Conor ‘ The Notorius’ McGregor vs Floyd ‘ Money Mayweather. This fight, happening August 26 in Las Vegas, between UFC’s biggest star and one of boxing all time greats has captured the public’s imagination and is currently one of the hottest trending topics worldwide. It is being touted as the biggest ever combat sports event with both fighters rumoured to be earning in excess of $100 million each.
These fighters are considered by many to be once in a lifetime fighters in their respective sports. ‘ONCE IN A LIFETIME’. Now that is a massive statement to make about anyone and it got me thinking about how, not just these two but in all types of sport,certain sports stars have made the leap from being talented athletes to being rated as the best ever.
Being a bit of a sports nut I know that in all sports there are usually one or two players that are regarded as being the very best in that discipline. From Michael Jordan(basketball) to Wayne Gretzky(ice hockey) to Muhammad Ali(boxing) and Roger Federer (tennis) and Pele(soccer) to name but a few,these are all stars that are synonymous with their sport and are regarded as the very best in their field.
So what does it take to become an icon and achieve immortal greatness you may ask? In my humble opinion there are 5 key ingredients that separates the good from the great.
1 ■ HARD WORK. Sure, a God given talent is the foundation of every athlete but as many have found out, talent alone does not make one great. Hard work, and more specifically, the ability to work harder than their nearest rivals is the key. If someone is honing their skill for 6 or 7 hours a day they got to put in 9 and 10 hours to be better.
2 ■ SELF BELIEF. This to me is probably the most important of them all. It is believing in their ability and talent 110%. It is not allowing any naysayer or anyone that doubts them to influence their thoughts.
3 ■ VISUALISATION. This goes hand in hand with number 2. Being able to visualise themselves achieving their goals is key. I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction. In other words what you believe, what thoughts you project is what you will attract to yourself. Be negative in anyway and nothing positive will ever come your way. Visualise greatness and you’ll definitely see positive things. It is something that Conor Mcgregor,for example,has managed to do this brilliantly. How else do you explain someone,that only 5 years ago was collecting welfare cheques all of a sudden headlining the biggest ever combat sports eventin history?
4 ■ HANDLING SETBACKS. Believe it or not but even the very best experience setbacks. They’re not machines even though at times it seems like it. If I may, let me use this famous quote from the movie Rocky Balboa. ‘… You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! … ‘ This explains exactly what separates the normal from the great.
5 ■ AMBITION & DRIVE. The very best always have a drive and ambition to be the very best. They are never satisfied with just winning. They want to completely dominate. For them being second is simply not good enough. They are self motivated to keep on achieving. It’s something that I personally think can’t be learned or taught. You’re either born with it or not.
Looking at these ingredients it is obvious to see that even though I might never become an elite athlete or sports star i can still learn some lessons from it. On the quest to become the best me I can,I know that if I’m able to incorporate these points I’ll be one step closer to my goal.
I don’t believe that anyone of us were born to be mediocre. So let’s learn from the very best in sports and apply the same ingredients in our life so that we too can achieve greatness.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on this and let me know whether you agree or not. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
Till a next time. Ciao
P.S My money is on Conor Mcgregor to cause the biggest upset in sports history and beat Floyd Mayweather