Something a bit different to posts about reunions with the ex, or lottery wins; because there is a marvellous jamboree of sport and self-expression about to kick off in Brazil. There has been a similar post in the 'off-topic' forum, about the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but it wasn't getting that much activity, so I thought I would create one and put it here in the main forum for all to view and hopefully comment on. Football (soccer) is one of my great interests, and I have always been intrigued in the part that LOA and mind power play in the outcomes of competitions. Using examples from previous World Cups and European Championships, I have come up with a number of deductions: see what you think.
* The bottom line is that the country who wins a World Cup or Euro championship, is the one who is MOST MENTALLY FOCUSED ON WINNING. Not necessarily the one with the most skill but the one whose thoughts are most geared towards a winning outcome for themselves. From such a mental focus, fortuitous events and inspired actions will spring forth, and the path will open up for the fulfillment of their goal, just as they will do for any of us if we are consistent in affirming and visualising. Defensive lapses, lucky penalties, or misfiring opposition forward lines may look like good fortune on the surface, but really they are synchronicities matching up to a team's dominant mental attention.
It's true that skillful teams will possess a lot of self-belief (and for that reason, they usually run out winners) but they can also make a hash of their aims if they are not properly concentrating, or if they come up against a team whose self-belief is even greater. For example, France and Argentina were the overwhelming favourites for the 2002 World Cup, yet they crashed out in the group stage, due to complacency.
* The idea of teams having a DEFINED GOAL and vision in mind, is becoming increasingly important in their success, because it is ultimately what they expect to attract. So many teams fall by the wayside because they either lack of definite goal or lack one which isn't equal to their ability, and when this occurs, the result is under achievement. A well-defined goal can become a source of purpose for a collective group, a raison-d'etre for a month of their lives, and they can become fired up by a sense of destiny once the synchronicities begin to unfold for them. The more the management team imprint it upon the minds of their players, the more they will register it subconsciously, and their psychic energies and momenta will only drop once the goal has been achieved. A very talented group of players should require a goal of ultimate trophy win, or at least something which transcends their previous achievements.
But there have been many examples of teams who have exited competitions early, even though they have had the ability to go much further, and this could be down to having a goal which isn't sufficiently 'big thinking.' A lot of middle-range teams have goals to just qualify from the group stage, and once this becomes imprinted and achieved, the minds of the players will register GAME OVER, and then the accrued momentum cuts out.
Scandinavian teams are particular culprits of this, and have exited no fewer than 9 tournaments in the past 40 years, at the first knock-out stage after the group phase, even though they have often had the talent to progress further. It doesn't matter if the opposition is great or mediocre; and it can be anything from a 5-1 thrashing by Spain (Denmark in 1986) to an unlucky loss on penalties (Sweden in 2004) the end result is that Scandinavian teams usually exit the competition once qualified from the group stage, because they don't aim to do anything better.
It isn't always them though, for Belgium have exited 3 of their last 4 World Cups at the last 16 stage (though I think they will go a lot further this year IF they are focused on doing so) but Mexico seem to be the worst coasters of all, going out at the last 16 stage of the last 5, despite having some very talented players.
And then there are the teams whose aim is to GET TO THE FINAL, and when I hear these actual words, I almost want to throttle them. If your aim is to just GET TO the final, then that is what you will do, and then once there, you will lose because your momentum and synchronicities will have stopped. (The subconscience and the Universe take things very literally). Your aim should always be to WIN the final, and then you are setting up the LOA to help you do just that. Okay, things might not turn out that way (your opponents could be a superhuman winning machine like the 1970 Brazil side) but you can certainly help your case if you are absolutely clear on what you intend.
At the 2003 Rugby World Cup, hosts Australia performed a victory lap after their semi final win over New Zealand, as if merely reaching the final was their aim. England by contrast, trudged off after their semi final with France, with the air of a job not yet done, and a team who wouldn't be satisfied until they were running round Sydney with winners' medals around their necks. Guess which team won the Final?
* METAPHYSICAL MOMENTUM can build during a tournament, and the main reason for this is self-confidence; a burgeoning belief that this is your time. It is usually the case that the winning team will start slowly, and then come to the boil in the final, rather than starting at a furious pace and conking out prematurely.
Italy started the 1982 tournament with three turgid draws in the group stage, yet came alive in the knock-out rounds because they were inspired by the re-discovered goal scoring of their main striker Paolo Rossi.
