‘The Notorious’ has gone on some journey since his debut against Marcus Brimage, culminating in his recent loss to Nate Diaz, and controversy upon ‘retiring’ from UFC, and then rejoining.
However, in the lead up to McGregor’s debut in the world’s biggest MMA promotion, there was bigger journey.
A small lad growing up on the streets of Dublin, he was a sporty lad, but was nothing out of the ordinary.
At the age of 12 McGregor started kickboxing as a hobby, but it was not until 2006, in the midst of a plumbing apprenticeship, when he met future UFC fighter Tom Egan, that his true passion for MMA began.
It was around that time that Conor’s sister, Erin, introduced him to a book. The book, according to Bleacher Report, is the reason McGregor is the brash, outlandish, confident man we know today.
Erin McGregor had read Rhonda Bryne’s The Secret, a book about staying positive to create life-changing events, and creating happiness, health, and wealth.
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Mystic Mac’s sister, a fitness model and bodybuilder, swore by the book and tried to push it onto Conor. For a while he shunned the book, thinking the theme of the ‘law of attraction’ was codswallop.
A year or so later, after a bad day, Conor and long-term girlfriend, Dee, sat down and finally watched a DVD adaptation of the book. That’s when things began to click.
The ideologies of the book spoke to the 28-year-old. The realisation that putting your mind to things, concentrating and focusing on them would most likely lead to success, resonated with Conor. He’d start small, putting his mind to things like getting the parking space closest to the shop door. When it continuously worked, this is when big things started to happen.
“We would be driving to the shop and visualising the exact car park space,” he says. “And then we’d be able to get it every time.”
Video: Conor McGregor Reading Law of Attraction Quotes
We know that McGregor runs his mouth, but nine times out of 10 the things he speaks about come to fruition. It’s not blind luck. He believes in himself, he lives and breathes hard work, he wants to succeed. He puts in blood, sweat and tears to get to where he wants to go. If it means knocking down a mountain, he’ll focus on it, then he’ll do it.
According to BR, Conor’s family believe The Secret is the reason for his meteoric rise to fame and success.
The reason he is the man he is today.
“If you have a clear picture in your head that something is going to happen and a clear belief that it will happen no matter what then nothing can stop it. It is destined to happen. It’s perfect.”
After watching hours and hours worth of interviews with Conor I have come to the conclusion that he is an ideal example of what can be achieved when you have unshakable belief in your own potential.
Here Conor sums up what the law of attraction is to him:
“This is the law of attraction. In this struggle, when things are going good and you visualise good things happening , that’s easy. What’s not easy is to do is when things are going bad and you’re visualising the good stuff. And that’s what I was able to do. … Visualising good things in times of struggle, when you can do that, that really makes the law of attraction work.”
Here is one of my favourite videos of all time with Conor McGregor explaining how the law of attraction works for him:
The first part of this article was sourced from the ladbible.com and was written by Mark McGowan