4 WAYS TO START THINKING LIKE A FIGHTER

Why we need to start thinking like UFC Fighter Conor McGregor.  

1. DO THE WORK. 
When I was a choir director, one thing I noticed pretty quickly was how disciplined my athletic students were. I knew I could depend on them, always. They showed up to work. It was that simple.

I've been in "beast-mode" since the beginning of this year. I call it beast-mode because it's my mode to- tone up, finally lose some lb's, eat better, relax my mind, build my confidence, get some paid work and obtain my #GOALS. Going to the gym 5 times a week has been so rewarding. My diet has improved, although right now we're transitioning and have moved into a new house, so it's been pretty manic. Plus, it's my birthday on Monday, so I'm just like, "CAKE, CAKE, CAKE!!" It's taking some serious will power not to eat everything in sight.

Anyway, so I'm starting this new little series about the importance of your work ethic. (Cue Rihanna & Drake's new song. No. Cue Britney Spear's "You Better Work B*" song. Yeah, that one is definitely better.)

"Doubt is only removed by action. If you are not working then, that's where doubt comes in." - Conor McGregor

I find this to be so true. A lot of times when I'm walking into an audition, if I've done the work, if I've really broken down my piece, whether it's a song, or dialogue to learn, I don't doubt myself. I don't question myself. I commit. I do it with conviction. I have removed all of that doubt with work. We, as performers, have no control over the result, but we do have control over ourselves as the product to present. 

Getting fit has done incredible things for my self-confidence. I feel stronger! I feel better! And not to mention, I'm starting to look it, too! HUZZAH!


2. BE OBSESSED.
A couple of months ago, the Business Insider shared this quote from Conor McGregor.

"There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that [is] that. I am not talented, I am obsessed."

You guys, thinking like an athlete has changed my adult life.

I was never a lazy student. I mean, in HS I was so involved: Student council meetings, UIL, Drama, Choir, Choir, & more Choir, Academics, you get it. Seriously, I was so busy. But then something changed when I got to university. It was like I was burnt out or something. Or, like I was overwhelmed by this new life style of kind of being adult, and realising that eventually I'll have to stop living off of my parents. Or maybe it was like "No one really earns a living out of acting & singing. Enjoy it for four years, but eventually you will have to get a 'real' job. You know, a 9-5 job. Like the rest of America." Maybe I stopped believing that it was possible.  

Here's what they DON'T tell you: In fact, yes you can. Look, I'm still not to the point where I'm the one bringing home the bacon, but it takes time. We're entrepreneurs. These things just take time. "It takes 10 years to become successful." A friend of mine studying at LIPA, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, says they're told that frequently.

Right, so why this Conor McGregor quote? If there's one thing I've heard professionals say, whether they're athletes, artists, or actors, is that in order to be successful in your field, you need to be obsessed with it. GB Olympic runner Mo Farah once said in an interview with Jonathan Ross, a late show host here in England; I'm paraphrasing here, he (Mo Farah) spent a summer training with Olympic runners in Africa. What he noticed was that they thought about running 24/7. All day, every day. They were obsessed with it. When he returned home to train, he said adopting that mentality changed his game. And it showed! He became a gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympics!

Would you say you're obsessed?

I like thinking like a fighter, but man, I really just want to punch something! Haha. Unleash your inner beast! RAWR!

3. STAY READY.
So, one day I was watching clips of Ronda Rousey, a total bad a* female UFC fighter, on YouTube, when this video about Conor McGregor popped up. Although he wasn't in the interview, he was the topic of discussion. Joe Rogan, a stand up comedian & commentator, was talking about how Conor trains for the fight, not the fighter. 

Let's think about that sentence for a second- Conor trains for the fight, not the fighter. 

Why should I care, Kat? Well, CrazyTown reader, because in terms of auditions & such, I've been doing it all wrong. All wrong! 

Ever since university, NO! Ever since middle school, I've always been preparing for the audition, instead of simply preparing to be a better singer, actor, artist. Countless of auditions were spent trying win that one audition, instead of trying to just be better. 

Which brings me to this quote- "I stay ready so I don't have to get ready." 

