Sports Motivation Podcast

Learn the strategies, systems and mindset needed to perform and dominate under pressure. The Sports Motivation Podcast is hosted by Former NFL Running Back Niyi Sobo. Here you'll learn how to master your emotions, specific methods for setting and reaching your goals, and how to develop the mindset of the worlds greatest athletes.
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May 23, 2018

Check out this powerful excerpt from a book that changed how I design my day.

May 22, 2018

A good way to know how soft and mentally weak someone is.....just watch how they deal with the truth. If you want to be elite and consistently dominate them, you must get comfortable with reality and learn to use it and profit from it instead of run from it and defend yourself from it. I break it down tactically in this episode.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(2:18) Reality

(3:03) Robert Greene, “50th Law

(4:13) Dealing with reality better

(8:06) #1: Go towards the truth before other people do

(12:40) Deep diaphragmic breathing

(14:08) #2: Train yourself to deal with reality

(15:52) Karen Pryor, “Don’t Shoot the Dog   

(17:29) How to reward yourself after reinforcing yourself

(18:36) Carol Dweck, “Mindset

(19:36) #3: Always define clear calls to action

(21:19) #4: Find the lesson in the truth fast

(23:00) #5: Have your failures embedded in your nervous system

(25:10) #6: Spent time studying other successful people’s reality

(28:00) Felix Dennis, “How to Get Rich

(31:03) What are the realities that you are running from?


May 18, 2018

Anyone who's ever struggled with confidence knows how detrimental it is. I have 3 tactical ways I increase my confidence on a daily basis. Listen in and find out what I use and how you can use these tactics in your life to keep killing it.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(1:40) Confidence

(3:31) Hill Sprints

(4:26) #1: And-1 Mentality

(9:04) #2: Affirmations  

(11:05) #3: Watch those who have the goals you want

(13:43) Killer Instinct System-


May 16, 2018

If you have listened to practically any episode of the Sports Motivation Podcast, there's a good chance I mention this book. It is that powerful and impactful in my life. I want to share an excerpt for you and give you my take.

May 15, 2018

We all want to accomplish our ultimate goals. Action is a prerequisite. However, some of you are too afraid to move before you feel you are ready. This can't be you. You gotta move despite the fear. Listen as I explain practically how to make moves before you are ready and I explain Killer Instinct V to those who want to take their game and life to the next level.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(1:53) Chris’s Question

(2:42) Robert Greene, “50th Law

(5:31) Set aggressive goals and timelines

(6:48) Evidence Procedure

(9:13) Put yourself on Death Ground

(10:27) Environment

(11:18) Accountability

(11:27) @niyisobo on IG

(12:40) Power moves

(12:59) Exaggerate pain

(14:52) Move fast

(17:58) What are you putting off?

Again, Killer Instinct V

May 11, 2018

Have you ever made a mistake and kept repeating it? The signs were there but it wasn't until you really sat down and thought about them that you really recognized them? I want to share with you 5 mistakes I've made over the past month and longer so that you might do the same and take inventory of your thoughts and actions. If you have a hard time seeing the patterns in yourself, I also explain why Killer Instinct would be a great benefit to you.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast!

(1:25) Aggressively learn

(2:22) Learning from mistakes

(3:02) 5 mistakes I’ve made the past month

(4:07) Wondering if I communicating the right way

(6:02) Thinking I am going too hard on people

(9:34) Not getting enough sleep

(12:46) Not talking about my issues and problems more proactively

(15:14) Not doing what I felt I needed to do versus what was rational


Again, to apply for Killer Instinct 5.

May 9, 2018

Do you constantly develop yourself or do you just work with the same standard? Listen in on a meeting with my team as I read an excerpt from Building IBM by Emerson Pugh and make the connection between its principles and my own business.

May 8, 2018

So you have set a high standard for yourself, and all that pressure is making you crumble... Do you lower your standard? Set new goals? Have a meltdown? In this episode, I address a question from a listener and address the real problem behind the "pressure" and what to do about it.


Time Stamps



(2:02) Shoutout to Audrey! 

(2:15) How do you deal with the pressure you put on yourself?
(4:18) Emotions

(6:41) Pressure and frustration

(10:03) Failure

(12:06) You’re too hard on yourself

(14:31) What you learn from “failure”

(15:28) Pay attention to the pain

(16:58) AN ANNOUNCEMENT! Killer Instinct V


May 4, 2018

Whether you are an avid listener or a first timer, I'm Not You is not just my company. It's an idea. A philosophy. I do not want to be like anyone else. Understand that and listen as I explain what the I'm Not You Mindset is and what it will take to adopt this mentality.


Time Stamps:

(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(2:03) I hope you are awake

(3:24) What is the I’m Not You Mindset?

