After working his way to the top of the game, becoming a great champion, and defending his belt a staggering 9 times, Georges St- Pierre (GSP) decided to walk away from the sport.
Now, after 4 long years away, the greatest champion the UFC has ever seen makes his return.
While not everyone is into mixed martial arts, there are a few valuable lessons we can takeaway from the legend that is GSP.
Success leaves clues, as they say, and these breadcrumbs can be applied to your fitness, health, and lifestyle.
#1 Let Your Actions Do the Talking
Maybe it's because he doesn't believe in trash talk. Maybe it's because English is his second language. Either way, GSP isn't into chit chat.
He doesn't sell fights by trashing his opponent, and he doesn't scream about everything he's going to do.
Instead, he puts in the work and shows up on fight night to do what he does best.
It's a lot easier to talk about what you want to do than it is to put your head down and take action.
Now, there's nothing wrong with talking about your goals and how you plan on attacking them. Just don't let it distract you from what really gets you results.
In the gym. In the kitchen. Everywhere.
No more overthinking. No more planning. No more waiting for the perfect time.
Instead, take action. Just one. Then take another. And watch these actions grow into massive progress.
#2 Have Fun With It
It's easy to see that GSP is having a blast out here.
During the face-off with his fired-up opponent, Michael Bisping, he was all smiles.
He's loose, he's in flow, and he's loving every moment of this process.
This is worth noting for two reasons:
1) If you want to do something to the best of your ability, you can't do it when you're tight, rigid, and stressed.
You're at your best when you're relaxed and having fun.
2) There's so much to enjoy about this experience we call life, but we miss out on much of it due to fear and stress. Nothing is that serious, so we might as well have some fun.
It's not that serous, bro. Relax, have some fun, and enjoy these precious moments.
#3 Hard Work
Returning to the UFC to fight the champ after being away for 4 years would be a figurative death sentence for most.
But not for GSP.
Despite his massive layoff, Georges is the favorite to win.
Now, GSP is an extremely skilled martial artist, and one of the finest athletes of our generation. But one of the biggest reasons his 4-year hiatus won't be much a factor is this...
GSP puts in work.
Sure, he hasn't seen the inside of a UFC octagon in 4 years, but that doesn't mean he's been drinking Molson Canadian, eating poutine, and watching Trailer Park Boys.
Everyone who knows GSP knows he's spent those 4 years in the gym training, sparring, and getting better.
And that's what makes Georges great. Despite being blessed with loads of natural talent, he still puts in work.
Hard work is the X factor.
You can't dictate your genetics. You can't choose your parents. And you can't decide which part of the world you're born in.
But you decide how hard you're willing to work.
Ignoring the things you can't control, while doubling down on the things you do is how you get the best results possible.
That's it guys. If you're watching the fights tonight, I hope you enjoy.
And even if you aren't, I hope you were able to take something away from the greatness that is Georges St- Pierre.