As an adult, who's taking her career more seriously now, I've come to learn the importance of "staying ready". This would come along with being obsessed, wouldn't it!? I mean, if we're really doing this as a career, we'd have to be obsessed. We'd have to spend every day staying ready, because it could all change in a second. I mean...
Are you warming up daily?
Are you singing daily?
Are you observing people, daily?
Are you reading plays?
Listening to musicals?
Keeping up with new TV shows?
Meditating?
Exercising?
Attending dance classes?

As I list these, I'm also asking myself! Actually, come to think of it, I have some work I should be getting to. I don't know about y'all, but I freakin' feel like a fighter now. KA BOOM! 

4. VISUALISE.
So my best girl friend is really into visual boards. Like, she has vision board parties, that's how much she loves them. They actually really do work! But, I'll save that for another post.

Anyway, I mention this because as I've gotten older I've realised that what we choose to see in our minds, what we choose to believe in our head, what we visualise, is extremely powerful.

Okay, okay. Let me give you an example using my favourite female UFC Fighter, Ronda Rousey:
So, Rousey had this big fight coming up, against Holly Holms. It was HUGE because RR is... 
a) pretty flippin fierce AND b) RR had yet to lose a match. So, in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, RR pretty much foretells the fight! RR goes on to say that HH is known for this particular move, but that the fight won't end like that. Want to guess how the fight ended? Yep. RR lost; she lost to that move. A kick to the head. It was pretty devastating.

What's my point? Ronda Rousey put it in her head! You guys, WHAT WE THINK, WE BECOME.

So, let's imagine ourselves...
- VICTORIOUS
- LIVING OUR DREAMS
- GETTING THAT AUDITION
- NAILING THAT DANCE ROUTINE
- STANDING OUT
- WORKING OUR BUTTS OFF
- BRINGING HOME THE BACON
- FINALLY NAILING THAT HIGH C
- GETTING THAT INTERVIEW
- SIGNING WITH THAT AGENT
- BOOKING THE JOB!!!
- LOSING THOSE LAST ANNOYING 5 LBS


See it! Visualise it! Become it! And gosh darn it, DO IT!! Because, yes! Yes you can!!

Reposted from Crazytown Blog

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4 WAYS TO START THINKING LIKE A FIGHTER

Why we need to start thinking like UFC Fighter Conor McGregor.  

1. DO THE WORK. 
When I was a choir director, one thing I noticed pretty quickly was how disciplined my athletic students were. I knew I could depend on them, always. They showed up to work. It was that simple.

I've been in "beast-mode" since the beginning of this year. I call it beast-mode because it's my mode to- tone up, finally lose some lb's, eat better, relax my mind, build my confidence, get some paid work and obtain my #GOALS. Going to the gym 5 times a week has been so rewarding. My diet has improved, although right now we're transitioning and have moved into a new house, so it's been pretty manic. Plus, it's my birthday on Monday, so I'm just like, "CAKE, CAKE, CAKE!!" It's taking some serious will power not to eat everything in sight.

Anyway, so I'm starting this new little series about the importance of your work ethic. (Cue Rihanna & Drake's new song. No. Cue Britney Spear's "You Better Work B*" song. Yeah, that one is definitely better.)

"Doubt is only removed by action. If you are not working then, that's where doubt comes in." - Conor McGregor

I find this to be so true. A lot of times when I'm walking into an audition, if I've done the work, if I've really broken down my piece, whether it's a song, or dialogue to learn, I don't doubt myself. I don't question myself. I commit. I do it with conviction. I have removed all of that doubt with work. We, as performers, have no control over the result, but we do have control over ourselves as the product to present. 

Getting fit has done incredible things for my self-confidence. I feel stronger! I feel better! And not to mention, I'm starting to look it, too! HUZZAH!


2. BE OBSESSED.
A couple of months ago, the Business Insider shared this quote from Conor McGregor.

"There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that [is] that. I am not talented, I am obsessed."

You guys, thinking like an athlete has changed my adult life.

I was never a lazy student. I mean, in HS I was so involved: Student council meetings, UIL, Drama, Choir, Choir, & more Choir, Academics, you get it. Seriously, I was so busy. But then something changed when I got to university. It was like I was burnt out or something. Or, like I was overwhelmed by this new life style of kind of being adult, and realising that eventually I'll have to stop living off of my parents. Or maybe it was like "No one really earns a living out of acting & singing. Enjoy it for four years, but eventually you will have to get a 'real' job. You know, a 9-5 job. Like the rest of America." Maybe I stopped believing that it was possible.  