(4:47) A reality check

(8:39) We are heavily influenced by our environment

(17:00) The education system

(21:50) Church

(27:00) Fearless Academy

(29:13) The I’m Not You Mindset

(32:13) #1: Throwing up the middle finger to the establishment

(35:08) #2: Set Big Goals

(43:03) #3: Don’t be afraid of money 

(48:38) J. Paul Getty

(49:32) #4: Chip on your shoulder              

(59:22) Killer Instinct 5



May 2, 2018

This is a must listen! In Volume 5 of Books and Bars, we dig into an ancient book by Stoic philosopher, Seneca, “The Shortness of Life”. Are you stingy or frugal with your time? People that say they don’t have time to do important things are just lying to themselves. Let’s act TODAY, and be fearless with what needs to be done.

May 1, 2018

If you are on my email list, you saw my BIG announcement. Killer Instinct V. 18 week process. Intense, difficult work. But it's seen MASSIVE results. After Killer Instinct, you can expect to have laser-like clarity on your vision, strategically mapped out plans for your goals, a deep and thorough understanding of the fears that are holding you back, and a plan for how to be mentally unstoppable.

What you'll learn in this classic episode:

  • Knowing what prevents the instinct to become real
  • Understanding the power of belief
  • Preventing the weakness to outweigh your potential
  • 15 tips to bring out the best version of you
  • Why creating an alter-ego is the best move for you. Let's go!

To apply to Killer Instinct V, click here

We'll set up a 1 hour strategy call with me to see if you are really ready. 

Apr 27, 2018

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the word, "perfection"? It's a heavy word, and it carries expectations with it. Few benefits may come with being detail-oriented, but it's quite dangerous to consider yourself to be a "perfectionist". Tune in to this episode to find out why, and how you can overcome a lifestyle driven by this attitude. We're breaking it down to a science today, folks. Have a pen handy, and let's go!

Time Stamps:

(2:18) Special iTunes review shoutout to Dan Villarreal. I appreciate you and your support! 

(5:06) The portrayal of being a "perfectionist"

(6:10) A personal, NFL story on the New Orleans Saints

(9:00) Associating with pain or pleasure

(15:36) Attacking the perfectionist attitude

(15:53) 1: Understand the difference between high standards and perfectionism

(16:36) 2: Create a new standard; a new philosophy around failure/success/challenges

(18:18) 3: No longer associate yourself as a "perfectionist"

(18:54) 4: WRITE down every mistake you've ever made (that you can remember) | associate pleasure with your mistakes!

(23:41) 5: Praise yourself for your effort

(28:16) 6: Have a face-face conversation with your parents

(31:21) 7: Approach your goals/results as if you are a scientist | use the scientific method!

(35:07) MAJOR beliefs that have helped me through the years...

Apr 25, 2018

Throwing it back to the very first Books and Bars of the Sports Motivation Podcast! Enjoy!

Apr 24, 2018

One of the most downloaded episodes of the Sports Motivation Podcast. For those who have joined the movement recently, this is for you. This is a next level mentality. Take notes and enjoy.

Time Stamps:

(1:20) Introduction: This episode is explicit

(4:18) The "DGAF" mentality

(5:18) I’m thankful for my childhood, and all the obstacles that stood in my way

(6:20) Shoutout to Frederick Douglass

(8:25) Shoutout to my POPS

(10:53) Pt. 1: You have to find someone who doesn’t give a [hoot]

(14:02) Pt. 2: Confront your fears

(15:53) Pt. 3: Take risks

(18:57) Fortune favors the BOLD.

(19:12) Pt. 4: Create a mindset that makes you immune to failure.

(22:38) Habits never die, but they are replaceable.

(25:13) Pt. 5: Move before you’re ready.

(27:30) Plato’s “The Republic”

(28:32) Pt. 6: Organize your life.

(33:53) Pt. 7: Connect to [your] God each day.

(36:20) The opposite of this mindset…

(38:50) If this episode was offensive, don’t say I didn’t warn y’all!

(40:23) If you believe me, go “DO IT!” *Shia LeBeouf voice*


Apr 20, 2018

You ever been killing it in the gym or towards a goal, and then your results slow up? It's funny how easy motivation can wane when you don't see tangible results. You and I both know that you're not always going to see crazy results, especially the more advanced you get. Gains get harder and harder to come by. But how do you stay a killer even when the results slow up? I break it down in this episode.


Time Stamps:

(1:22) 220lbs, lean, and shredded, is my goal

(3:35) Stagnation

(6:12) New results take a new level of thinking

(8:04) The Mental Checklist

(8:14) Notice the progress you’ve made

(9:12) Acknowledge how far you are from the goal now

(10:42) Eliminate peer comparisons

(11:46) Get in touch with your extreme mentor

(13:48) Raise your standard

(15:42) What new extremes can you take on?

(16:31) Step your game up!

Apr 18, 2018

One of the greatest rappers of all time breaks down the mindset that leads to dropping classics versus being a one-hit wonder. This applies to any high performer and is one of the most difficult things to do. Listen to Nas tell it.

