There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: He has a fight. I’m a martial artist. I don’t train for a fight. I train for myself. I’m training all the time. My goal is perfection. But I will never reach perfection.— Georges St-Pierre
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Standing still is never a good option.
Not in the ring, and not in life... When you stop moving, you're done.
Pick a goal, make a realistic plan to reach that goal, work through each step of the plan, and repeat.
If you prepare your subconscious for highly stressful situations, you can create harmony with your fears. You can tame fear like a wild animal and use it to your advantage.
My mentality is like a Samurai: They used to every day work on their technique to make themselves almost perfect. Because perfection is impossible, but every day, you get closer to perfection.
It's not about how you are when things go well, what defines you is how you are when you fail from an obstacle.
The key to effective visualization is to create the most detailed, clear and vivid a picture to focus on as possible. The more vivid the visualization, the more likely, and quickly, you are to begin attracting the things that help you achieve what you want to get done.
With training and self discipline; clear focus and confidence; problems can be overcome and even lead to unexpected gains
One of the keys to learning for me has been to not get so hung up on the past.
It's important to remember the past, but that doesn't mean you have to torture yourself with it by reliving it every single day.
It’s like life. The more knowledge you get, the more questions you ask. The smarter you get, the more you realize that everything can be possible.
One of my favorite Japanese proverbs is "Fall down 7 times, stand up 8".
If you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you do good.
A guy that has more knowledge has the advantage.
It’s OK to get butterfly in your stomach; the key is to learn how to make them fly in formation.
There is no luck in life, everything happens for a reason.
Every little thing that you do... leads up to a bigger thing. And that's the story of my life.
Respect is the most important thing. Be respectful toward others and have respect for yourself.
Every little thing you do leads up to a bigger thing.
A cockroach can’t defeat a dinosaur.
But the cockroach is better at one thing, and it has ensured its survival through the ages: Adaptation. One could adapt to the environment and the other one couldn’t.
Once I got over my anger and rage from childhood, once I stopped feeling like a victim, I was able to open myself to great sources of learning.
Fear can be a natural ally, a homemade power source.
.. Staying in the present, fear can only help you.
Seeking knowledge is like opening doors. And I know the doors are everywhere.
I've come up with my own cure for a closed mind: try it once, and see.
Always pursue your dreams and work hard at it.
I'm not impressed by your performance.
Growth is a long term game, and the crappy days are more important.
Humanity's true purpose is not to become stronger physically, it's to become more intelligent-from armies, who increasingly fight with specialized units rather than regiments and tanks, to garage owners, who use a lot more than jacks to fix your engine. As intelligence prevails throughout humanity, maybe there'll be fewer wars and better cars.
I'm a shy guy... I don't enjoy being bothered but I never say no to a fan. I say yes to everybody... even though sometimes you have some days where you don't feel like it, but it's your duty as athlete to do it. Because the fans that pay it's going to make you live, so you have to do it. So I force myself to do it all the time.
In fighting, in evolution, in life, efficiency is the key.
When you prepare a list of improvements and you make them small and achievable, you won't just stick to then, you'll increase the chances that you'll keep moving forward.
When you pay attention to detail, the big picture will take care of itself.
Because Conor McGregor is so confident - he goes there 'I'll beat this, I will do that' - If I would be his coach I will tell him all the time, behind closed doors, how dangerous [Nate] Diaz is and how much of a war this fight will be and how painful, and long, and uncomfortable it would be, and to get prepared for the worst day of his life.
I want to use every second of my life, every time that I have in my life, to make me a better fighter. That's why I'm a martial artist. For me, it's more than a job - it's a way of living
That's the way to go. People say: 'Oh, he doesn't want to come back, he's scared,' and it's to play with your brain, to play with your mind. I'm not scared of nobody. I'm not scared of no human being. I'm scared to fight, every time I fight I'm scared, but I'll bite into my mouthpiece and I'll walk the walk.
If I'm disrespectful to my opponent, how can I respect myself?
Train smart at all times and do your best to avoid injury.
Training smart is more important than training hard.
I think it makes your stronger to admit that you're scared, because you're not scared to say that you're scared.
Only way to eliminate the element of surprise is to know yourself and now your adversary.
Nick Diaz is a champion so he's got the spirit that comes with it.
So he's not going to give up mentally. You see a lot of guys give up mentally and that's why they get knocked out or submitted. They give up mentally before they lose.
The goal is to avoid mediocrity by being prepared to try something and either failing miserably or triumphing grandly.
It's not the most powerful animal that survives. It's the most efficient.
Make sure your approach is consistent and steady so that you can maintain the progress you're making as your journey continues.
I don't want to be an exception, because I was very outspoken about Performance Enhancing Drugs. It would be bad for my reputation if I would have an exemption [for doping test] - I don't want to have a free pass, I want to be like everybody else.
It's not always the strong that survive. It takes brains, guts, tolerance and forward thinking.
Set your goal and keep moving forward.
Before each one of my fights, I make a point of saluting my opponent.
I salute the other fighter out of respect, even though he is trying to take something from me.
When great depths of unrelenting sorrow are punctuated by great peaks of joy and liberation, the result is delicious.
I'm so busy during my everyday, when I go on vacation I need to pull the plug like they say, and to do nothing.
I don't want things that I regret in life, and things that I have not done - and I don't want to at 80 years wake up, and tell myself: 'Oh I was on top of my shape and skills and I didn't do it.'
The only way to ever truly get your confidence and swagger back, I've learned, is to fight for them.
Everyone is a threat, and anyone can be beat at any given moment. No one is invincible.