* Conversely, metaphysical momentum can also be LOST if something happens to create a resistant force in the mindset of a team. Something like an injury or suspension to a key player can create doubt, and laurel resting can lead to coasting and a drop in intensity.
Brazil for instance, were cruising in their 2010 quarter final with Holland in Port Elizabeth, and were 1-0 up at half time. But then slackness set in during the second half, allowing the Dutch to get a foothold. What followed was an own-goal, a red card, and an eventual 2-1 defeat.
* MASS CONSCIOUSNESS also plays a part, and I have touched upon this in my post on the subject of 7 months ago. I would suggest that the country which wins, is also the country which is most IN THE FLOW. The 'vortex nation' of the particular time, in which the positivity and good feeling of its populace, are reflected in the performances of its sporting stars.
In the late 1950's, Brazil was riding a wave of prosperity and development under the aegis of President Juscelino Kubitschek, and their 'reward' for this was to win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. Similarly, whilst England was basking in the dynamism of the 'Swinging Sixties' we won the 1966 tournament on home soil; and Germany's victory in 1990 was probably a result of the post-Wende good feeling in the country at the time.
Brazil is very much the vortex country at the moment, with so many marquee events happening over the middle of this decade, and because of this, they are my tip to win. When a country is in the vortex, amazing things happen.
* As always, there are EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE, and in this case it is that of Spain: over the past 6 years, they have had the most successful national football team there has probably ever been (1 World and 2 European crowns) yet their economy has recessed at the rate of knots. So why the success? This golden era for Spanish football certainly doesn't align with the country's general vibrations of scarcity and failure.
Maybe there is another vibration at play here; that of sport or football as a means of escape: a way of switching off from the gloomy realities of slower-flowing everyday life and economic recession. In this vibration, there is relief rather than anger and frustration, and the national team may reflect it instead.
It is in this same way that an East African athlete can land Olympic gold in distance running, even though early life circumstances of war and poverty aren't really aligned with medal-winning success. They use it as their escape, and the feeling-point around it is very different to what they normally experience.
* PRESSURE can also affect different teams in different ways. Certain teams play with fear in certain situations (such as England and penalty shoot-outs) whereas others don't (Germany and penalty shoot-outs). Certain teams can buckle under the pressure of being hosts (such as Spain in 1982) whereas others actively thrive on it (such as New Zealand as hosts of the 2011 Rugby World Cup). Certain teams wilt under the expectation of being favourites to win (Holland at the 1990 World Cup) whereas others like France at the 1984 European Championship, embrace it wholeheartedly and win in flamboyant fashion.
* And then, we come to the notion of the SURPRISE PACKAGE: the lesser team which does causes shocks, and does really well in a tournament, although nobody gives them a chance. Pressure plays it part in this phenomenon as well. A favourite can feel the weight of expectation hanging heavily on them, and play with a fear of failure as if their feet are stuck in bags of cement (not necessarily because they are prima donnas who don't care about playing for their country, or who are paid 'too much' money). But an underdog can do really well because that same burden of expectation isn't there, and they can relax and play more freely.
Impressive examples of this are Cameroon (who defeated holders Argentina in 1990) Croatia in 1998 (who beat seeded teams of Romania, Germany and Holland) and the biggest one of the lot, Greece, who won the 2004 European Championship, on the back of having less resistance upon them, and the big-headedness of the big teams they beat, who underestimated them.
* Similarly, there is often a 'big' nation who OVERACHIEVES, because nobody really expects them to do that much. They will travel to tournaments under the radar of world opinion, and surrounded by an uninhibited vibration of relief which allows them to play with reduced fear of failure. With this feeling-point they will either attract a favourable draw and winable games (such as England in 1990 or Germany in 2002) or, like France in 2006, come up against misfiring favourites who have taken beating them for granted. The bottom line here being that there isn't as much resistance around them.
* Pressure can also affect the minds of INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS, especially if they are high profile. Going into the 2006 World Cup, England's Wayne Rooney may well have felt the burden of being England's great white hope player, and imploded along with the rest of the team.
Alan Shearer though, proved himself to be one of England's greatest ever goalscorers, but in the run-up to the 1996 European Championship, he couldn't hit a cow's arse, and had gone 12 games without a goal. However, he was nothing if not strong-minded during his career, and knew that if he just kept on going and believing in himself, the goals would come. The barrier-breaker arrived in the 23rd minute of the opening game against Switzerland, when he found the net with a thumping volley, and from then on, the pressure was off and the goals flowed.
