Prior to his first title fight, Conor McGregor suffered an injury to his knee. The injury forced him to spend most of his training camp working on stand-up fighting techniques while avoiding heavy wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu work.
Since he was slated to fight the champion, Jose Aldo, a fighter with a similar style, McGregor’s fight team was not overly concerned about the injury. They were actually very confident that McGregor’s superior stand-up skills would prevail.
Just days before the fight, Aldo suffered a rib injury that forced him out. The last minute substitution was Chad Mendes, an All-American wrestler with tons of experience in the NCAA Division 1; the best wrestling environment in the world.
The circumstances were drastically altered and suddenly McGregor’s hurt knee and training camp experience seemed like a liability. Many would consider the change an unfortunate event for McGregor, who was a relatively new professional fighter at the time.
THE MINDSET OF AN IRISH MONSTER
McGregor’s coach was worried about the new match-up considering the circumstances, left with only a few days to prepare for a different type of fight.
When he approached McGregor with the evolving situation, he simply responded with “They’re all the same,” and then went right back to sleep. No restless thoughts. No panic to readjust the strategy. He was somehow relaxed as ever. McGregor remained confident because in his mind, he will be responsible for the outcome of the fight. Every opponent will have to adjust to him.
In his mind, he is the undisputed champion that must be dealt with. He is the dragon the others must slay. He is the monster that lurks in the darkness. He creates fear. He does not succumb to it.
McGregor is noted for saying that it is not talent that has made him. It is hard work and obsession.
When it comes to being a champion, one must embrace a relentless work ethic that is unwavering.
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McGregor cultivates in his mind an image of himself as the best in the world. He pictures himself as an unbeatable force that cannot be stopped. In his mind, he his peerless. He is unmatched. He is a monster.
With these strong images of success burned into his mind, McGregor is always willing to go the end of the world to achieve his goals. The power of positive thinking cannot be understated as a key instrument in the how McGregor has quickly risen to world acclaim.
He is tactical with how he goes about executing his mental game plan. But he always thinks strategically in how he approaches the idea of being a champion. The big picture includes a strong belief in himself and his abilities.
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In his mind, he is constantly out maneuvering his opponents. He is working on his striking flow. He anticipates what he will encounter, removing the power of whatever it is that is standing in his way. He is immersed in the business of winning.
I have heard him say it over and over again, he sees what he wants before he gets it.
What does this mean for the layman like you?
See what you want before you get it. Visualize the end result. Feel yourself rising to the challenge to meet your needs. In your mind, become a monster.
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