With UFC 257 on deck tomorrow, I wanted to take a look at the inspirational story and impressive mindset of Conor McGregor.
As we all know, the man has had his ups and downs the last couple years... But if you have been paying attention since he has come back last January, against "Cowboy" Cerrone, Conor seems to be "re-centered" as we like to put it.
I'm not here to give you a biography of the guy, you can go do that on your own time.
What I am doing here today is explaining the ELITE mindset he has when he is centered and focused.
Not talented. Obsessed.
That's the mindset that took Conor from welfare in Ireland to world champion and multi-millionaire.
He believes that everyone is born with some sort of gift that they are naturally good at.
But, obsession and hard work with your craft, is what makes you GREAT.
Whether it is art, math, soccer, music, science, or any other forte... to reach a certain level you have to be willing to put in the work, the time, the effort, and take a few lumps mentally/physically along the way.
"Win or Learn" he and his coach would say.
Along the journey, you're not going to "win" every single scenario. There are going to be times where things don't go as you plan or your way in general. Those times are what really test you and see if you really want it, if you really deserve it.
A loss is only a "loss" if you do nothing about it.
Choose to learn instead.
Take that road block and find a detour. Don't just stop, give up, and turn back.
"The essence of quitting is not the failure of a task, but the failure to believe in yourself."
Analyze why you took the L, why you didn't get the job, why you failed the test, and get better because of it. Conor took his first loss in his UFC career against Nate Diaz, didn't make excuses, worked on his flaws, and came back the very next fight against the very same man who put his dreams on pause the last time, and came out victorious.
He didn't sulk, he didn't quit, he didn't blame anyone else.
No one is coming to save you, no one is coming to fix your problems for you.
Take charge of your life, take charge of your goals, take charge of what you want.
You CAN do it, you just need to be willing.
The general public knows Conor for his press conference & pre-fight antics that he uses to create buzz and get into his opponents heads. Conor defeated many fighters mentally before their bout even took place.
But once it's time for business, "The Notorious" is a completely different animal, mentally.
the endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and complaints
After the madness that ensued during the McGregor/Diaz 2 press conference, McGregor was caught on camera stating the following to his head coach, John Kavanagh:
"The illusion of insanity is over. Now, it's time for the game plan."
And once he stepped foot in the cage, it was just that, as it always is. The game plan.
Inside that octagon, there is no emotion, no wide eyes, no reaction to the thousands of people screaming, just he and a faceless opponent.
Yet another mindset pillar that is immensely powerful once you master it.
A calm, clear mind makes the best decisions, reacts the quickest in the face of adversity, and generates an ability for anticipating what is coming at you next (whether it's a punch or a question in a job interview).
There is no talent here. He's just obsessed.
Be obsessed with learning.
Be obsessed with improving your health.
Be obsessed with strengthening your psyche.
Be obsessed what whatever you want out of life.