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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Apr 10, 2020
It can be difficult to accumulate a few wins, without starting to "eat the cheese"...This means feeling complacent, and letting your foot off the gas so you can feel "comfortable". This is dangerous, and in this episode, I break down how to consistently win, and still feel hungry and motivated.
Apr 9, 2020
Isn't it nice to be acknowledged for your growth? To be told “Good job”....”I’m proud of you”.
Unfortunately, these things don’t get the results. Your work does. In this episode, Dave East lectures us on the importance of getting to the work, no matter what you hear or don't hear. #BARS
Apr 8, 2020

In this episode I break down an excerpt from a classic book by Sun Tzu, "The Art of War". Too many of us try to go for the “Kill”, when we should be taking advantage of each win, particularly the easy wins. Doing this ensures momentum; and with momentum, we become unstoppable. #BARS

Apr 7, 2020
If you are living your life pursuing goals and working a job that you don’t want to, you are in the ZOO. This entire movement is about showing you how to life, full-time, in the Jungle. 
The question becomes... How do I transition out of living in the zoo, to enter the jungle life? In what ways do I need to be prepared?
In this episode, I tell you exactly what you NEED to hear.
Time Stamps:
(1:22) You may have missed some gems from the past... The only way around your fear, is through it
(8:57) Are you hesitating to make that leap?
(14:53) You DON'T know how much time you have left.
(18:46) Breaking down the obvious
(20:27) Obvious action #1: Identify the numbers. Take control of your money.
(21:25) Obvious action #2: Get your significant other on board with your vision, goals, strategy...
(24:09) Obvious action #3: Have a business infrastructure established.
(29:36) A reality check on anticipation and endurance
(33:17) Get ready for the not-so obvious actions that you must take
(33:58) Not-so-obvious action #1: Ruthlessly and aggressively invest.
(44:14) Not-so-obvious action #2: Build your circle.
(45:28) Not-so-obvious action #3: Enter "death-ground".
(47:23) How I pushed myself "off the ledge", and how YOU can do it too.
(52:15) Here's how I can tell if you aren't ready for this
(57:34) In conclusion...
Apr 3, 2020
In our last installment of the COVID-19 Survival series, I talk about the importance of dealing and embracing fear, and channeling it into the right direction. 
If you do not find a way to do this, your fear will either debilitate you now, or later. The choice is yours. We must be able to know how to deal with our animal nature, and channel it in the right place. I show how in this episode.
Stay tuned for a motivational track at the end. Stay safe out there fam.
Apr 2, 2020
In episode #4 of the Coronavirus survival series, I break down the most important pieces of your personal infrastructure that must be in place and stronger than ever, especially at a time like this. 
Too many people do not take the time to invest in themselves at the right time, and then when they need it, they don’t have the space and mental clarity to do it. Now is the time.
Top 3 most important routines:
AM Routine
PM Routine
Weekly Set-Up Routine
Apr 1, 2020
In episode #3 of the Coronavirus survival series, setting goals is the focus. 
Without goals, you will remain distracted and scared. You must focus ahead. I show you an incredibly powerful tool for focus and clarity that will keep you ,moving forward with speed and momentum.
Clearly identify your goals with these 4 questions:
1. What is your vision?
2. What is your goal for the year?
3. What is the mist immediate milestone you must reach (to be on track for this goal)?
4. What are the 3 most important and relevant actions for this week?
Niyi's tips for you:
1. Share your goals with your people
2. Schedule recurring times for discussions
3. Look at your goals, first thing in the morning
It's your time to Re-Up
Mar 31, 2020
In episode #2 of the Coronavirus survival series, I break down how to properly learn from the mistakes and inaccurate actions you've taken, to leave you exposed in a time like this. It is with this mindset and strategy that will allow you to not only evolve at a time like this, but to make constant evolution a way of life for you.
Reflective Questions:
What pain(s) am I currently experiencing?
What actions could I have done differently?
When should I have begun doing them?
What would I have valued more, in the past?
Time to Act:
What am I going to do differently now?
Have I thoroughly/properly learned from this?
Mar 30, 2020

In these most uncertain times, it is imperative that we rise above our animal nature and find and explore new ways to not just survive, but thrive and evolve. I will be breaking down, in very practical ways, how to come out of this global crisis even better. 


In episode #1, I break down the importance of using times of crisis to expose what it is that you lack...otherwise, it wouldn't be a crisis. At least not for you.

Mar 27, 2020
It can be difficult to accumulate a few wins, without starting to "eat the cheese"...This means feeling complacent, and letting your foot off the gas so you can feel "comfortable". This is dangerous, and in this episode, I break down how to consistently win, and still feel hungry and motivated.
Mar 24, 2020
Have you ever put in so much work to achieve a goal, and then right when you start to get close, you begin to sabotage yourself? This is human nature. In this episode, I break down how to approach this emotion, and the reality of what will happen if you don't.
Mar 20, 2020
We are told to dream big and ignore limitations, but at the same time we are told to stay connected to reality and know what's true. How do you do both at the same time? What does this look like practically?
Time Stamps:
(1:22) “Dream big”
(3:02) Shoutout to Brad from Canada, for the inspiration behind this episode.
(5:20) An inside look into one of my Killer Instinct group sessions.
Mar 17, 2020

Fear is real. Everybody is scared. But look through- that doesn't mean it has to stop you. In this episode, I break down 3 of the most common fears I see (and feel myself) and how to eliminate them. It's possible, you gotta know how though. It's already 2020... what are you waiting for?

