Sunday, June 26, 2016


Welcome everyone...mental toughness is not a genetic trait. It's a skill developed by each one of us. You can develop mental toughness the same as an other skill. The degree of toughness is on you. MT is the one skill that helps you beat the odds. The Rio Olympics will produce talented and highly skilled athletes. Mental toughness will win out. That toughness propels you to "center stage, prime time." MT applies to the Corp. World and how we run our lives." Next week, A shock...motivation and feeling of being old.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Muscle Bound Brain

Hello everyone...yes, you can have brain muscle bound as well as be muscle bound. Causes of being brain bound...worry, interruptions, adverse conditions, the unexpected. Enter, block outs. The Rio Olympics are six weeks away. Watch for the mental side. Several years ago, Mary Decker Tab was being interviewed by a sports journalist. Mary was a world champion in the 1500m. Mary was asked, "what do you think about before a race/" Mary replied, "I think about all the things that can go wrong before and during the race. But most of all I think about winning." On a personal note, I deliver 30/40 motivational speeches each year. I have never used a podium or notes. Five days prior to speaking, I get in my car, drive in traffic and rehearse. I invite disruptions...stay focused. I prepare for the unexpected and block it out. Mental toughness.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Welcome everyone...on May 21, 2016 I illustrated the Ultimate Challenge blog and neglected to add an important drill. I call the drill the Wall Walk. Stand with your back to the wall, feet about six inches apart and about 18 inches from the wall. Get comfortable. Technique in all the drills is half the battle. Now reach straight overhead. Now bend backwards, place hands on wall with fingers pointed toward the floor, start walking your hands toward floor, kept going until your head touches the floor. Now start walking your hands up the wall, back to your starting position. Do 3-5 of these with a one minute rest period between each walk. Develop a good breathing pattern...deep breathes.
On a solemn note...two heroes in sports and champions for humanity..Muhammad Ali, the greatest and Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe. The good always leave us way too soon.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, June 5, 2016


Welcome everyone...I am really fired up today. Response to last week's blog...WOW! Overwhelmed by the positive comments. Thank you!  Having worked with and developed tens of 100's of athletes and others pursuing a healthy living style and competitive achievements..."becoming and evolving and a dream is critical in becoming whole and complete" The building blocks as I see it. Life is made up of Time, distance, ethics, connections, avoid self destruction and dreams. When you stop dreaming, your life disintegrates. Your mental state of mind is your "beacon light." There are three persons in each of us...yesterday, today, tomorrow. Most of us want the tomorrow person. Whether it's you or someone else creating change...change creates conflict, stress, tension and other health related issues. When things don't go as planned, we are quick to revert back to the yesterday person. We fail in becoming and evolving. Mental-Mental-Mental.
Have a great life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ultimate Challenge

Welcome thoughts for all the men, women and children in the world killed in their effort for peace and freedom.
Pound the Rock...every six weeks I challenge myself for two hours with...1) 100 pushups in one min. (the right way). 2) 85 crunches in two min. 3) sprint up 84 steps, 10 sets w/ 30 sec. breather between sets. 4) jump rope, 5 sets, for two min. w/60 sec. breather between sets. 5) hanging by my feet, pull up and touch my toes, 5 set, 30 sec breather between sets. 6) standing in place, hands waist high, jump and pulling knees waist high. 30 in one min. 5 sets w/ 60 breather between sets. 7) 400m sprint, 3 sets. Sprints are spaced throughout the other drills. 8) hurdles space about 18 inches apart and are 18 inches high. Hop with both feet at a time facing the hurdles, then sideways, change lead foot, then one foot at a time, facing hurdles, standing sideways, jump and spin while in the air and land facing the opposite direction. All jumping, Plyo, land on the balls of your feet and pop right back up. After the drills, I walk 1500 meters.
have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, May 22, 2016

You are Who?

Welcome every one...write out a script, definitive, as to how you want to train and compete. Your script needs to be specific, not general or vague terms. Follow the script to a "T." In my clinics and seminars, the first question I ask each participant, "define/ describe yourself." Every participant is stumped...cannot do it. That tells me that if you are "in the dark" in knowing yourself, you have doubt, fear, stress and lack self confidence. You are living with someone your whole life and don't know this person. What a shame. Back to the script...get on track with your training and yourself. Funny how that works...accept failure and it will find you. Accept success and you will find it. Next week, Pound the Rock, Ultimate Challenge! Warning...only for the strong, not the weak.
Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Gravity Leadership

Welcome everyone...last weeks blog, Winning Vision blew up with your positive response. That blog is the all time leader in "hits" for that blog...and added a thought that I had omitted. Leadership gravitates to the task the world of sports, the competitor gravitates to the level competent. In my clinics, seminars and speeches I use some of the same language and applications for the business world as well as sports. Brand the word gravity in your mind. What happens in "gravity time." 1) you reach levels elitism. 2) You settle for a lower level. 3) You accept failure over success. 4) You quit. As you ascend keep locking it in.
Have a meaningful life...Jimmy O