Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Welcome everyone, good to be with you. I am fired up today. For those of you that have followed my writings and motivational speaking are aware and realize I have often spoken about the parallel between competitive sports and business. I am an owner of both. Yes, I am 78. Several months ago I began voicing "think the impossible." No I'm not a prophet...not smart enough. How many of read the book "Future Shock?" Author, Alvin seller. USA Today, 1/27/16 edition, read the article re Jeremy Jacobs. Read it again and again and again. All creators, inventors and entrepreneurs are labeled "crazy." Well, if it wouldn't have been for "crazy" we wouldn't be enjoying the multitude of workable ideas and dependence on "crazy." Think the Impossible." Sounds crazy doesn't it.
Have a meaningful life everyone. Jimmy O

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Welcome everyone...readers from over 50 nations are following my blogs. Several have taken the time to email me...thanks to all of you. Most people resist change. "Jimmy O, I like change. No you don't. Stop it!" The sports world is finally moving toward "analytics" at the speed of a turtle. Most athletes are moving toward the mental side of competing at the same speed. Why? Fear of change. Most athletes have neglected that one part of competing/training that has the greatest impact of the outcome...the mental side. Far too many athletes focus on the physical side or as I call it, "the cute side." "How do I look?" Boys and girls, this is not a beauty contest. can I channel my energy in the right direction, rather than waste it and allow my hours of training to be wasted. Begin the "mental process" by taking inventory of 1) your skills, 2) mistakes, 3) pressures, 4) distractions, 5) focus points, 6) confidence level,7) mental toughness, 8) mental skill level. Overcoming fear is part of your mental toughness.
Have a meaningful life...Jimmy O

Sunday, January 10, 2016

One More

Welcome everyone...close and finish are two words used and applied to sports and any business. Everyone faces their Mt. Everest challenge at least once in a life. Dreams and goals are my Mt. Everest challenge. I have daily goals. I establish a written annual goal. I break it down into weeks. I figure there are 48 working weeks in my year. Then I break it down into five work days. There are variables in goals. We all face adversity and detours in the daily climb. The dreams and goals are vital in reaching the top. When we stop dreaming, we put ourselves on "life support." Several years ago, I wrote the words "One More" on a 3x5 card and pinned it to the visor of my car. That card has become my boss. It's the little things that make the difference. Control yourself, your actions. Don't waste time trying to control everyone else. Develop a "pioneer attitude" and forge new roads in reaching the foot at a time.
Have a meaningful life everyone. Jimmy O

Saturday, January 2, 2016

That One Moment

Hello, welcome and Happy New Year!!!  Many athletes get worn out even before the event. Long competition will cause your mind to wander, lose focus, create doubt, concentration, fatigue and recall of a past experience. Fatigue makes cowards of all of us. To change...follow what the winners are saying that I have interviewed. WORDS...quick, flow, flow, relax, NOW. Break down your annual goals to daily goals. My Hero of the week is Jennifer Vandersteit, age 37, died from cancer. Muskegon, MI. Jennifer, you and your heroes of the week. Jennifer spent last year motivating others. Thank you Jennifer. Jimmy O

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mental vs. Talent

Welcome...I am fired up today. Merry Christmas/Happy New Year. Lets go. You and I can recognize talent...talent superior to ours. No argument there. Talented men and women and teams rely on talent alone. They are consumed by their "halo." They often times lack grit...grinder mindset. "Upset" is played over and over again. Upset
changes "I can't to I will." I'm an ol' farm boy. I have lived with the words "plow jock, you can't, you won't, that's been tried before." Underdog! Love it. Farm Boy vs. the Corp. city. Bring it on. The will to prepare. Relentless. Intense. Detail. Practice. All of the above...internal, seldom external. Winston Churchill "never, ever give up."

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Prime Time

Hello and welcome everyone...Self confidence is the belief in your ability to compete at your best in competition. Crunch time/prime time with out confidence,mind set, mental cannot excel. Self confidence is totally in your control. When you allow chance to dictate your confidence, you will be on a roller coaster ride that will devour you. Why would you leave your quest for victory to chance? Losing one's skill and ability because of aging is one thing. Losing because of doubt is quite another. A phenomena...the majority of men and women handle failure better than success. That applies to sports, business and life itself. Trust in yourself. Have a meaningful life. Jimmy O

Saturday, December 5, 2015


Welcome universal acclaim...we all want to live better, live longer and you fill the blanks. What about being just plain happy. I don't find many words written about being happy...
depression, yes. From my personal dictionary, our lives are comprised of "the 4 corners of the world." Time, distance, connections and passion. For some...add a greater power. Passion proves to be difficult to define. We know it when we see it. You can't buy passion. You feel grow it. You start by breaking the "chain" of your habits. Remember, habit and rut are tied together. Breakaway soon as you get up in the morning, do a 2 minute workout. And without a break. Mine...jump rope. In 2 minutes, I have broken the "chain." Passion. Reverse aging.
Have a meaningful life...Jimmy O