The Real Reason Why Mayweather Won Against McGregor: Three Lessons from the 50-0 Champ and How We Can Use them in Our Lives and Business.
On 08-26-17, two world class fighters Floyd Mayweather from the boxing field and Conor McGregor from the MMA field tested their preparations, skills and wills in one of the most anticipated boxing match in history.
The result? Mayweather won. He improved his record to 50-0 (wins-to-losses) by TKO in the 10th round of the game.
So what's the reason why Mayweather won the fight against McGregor? One obvious factor is that Mayweather, the veteran of the game, was battling against someone who never had a professional boxing match.
Was it impossible for McGregor to win the fight? Absolutely not. Like I've always said that, "Anything is possible" and I'm someone who strongly encourage others to pursue their dreams and goals regardless of their situation. However, with Mayweather's experience of 49 winning track record and his time spent training on each of those matches, it's clear to see who had the upper hand in this fight.
As we break down this fight, here are 3 lesson we can learn from Mayweather that helped him beat McGregor and how we can apply them in our lives and in business.
#1 Confident Composure
There's no doubt, that in the beginning, McGregor seemed like he was the stronger fighter. For the first couple of rounds we saw McGregor landed a couple of hard punches and some counter strikes as well.
If you watched the video replays of the fight, you would see a calm and composed Mayweather. This allowed him to stay controlled and not let his emotions get to him despite being hit multiple times.
In your life or in business (whether you're a salesperson, marketer, an entrepreneur, or a business owner), you will get definitely get hit by something you won't expect.
When adversities strike at you, you have to remain calm and composed. I know this is not the first time you've heard of this advice before but you have to keep your emotions in check during these times. If you don't then the stress that your emotions would create could impair your ability to make good decisions.
One way to handle this stress is to recoginize it. Once you know you are feeling stressed out, have the will to step back and breathe. Put all of your attention on your breathe and just let your thoughts and emotions pass by without putting any meaning behind them.
The more you do this, the more you will get better at handling your emotions. You can then effectively ask yourself this question, "Is what I'm doing really working?" You have to answer this in the most honest and logical way and do not let your emotions get invovled in it. If the answer is yes, keep doing what works and if not, stop what you're doing and do something else.
Here are three questions that you can ask yourself to help you redirect your efforts to a more fruitful results: https://www.fixedonsuccess.com/articlesblogs/3-questions-that-can-change-the-direction-of-your-life
#2 Rapid Adaptability
If you look the scorecard that judges Burt Clements, Guido Cavalleri, and Dave Moretti gave to each of the fighter, you would see that McGregor was winning in terms of points in the first couple of rounds.
Look at the score card here: https://www.mmafighting.com/2017/8/27/16210100/floyd-mayweather-vs-conor-mcgregor-scorecard
In a post-fight interview of Conor McGregor by ESPN, he admitted that he wasn't prepared for the slight change of style Mayweather did during the fight.
Watch the post-fight interview of Connor McGregor by ESPN here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOKZi2bKGFg
After Mayweather changed what he was doing, he started to picking up momentum that ultimately led him to defeat McGregor. Why did Mayweather do that? He realized that what he was doing wasn't working so he had to change his actions so that he would start making some progress.
In today's fast changing environment, we are sometimes forced to change our way of doing things. What used to work well in the past might not do so well today. Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable and we have a choice. We can either decide to stay where we are and risk being left behind or decide to adapt to these changes and possibly even thrive after doing so.
Either way change is going to happen, so you might as well as go with the flow, and yes it is easier said that done. But just as Mayweather won by changing his actions in the ring, we can do the same thing as well, if we really want to win in our lives or in our work.
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#3 Winning Habits
During the days before the fight, people were contesting on who trained harder and who'd win the fight.. Ofcourse in hindsight, you could say that Mayweather prepared himself better than McGregor. However I want to give you a different perspective on this one.
While I'm sure that there are people out there who would side with the MMA fighter in this contest and I'll agree that it could be true that McGregor trained harder than Mayweather in those 9 months he had. He was battling someone who has been doing this for 21 years.
Whether Mayweather had trained harder or not, with his record of 50 winning streak as of to date, it's evident that he has built a series of habits that helped him win on a consistent basis. In those 21 years of his boxing career, there's no doubt that he learned lessons of persistence, efficiency, and from his mistakes as well.
Let's talk about habits for a second. Our habits are a part of who we are. Our habits include our thinking as well as our behavior. What we think and do every single day creates our habits. We execute these actions without putting too much thought into it. These behaviors are almost automatic as they are hardwired in our brains.
So even if McGregor had trained harder, Mayweather already have the muscle memory of winning habits that helped him take down the MMA fighter.
Look who did you really expect to win? Someone who has trained for 21 years or someone who trained for 9 months?
What's the lesson here? Just as Mayweather had built a set of effective habits in the training camps as well as in the ring, we must do the same thing if we want to win consistently in the long run. We must find out which habits will be beneficial to us in the future, and keep stacking habits on top of one another until we have a highly disputable successful system.
Putting It Together
All in all, both fighters gave in their best shot on this fight. I respect McGregor for believing he can beat Mayweather and even spent almost a year of his life training for this fight. I also respect Mayweather for being a smart and efficient fighter and despite his age difference between McGregor, he still managed to win the game.
Remember to be composed especially in times of hardships, it's because that's when you'll need to be able to think effectively the most. Also you shouldn't be afraid to change your style when your plan is not showing any signs of productivity. Last but not least, the one that ties everything together is you must build successful habits one after another that would lead you to success.
What to do next? Get on with your life. The fight is over, you've learned some lessons from this article. Do something that would move you towards your goal. Take action and be fixed on success!
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