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THE GAME CHANGERS : Power up your Team.Power up your Performance. A 11 week online coaching programme

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Rob Opie No Comments










Talent ,Technique , Technology  , Training and Teamwork can only take one so far in life ……….

Have you ever wondered why one’s best made plans – one’s strategies and tactics –  sometimes do not deliver on one’s desired  results ?

No matter if you’re a corporate team or a sports team –  one has to do more.

Champions do more. Champion teams do more  


Hi, I’m Coach Rob Opie, and I would like to invite you and your team on a ONE -OF-A KIND journey –  a 11 week ON LINE  journey  from Good to Greater to Greater .

It’s  11  week  ONLINE COACHING PROGRAMME to help your team :


Power up your team . Secure your team spot  on the next upcoming programme :

THE GAME CHANGERS. Power up your Team. Power up your Performance

For 11  consecutive weeks, via 11 online coaching newsletters , I will be taking your team  inside the high level game plans of the great champions of Business , Sport and Life – sharing what :

     the great champions know, yet coaches seldom teach !

It’s the stuff of Champions

It’s the stuff that you cannot Google, the stuff you will not find on the Internet, and the stuff they do not teach you at Harvard!

No matter whether you are currently  riding the crest of a wave , or going through some challenging waters , this programme will empower your team to do more –  to deliver on  your desired results.

It’s your  one- of- a – kind opportunity to set your team apart :

 Power up your Team . Power up your Sales .



HERE’S THE  PROGRAMME  in a nut shell – crammed full of Insight , Innovation and Inspiration:

– powerful learnings deconstructed  and distilled  from the world of champions , champion teams and champion  companies .


This programme can be taken by Anybody , Anytime , Anywhere . There is no need to leave the office and disrupt busy work schedules . All it takes is 30 minutes reading and learning per week –  anytime, anywhere, anyhow .

All you will need is a laptop or smart phone.


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The Game Changers presents that everyone, every team can find the key to real achievement in life. Finding real purpose need not be random. It is an awesome proposal and one that must be investigated by anyone who fears being ordinary – John Robbie

Here’s what will be coming your way in a 11 game- changing weeks :

Game Changer One : Mindset matters Most

Did you know that the strategies and tactics you employ in your life will prove meaningless , unless you have the right mindset.

First up, we go  inside the game plans of greats like Lionel Messi, Elon Musk and Nelson Mandela to explore their mindsets – their way of life .

Game Changer Two : Step inside Great

If you want to be great – you got to know what great looks like.

In  newsletter two , we define what it is to be great  –  and what it takes to be great. We look at sporting greats like Muhammad Ali , Roger Federer  and Richie McCaw  – and business greats like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs.

Game Changer Three : Start with Why

Great Companies , Great Individuals  start with why , not what .

Find out why in this week’s coaching newsletter.

Forget motivation , become inspired to do ……

Game Changer Four : Branding is Everything

Here’s one of the secrets of the great champions

 To power up your game –  you must power up your Personal brand .

In this coaching newsletter I will show you how to build your very own potent Personal Brand.

When great personal brands combine with great team brands – great things happen.

Game Changer Five : The One Thing

What’s the secret to life?

Find out in this week’s coaching newsletter what the great champions believe.

Game Changer Six  : Conquer .Do not fight .

There’s is something fascinating about Everest . It teaches us about life .

In this week’s newsletter I will share with you what the great Everest explorers know , do and do not do to conquer the world’s highest mountain .

It’s the same for life.

Game Changer Seven : The Power in the Peloton

Nothing great is ever achieved alone .

Find out how the great champions leverage the power of the peloton.

Find out why  Peter Drucker said:

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Game Changer Eight : Turn Adversity into Advantage

Adversity is the training ground of champions . Find out why and how the great champions turn adversity into advantage .

Game Changer  Nine : No Health , No Wealth

We all seek Happiness and Health – but we often get  it humanly wrong at times  .

In this week’s  coaching newsletter , I  share some insights ,innovation and  inspiration from one of  Britain’s greatest ever sporting  champion’s .

Game Changer  Ten : The Discipline of Execution

Gary Player  said : The harder I practice  – the luckier I get .

He’s right on the money , as strategy without execution is worthless   .

In  this week’s  coaching newsletter I share how the great champions do more .

