In a new and really great short column for Time Magazine’s Motto, Holly Holm breaks down some of the keys to her becoming UFC bantamweight champion when she knocked Ronda Rousey out in November. "The key to winning the fight? Drink coffee, Diet Coke, and wine, and eat chocolate almonds," she wrote, in jest.
What "The Preacher’s Daughter" was actually trying to get at there was that sometimes we need to allow ourselves moments of pleasure, to decompress, relax and refuel. "There were days in training where I didn’t perform at the level where I needed to be. Sometimes, I’d just go in my car and cry. Then I’d take a deep breath, go get a coffee, go back to the gym and address the issues. I never wanted to be OK with a bad day," she continued.
"On some days, I overtrained. There will be times, when preparing for a big moment, where it can all seem overwhelming. On those days, you need a rest. For me, it’s going back and taking a bath in Epsom salt. You need to treat yourself. I’m a huge coffee addict. When you go out for coffee or even when you sit down with it at home, you know you’re taking a break. You’re going to enjoy it. If it’s not coffee, maybe it’s a glass of Diet Coke. Or wine. Or some chocolate almonds."
Holm says that the things that got her to the top (other than sweet treats) were smart preparation, faith in that training, and an ability to listen and adjust.
"During my fight with Ronda, everything was going according to plan. My coaches and I had a strategy," she recounted.
"if she was going to try a hip toss, I’d do this. If she went into her judo moves, I’d counter with that. We made one adjustment between rounds (I just can’t share what that was because I don’t want to give anything away for the rematch!). But the point is: Stick with your plan in the big moment, but if things go the wrong way, be willing to listen. If you’re close to doing something great, closing people off doesn’t help."
Read the entire column here. Then, go out there and apply Holm’s championship principles to whatever you’re working toward in your own life!