In our last +1, we talked about my quest to be a Spartan champion in 2025 and how that’s resulted in a lot of WINing TODAY. (How’re your goals-systems?!)
Today I want to talk about being a Champ Champ Champ.
← I laugh as I type that.
Note: This +1 is a bit ridiculous.
Quick context: After one of the best mixed martial arts coaches in the world (Firas Zahabi, owner of Tristar gym and Georges St Pierre’s coach) became an Optimizer then sent a note telling me how much he loved the PhilosophersNotes (thanks, Firas!), I learned more about Firas and his mastery of his craft and, in the process, paid more attention to the UFC.
In the process, I stumbled across Conor McGregor before he was the superstar he is today. It’s cliché to say that I could see that he had a spark of something different about him but, well, he did. And, he does.
While embracing Maslow’s wisdom that there are no perfect human beings, I’ve enjoyed watching his entertaining, charismatic rise to superstardom.
Short story for those who may not know: Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who is the first person in the premier “league” of MMA (the UFC) to win championships in TWO weight classes. It’s a pretty impressive feat. It’s especially impressive and inspiring because he went from being an apprentice plumber to a kid with a dream receiving welfare checks to winning those two world championshipsand making something like $100 million in his first professional boxing match against one of the all-time greats.
Now, in addition to being a great fighter, Conor is also a great promoter.
All of which brings us closer to Today’s +1.
After winning the two championships, he took to calling himself “Champ Champ.” I laugh as I type that as it’s so wonderfully ridiculous. “Champ Champ.” (Hah.)
As I’ve been stepping up my athlētē game, I’ve been having fun with different mantras during my meditation, during training and during everyday life.Optimus is one of my favorite ways to focus my energy on being my best. I also like “World-Class.” And, as the bar has moved up, “World-Champion” might have been getting some airtime in my head.
Of course, my athletic goals are really just a means to Optimize my Energy which is really just a means to Optimize my Work and my Love so I’ve been having fun playing with different ways to capture all Big 3 commitments in one mantra.
That’s when “Champ Champ Champ” popped into my head.
← I laugh as I type that and I laughed when it first appeared in my head. (Which I take as a very good sign.)
Yep. That’s the standard. A World-Class → World-ChampionAthlētē AND a World-Class → “World-Champion”Husband and Father AND a World-Class → “World-Champion”Philosopher-Teacher-Leader.
That’s like me.
Champ Champ Champ.
How about you?
What’s the best version of YOU look like Energy + Work + Love-wise?!