3 Life Lessons from Conor McGregor

MMA: UFC 205-McGregor vs Alvarez
Nov 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

All my life I’ve been doing all kinds of sports from skateboarding to football and basketball.

Every sport has their greatest sportsman of all time.

In Basketball, there’s Michael Jordan,

In Boxing its Muhammad Ali,

and Bodybuilding has Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The greatest MMA fighter in and outside of the octagon is Conor McGregor.

Even people that aren’t interested in combat sports must have heard of him.

In my eyes, there has never been such a confident, cocky, clever and well-planned athlete.

He never had a pro boxing match and fought against Floyd Mayweather who has never lost a fight in his 20-year long career (50 wins 0 losses).

He managed to punch Floyd more often than any other boxer ever did and he accomplished this only after a few months of box-training while Floyd has been boxing since he is a kid (not to mention that his father and uncles were both pro boxers).

McGregor is one of three fighters in UFC history to win the featherweight title and one of nine to hold the lightweight title.

He is the only fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously.

These were some of his achievements, but this post is not about his sports successes.

It is about his Vision, Mindset, Confidence, and Dedication which got him from working as a plumber to making more than $100 million from boxing Floyd Mayweather.

1. Confidence

The only way to become confident is to be really good at something and at the moment there’s no bigger star in the MMA world than Conor McGregor.

He has dedicated his life to martial arts and doesn’t think about anything else than being the best at what he loves.

He trains, goes home and when he’s home he thinks about training again.

”Let them believe it’s talk.Theres a reason why I talk this way. 

Its because I’m supremely confident in my abilities.’’

Confidence already begins with body language.

When you watch McGregor during press conferences you will notice that he takes up a lot of room, stands tall and holding his head high.

He sits and walks comfortably as if he’s at home watching The Simpsons in his Gucci pajamas.

Even if you would hear him on the radio you can hear his confidence in his expression.

He often slows himself down or makes pauses between words to make his statement bigger, more important and remembered.

Conor takes the time he needs when he is talking and walking, he doesn’t feel any pressure like unconfident people do.

He is in control of every situation and knows what he says is important and people will listen carefully.

2. Have the mindset that an upcoming event has already happened and that it ended the way you wanted it to be.

McGregor does this all the time.

He is focused and calm when he visualizes his fight and how he will win against his opponent.

He knows that he worked his butt off to be where he is and that there is no doubt that he will go home with a victory.

In his words :

”As long as you see it and believe in it, thats gonna happen’’

Don’t have the mindset that you want everything but that you already have everything.

Stay focused on the right things, especially in times of struggle, you will most benefit from your vision and belief that everything is going to be the way you want it to be.

Don’t be negative otherwise bad things will happen, be grateful and happy for what you have and good things will happen.

You are what you tell yourself.

If you want to learn more about mindset I recommend you to read Gorilla Mindset.

3. Win the psychological war.

Psychological warfare has been around for centuries.

Men like Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan have used it.

The Chinese general Sun Tzu has written the famous book The Art of War about it.

Today it is used in politics, business, and sports.

McGregor tries to win the war before it even takes place, by engaging trash-talk against his opponents.

He is an expert at breaking his enemies will to fight and destroying their confidence.

Smelling their insecurity from far away gives him even more confidence and fearlessness, now he feels untouchable.

Even during his fight against Chad Mendes, when Mendes would hit him with everything he had McGregor replied ”Is that all you got?“.

Many of his opponents don’t even engage him in any type of trash-talking because they don’t have as much knowledge in it as Conor has.

It’s like you are going to rap battle Eminem,- you have no chance.

If you try to say anything against him, the chances that you make a fool out of yourself in front of the world are pretty high.

He even makes his opponents own fans doubt their skills which leads his competitors to have doubts about themselves.

I don’t know if everything that Conor does is on purpose or if it’s just his instincts and genetics.

For sure is that he is really entertaining to watch and made combat sport more popular.

If you want to get deeper into this topic read The 48 laws of power.

Until next time,

Tom

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