The Most Motivating Video You'll See All Week

By , SparkPeople Blogger
I never imagined that a Lebron James TV commercial could make me well up with tears...

Non-sports fans: please give me a chance to show how this is relevant for all of us :)

This past Thursday night, my boys and I watched Lebron's first game back with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. Just before the game, a commercial started playing. As the concept in the commercial unfolded, I immediately thought, "This is one of the best commercials ever." I'm sure millions of other people had a similar thought at the same time.

By the next morning, I realized I had to scrap the original idea I had for today's blog and instead write about this commercial (my editor doesn't know that yet -- haha).

Even if you have already seen this Nike TV commercial, watch it again from a different perspective.

While watching, in addition to appreciating the incredible story of Lebron bringing the people of Cleveland together, also visualize that the giant mass of people are SparkPeople members working together to reach goals. As the commercial says, "Hard work! Together!"

Millions of people use SparkPeople -- more than the entire population of Cleveland, Ohio and most other cities. So, this visualization is realistic! I wish we could bring all SparkPeople members together to one place because WE might be even louder and more enthusiastic than the people in this commercial (based on my past interaction with groups of SparkFriends when they get together in person).

On a personal note, I am from Cincinnati, Ohio where SparkPeople is still headquartered. As many people know and despite many great advantages, living in cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland can be challenging at times with a variety of issues (like tough winter weather and different economic problems). But sports teams do have the power to bring people together during tough times. Cleveland is our in-state rival. A Cincinnati Bengals coach once famously chastised Bengals fans for throwing snowballs onto the field during a game by grabbing the stadium microphone and saying, "You don't live in live in Cincinnati!" (See video of this on my blog linked below.) He was really a good guy though and later travelled to Cleveland and appeared in a dunk tank to let the people of Cleveland get even with him with proceeds going to a Cleveland charity.

The point of this story is that despite being friendly rivals on the playing field, we are still connected together as good people. Watching this commercial was a moment where it was easy to feel like "We are all Clevelanders and Lebron fans."

1..2..3 Hard Work!
4..5..6 Together!

Click here to watch this great commercial on my blog & share your comments!

Weekly Visualization

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Chris (SparkGuy)

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KHALIA2 12/17/2019
Thanks, SparkGuy! A Good article! Report
Wow. Yes, work together. Report
PATRICIAANN46 10/7/2019
Thank You...…. Report
MUSICNUT 10/7/2019
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Very motivating! Report
EVILCECIL 8/14/2019
Great article. Thanks. Report
Whoop whoop Report
Great video Report
I am so not a sports fan but I sure love this video Report
Wow! You’re right Chis! Awesome commercial! I’d never seen it before. Despite having a connection to Cleveland (well - sort of- Cuyahoga Falls High School gard here) I couldn’t help but substitute AMERICA for “Cleveland”. And yes it had me tearing up too! Thanks SPARK friend. :-) Report
I don't watch sports so I missed this. WOW what a powerful commercial. I agree we sparkers would be louder. I love my spark community and have many fabulous friends here. The support, encouragement and friendship are unlike anything I see anywhere else except my church. Complete strangers with a common goal become diehard teammates. Thanks you for building this! Report
Love this!!! Report
Thanks for inspiring!! Awesome Video. But friends i also want to share my experience with you all. Recently i also watch one video which is very inspiring. On that day, i am feeling very depressed because of some reason. But after watching that motivational video my thoughts changes completely. That motivational video is published by Todd Lemense. I recommend you watch his videos just once. I am sure you will feel positive and motive in your life. Report
Absolutely superb..!!!!
Good video!! Though I am not a fan of him, I loved him in this commercial. Sometimes a good commercial can do more than what they are actually made for. This Nike commercial made by some incredible video commercial team like MJM Media from West Hamilton is one of those, inspiring and motivating the people of Cleveland. Many people don’t like watching commercials, but I suggest them to watch this. Report
unmoved. He left the city when it was convenient and now he is Moses? Nah, don't think so. Report
Excellent! I don't know of anyone who can do this alone. Very motivating. Report
Inspiring indeed..... Report
Oh my, it gave me goose bumps! Yep, that's a good thing! We can do this!
1..2..3 HARD WORK!
4..5..6 TOGETHER!

THANK YOU! :) Report
Thank you! Report
Amazing! Thank You. Report
Not a Lebron James fan per say, but a big fan of the commercial!!! Report
Awesome! Thanks for posting Report