Game Changer  Eleven : Don’t chase the Game . Live the journey .

As human beings we sometimes play the game wrong . Often the result is burn out .

In this week’s newsletter I will share with how the great champions avoid burn out  – and how they live the journey .

What else can you  look forward to on this game changing online coaching programme  ?

I will be coaching live throughout the 11 weeks !

You are welcome to send me all your COACHING QUESTIONS – and I will  answer via email :

 putting the power in your hands .

All information is 100% confidential .


We all need a coach . Coaches see what we can’t. Great coaches help us push right up to and thru our own limitations. We are ALWAYS capable of more than we think when we really push ourselves   :    Corey Wayne

And the cost of this game-changing ONLINE PROGRAMME ?



Standard Corporate Rate : R22 000,00

SPECIAL OFFER  : Available in July/August only   :  R20 000,00  ONLY

It’s peanuts to invest in the development of your team – given the life time benefits your team will get from this game changing online programme .

Special Corporate Team rates are available on request  for smaller teams less than 10.

Sign up your entire team for this once off opportunity direct with myself .


Benefits include :


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THE GAME CHANGERS : Foreword by John Robbie

–  How to achieve your greatest potential in your Professional and Personal  in life

It’s a book inspired by a man who is regarded as one of the world’s greatest investors : .

   My Advice . Invest in Yourself – Warren  Buffett

Warren Buffett believes that less than 5 % of people get anything like their potential horsepower translated into their actual horsepower.Potential exceeds realisation for most.

He’s right .Let’s change that .

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for.” ~ Socrates

More about Rob Opie . And his performance coaching approach.


Rob Opie  is a brand strategist , entrepreneur , speaker, author and PERFORMANCE COACH  to teams and individuals – helping them to achieve their greatest potential in life .

Here’s his performance coaching approach in a nutshell

At heart , I’m an explorer . I explore HUMAN GREATNESS.

And there are two things I have come to learn about human greatness .Firstly,

Human Greatness inhabits every one of us.

Indeed ,within each and every one of us lies human greatness . Your human task is to unlock and unleash that unique greatness on this world  –  but that is often easier said than done .

My task is to inspire and help  YOU to   ”Unlock and Unleash” that individual greatness – to achieve your greatest potential – to be the best YOU that YOU can be.

And by far the easiest way to do that comes with my second learning  :

To be the best – you must learn from the best

Human Greatness leaves footprints , but herein lies the human challenge that often blocks us from reaching that next level of Growth , Performance and Contribution .

Most of us live hectic fast paced lives in todays technologically driven social media era – and have little or no time to explore human greatness –  to explore what the best  know , do and do not do .

Well, that’s where I come in to add value by packaging all the Insights , Innovation  and Inspiration of the great champions of  business , sport and life – in an 11 week online short course – THE GAME CHANGERS

 sharing their collective wisdom

It’s your 11 week FIRST CLASS TICKET to unlock and unleash  your own unique greatness-  in both your own professional and personal life .

Don’t miss out on this ONCE OFF  OPPORTUNITY to power up your game – power up your performance .

And have some fun doing it !

GET IN TOUCH. REGISTER  . Contact Rob directly : Next Course starts August 2017.

You’re your most important asset. Set yourself apart.

Invest in yourself today.

Register below and we will get back to you within two days to give you all the finer details .



Rob Opie is a Brand Strategist , Entrepreneur ,Speaker, Author and Performance Coach to Business executives, Corporate teams, Sports teams and Individuals.

TO BOOK A PERSONAL COACHING SESSION , email me personally at :

You can either book a TWO HOUR one-on- one coaching session( dependent on your location and my travel plans ), or a two ONE HOUR phone coaching sessions.(or skype audio): Cost R1500.00.Find our more about Rob’s potent game- changing coaching method : THE GAME PLAN METHOD

Find out more about his ” Growing South Africans Great” TALKS in 2017 :




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Moving on. The Protea’s Number One challenge is ……..

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by Rob Opie No Comments






Talent, Technique, Technology ,Training and Teamwork can only take one so far in life……….

One does not need to be inside the Proteas camp in England , to understand why the team produced a significantly under par performance at the ICC Champions Trophy.

They were missing one key ingredient. Again.

