Conor McGregor’s Confidence | How To Be Confident | Practical Analysis

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Confident body language:
When you watch Conor McGregor during press conferences and interviews you will notice that he often takes up a lot of room. He sits comfortably as if he was home alone watching a new episode of Game of Thrones in his pyjamas.
During the UFC 196 press conference, the power of his confident body language is clearly displayed. Conor has elbows spread out almost like an eagle. His opponent Rafael Dos Anjos has closed body language. Dos Anjos’s arms are tucked under the table, his shoulders are tucked in and he keeps his head down as he talks. His body language is clearly weak and as a result, he gets dominated in the interaction.

The problem with having closed off, weak, and passive body language is that it can create a negative feedback loop during your social interactions. You lose confidence simply by being in these passive positions, your mind notices that you have bad body language and in turn makes you feel more nervous. Your nerves lead you to more close off body language which leads you to less confidence and the cycle continues until you lose your power.

Confident Speaking:
When you watch Conor McGregor it becomes very clear that he is comfortable speaking. When he speaks he often slows himself down to emphasise an important point. He speaks with purpose and is deliberate about his delivery. Watch many of his press conferences and you will see that he dominates the conversations while other fighters often remain silent.

Nervous people usually talk very fast. They talk fast because they don’t like the spotlight being on them. Often, they are under the impression that if they don’t speak fast enough people will ignore them. You might have felt this feeling before perhaps back in school when you were asked to answer a question. Usually, your heart rate increases and you begin to feel uneasy, this unease is what forces you speak faster than usual.

Confident people don’t give a fuck about the spotlight, they are going to say what they are going to say and will take their time saying it. They don’t feel t the pressure that most people experience while talking. They understand that what they have to say is valuable, and that people want to listen.

This understanding allows them to take longer pauses and change up their cadence making them more engaging.
Good eye contact is also a must; Conor McGregor has very good eye contact when he is talking to people. Poor eye contact displays weakness and insecurities, things that you must overcome.

Confident Visualisations

Conor McGregor is a huge proponent of visualisation. Perhaps his most popular example visualisation came before the Jose Aldo fight. Conor said:

“I felt when we stared down, I felt his right hand was twitching, which was a subtle tell for me. He’s ready to unload that right hand and I feel that could be a downfall for him. If he lets that right hand go, I will not be there.”

For those who watched the fight, you know that his prediction was spot on. Conor attributes his visualisations of the fight as the key to his victory.
Conor has said that he visualises everything from the clothes that he will wear to the cars that he will drive and the how his fights will go.

Visualisation is a tool that is incredibly important. It allows you to play scenarios in your head over and over again until they become real to your subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind is influenced through repetition. If you envision yourself at your most confident and charismatic over and over again, you will become that character you envision. The movie ‘Fight Club’ did a good job of showing this process. The protagonist creates a character ‘Tyler Durden’ in his mind who is his ideal self. We can create ourselves through our thoughts just as much as our actions.

Conor McGregor is a big believer in the ‘law of attraction’ in regards to visualisation. He often talks about the power of visualisations and how they have aided him in his victories.

If you want to build confidence like Conor McGregor make sure you pay attention to the tips outlined in this breakdown. These tips aren’t just for him but are for everybody.

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