Why did Leicester City win the Premier League last season? They believed in themselves every step of the way, even when no one else did. This season, there could be as many as seven teams capable of winning the Premier League. But of course, only the team with the right mentality will.
Jose Mourinho became a huge figure in British football, adored by fans and hated by others because of his absolute self- belief which makes him claim to be “the Special One.”
This new Premier League season seems more unpredictable than most. In part this is due to last season and the complete collapse of the natural order. Leicester City won the league even though they had much smaller budget than other clubs in the league.
This season Jose Mourinho spent close to £150million on the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But it is no secret that the 53-year-old Manchester United manager has unwavering amounts of self-belief his team can win the Premier League this season. Remember, he is the self proclaimed “Special One” when he famously introduced himself to English football in 2004 upon his arrival at Chelsea.
In order to succeed you must believe that you are “a Special One” and capable of success. Believe in yourself, even when everyone else expects you to fail. This means that you must be optimistic even when others are pessimistic about you. If you don’t believe in yourself, you will lack the willpower and motivation to push against obstacles.
If any club wants to win the Premier League this season they must be willing to give it whatever it takes, and that includes self-belief. Footballers must believe in themselves and their management must supply all the necessary resources. Although we now know that merely throwing money around by buying expensive players does not guarantee success. Otherwise, it would have been difficult for Leicester to produce one of the greatest sporting shocks, winning last season’s Premier League title and qualify for the Champions League for the first time with very little budget.
Tenis star – Venus Williams explained, “some people say I have attitude – maybe I do… but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.”
Rafael Van Der Vaart, the former Tottenham player once said “You have to believe in yourself. Belief is one of the biggest things in football. If you believe you can win the Premier League then of course, it can happen.”
Mesut Ozil, the 26-year-old Arsenal playmaker has enjoyed a sparkling career in London so far, but during his first two seasons at the Emirates, many fans failed to demonstrate any sign of confidence in the guy now known as the King of Assist.
When fans criticized him about two years ago, Ozil insisted he was strong enough to deal with any criticism that came his way and remains solely focused on his ability. Ozil told Arsenal Player “You have to have fun and believe in yourself.”
“I just try to enjoy everything – even if there is bad press, if the fans are angry or when things in your private life don’t go as you would like. You have to make your own experiences. I’m a positive person who enjoys every aspect of life.”
Pep Guardiola has admitted that it may take time for Manchester City to play the way he wants but has demanded they will play with “soul” (in other words, self-belief) from the start of their Premier League campaign.
So what’s the miracle behind Leicester and sports men and women like Williams, Ozil and Van Der Vaart, and how could you transfer such miracles to your business, ministry or career? The key ingredient is self-belief. They believed in themselves every step of the way. And why not? If you don’t have faith in your own ability, nobody else will.
If you take a look at the Philippians 4:13 you’ll discover that Paul the apostle was a man who believed in himself when he said “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” In other words Paul said: I am ready for anything and equal to any tasks through Him who infuses me with inner strength.
If you are strong enough to believe in yourself, your work will be rewarded with success. Could that be the reason 2 Chronicles 15:7 said “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
Don’t expect everyone to be excited about your ability. Not everyone would think highly of you. If you have a vision, don’t be discouraged if someone does not think highly of it. It is your vision and you must not allow your ambition to be deflated because someone does not believe in you.
Rejections can derail your vision if you allow it. It is like a job search scenario. If you allow the rejection letters you receive from employers to put you off job hunting, you may never gain fulfilling employment. Likewise, if you allow disappointments in relationship to affect you, it might deprive you of the chance of a longer and lasting relationship.
Don’t give anyone the permission to pull you down. The only person who can pull you down is yourself. Are you going to allow you to pull yourself down?