Here's what they DON'T tell you: In fact, yes you can. Look, I'm still not to the point where I'm the one bringing home the bacon, but it takes time. We're entrepreneurs. These things just take time. "It takes 10 years to become successful." A friend of mine studying at LIPA, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, says they're told that frequently.

Right, so why this Conor McGregor quote? If there's one thing I've heard professionals say, whether they're athletes, artists, or actors, is that in order to be successful in your field, you need to be obsessed with it. GB Olympic runner Mo Farah once said in an interview with Jonathan Ross, a late show host here in England; I'm paraphrasing here, he (Mo Farah) spent a summer training with Olympic runners in Africa. What he noticed was that they thought about running 24/7. All day, every day. They were obsessed with it. When he returned home to train, he said adopting that mentality changed his game. And it showed! He became a gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympics!

Would you say you're obsessed?

I like thinking like a fighter, but man, I really just want to punch something! Haha. Unleash your inner beast! RAWR!

3. STAY READY.
So, one day I was watching clips of Ronda Rousey, a total bad a* female UFC fighter, on YouTube, when this video about Conor McGregor popped up. Although he wasn't in the interview, he was the topic of discussion. Joe Rogan, a stand up comedian & commentator, was talking about how Conor trains for the fight, not the fighter. 

Let's think about that sentence for a second- Conor trains for the fight, not the fighter. 

Why should I care, Kat? Well, CrazyTown reader, because in terms of auditions & such, I've been doing it all wrong. All wrong! 

Ever since university, NO! Ever since middle school, I've always been preparing for the audition, instead of simply preparing to be a better singer, actor, artist. Countless of auditions were spent trying win that one audition, instead of trying to just be better. 

Which brings me to this quote- "I stay ready so I don't have to get ready." 

As an adult, who's taking her career more seriously now, I've come to learn the importance of "staying ready". This would come along with being obsessed, wouldn't it!? I mean, if we're really doing this as a career, we'd have to be obsessed. We'd have to spend every day staying ready, because it could all change in a second. I mean...
Are you warming up daily?
Are you singing daily?
Are you observing people, daily?
Are you reading plays?
Listening to musicals?
Keeping up with new TV shows?
Meditating?
Exercising?
Attending dance classes?

As I list these, I'm also asking myself! Actually, come to think of it, I have some work I should be getting to. I don't know about y'all, but I freakin' feel like a fighter now. KA BOOM! 

4. VISUALISE.
So my best girl friend is really into visual boards. Like, she has vision board parties, that's how much she loves them. They actually really do work! But, I'll save that for another post.

Anyway, I mention this because as I've gotten older I've realised that what we choose to see in our minds, what we choose to believe in our head, what we visualise, is extremely powerful.

Okay, okay. Let me give you an example using my favourite female UFC Fighter, Ronda Rousey:
So, Rousey had this big fight coming up, against Holly Holms. It was HUGE because RR is... 
a) pretty flippin fierce AND b) RR had yet to lose a match. So, in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, RR pretty much foretells the fight! RR goes on to say that HH is known for this particular move, but that the fight won't end like that. Want to guess how the fight ended? Yep. RR lost; she lost to that move. A kick to the head. It was pretty devastating.

What's my point? Ronda Rousey put it in her head! You guys, WHAT WE THINK, WE BECOME.

So, let's imagine ourselves...
- VICTORIOUS
- LIVING OUR DREAMS
- GETTING THAT AUDITION
- NAILING THAT DANCE ROUTINE
- STANDING OUT
- WORKING OUR BUTTS OFF
- BRINGING HOME THE BACON
- FINALLY NAILING THAT HIGH C
- GETTING THAT INTERVIEW
- SIGNING WITH THAT AGENT
- BOOKING THE JOB!!!
- LOSING THOSE LAST ANNOYING 5 LBS


See it! Visualise it! Become it! And gosh darn it, DO IT!! Because, yes! Yes you can!!

Reposted from Crazytown Blog

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