To accomplish great things in life, you must have irrational confidence. Confidence doesn’t come about naturally but through a series of actions that involve a person stepping outside of their comfort zone and being uncomfortable.
A lot of people who might describe themselves as “low self-esteem, low confidence” individuals I think are either suffering from 1.) inaction, or 2.) they stepped outside of their comfort zone, had one or a few negative experiences and allowed said experiences to define them.
Irrational confidence is that all-knowing belief that you can do whatever it is that exists as your goal(s).
Conor McGregor has displayed this from the get-go in his combat sports career. I wrote about him back in 2013, when the general population still had no idea who he was. If you go back and watch, in August 2013, when he fought Max Holloway (who is the current UFC Featherweight champion), you can see this. He had an aura about him from the get-go — smiling, having fun before the fight, totally straightforward.
“Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.”
I’ve always loved that quote. McGregor spouted it once upon a time. Maybe after his fight with Dustin Poirier. I can’t remember.
Anyway, he’s facing Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in what is a boxing contest on August 26th. I have no doubt that Mayweather is going to win, but I don’t begrudge either man for taking part in this spectacle, because they are both racking up stupid amounts of money.
The thing is, irrational confidence attracts believers after the doubters are proven wrong.
Chad Mendes — in ‘fighting shape or not’ — was said to be the man to oust McGregor with his wrestling. He laid on top of McGregor in the first round, but ultimately McGregor cold clocked him in the second round. “Mendes ran out of gas!” people say. Sure, I think so, but if you watch the fight again, McGregor took the wind out of Mendes early with a body shot.
Jose Aldo was undefeated for about a decade. It only took Conor McGregor 12 seconds to starch him.
McGregor made Eddie Alvarez look like an amateur… a deer in front of headlights…
McGregor still has doubters, though. But hey, like that quote goes, you can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there will be people who dislike peaches regardless of that.
But the believers have been convinced, through all the charisma, that he has a chance to defeat one of the greatest defensive boxers of all-time.
I do believe that McGregor can and will land punches… he’s simply a long fighter in comparison to Floyd, but I think a lot of people underestimate the fact that this is a boxing bout and that Floyd can and will clinch to get out of trouble. I’d give McGregor more a chance if boxing judges took points off for inane clinching.