Could the rise of Leicester City Football Club (LCFC), who currently top the English Premier League be the sign that the days of big players dominating the underdogs is about to come to an end?
On Saturday 7th February 2015 Leicester City Football Club were rock bottom of the English Premier League. Fast forward 365+ days, they find themselves top of the league. How the tables have turned in just over a year. I’d be the first to confess that I genuinely thought it was just a fluke.
Here Are The Three Ways The Rise of LCFC Could Change Your Life:
1. You Define How You See Yourself
Perception is everything. You may have heard the “small club” “big club” mantra often used in football by managers, footballers, fans, and pundits alike. Even some footballers use the term to define their club. Another confession – I have also used this team to label clubs and players but something in me didn’t feel right every time I heard this phrase (maybe that’s my human side).
Too often we define ourselves based on the labels that other people have placed on us. There are countless of articles and studies on the power of perception. For many years I’ve suffered from identity crisis simply because I was defining myself from the perception of others and my environment. Trust me when I say that it was a turmoil.
So lesson number one from the rise of LCFC, don’t be like the football clubs or players who use the “small club” mantra to define themselves but instead define how you see yourself.
2. Your Attitude And Values Will Determine What You Achieve
Towards the end of last year I asked myself a question (perhaps the most important question that I’ve ever asked). I asked “why is it that I am not achieving the things that I truly desire”. Almost immediately the answer came to me – it suddenly dawned on me that the reason was because my attitude and values were not aligned to my desires. This took me by surprise, realising that my beliefs, shaped by cultural, family and societal values, were in conflict with my true desires. This had an influence on my actions subconsciously.
Lao Tzu’s quote (below) springs to mind:
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
This quote is so powerful that I can’t even describe how powerful it is. Who knows, maybe Leicester City’s rise to the top isn’t actually a fluke. Perhaps their current position in table is a reflection of what they truly desire.
Lesson number two, in order to achieve your true desires it is important to make sure your attitudes and values are aligned to your beliefs because it will determine what you achieve. I’d like to point out that it does take time to reprogramme your belief system but start today!
3. Set Goals, Not Limits
I recall reading an interview back in December on Sky Sports with LCFC Manager, Claudio Ranieri when he said “I don’t change my first goal. My ambition is very high but my goal is that [40 points],”. This sparked something in me. I was like WOW, how refreshing to hear from a football manager. As well as managing expectations in the interview, Ranieri did not shy away from confidently stating his team’s ambition irrespective of the main goal.
It is vital to note the importance of this statement. The reason I say so is because the mindset in which we set our goals is very vital. Our mindset will determine whether we have a positive or negative motivation.
Positive motivation can lead to overachieving, as in LCFC case, whereas negative motivation could jeopardise the overall goal being achieved.
Finally lesson number three, it is possible to go above and beyond an original goal. However don’t stop as soon as it is achieved. Set a new one and continue growing. Goals are like desires – it has no limit.
It is still not guaranteed whether Leicester City Football Club will win the league, with just 7 games still to go. However there is no denying that they have well and truly achieved their goal. To be honest it doesn’t even matter where they finish come end of the season because their story to date has been well and truly breathtaking.
I truly hope that their remarkable rise will mark a turning point, not just in football but in society at large to prove that anyone can achieve what they desire irrespective of the status quo. I strongly believe this is possible if individuals will make a conscious decision to define themselves authentically, ensure their desires and attitude are aligned to their values and beliefs. And last but not least, set goals with a positive mindset.
Who knows, maybe LCFC will release a movie in the near future to mark their unbelievable rise from bottom of the English Premier League in just a year.