With tonight’s massive Pay Per View just a few hours away, something has peaked my interest about Conor McGregor’s meteoric rise through the UFC and into a 100 million dollar pay day. That something is his audacity. Conor McGregor is incredibly audacious. Almost to the point of what some would call, disrespectful. By that I don’t mean the antics or the outward disrespect that he’s shown champions like Jose Aldo or Floyd Mayweather. What some see as disrespectful is the fact he’s not waiting in line. He’s not adhering to some unwritten code, instead he’s going in head first in order to advance his dreams.
Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?
If Your Goals Don’t Scare You, They’re Too Small
Chase Your Dreams
You’re supposed to identify what you’re passions are, what makes you feel as if you are on fire on the inside from just thinking about it. You’re supposed to make both short and long term goals for yourself and then plot the course necessary to succeed. Understand that the journey is never linear. Never. There are ups and downs. There are going to be moments when you take four steps forward then seven back. To top it all off, you’re supposed to do this in spite of your current situation and in the face of what some would call certain failure. When you fall you can do as Ronda Rousey did and practically disappear or you can stand up, dust yourself off, and get back at it.
When Conor was submitted via rear naked choke by Nate Diaz at 170 pounds, he could very easily changed course or made excuses about the loss. Instead, he made adjustments and demanded a rematch at the same weight. Success is never a straight shot and nor is it ever an easy endeavor. You will fail and what’s most embarrassing about it all, people will watch and some will relish in it.
What I want people to take away from this entire event is that more of us can or should I say, need to abandon our comfort zones and chase our dreams. No matter how big. No matter how outlandish or audacious they may be to us or those in our circle. No matter how nervous or foreign the task may feel to us. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to see what’s possible.
The Time Is Now
Write that book. Create that blog or podcast. Take up public speaking. Go back to school. Find time to learn a new hobby. Ask that girl or guy out. Find the words to express your feelings without worry of if they’ll be reciprocated or not. Ask for that raise. Take on more responsibility. Lead through actions. Go to that audition. Sign up for that competition.
Don’t hide from your ambitions, gorge on them. Surround yourself with those that encourage you. Those that are willing to fail with you, but most importantly those who aren’t afraid of watching you succeed without them. You don’t want to look back at your life wondering what could have been.
Chances are Conor will lose this fight, but in reality he’s won. Both financially for his family and in spirit for himself. There is no failing at this point.