I'm sure every morning he wakes up, looks in the mirror, thinks "wow, I am a bad@$$. In fact, no one is more of a bad@$$ than me.....in the entire world."
If you follow this blog, you know I'm a nerd for studying the insight/mental preparation before competition and/or fighting of high level competitors. It's also one of the hardest things to ascertain in regards to any specific methodology. It's a semi-derided moment when a professional athlete (especially fighters) admit they've been to the sports psychologist. The machismo of the sport and of male-sport culture regards this as weak, and mental weakness is something akin to the cardinal sin of fighting and sport.
But, as is often the case, necessity will force us to reconsider that which we might once have never been willing to give a fair attempt.
There comes a point, especially the stiffer the level of competition, where the actual training is roughly all comparable.
Everyone is good. Everyone trains a lot. Everyone eats well. Everyone has good coaching. Everyone has good training partners.
The difference is often very, very tiny on that given day, at that given moment, in that split second.
You are only as good as the preparation you do beforehand: both physical and mental.
I got this over at BJJNews.com, so go check them out (you should have checked them out first this morning when you sat down in your cubicle.