I am a big anti-football fan, if there is such a thing, and I take absolutely no notice of what's happening in the football season. However, even as someone who hates football it didn't escape my notice that Leicester City may win the Premier League and that this was some kind of small miracle.
I'm sure you've had loads of motivational emails over the last couple of weeks with the whole "David and Goliath" story, reminding you how with team work and focus, etc, etc, the small guy can over-power the big guy. That may be motivational if you have a team or plans for world domination, but what if you're a one-man band who simply wants to take the next step?
I wouldn't normally talk about football (and I'm fairly certain it won't happen again for another 10 years) but I heard something yesterday that did grab my attention and could be motivational whether you have a team in your business or just you.
In a sports review on the radio yesterday morning someone said that this is the first time since 1978 that a new team won the Premiership. Not a team that's new to football, but a team who hasn't won the premiership before. So for 38 years the title has been spinning around the same few clubs, no-one new has broken through, the status-quo hasn't been upset. I guess that's why it's such a big deal now that Leicester City has managed to break the mould, shake up the establishment.
I've been in business 10 years this year. Many people will congratulate me and tell me what a great achievement this is and how well I've done to survive the recession years and still be in business. But surviving is all I feel I've done. Survived not thrived. It's easy to get down-hearted and wonder if, after 10 years of surviving, it will ever be any different.
So for me the message from the Premiership this weekend is that the status-quo can be broken ... it doesn't always have to be how it's always been. With a bit of focus and hard work I and many others can break out of the cycle of sameness and achieve things that we perhaps didn't feel we could before.
Let's go for it!!!