You want something so bad. You really, really want it. You deserve it. You really do. But how bad do you really, really want it? Does it guide your life? Do you focus on that want every single day of your life?

wanted to become a UFC fighter. I really, really, really wanted it. I lived it. My total being was centered on achieving that goal. And if I didn’t think the universe played a role in that want coming to fruition, I’d be terribly mistaken. Napoleon Hill talks about it in Think and Grow Rich, and I’ve lived it in my own life.

June 26, 2011, (My Rick Story fight) had A LOT to do with own skill and ability, but it also had A LOT to do with things beyond my control. Hill calls it transmutation (as I’ve briefly touched on before), a powerful thought or desire transmuting into its physical equivalent.

My current book of choice is The Alchemist. Described as one of the best books of the century, The Alchemist centers on the journey of a young man destined to live out his Personal Legend. In it, the alchemist says, “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

That brings me to Conor McGregor, the new UFC Featherweight Champion. Brash, calculated and cocky, Conor predicted his ascent to the top in an eerily accurate fashion. In little over two years, he went from rags to riches. “From nothing, to something, to everything,” he said.

Call him what you want. He is what he is. But you CAN’T deny his belief in himself, and that is priceless.

I find that our imposing lack of self-belief is often times the result of others’ opinions and evaluations. If I would’ve listened to anyone almost 10 years ago, I’d never be where I am.

Follow this simple plan:

  • Identify and live by a set of core values
  • Set a goal
  • Make a plan
  • Prepare to the best of your abilities

Do that, and you’ll have no regrets. Congratulations Conor McGregor for pursuing and realizing your Personal Legend.

Do you have a Personal Legend? I’d love to hear in the comments below.