Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category



Don’t Let What You Can’t Control, Get in the Way of What You Can Control

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

It never ceases to amaze me how much time is wasted by people worrying about things that are beyond their control. Yet when it comes to taking care of things that are completely within their control, they tend to procrastinate.

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The Road Less Traveled

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

I often talk about the importance of culture and character in building a team, whether it is in sports or in business. Despite overwhelming evidence that point to the importance of both of these factors in sustained success, very few

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How To Get Results – Updated for 2012

Sam Obitz / December 29th, 2011 / No Comments »

Last year I wrote an entry with the same title here that focused on my disdain for New Year’s resolutions and preference for New Year’s goals instead. It is often said that goals are simply dreams with a timeline. I

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When Words and Actions Are at Odds, Everyone Involved Loses

Sam Obitz / December 15th, 2011 / No Comments »

The brawl that took place in the final seconds of the annual “Crosstown Shootout” basketball game between the University of Cincinnati and 8th ranked Xavier University this past weekend was regrettable and embarrassing. There was even the suggestion that assault

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Rest in Peace Chester McGlockton

Sam Obitz / December 1st, 2011 / No Comments »

I am writing this today with a bit of a heavy heart. We all have proverbial Achilles’ heels in our lives that we struggle with and I am facing one of mine today as I learned that an old friend

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Chip Kelly Is Anything But Reckless

Sam Obitz / November 18th, 2011 / No Comments »

Calling Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly reckless is no different than calling Copernicus, Abraham Lincoln or Joseph Lister reckless. During Copernicus’ time, conventional wisdom was that the Earth was at the center of the Solar System. Copernicus, rather than

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‘The Games You Remember Are Played in November’

Sam Obitz / November 7th, 2011 / No Comments »

I first heard this phrase used in describing college football when I was a teenager. I’m not sure who originated this saying, but I have seen this play out year after year ever since then. We just completed the first

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Time to Review a Couple of Pertinent Blog Entries

Sam Obitz / October 24th, 2011 / No Comments »

It’s been a while since we have done any reviews, so: Among the headlines in today’s sports page was the news that the Kentucky Wildcats are a heavy favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball title. This immediately brought

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Being Referred to As ‘Talented’ Is Demeaning (Part 2)

Sam Obitz / October 10th, 2011 / No Comments »

I teach my clients to take umbrage when anyone calls them talented. It is an insult of the highest order. At best, it devalues all the hard work and effort they have put in to get where they are, and at worst, it is like calling them an underachiever/disappointment.

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Neuheisel Is Finally Learning on the Job… But Is It Too Little Too Late?

Sam Obitz / September 26th, 2011 / No Comments »

I was encouraged to read in yesterday’s newspaper that Rick Neuheisel decided to take responsibility for failing to communicate that he wanted his punter to kick the ball out of bounds, resulting in an 85-yard return for a “Momentum-swinging touchdown”

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