It is one of those good news stories that defy the regular diet of doom and disaster. Leicester Football Club in the UK was a 5000 to 1 outsider to win the Premier League this year but they have done it. They defied all the odds, all the experts and most of the football public. It was the archetypical story of David defeating Goliath – a story we all love. Many consider it the greatest sports story of all time.
Everyone feels good about this story, everyone in football is happy for the Leicester team; they are universally admired and feted. We think the reason for their success lies in a statement from one of the team members: he said, ‘we are all like brothers’. Basically they are a bonded team and, as Psychology of Vision says, bonding brings success with ease. And it did, they won by a country mile; it was not a last minute cliffhanger, they won several games before the end of the season.
Until now, money has been the biggest influence on the sporting results but it is so heartening to see the results of a well-bonded team. This story speaks to our deepest wish to create that loving, bonded, sharing and inclusive life experience. If a sport filled with egos can achieve that then it is possible for us all.
And this story reminds us that closing the distance with those around us is the essential ingredient to a successful and happy life.
We salute Leicester for their courage and their friendship and long may it last.