This week on "Pushing the Limits" I talk Mindset, resilience, the life of an athlete with the indomitable Tiffanee Cook - boxer, sexual abuse survivor, business owner, podcaster and all round vulnerable/tough chick.
DING, DING, DING...
No turning back now, hands encased in leather, mouth guard in and the world and everyone else in it faded into the background. Sights, sounds, thoughts, stories... gone. Blows, danger, failure, truth... standing toe to toe, bearing a soul not yet seen.
8pm October 27, 2012
Was this the first time she had truly 'let go', 29 years in?
Over in both a heartbeat and yet an eternity rolled into one. Terror, adrenaline, fear, courage, isolation, trust, visibility and uncertainty. Yet ironically, a certainty she had never-before experienced.
'Letting go' wasn't what she'd dreamt it to be. Emerging with both hands now free to grab hold of a whole new reality. Perhaps she wasn't truly born in 1983, but rather in a ring in 2012. The referee clutched that now free left hand and raised it above her head. A stance that changed her forever. The underdog can come out on top... they don't even have to know the rules.
One crazy 'say-yes' moment accidentally and deliberately changed the course of this girl's life. Through the gloom and darkness, a crack of light showed a path, a doorway she could and would eventually walk right through. Boxing was the playground that allowed Tiffanee Cook to develop the courage, grit, resilience, curiosity, vulnerability and power that had lay dormant within her and bend and twist it to her favor. The fight wasn't over on October 27, 2012... It had just begun, and she was now a force to be reckoned with.
Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face". Tiffanee Cook has learned this as a businesswoman, performance coach and boxer; from the comfort, predictability and safety provided by the corporate world, to the lessons and let-downs in and out of the boxing ring. Coming to the realization that, in order to have one's hand raised in triumph, adversity, discomfort and combat must be navigated. In the face of the messiness of life, do we fight or do we flee? Tiffanee speaks openly of her own personal experiences (good and bad) and how those experiences have enabled her to develop self-awareness, resilience, courage, independence and the skill to be able to maximize passion, possibilities and potential. She talks about getting knocked down (literally and metaphorically) and what it is that makes some of us get back up and some, stay down. Working in business, sport, high performance and personal development, Tiffanee explores a range of ideas, tools, skills, resources, philosophies and strategies to empower individuals, teams and organizations to improve everything from productivity, efficiency, culture and communication to physical, mental, emotional and social health.
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