The Power of Collective Belief
A collective belief is the most powerful thing in sports. Whether it starts with a team, stadium, city, country, or even the world, collective belief is the inspiration to make your perception a reality. A group of people with the same energy striving for the same goal can do anything. If you don’t believe it, just look at the sports world this year with the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, and, of course, the Chicago Cubs.
Sports are a bug light to attract and unite people. People want to be around inspiration. They want to be connected to that which inspires them. Some studies even show that having a football team in your city exponentially raises property rental prices.
World Series 2016 and Inspiration
The 2016 World Series showed the power of collective belief in more ways than one. First, we saw the collective belief of a team. Jason Heyward gave an inspirational speech to his squad during Game Seven’s rain delay. After the Cubs gave away their lead twice in the series-clinching game, the team had a negative perception about where they stood. They thought the curse of the goat was still alive. Despite being tied, the team had a collective belief that they might fall short in their comeback bid. Jason Heyward, who had been struggling himself, reminded the team what they were capable of and how they got there. Heyward reignited the team with its winning collective belief, inspired them, then they went out and accomplished their goal.
The Cleveland Indians demonstrated another great example of collective belief, changing the least attractive city to live in into one of the top best cities to live by creating Believeland. From the 3-1 comeback by the great LeBron James, born in Northeast Ohio, to Stipe Miocic’s UFC Championship, and, finally, the Indians’ unbelievable run to almost winning the World Series. The city of Cleveland’s transformation shows that inspiration and collective belief can change a team, a stadium, a city, a country, and even the world.
What beat the Indians was the collective belief of a hundred and eight years’ worth of desire for a championship. Many Cubs fans took to Wrigley before the game to write messages to their loved ones that could not witness the game. Some even visited the graves of loved ones and watched the game together. The Cubs changed the way they looked at things, and they believed that they were destined to win from the beginning of the season. Collective belief helped them manifest it and get past their previous belief of being cursed. Let’s face it, W’s are much more inspirational than goats, anyway.
By: David Meltzer