Know Thyself

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses.

Behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road.

Long before I dance under those lights.

Theory is not mastery. Repetition is.

If its systematic you can improve it, over and over again.

Muscle memory, miling, the neural connections go from forming a little string, to turning it into a cable wire.

But what I’ve learned is you don’t control everything in life.

You don’t control what you look like, or how to keep your heart beating, your lungs breathing, and your body from degenerating.

You don’t control who comes into your life and you certainty don’t control all of the lessons that the universe has in store for you.

So you can’t possibly account for how everything will work out, but you know your destiny.

You know what you want and you know why you want it on the deepest level.

And thoughts you can control.

Thoughts contain matter. Thoughts influence actions.

So the self talk is not hubris, or false pride, but its affirmation.

Its an understanding who you really are.

Who else is going to tell you, you are the greatest?

But you always carry your humility with you.

And you carry the same will to act when you are winning or even when you feel like you are dying.

That’s the mind of a psychological warrior.

But at some point the purpose is in a different intensity.

Letting go can be just as beautiful.

The legacy cannot be complete without it.

Everything that has a beginning has an end.

To appreciate life and all its glory, it must come full circle.

But here’s the distinction:

You are gone but never dead. You are away but never forgotten.

The message leaves an imprint forever.

How you lived; be true to yourself and to truth itself.

Its polarizing yet unifying.

Its tough yet gentle.

Bold yet humble.

And now the world needs a new champion.

Not only in the ring, but outside of it.

Who is going to step up and follow what had to be done?

Who is going to perpetuate the legacy?

An authentic life is a full life.

Know thyself and greatness will be yours.

— But if you even dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologize. —

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World Champion.

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You know I only have one goal in this – I’m not in it for the fame, I’m not in it for the money, I’m in it for the accomplishment. I wanted to be world champion since I was a little kid. I wanted to win the Olympics, win the world championship. I used to watch Sugar Ray Leonard fight and I’d go put on my black trunks and tape up my hands and come in the kitchen and throw a bunch of punches in front of my mom and tell her I was going to beat up Sugar Ray some day. And uh, that wasn’t to get on t.v. and it wasn’t to get money — that was — I want the belt. I want to be world champion. I want one day, one moment, one night, best in the world.

I just put the work in, I don’t slack off. 365 days a year 24/7. I’m getting better – that’s what its about. This game is about growth.

And that’s what its all about for me; everyday that’s what I think about. You know, I think about the new guys that come in, I think about the current guys that are here, the veterans – and you’ve got to beat them all. You gotta be ready to beat them all – every style, every guy, every man alive if you want to be world champion.

I love proving people wrong and proving my support right. That’s what its about at the end of the day, this is all fun and games to me. I love it. I love my job. I whoop people for truckloads of cash. How could I hate this life? I love it so much, I am grateful every single day.

I don’t even know why people ask me ‘How do you get motivated?’ I am motivated like I am blonde. I know that I deserve to win and that I am the best at what I do and… I don’t know it just goes back to when I was a little kid – my mom would put me in the corner and be like ‘Sit there and think about winning.’ And she would like, purposefully get me to focus and not to be distracted and learn how to focus myself.

You always want to set a goal. Then set your little goals the achieve the big goal. And being consistent and being driven… good things will happen.

My goal is: I want to be  undisputed, pound for pound the best woman in the world in mixed martial arts. And there is a lot of people that are skeptical of that but I have made history before and this is not the most insane thing I’ve tried to do.

I said empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.

Improvise, adapt and overcome. That is what I have done.

I know that the more stress there is the more crazy the situation is, the better that I am. So I don’t consider it a bad thing you know – my adrenaline is pumping and I’m thinking about a million-there is so many things going on, but I am so focused because I am so sure that that’s when I am at my best.

Make no mistake, I am cocky in prediction, I am confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat. It is never personal – it can be cruel, it can be ruthless, but it is never personal. So one by one I will eliminate the rest of them and make all of my money and get out.

You can’t waste anytime! If you watch this video, if you’re watching right now and you’re motivated by something I am saying… change your shoes and get out the door right now. Don’t waste any time. Don’t do it tomorrow. If you’ve got a habit and you want to drop your habit, drop it right now. Don’t think I’ll do it next week, don’t wait for a resolution of some sort, don’t waste any time – start right now.

Transcript made from a video by: RedFrostMotivation

Speakers: Chael Sonnen, Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Bruce Lee

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Would you doubt me?

You probably did.

But would you doubt me now?