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38. Michelle Waterson: Listening to your inner voice, embracing adversity, going for your dreams.


UFC fighter Michelle Waterson is living her dream out. She’s currently ranked #7 in the Strawweight division with a recent win on the biggest fight card in the UFC’s history, #UFC229.

Her post fight talk with Joe Rogan left all who listened in, moved as she told him":

“I want to be the first UFC champ that’s a mom!”

And here’s the thing; Michelle Waterson has EVERYTHING it takes to actualize that vision.

Her mental framework is as powerful as her karate kicks.

She has the heart of a champion- a woman that makes NO excuses, chooses to continue learning and growing herself into her best self by embracing the challenges that arrive on her unpaved path towards her desired victories.

I LOVED hanging with Michelle and having this talk; she is sooo much fun, so present and so authentic.

Her story and process throughout it is absolutely inspiring. It proves that listening to your authentic, inner voice to direct your path in life, despite what anyone else thinks and the adversities that arise on it, will make you a better version of yourself and lead you into some incredible, heart filling, outstanding- dream come true- WINS.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How her husband Josh’s level headed influence compliments her mental framework

  • Why it’s important for Michelle to keep her family and career life as one unit

  • Michelle’s experience + mindset going into her fight on the UFC 229 card

  • The difference between grappling + MMA grappling and how she utilizes MMA grappling it in her fights

  • How she got started fighting MMA

  • Why she decided to start fighting MMA

  • The impact of her instructor/mentor as a young girl

  • The value of appreciating the “small progress” that we make along the way to the bigger ones

  • Her journey from being in school + working to pay for it, to then deviating that path + starting her fight career

  • Deciding to listen to your inner voice/true desires + not being swayed by external voices/opinions

  • How she + Josh came to name their daughter Araya and why it’ so special

  • How she approaches Araya’s martial arts journey + teaching her daughter the importance of commitment to any martial arts disciplines she takes on

  • Her view on being a martial artist + teaching her daughter the values that come with being a true martial artists

  • The importance of moving towards your fears + not avoiding them

  • The mental aspect of being a pro fighter

  • The power of embracing venerability

  • What happens when you don’t allow failure to prohibit you from moving forward

  • The value of appreciating adversity + using it to grow you

  • How growing up with a tough love mother really supported her advancements in life

  • The bravest things she’s ever done

  • What she does when she feels nervous

  • Her friendship with Holly Homes and the positive impact it has on her

  • The importance of having authentic friendships + how she teaches her daughter to approach her friendships

  • Her view on bullying + what we face today with less genuine communication

  • Her relationship with her sister growing up + how they grew into best friends

  • How she trains her mind and the power of mental rehearsal WITH hard work

  • Her love in exploring creativity

  • Her idea on “balance” + how she’s incorporating it into her life

  • How recovering is just as important as training

  • Her relationship to Self Love + the importance of it

  • Her thoughts on what makes a woman beautiful

  • What makes her feel beautiful

  • The importance of eating healthy + its effect on external beauty

  • What she teaches her Araya about beauty + confidence

  • Her favorite books The Alchemist, Mind Gym + Relentless

I am confident in saying this episode is going to elevate your mind greatly and I would LOVE to hear you thoughts!

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Episode 1. "Make FINISHING a HABIT"- Inspiring life lessons, girl talk + SO much more: My conversation with UFC fighter Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza


Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza is the FIRST EVER UFC Strawweight champion. 

She’s a highly skilled fighter that has been leading the way for women in the fight game for several years now and is not showing any signs of slowing down soon. The life of a fighter is full of challenges both mentally and physically but Carla's developed the skills to dance with her challenges, not allowing them to defeat her but instead to use them as fuel to her process to elevate her performance in and of the Octagon.

She is a female who LOVES to embrace the pleasure in being a woman by making beauty, adventures and the unity of her friendships with her girls as a big part of in her life.  It’s that beautiful and badass combination in Carla that represents a sense of limitlessness with the defiance of putting a female athletes in a box that  can attempts to separate them from their innate feminine side; a side she loves to embrace.  

Carla steps back in the Octagon on Dec 30 2017 in Las Vegas at UFC 219 where she will face Cynthia Cavillo in her 6th UFC fight; a fight that is sure to be amazing and not one to miss.

There were no shortages of laughs in this fun and inspiring conversation with Carla. She is a true martial artist and our conversation is sure to offer some inspiration gems that will add some fuel to your own motivation tank.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • Carla’s family background and upbringing
  • The starting point towards her martial arts journey
  • The value in her relationships with her coaches
  •  Being a female in a male dominant sport
  •  The value in her relationships with her coaches 
  •  Her mindset towards camp and UFC 219 fight
  • Her experience as a fighter on the TUF reality show
  • How she keeps her mind in a calm set and processes fear
  • How she processes losing
  • Her love and pleasure in the embracing her feminine side
  • Love life and male qualities that hold her interest
  • Her childhood hero’s
  • Her legacy- what she wants to be remembered for as a professional fighter

Books mentioned:  The 7 Habits of highly successful people

Stay connected with Carla through Instagram & Twitter: @carlaesparza1