Warriors are not the ones that always wins, but they are the ones that always show up for he fight!
Most people by now have heard news of one of the biggest fights witnessed in History. This past fight, his past Saturday Night, was dubbed “The Money Fight“. Floyd Mayweather, a 40 year old champion with an amazing 49-0 record. Coming center stage to square off with the aging champion was a young Irish man known as, “The Notorious MMA.” As I watched the fight regardless of who I was cheering on and was pulling for ..there was an amazing amount to be learned by both. I see Floyd Mayweather who is the boxing champ and spent years pursuing perfection. I see Conor McGregor who is a mixed martial art champ and although he has losses, his confidence is unmatched. Why is this event so popular? I think because for each of us there is a comparison in one of these athletes. We are either a risk taker or we protect our accomplishments. So what did I learn from these different, but both accomplished fighters? From Floyd Mayweather, I learned to “weather” our storms. Stay calm, composed, protected, and carry on. It’s ok to take some shots if you know that those shots won’t stop you from moving forward!
Sometimes life throws things at us that appear crazy, or chaotic. We do not always know what to do, or what to expect. “This went wrong” or “that wasn’t suppose to happen that way!” We ask…How do I respond? We weather the storm! We face it head on and plant our feet. We study, we observe, we respond with knowledge and our past experiences of victories and championship battles, and then ride the storm out…then we stand in victory.
What I learned from Conor McGregor, I learned we never stop taking risk. One man spoke out on Twitter and asked Conor, “Why do you leave your lane swimming with winnings to cross into a lane of defeat?” I sent a quick reply and tweeted, “I personally can’t simply stay in my lane and try to swim in it alone, When God has given me the entire pool!” We never settle. We never let things become stagnant and if we fall, we fall big. We fall taking a risk. Who want’s to live a life of mediocrity! McGregor made a huge statement, his willingness and courage spoke volumes to me! He showed up and was never afraid to win, lose or fall. When life gives those intimidating obstacles its easy to sidestep them. Its better to come running to the challenge instead of running from it!
One of my favorite life quotes no doubt screams this point so much better that I am doing in this post. Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Something else I picked up from Conor Mcgregor, you gotta end the fight as strong as you start it! Wasn’t it Paul that said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished it”
My high regards and hats off to both Mayweather, and McGregor for showing the world a great match….and maybe even more that that as well. Yes, there’s a winner and loser but to me..THEY BOTH WON!