4 Critical Success Factors You Can Learn From MMA Fighters

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4 Critical Success Factors You Can Learn From MMA Fighters

I am sure that pretty much every boy growing up has dreamed of becoming a bad ass black belt bad guy fighting ninja master georgestpierredude…

I know I sure did…

Ever since watching the original Karate kid as a young boy I was hooked… Mr Miyagi and Daniel San… paint the fence and wax on wax off… whooping the cobra kai bully dudes… pulling the crane move on the pier at the beach…

And of course moving from Daniel sun into watching the master himself Chuck Norris… and then of course the French Fighting wonder… Mr Jean Claude Van Damn….

Loved it!!

Now a days though for martial arts fans they do not have to wait for the Five Hundredth Van Damn movie to come out before they get to see a good fight…

We have MMA… and the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

Now some people like this sport and other people are disgusted by it… (personally I am more disgusted by male figure skating. 🙂 )

But regardless of your thoughts on it… there are some Critical Success Factors you can learn from MMA fighters.

Success factors that you can borrow from them and apply to your own life… resulting in serious success!


Lets take a look at them:

Critical Success Factor #1) Victory is NOT Won in the Ring.

As a spectator all we see is the short fight and the end result of who wins the fight.

But this is not where the fighter won the match… the fighter won the fight during his years of hard work and training. During his preparation for the fight.

It was his blood, sweat and tears during his training sessions that won the fight… The stuff we do not see.

It was his determination to keep on training, preparing and doing what needed to be done even when he would have preferred to sleep in past 5am instead of training, even when he would have preferred to sit down in front of his TV and munch on chips and pop.

The same is true with anyone who is a success…

We see what appears to be an over night success story in business and life.

But the truth is there is no such thing.

The person who goes on to become an overnight success has worked for many years to get to that point. We just see the end result and it looks like it came out of nowhere (not true!!)

If you want to be successful in life, you can!

But it will take effort, sacrifice and determination… but you can do it and it will be so worth it in the end when you win YOUR fight!



Critical Success Factor #2) Keep on Fighting…

How many times have we watched a fight and it looked like a guy was almost done… but there was something in him that made him keep on fighting.

Some inner drive or determination to not quit on himself and somehow he ends up turning the fight around and wins.

Persistence and a never quit attitude will always trump skill…

…you can have all the skill in the world but if I am more determined and will simply not quit I am going to eventually win.

Success is difficult… if it were not everyone would be successful.

The hardest part of becoming is a success is the set backs and failures… most people end up quitting.

But failing is part of the process… you learn when you fail… every successful person has failed more times then you will ever know.

Thomas Edison failed more then 10,000 times when he was trying to invent the light bulb… 10,000 times!!

Would you have kept going?

To win your battle you have to keep on fighting!


Critical Success Factor #3) No Pain No Gain!

Wow… some of the beatings these MMA fighters take in the ring is simply unreal.

Plus all of the pain associated with their training program…

But these guys know that without the pain there is no glory… they can not reach their goal with out experiencing pain, it is impossible.

The same holds true for anything you want to accomplish in life. There will be pain, you will feel like quitting, there will be frustration, stress, disappointment, you name it…

It will happen…

BUT it is only temporary!!

as Zig Ziglar said: “You do not experience the pain of success, you experience the pain of failure”.

The most painful thing in the world for me would be to get to the end of my life and ask myself “Why did I not try”?

Pain is temporary… the glory of finally reaching your goal will last a lifetime!


Critical Success Factor #4) The Knock Out Punch Comes Later in the Fight

Yes on a rare occasion a fighter will knock their opponent out in the first minute of the fight.

But most times the knock out comes later on in the fight.

A novice fighter will try to go for the knock out or choke out right away and usually make a mistake leaving himself open for defeat.

The same holds true for some people when they go after their goals… they want the knock out right away.

They expect success to happen over night. They go all in trying to score the knock out punch so fast that they end up making critical mistakes, they set themselves up for major disappointment and they either fail or quit out of frustration.

Success takes time.

Anything worthwhile takes time.

You have to be committed for the long haul... Your journey to reaching your goals will not be a short one. Get your head right that you are in this for the duration no matter how long it takes.

This removes the frustration of needing success now… it allows you to settle into a pace of doing what needs to be done.

You have what it takes to be great… It is in you to realize the dream you were given.

Now it is just a matter of getting out there and doing it UNTIL it happens!

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Until Next Time
Keep on Rocking!
Robb Corbett
Robb Corbett Motivation and Success Coach



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