I just hope now that Brazil's poster boy Neymar, hits the ground running in similar fashion and is allowed to have a great tournament over the coming month.
So the opening game isnow very close, and the notion that is going around the football world is that since Brazil are the hosts (with their joy of life and flair for the beautiful) this contest is going to be something special. And knowing how mass consciousness can draw the very thing into reality, I have been encouraging as many fans as possible to buy into that idea.
Let the games begin.
The World Cup is now under way in Russia, and I have been watching for LOA and mind power patterns. One of which could well be the approach of Mexico as the tournament goes on.
Mexico have exited the last six World Cups at the last-16 stage, and for a populous nation with a great footballing pedigree, this has become a national frustration. So much so, that a concept of the 'fifth game' has taken hold in the country (by playing five games, they would go one round further than the last-16 round and transcend their limitation).
Sport is great for goal-setting because you can set yourself quantifiable goals, and then once you have achieved them, set yourself harder ones. So for instance, a striker can set himself a target of 20 goals a season, and then once he has achieved that, go further and aim for 25. In raising the bar this way, you get used to setting and then achieving barrier-breaking goals, but it seems that from 1994 onwards, Mexico haven't aimed high enough. They have the technique and talent to go further than the last-16 round, but haven't done so, and this could either be because their aims haven't been sufficiently transcendent for their players; or because their habit of losing at this stage has become an imprinted expectation.
In LOA, if something is very strongly expected, and focused upon, then reality tends to follow, and over the years, circumstances have always aligned to bring Mexico their exit in the first knock-out round. Now though, the manager has sought to remedy this, by telling his players to aim for even further than playing in a fifth game (which would be a quarter final) and go outright to win the whole tournament. Whether they do remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, is that they have started the competition in the correct way. In beating Germany yesterday, they have given themselves a great chance of topping the group, getting a more winnable last-16 tie, and progressing.
It will be interesting to see how this more transcendent goal-setting plays out.
As things have transpired, Mexico have lost in the last-16 for the seventh World Cup in a row. They had the goal of a 5th game (getting to the quarter final) but it wasn't imprinted well enough and wasn't clear enough for reality it take hold. I am guessing that there is still a lot of expectation of a last-16 exit in the minds of the players, and that is what has played out instead. They got off to a great start, winning their first two games, but once qualified from the group stage, I think they switched off mentally. The result was a 3-0 defeat to Sweden, which meant that they finished 2nd in the group, and got a far harder game against Brazil, then what they would have had, had they finished 1st (against Switzerland).
There's also an entirely different dimension at play here. That every player and team/organization has their own vibration. This is rarely considered in such discussions, but it undoubtedly plays a large factor.
No, not really talked about at all. A squad is made up of 23 players, plus managers, coaches, physios, doctors, kitmen and so on, each one with their own unique vibration. When all of these synthesise together, you get a mass consciousness of a certain country's squad, and that is what will make up their reality. If they are very self-doubting, they will fail. If they were very positive, but then let some poor thoughts creep in, they will flatter to deceive and maybe get complacent. If they were thinking poorly, but have since improved, then they will do better than expected. If they are little-known, but have self-belief, they may well be the surprise package of the tournament. And if they are very positive and self-believing, they may well turn out to be winners.
Over the past couple of days, the pressure of expectation seems to be playing out for certain teams: or rather, their responses to it have.
Argentina have come into the tournament as one of the favourites, and since they haven't won any honour since 1993, there is pressure and expectation upon them. It has been described as them 'playing with guns to their heads.' Results so far haven't gone their way, which could be a fear of failure creating that reality. They had a surprise draw with Iceland, followed by a dire 3-0 defeat to Croatia, and look to be heading out. They have however, been handed a reprieve of some kind care of Nigeria's win over Iceland, which means that if they win their last group game, they could still go through. We shall see if they thrive or buckle under the pressure in that game.
Germany however seem to have had different experiences. They took came into this World Cup as red-hot favourites, yet an uncharacteristic fear of failure, or complacency, saw them lose their opening game to Mexico. Tonight, they also found themselves losing to Sweden at half time, and looked to be heading out. That too created real pressure on them to perform in the second half, and they did. Unlike Argentina against Croatia, they responded positively and attackingly. They came out with the attitude of 'whatever happens, we still win,' and attracted this reality to themselves.
