TMHS 236: UNDEFEATED: Strengthen Your Body, Mind, And Confidence – With Laila Ali

I love the quote from Marianne Williamson that says, “With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.”

How much does confidence really play into our lives? Well, if we take a step back we can see that confidence plays a major role in ALL of the decisions we make. Humans don’t act without an underlying sense of confidence. We have confidence in simple things like our ability to walk out our front door and successfully make it to our job. And we have confidence in bigger things like telling someone you love them for the first time, choosing the right college to attend, or going after the dream career we really want. How much confidence we carry will decide how strongly we approach all these things, or even if we decide do them at all!

Here’s the thing… confidence is a learned behavior. Sure, there are outliers that have a genetically higher tolerance for risk, but for the most part, the most confidence people on the planet built that confidence by doing the work. Now, the question is, what does that work actually entail? How can we all build our confidence so that we are showing up better in our work, in our relationships, and in our health practices? To answer that, I decided to bring on one of the most confident people I know. She’s an undefeated world champion, she’s been successful in everything from boxing, to dancing, to hosting network television, to being a mom (which can be the most demanding thing on confidence of all!). She’s here today on The Model Health Show to share her story, and to share how she was able to build her confidence despite meeting adversity around many corners. Just click play, listen in, and enjoy this conversation with the one and only Laila Ali.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Laila first became interested in boxing (and it’s not what you think!).
  • Why doing work that you love doesn’t really feel like work.
  • The little known outside the ring battles that challenged Laila during her boxing career.
  • Why it can be difficult to uncover what you’re passionate about when you enter a new chapter of your life.
  • What inspired Laila to focus on creating a new career in health & wellness.
  • Why confidence is so important, and how to build it!
  • What Laila’s #1 fear is (yep, it’s the fear that a champion would have!).
  • How valuable failure really is and how it improves our lives.
  • Why Laila doesn’t follow any diet framework 100% (this is important!).

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  • Sana
    16 Aug 2017, 1:02 pm

    Hey Sean, I am a personal trainer and fitness is my obsession!! I found your show about 6 months ago in search of some more information, because i never feel that I can know enough! I am now in my 9th Month of my 2nd pregnancy and thanks to you I have felt so dang good this whole time! I have been on a fitness journey since I was 14 years old… the nutrition part has always been a stuggle for me after dealing with 4 years of anorexia. Your show has kept me on track and given me a better understanding with so many things and I cant wait for each new eppisode ! Thank you so much for spending your life making health and nutrition so fun and interesting!

  • sharon
    16 Aug 2017, 9:21 pm

    Hi Shawn,

    At the end of this episode, you mentioned you would include a link to more on intermittent fasting and BDNF … Is that a different podcast episode? If so, what podcast?

    Thank you! Loved the episode!

  • 18 Aug 2017, 8:00 pm

    Hi Shawn:

    I listen to you every day on my way to and from work and any other time I get a chance. You are amazing. I have downloaded your podcasts and have started from the very first one. I also want to let you know that you have encouraged me to become a certified in nutrition and wellness so I can help others like you have helped me. I will continue to listen so I can help others.

    I would love to have some recipes and I am looking for the lemon water recipe with msm. Any chance you have or will post your recipes?

    Thank you so much for what you do, please continue and I will continue to listen as well as share your podcast and the valuable information you give. I do plan to buy your books as well (I need to budget those things in). I love to read and learn. You and your co-host/producer are great. Jade is incredible and I love her new words, keep creating them, how fun is that!!

    Thank you again for encouraging me to become a better me. I absolutely love every episode and can’t wait to buy both your books.