Someone challenged me to set a crazy goal – something I didn’t think was achievable. After giving it some thought, I came up with one. I’m a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), particularly fighters from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) franchise. Laughing, I told my friends “my goal is to meet 4 Ultimate Fighters before my next birthday” around 12 weeks away.
First Step, Make a List
I made my list: Jorge “el Conquistador” Rivera, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian, Marcus “the Irish Hand Grenade” Davis and Matt “the Terror” Serra. Three of these fighters live in Massachusetts. Matt lives in NY. Just for fun, I added Forrest Griffin to the list.
I googled Jorge “Conquistador” Rivera
When I googled Jorge Rivera, USMMA in Bellingham, popped up. Hmm…Bellingham is about an hour from me. I giggled as I sent him an email, never expecting to hear back from him. A day later, I did! He was gracious and invited me down to try out one of the classes at his gym.
I drove down to Bellingham and trained with Jorge. It was awesome! After class, I asked Jorge if I could have my picture taken with him – I needed proof, otherwise no one would believe me.
Then Jorge said, “stick around, TapouT’s coming.”
What?! I was already giddy from meeting Jorge. I looked up and guess who was coming through the door! Skyskrape, Mask and Punkass, the guys from the Spike TV show, TapouT! With my mouth hanging open, I waved at Skyskrape and watched as a camera crew came in followed by two of the fighters they were filming plus a fighter I’d seen on another TV series, The Ultimate Fighter, Patrick Schultz. Well, that was easy!
I considered my goal achieved!
Even though I hadn’t met the specific fighters on my list, I considered my goal achieved and thought about what I could do next to increase the challenge. Several people suggested that I sign up for a martial arts class. Why would I do that? I was already taking boxing lessons.
I googled martial arts schools in Boston. I started visiting and taking free classes. I liked it! Which art shall I choose? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seemed to be the most “gentle” and least damaging since I was already practicing my striking skills.
My friend, Orion, told me that Keith Florian and his brother, Kenny Florian, were planning to open a new school during the month of August. I headed down to check it out. I met Keith and Ana, his wife, and really liked their vibe. I felt at home. I signed up. Turns out, I was their first female student!
First Lady of Florian Martial Arts
Along the way, I was given the nickname, “First Lady” to commemorate my status as the first woman to sign up for Florian Martial Arts. I am also the first woman to be trained in MMA at our school.
I created a new long term goal to be Florian Martial Arts Center’s (FloMAC’s) first female student to earn a black belt.
Different fighters show up to train with Kenny, like UFC fighter, Marcus Davis, for instance. He visits FloMAC from time to time. Remember, he was third on the list. A woman named Josephine started taking classes with us. She’s a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Guess who she trained under in NY? Matt “the Terror” Serra! Close enough.
What about Forrest Griffin?
Forrest fought Anderson Silva at UFC 101 on August 8th, 2009. And I was there!!
Anderson is ranked as one of the top three, pound for pound MMA fighters in the world. Even more exciting than the Anderson – Forrest bout was the Kenny Florian – BJ Penn fight.
As of this writing (2009), BJ is still the current UFC Lightweight Champion. Kenny is continuing his quest to bring that championship belt home to Boston. Go Kenny!! It was a great fight!
Patrick Cote, instead
I treasure being around people who set goals and have something to strive for that other people think is crazy or impossible. Having goals gives you something interesting to talk about. People get inspired listening to your updates as you advance towards your goal. (Or else they don’t, but you know what to do about that, DramaGuru Player.)
Being happy is infectious!
Being happy is sexy!
What’s your goal, DramaGuru Player?
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that, ignorance of which, kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur – that would never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor, all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” Goethe
It doesn’t have to be a big goal. Just remembering to laugh and have fun every day builds your happiness muscle. Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Talking about it is halfway to getting it done.
Write down your goals and take a step towards fulfilling them.