There is also the self-fulfilling prophecy that Germany 'always find a way' or 'you can never write them off' and this came true in the game: they were warded a free-kick in the 96th minute, and scored from it to win 2-1.
Cultural stereotypes can also produce LOA realities in football. Colombia have that vibrant, artistic Latin American spirit, and tonight, they played like it too against a team (Poland) who are traditionally solid, energetic and hardworking. I dare say that Colombia's football tonight is a reflection of their national mindset.
The group stages are being concluded now, and the knock-out rounds will begin at the weekend. Interestingly, Croatia have been paired with Denmark, and these are two of the biggest teams for coasting on momentum. They usually tend to do enough to qualify from the group phase, and then be satisfied with that, mentally switching off once that goal has been achieved. (Both nations have one tournament which is a notable exception, but this is generally the case). So in their knock-out tie, something will have to 'give'. They can't both lose, one of them will have to win and actually progress further than the first knock-out round. In an LOA sense, he winner of this tie will be the one who has more collective thoughts on winning and progressing, rather than just being happy to qualify from the group phase. I predict a very tight game, which may finish 0-0 and be settled on penalties.
WORLD CUP POSITIVES SO FAR
There have been plenty of goals, and some great goals too
Teams are generally playing attackingly and going for wins
A number of last-minute goals which create drama
The VAR has added a whole new dimension to things
I do believe that this technology has allowed more goals
The quality of the refereeing has generally been good
There have been some very exciting games
There has only been one 0-0 draw so far
A number of the big nations have misfired somewhat
This in turn has created a fair bit of unpredictability
England are playing well and scoring a lot of goals
Our main talisman is in great form and firing on all guns
The manager is conducting things in a clear-headed way
The squad seem very united and there also seems good team spirit
We have had a major shock in Germany being knocked out early
This makes the draw much more open to other teams
It also means that the World Cup will change hands again
I appreciate the quality of the punditry on British TV channels
The stadia in Russia look fantastic, and the games are spread out
Certain fans (Colombia, Brazil, Peru etc) are vibrant and colourful
The kick off times are very convenient for me to watch games
Just about every game has had a talking point of some kind
The final round of group games has proved to be very exciting
Numerous big-name players (Neymar, Kane, Ronaldo) are firing
So far, Russia have proved to be excellent organisers and hosts
I am getting a real feel for the culture and history of Russia
I am having a pretty festive of things time in my life
Life has the feeling of a Christmas in the summertime
I am finding companions to watch the England games with
I have plenty of people to chat football with (work, home, mates)
The weather is fantastic with plenty of sunshine and blue skies
Work schedules are proving to be very convenient for me
I am being very active, and I am up to all sorts of things
I have exciting things to look forward to in coming weeks
I have plenty of money to cover all of my fun and antics
There are some intriguing last-16 ties (mainly France v Argentina)
There is still plenty more football to be played
Sensation today, as Germany crashed out of the tournament. The cup holders, and red-hot favourites, with the strongest squad, lost 2-0 to South Korea and are on the plane home. Not sure what has caused this yet, but it could be playing with fear, or it could be complacency. Neither of which are a trait in German football, but whatever it is, it has attracted to them the reality of poor passing, poor finishing, careless defending, and a seismic footballing shock.
Definitely a big shock, but I would't say Germany had the strongest squad. Many of the 2014 players retired, and many of the current squad players like Muller are past their prime, and were probably chosen out of loyalty. A lot of questions will be raised about squad selection since Germany has a ton of young talent, and some questionable substitutions were made as well. It could be complacency too.
Interestingly, 4 of the last world cup winners couldn't get past the group stage of the next world cup..
England last night banished the hoodoo of the penalty shoot-out. We last won one of those 22 years ago, and there have been plenty of disappointments since; in fact, it has become something of a national obsession. However, last night we won (and could even afford one of our takers to miss). Colombia may not have been the best opponents ever, but the fact that we won in this way, could clear some of the psychological debris hanging around in the minds of players and fans. It may also pave the way for more hoodoo exorcisms to come.
So France beat Belgium this evening to reach their third World Cup Final, and look odds-on to win on Sunday. The desire for redemption, or to put something right, can be a powerful motivating force in LOA, and stems from them losing the Euro 2016 final on home soil. Now they will want to put that right by winning this tournament, and this vibration may well pave the way to doing that. We shall see on Sunday afternoon.