Mar 13, 2020
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 diaphragm 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?
Mar 10, 2020
You're under pressure already, and it gets worse when your teammates start talking about you under their breaths, when you make mistakes. How do you keep playing your best in spite of their criticism and trash talk? In this episode, I break down the real way to deal with this harsh reality. 
Time Stamps:
(1:22) The "underground" shine/respect 
(4:24) My teammates are talking trash... 
(8:41) Simba, and the "jungle" 
(13:09) The real solution... Who really cares? 
(15:19) NO CHILL: Media talking smack. 
(19:41) A true professional has the ability to perform, rain or shine. 
(23:07) Wanna be soft? 
(25:11) A "bloody anticipation" | James Harden 
(27:40) Nobody cares...
(30:36) You want to be a professional? Be careful of the critics
(32:45) Practical advice: Watch, observe, analyze.
(35:38) An email that just didn't make sense.
(37:37) You gotta keep pushing...
(43:08) Tune in, to your inner G!
(48:46) What I think about YOUR opinion.
Mar 6, 2020
Being a "victim" doesn't only refer to a refugee or homeless person....some of you so-called "competitors" are about as helpless, soft, and weak as new-born babies.
In this episode, I show you the evidence of victimhood, with a heartfelt call to action to quit it. It's time to burn out all of the weakness, to recreate yourself into a dominant force in you career and life.
Mar 3, 2020
Is it normal to feel insecure with competition? How do you deal with it?
What if you've got someone chasing your spot.... and it just happens to be a friend or a teammate?
What do you do in this situation?
In this episode, I break down how to deal with situations like these, and come out on top.
(1:53) The inspiration behind today's episode - shoutout to Stan! @stanrybarz
(4:38) Competition can cause insecurity
(6:00) A reality check and reminder that we are as human as the greatest sports legends
(12:45) #1: Embrace the feelings of insecurity
(13:54) #2: Clearly define your process for mastery
(14:45) #3: Invest deeper into your process
(15:31) #4: Vent, often
(22:08) #5: Embrace opportunities that you need to compete
Feb 28, 2020
In this episode, I break down the principles and strategy behind starting, and really implementing, a new habit.
(1:53) The inspiration behind today's episode - shoutout to Carlos! @562raised
(3:40) Tip: Get really really sold, on why this habit is important!
(5:16) My personal hack: Re-learn the required knowledge on this habit
(7:04) Tip: Envision what this habit will do for you in the longterm
(8:22) Tip: Pick a starting point
(9:10) Tip: Identify the "play" for your sequence of actions
(10:35) Tip: You've gotta start the action. Implement, then monitor.
(12:35) Tip: If the habit is going well, raise the standard a bit.
(14:07) Tip: Review your ultimate vision.
(15:40) IG: @niyisobo
Feb 25, 2020
You've been going at this same goal for some time now, but nothing is really happening. There's no real progress. It's starting to stress you out, and make you feel like maybe you should let it go...
In this episode, I break down the mindset and strategy to approach these very real situations.
(1:53) The inspiration behind today's episode - shoutout to Marwa! @wrecklessbeauty17
(3:52) Take the reality check.
(7:25) Tip: Build the infrastructure to support your goal.
(9:58) Tip: Create a fraternity/sorority, and find your people.
(13:00) Tip: Trust the process, knowing you will figure it out.
(15:47) Tip: Game day is every day, so develop a "short-term memory"
(16:54) Tip: Remind yourself of the alternative option
(17:54) Tip: Listen to Nipsey Hussle.
(18:22) Tip: Study the greats at every moment of your day.
(19:15) Tip: Discuss your emotions.
(20:25) You gotta be proud of yourself
(21:43) The Killer Instinct community is waiting for you.
Feb 21, 2020
Sometimes life deals you a hand that humbles you, and leads to a dark and emotional place.
In this episode, I detail my approach to dealing with these emotional storms, and how to pull yourself out of them without harming yourself or others.
(1:53) What to expect in today's episode
(6:19) Greg Kuhn's, "Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail"
(7:13) Emotions are in relation to what you want
(12:44) Building your beliefs
(17:00) Self care: Stop the bleeding
(21:09) Self care: Separating from the emotion
(25:05) Self care: Re-clarify your intentions
(26:50) Self care: Move
(27:33) Self care: Build real, authentic humility
(29:47) Self care: Share your knowledge with others
(33:00) Will you follow-through with this system during your dark times?
Feb 20, 2020

In this episode, I break down some incredibly powerful Meek Mill lyrics, where he outlines the mindset that has lead him from the streets of Philly, to the top of the top. #Bars

Feb 19, 2020

To reach your goals, you need to delegate time to the tasks necessary to accomplish them. This is obvious.... but what you were doing before? What will you now say "no" to? In this episode, I break down a practical mindset that Brian Tracy has, that makes him incredibly productive. #BARS

Feb 18, 2020
How do you get others to step their game up?
How can you positively influence those around you?
In this episode, I break down my core philosophy towards influence, and how to apply it to your team, your friends, and teammates to get them to up their game.
(1:22) What to expect from today's episode
(4:35) You gotta be on point.
(8:12) Know what you believe.
(11:02) Become self-aware.
(12:18) Study people.
(13:09) Fearless communication.
(15:09) Having goals to be the best in something.
(16:22) Have patience for the hate.
(16:51) Invest in people.
(18:13) You down for the task?
Feb 14, 2020
"Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die."
At some point, you're going to have to face your fears, your demons, and your weaknesses. The longer you wait, the more unforgiving life becomes.
In this episode, I break down the types of characters that most need to book their flights to hell. Don't worry, I will be there to greet you.
Feb 13, 2020

The OG business guru, Peter Drucker, breaks down in detail what it takes to be an effective executive. #Bars

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