Cast your mind back to the recent World Cup 2015 in Australasia. The team dominated the pool stages only to be dumped out the tournament in the semi- finals by New Zealand. The players arrived back in South Africa gutted, not knowing how to bounce back.

By the time Ben Stokes  (258) and Jonny Bairstow  (150 *) smashed them to all corners of Newlands , their form had slumped to an all time low.

Then they made a significant move – coming together in an open hearted  ‘’culture camp ‘’ to discuss what had transpired – what was going wrong .A reality check .

They thrashed it out together  – with no holds barred – the players saying how what had transpired off the field of play before the World Cup semi- final loss –  had changed things and played heavily on their minds.

It had an adverse affect on their performances .

The team had entered ”a tunnel”, and something was needed to get them out of that tunnel.

What was missing in the team was what every great sporting team needs and wants ( and deserves )  :


Certainty builds confidence in all sports, but in cricket where milli-seconds and milli-metres are the fine line between in and out – it becomes the key ingredient –  the silver bullet.

Coupled with mutual trust and focus, certainty takes teams to the top.

The Proteas rebooted – off the back of a culture of  ”creating certainty” – and bounced back fast with some scintillating team and individual performances over the following 18 months.


Credit must go to all the players themselves . And the new selectors .

All looked rosy again. They had found the right formula. The right culture.The right certainty .

But, by the time they arrived in England, that ”LEVEL OF CERTAINTY ” had all but evaporated.

Gone. Again .

What can we learn from it?

It’s no secret that Russell Domingo’s job is on the line. That does not argue well for a team who wants to lift a trophy. Even AB de Villiers, on a number of occasions, had to publically defend his coach’s position.

That’s just energy sapping stuff for any captain , any team.

No one can doubt AB de Villiers’s cricketing genius , but he’s simply just not the right man to captain the Proteas .

When one’s coach is under fire , its vital to move quickly to put a 100 % committed captain at the coal face – one who can create certainty amongst his players .

AB has clearly indicated to all – that he is no longer available at all times for selection.

Why chose a different captain for different formats of the game, especially when Faf du Plessis has excelled in leading the team since the ” re-boot ”.

If you chase two rabbits – you will not catch either one : Russian proverb

All one is achieving by selecting two captains –  is creating an increased level of uncertainty – creating doubt within the team .

All it takes is one small ‘’kernel of doubt ‘’ off the field of play – which will go on to manifest itself as doubt on the field of play .

A high level of uncertainty ( in decision making ) off the field of play, will always translate into a  high level of uncertainty ( in decision making ) on the field of play.

Like attracts like in real life –  and in sport

Poor calls are made.

No wonder we witnessed so many  ”runs out” – even amongst our most experienced players who are all great runners between the wickets.

If you want to WIN the big tournaments on the world stage you must:


And this must happen before the team leaves SA shores. On arrival it’s up to the Coach and Captain to maintain that level of certainty .

Sadly the key ingredient, called CERTAINTY, was missing in England.

Certainty is the catalyst in the potent  ”Cocktail of Champions ”called : F.C.B.


And Fear, Doubt and Worry are their very poor cousins .

Teams will always do their best – when they are prepared – and relaxed (more certain of things )

But, all is not lost for the Proteas.



In Faf du Plessis we have a great leader who can certainly turn things around again. He has some great players to call on – including his great mate AB de Villiers , albeit from time- to- time.

It’s time to bounce back stronger – and wiser.


Key Insight:

Whether you’re a CEO, Manager , Coach or Captain – it’s your job is to create certainty –  so that your team is allowed to play to their greatest potential.


Rob Opie is a Brand Expert, Entrepreneur , Author, Speaker, and Performance Coach to Business Executives, Corporate teams, Sports teams and Individuals.


TO BOOK A PERSONAL COACHING SESSION , simply email me personally at :

You can either book a TWO HOUR one-on- one coaching session( dependent on your location and my travel plans ), or a two ONE HOUR phone coaching sessions.(or Skype audio):  Cost R1500.00 .

