thinking about the women that you know: your friends, sisters, mothers, we know that we are kind of stereotyped. You like sports, you’re a tomboy. There are all of these labels ,which is natural for us as a society to do, but it’s just really about reminding women of the power that we have inside of us and that you can do anything you put your mind to. You don’t want to get stuck. You don’t want to get stuck in your own mind.
The wrestling, even though I would only wrestle for 15 or 20 or 30 minutes at a time, and it would look like that was the only time I was in it, was really a 24-hour job. Keeping yourself alive, reinventing yourself, staying physically in shape, the traveling, all the other commitments with being a wrestler, it was a crossover situation where it became sports entertainment and you actually became a media star, so it was very demanding.
When I entered the sport of boxing I wanted to be one of the best and be undefeated. And I was able to attain that, not just one championship title, but four.
I am thrilled and honored to have a seat at the table for meaningful conversation with so many accomplished women in the sports world.
I was one of those people who wasn’t getting a lot of milk, so I had to pump forever to just get two ounces of milk. But, you know, I wasn’t going to give up or stop.
My dad is my dad. I love him, and I realize that he’s as famous as he is. Of course, I don’t look at him like everybody else does. Because I know his little faults, I know his weaknesses. Nobody’s perfect. But he’s my dad. Just like your dad is to you.
Maybe if I completely shaved my head and get the frost out of my moustache, maybe I could get one of those serious acting jobs.
I’m inspired on a daily basis by my personal goals. I make it a habit to write down what it is that I want to accomplish. And I check that list. I keep myself accountable. My kids inspire me, of course. My ambition inspires me. I want to win at everything that I do in life. I understand that it takes hard work to reach my goals and I’m prepared to do it. My confidence comes from preparation. So I spend a lot of my time preparing.
I’ve always like watching competition and athleticism. Just seeing the average person going up against Gladiators, is always something I enjoy. I’m not really a big sports fan, but I do enjoy the show.
I don’t get the action… well, I never did get the big action hero parts. I was always locked into making the kids movies, which were a lot of fun.