“I’m an up-and-coming fighter and without a doubt you will see me on the UFC in the near future.” Conor McGregor, 2008
Before this, McGregor started working as a plumber apprentice at 17. One year and a half went by and he gave up the plumbing business, chasing his dreams in the Mixed Martial Arts World. In 2013, his prediction became true: he had his day view in the UFC. There, he could get $60,000 bonus for the Knockout of the Night, which is shocking in contrast to receiving a welfare check of 188€ just one week before that.
Three years later the Irish man became the first UFC fighter to hold two (different weight classes) world champion belts simultaneously. This was something which he also predicted, in addition to other correct predictions, which even led to the nickname Mystic Mac. Besides the mystical part, what struck my mind was the meteoric ascension.
So the question is: how could he progress at such a fast rate in his career? Hard work? Dedication? Persistence? Surely! But that is exactly what most athletes do. Nevertheless, they don’t rise as fast. What really makes him stand out is his mind-set.
As you can understand from the initial quote, McGregor is not afraid to say what his goals are. Moreover, his self-belief level is out of this world. Fortunately, he is generous enough and tells us how he does it: “If you can see it here (pointing to his head), and you have the courage enough to speak it, it will happen.” This was his answer to a reporter who asked Conor how did he predicted exactly how the fight with José Aldo would go.
This was just the most obvious example of the use of the Law of Attraction in Sports, due to the fact that the Irish man is the one who, besides using it, also talks more about it. But there are more examples, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, who said “In my head, I am the best. If you don’t think like this, you don’t have ambition. I might not be, but in my head, I am the best.”
Kobe Bryant is another example as he said: “To reach a certain level of success in any field that you are in, you have to have an ego that goes around saying I want to be the best.” Besides, he sees tough situations as challenges, which helped him a lot when facing injuries.
Finally, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was the youngest ever Mr. Olympia, said “The body is very important, but the mind is more important than the body. You have to visualize how the body will look like in order to win because that’s what creates the will. It is the mind that really creates the body.” This quote says it all.
Pragmatically, the Law of Attraction is divided into three steps: the first one is to ask (say what you want); the second is to believe; and the last one is to receive. This is, step by step, what these four great athletes did. Of course, there is a lot of hard work behind the scenes, but hard work is a basic principle. To go further, mental strength is the key.
To conclude, these examples are just a small part of the proofs that Mind Power is imperative for success in Sports, despite being much underrated still. Furthermore, it is also usable in other aspects of life. Hopefully, in the future there will be more public awareness of this issue, and people will be more open to work on mental strength in order to do great things.