Have you heard the latest story in sports, namely European Football? Regardless if you are a soccer fan or not, you must be familiar with the team from Leicester City in England.
Never heard of them? That’s because they were virtually non-existent last season until they made a dramatic and historic turn-around this season.
I can sense the look on your faces now, curious to know who it is I’m speaking of; or you may be thinking “where is he going with this? Get to the point!” Follow my lead for a moment because there is a VERY important lesson to learn from this team.
The Leicester City Foxes are a Pro Football team that play in the Premier League – one of the most prestigious leagues in all sports. They went from being ranked in the bottom three of the entire league to being crowned league champions this week exactly one year later.
What were the odds of that happening? Try 5000 TO 1
YES I SAID IT – 5000 TO 1
They are the definition of a team that defied the odds to the nth degree and then some – can you imagine? Truth is, they could. And what they set out to do came to fruition. Regardless of what happened last season, they put it all out on the field, went to work every practice, every game, and every moment they could.
The result? A pretty major accomplishment!
They dealt with doubters, naysayers, scoffers, and much more – but it all didn’t matter once they learned that they were tops in the soccer world for the first time in a long time.
What was they’re secret? Superstar players? Forfeited games?
No. They utilized their true strength – the ability to overcome which lead to achievement, accomplishment, and accolades from around the world.
Now, what does the story of a team that literally “started from the bottom” mean for you?
Maybe you feel like you’re starting from the bottom all over again. Maybe you feel like the odds are stacked against you so much that you just cannot catch a break, nor will anyone give you one unless its in the form of a Kit Kat bar.
Maybe you feel like giving up, letting go, and putting your goal behind you for now because “there’s just too much going on” that you’ve allowed yourself to feel defeated and deflated.
Imagine how this team must have felt. But…look what they were able to do! These guys were counted out COMPLETELY, not even given a chance or even a third thought for a moment. They used that “fuel” to fire the up and execute, most notably against some of the regularly top-ranked teams.
What are you using as your “fuel”? Or…what “fire” are you allowing to burn you?
Ask yourself this question friends: WHAT IS DRIVING YOU RIGHT NOW?
What are your doubts? Your fears? And why do they affect you so much? Why are they allowed to occupy space in your mind and heart, landing there on perma-reserve? Why hasn’t it been replaced by positive and up-building and re-enforcing words and thoughts that are there to help you and not to tear you down?
This is where strength really comes in and plays its role. Strength is not just about how much you can lift, press, push, pull, or squat. Strength is how much you can bear. Strength how much your body can handle physically and your mind can handle mentally.
Strength is not measured alone by what you can do, but by being able to overcome what you thought you couldn’t.
We have the ability to defy odds, push limits, conquer challenges, and accomplish our goals…only, of course, if we want to. Strength will help us to do that every day.
So remember, we are all the underdog to somebody…even the most dominating squad or player can be considered against the odds. It’s up to us to find our “inner Leicester City” and prove our potential. Show the world that numbers do not matter and be LOUD about it!
Not while it’s still early in the season.
Until next time…
Trainer Profile: Kareem Rawlins
Experience Personal Training – 5 years | Nutrition Counseling – 3 years | Group Fitness – 3 years