Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category



Answering a Coach’s Question about Excuses vs. Reasons

Sam Obitz / July 27th, 2017 / No Comments »

An assistant football coach who was mired in a difficult situation last fall, read my article entitled: The Choices You Make, Make You which was about the necessity of not falling into the trap of making excuses and learning to

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Time to Review a Couple of Always Relevant Blog Entries

Sam Obitz / June 29th, 2017 / No Comments »

Summer’s always a good time to look back and take time to review things, so here are two blogs (below) for you to read or re-read: Since football season is fast approaching and training camps will soon be opening, I

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You Have to First Know Who You Are to Lead Others

Sam Obitz / May 25th, 2017 / No Comments »

Have you ever had a coach or manager who you initially wanted to work or play for, but over time found it difficult to trust or believe in? You may have even really liked them, but you still could not

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Attitude and Peak Performance – Part 1

Sam Obitz / April 27th, 2017 / No Comments »

Many people wrongly assume that if they have the skills required to do the job, their attitude makes little or no difference. I look at someone with great ability and a bad attitude the same way I look at a

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Character Counts, But it Can Lead You Astray

Sam Obitz / March 30th, 2017 / No Comments »

Let me start by saying I place a high value on a person’s character. However, unlike like many coaches and executives I have worked with, I also understand that it is not as determinative as it is often portrayed to

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The Essential Ingredient for Teams to Perform at Their Peak

Sam Obitz / February 23rd, 2017 / No Comments »

What came to your mind first? Great leadership, cohesion, exceptional communication or perhaps respect for one another? Certainly, all of those components are required for a team to perform optimally, but none of those things are possible without TRUST. Without

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How You Practice Matters More than How Much You Practice

Sam Obitz / January 26th, 2017 / No Comments »

We live in a society thats default way of thinking is: More is always better than less. I can super-size my lunch for an extra 59-cents or I can get a 36-ounce soda instead of a 16-ounce soda for a

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New Year’s Resolutions and Your Brain

Sam Obitz / December 22nd, 2016 / No Comments »

For the past six years I have written entries on why New Year’s resolutions fail and how to get better results. I highly suggest that you take a look at all of them before reading this article (or after if

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Years of Service Awards & Morale

Sam Obitz / November 24th, 2016 / No Comments »

While most companies have programs in place to reward their employees on their work anniversaries (that typically start at year five and then in five year increments after that) most are not well thought out. A 2012 report from Bersin

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The Disease of Perfectionism

Sam Obitz / October 27th, 2016 / No Comments »

Contrary to popular belief, being a perfectionist is not a good thing. The problem lies in a couple of common misconceptions. 1) That without striving for perfection you will never be as good at anything as you could be. And

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