Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category



New Pac-12 Coaches Bring Swift Culture Changes

Sam Obitz / August 23rd, 2012 / No Comments »

Four Pac-12 schools will begin this season with new head coaches running their respective programs: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington State. When a new coach arrives, he normally not only brings an entirely new staff with him, but also

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Belief and Perspective Lead to Medal Breakthrough for USA Distance Running

Sam Obitz / August 9th, 2012 / No Comments »

Leo Manzano and Galen Rupp of the United States Olympic team each won a silver medal in their individual events this past week in London. On the surface this may not sound too impressive, as Americans routinely bring home gold

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As the Olympics Begin, Mindset Will Play a Large Role in Who Medals

Sam Obitz / July 26th, 2012 / No Comments »

Since the Olympics only come around once every four years, they often wreak havoc on many athletes’ mental game. For some athletes,  just the knowledge that failing to medal means four more years until their next opportunity to compete for

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Offseason Work is What Leads to Athletic Breakthroughs

Sam Obitz / July 12th, 2012 / No Comments »

As is the case with most things in life, it is the unseen work that people put in that leads to major breakthroughs in whatever they are pursuing. As Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I had to work

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Time to Review a Few Pertinent Previous Blog Entries

Sam Obitz / June 28th, 2012 / 1 Comment »

Recently Forbes came out with their list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes and  I could not help but notice Tiger Woods name in the #3 position (with earnings of $59.4 million).  This coupled with his recent win at Jack

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Why Most Mission Statements Are Useless & How to Fix Them

Sam Obitz / June 14th, 2012 / No Comments »

Almost every company has a mission statement. Most companies spend a great deal of time and money crafting theirs because it is supposed to be the guiding principle for all their decisions going forward. So how come (despite the importance

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Purposeful Practice – Dancing with the Stars Edition

Sam Obitz / May 31st, 2012 / No Comments »

Ever wonder why Dancing with the Stars is being dominated by former athletes? Most people jump to the conclusion that it is a result of their physical prowess. Certainly this does not hurt them, but I know many highly accomplished

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One Reason Why So Many College Stars Fail in the Pros

Sam Obitz / May 17th, 2012 / No Comments »

Many athletes think that because they are an exceptional college athlete, that it will translate into success and riches at the next level. The higher the level you are playing at in athletics, the more important the mental aspect of

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Why the NFL and NFLPA Need to Do More Post Career Counseling of Players

Sam Obitz / May 3rd, 2012 / No Comments »

After the tragic apparent suicide death of Junior Seau yesterday, it’s time for the NFL to take the lead and set up a mandatory symposium for all players exiting the league. If they care enough to have these symposiums for

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Being Referred to as ‘Talented’ is Demeaning (part 3)

Sam Obitz / April 19th, 2012 / No Comments »

The hidden secret about both talent and intelligence is that they are probably the worst predictor of future success you can find. As Alfred Binet, the inventor of the IQ test once said, “People who start out the smartest don’t usually

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