Mind Over Sports

Archive for October 2011

Contrary to most beliefs, you really can’t motivate another person. Inspire, yes. But true motivation must come from within and over the past 25 years I’ve found that the higher a person’s feelings of self-worth (self-esteem) the more motivated they become. If I were speaking to a group of people in a room and my job was to motivate them, the first thing I would do would be to organize them into a support group so they could talk about their personal issues that they may have been keeping bottled inside themselves and as they talk about their issues and release them, they’ll start to feel better about themselves and will automatically become more motivated. This also applies to coaches who claim to be great motivators. The most successful coaches are those who provide an internal mechanism for players to talk abut their personal and team-related issues. And once they do, their performance level will increase considerably.


As I’ve always stated, what takes place off the field affects what takes place on the field. And teams lose games more often than they win them.  When the Colts’ tight end Dallas Clark dropped three passes (passes he would normally have caught) against the Kansas City Chiefs, one has to wonder what was gong on in his personal life the night or day before the game?  Eddie George, former running back for the Tennessee Titans, once stated: “Ninety percent of all NFL athletes are having extra-marital affairs.” Of course there are all kinds of problems athletes can have off the field such as issues with their business managers, issues with other players, even issues with their coaches.  But if I were an NFL coach, I would insist that all players on my team cease and desist from having affairs and if they didn’t, I would suspend them for an indefinite period of time without pay.

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