Apr 17, 2018

A lot of soft people who need to hear this episode. If your feelings hurt, then this episode was exactly for you. Let's hope it leads to fewer selfies, less time binging on Netflix, fewer conversations about all that's unfair in the world and more action towards creating value for yourself, your families, and the world. Take a listen, I'm sure you'll be implicated in some way. Warning: I blacked out about 5 mins in. Enjoy.


(1:22) Am I a Millenial?

(3:00) I have questions for you

(3:42) What type of impact are you having on others?

(3:56) Are you struggling financially?

(4:43) Are you working for someone else and don’t like it?

(5:07) How many people would be at your funeral?

(9:11) The Millennial Mindset

(13:08) #1: Nobody cares about you

(14:31) #2: You don’t deserve anything except what you have

(16:16) #3: You are not that valuable

(18:19). #4: You are lazy and soft

(20:45) #5: You are a follower

(21:19) #6: Your opinion doesn’t matter

(24:32) #7: You idolizing everyone else

(30:45) You will win if you are patient

(32:48) What you should do now


Apr 13, 2018

It's inevitable. You will grow and friends and family will begin to act weird. Then you will be faced with decisions about what to do next. Worry about them, try to help change them, or leave them alone. In this episode, I answer a question live from one of my clients in the Killer Instinct Coaching program on how to handle this situation.


Time Stamps:

(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(2:20) A live Q&A call answer to share with you all

(3:18) David's question


(6:30) Different reactions from people when you start to grow

(12:52) What Jesus did well

Apr 11, 2018

Find out from one of the most successful NFL coaches of all time exactly what sets apart the great coaches from the ones who get fired after a couple seasons.

Apr 10, 2018

It's easy to be motivated at the beginning of a goal or when things are going well...but what happens when resistance sets in and you lose your drive? What happens when your teammates aren't as motivated as you and it starts to weigh on you? In this episode, I break down how to attack that problem, get to the root cause, and get back on your grind. Because that's what needs to happen.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast!


(3:20) I  can relate to Michael in many ways, thank you for emailing me

(4:45) Leading people is difficult

(6:30) Story from my firefighting days

(8:15) Establish or re-establish the goal

(9:15) Analyze the purpose behind the goal

(11:34) The Michael Jordan Strategy

(13:30) Focus on a problem that lights you up

(14:38) Gain clarity

(15:39) Change your environment 



Apr 6, 2018

Are you happy with the way you look? Your position on your team? The money in your bank account? Most people give up on the finish line and bull themselves into thinking they don't want the goal, money, or body they really want. This cannot be you. Take a listen and get inspired to re-engage on what you really want in life.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(1:30) Let me start off by asking you a couple of questions

(3:06) Story Time!

(7:17) If you could make it happen, would you?

(8:05) Are you jealous if someone has what you want?

(14:06) Determine your goal

(16:34) Look at yourself in the mirror and realize how soft you’ve been and feel the pain

(17:22) Create a plan and execute

(18:02) Learn from failure

(20:16) READ!

(23:29) An example from a call I had

(31:03) Do not Settle

(31:34) My daughter Rylee     

(35:47) Dave Asprey and The Bulletproof Diet 

Apr 4, 2018

I break down a powerful clip from Tony Horton's book on the need to be consistent in all that is required from you and the consequences of being unreliable and inconsistent.

Apr 3, 2018

How do you prepare yourself to actually perform when it's time to? How do you put yourself in a position to actually dominate when it matters most? I break the formula down in this episode.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(2:18) Shoutout to Sarah!

(4:17) #1: Laser-like clarity on your vision

(5:14) #2: Set 3-6 month outcomes

(6:08) #3: Identify high-performance targets  

(7:11) #4: Create a daily game plan to get better

(7:46) #5: Measure Improvements

(8:03) #6: Track your emotions

(9:22) #7: Create new emotional recipes


(11:13) #8: Put yourself in high-pressure situations frequently

(13:13) #9: Be Compassionate to yourself

Mar 30, 2018

In today's episode, I link up with my former teammate from the Saints, a super bowl champ, 10 time NFL veteran, multimillionaire and also named one of the fittest men in the world. He also happens to be a member of the 5 kid club and I would not be exaggerating if I said this was an episode you do to want to miss. He absolutely crushed it, and left so much value that you'll probably need to listen again. Enjoy.


Time Stamps:


(1:22) Welcome back to the Sports Motivation Podcast

(2:30) Welcome to the Sports Motivation Podcast, Steve!

(4:40) Steve’s Story

(14:42) Where Steve got his beliefs from

(19:00) Steve’s time in the NFL
(27:08) Challenges and Triumphs

(32:22) After football

(37:36) What made the 2011 Giants a championship team

(42:29) Goals and the Perfect Day

(54:32) Cliches on the internet

(59:24) Morning and Evening Routines

(1:03:05) Where to find Steve



Follow Steve on Instagram!

Mar 28, 2018

I break down the track that was responsible for me becoming an NFL running back, no cap. Check it out and prepare to be hyped off some real motivation after you listen. Enjoy.

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