Find our more about Rob’s potent game -changing coaching method : THE GAME PLAN METHOD

Find out more about his ” Growing South Africans Great” POWER TALKS in 2017 :


Find out more about his ONLINE SHORT COURSE ,


And here’s more Insight, Innovation and Inspiration for Mahala :

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Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by Rob Opie No Comments






Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself makes you fearless – Lao Tzu


Hi ,  I’m  Coach Rob Opie , and the subject of this week’s COACHING NEWSLETTER is

 Mindset makes champions

We will be going inside the game plans of the great champions of Business, Sport and Life – to find out why

Mindset matters most

We explore how the great champions set up right to succeed in life – and we explore why it is that your best made plans – your  strategies and tactics – will prove meaningless unless you have the right mindset.

And I will share with YOU one of the most potent universal principles of the game of life

If you do not possess the right mindset, you will never achieve your own greatest potential – in either your professional or personal life

That’s how important this FIRST -UP coaching newsletter will prove to be .

Let’s explore the power of mindset.

Life is full of choices to be made.

And one of the most important choices one has to make is that of MINDSET :

Are you a Victim or are you a Victor?

Have you chosen the mindset of a victor – that of a winner?

Or have you unwittingly, unknowingly or habitually , allowed a sub- conscious mindset of a victim to creep in and play a role in your life – that of a loser?

Who’s doing most of the talking on the inside, listen very carefully , as there is ZERO middle ground with this choice in life ?

The sub- conscious human mind simply cannot store two opposing thoughts simultaneously.

Never confuse the most important part of you – your subconscious mind. You cannot have thoughts of victory and defeat in your mind at the same time. The subconscious mind has the power to send sabotaging messages to your body. All it takes is one kernel of doubt – David Becker

Commit 100% if your want to win.


The power of the human sub- conscious mind, our store house of our beliefs and thoughts, is immense.

Control the sub- conscious, or it will control you.

It can be a great partner in success or a destructive partner in self sabotage.

Your mindset, habits and internal dialogue are vital ingredients of your sustained success.

The quality of your thoughts are so important during these swims. If you start thinking, Shit, I’m cold, within a second it will be digging into you     – Lewis Pugh

The great champions make a conscious choice to vigilantly programme the sub- conscious with a winner’s mindset – they adopt a victor’s mindset.

Average people fall into the human trap of allowing the sub- conscious mind to adopt a victim’s mind set.

And guess what happens next?

They unwittingly disqualify themselves from the journey of great – the journey from Good to Great to Greater.  And they disqualify themselves from this on- line programme.

Victim beliefs are a potent form of self sabotage.

They can so easily take away your SUCCESS IN LIFE –  followed closely by your Happiness and Health.

More on how this transpires in a later coaching newsletter.

Let’s now explore how:

 Mindset makes champions

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Lionel ”Leo” Messi grew up in a small Argentinean town called Rosario.

His story, like that of so many great athletes , is one of using his innate and gifted physical talents to both shield himself from hurt and deliver himself from a life of adversity, poverty and struggle.

In so doing he went on to become arguably one of the greatest footballers of all time.

Yet, it could all have turned out so differently.

At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency.

Due to his country’s economic collapse at the time, no one, no club could afford to cover his medication.

Lionel Messi departed for a trial at Barcelona , aged just 13. He was offered a makeshift contract to join the academy – on the back of a paper napkin .

Who would have thought that at age 29, standing just 5 foot six inches, he would go on to be regarded by many – as the greatest footballer ever.

Disadvantaged in many ways by his short stature, Lionel Messi chose to leverage off his lower centre of gravity and focus his energy on his greater agility, his greater balance, his greater speed and his greater ball control.

Lionel Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it -Pep Guardiola

 Lionel ”Leo” Messi, reserved and unassuming, and a somewhat unremarkable man outside of football, proved to most that mindset matters most.

He chose to focus on what he is gifted and great at – he chose a victor’s mindset.

When it comes to one’s physical attributes , another great case in point is the mindset of arguably South Africa’s greatest sporting champion.


Arnold , Jack ,Lee , Watson and the rest were all physically larger, but I made myself so fit in the mind, I was larger than they were. Size is a state of mind – GaryPlayer

For South African athletic super star , Luvo Manyonga ,  it could also have turned out differently if he had allowed a victim mindset to prevail – a victim of his own history .


Born into poverty in the Paarl township of Mbekwini, and despite showing promise as a junior athlete, his dysfunctional childhood saw him succumb to ‘tik’ addition – and banned from competing for 18 months.

But instead of sinking into the deaths of despair, he managed to flip the switch from a life of  victim-hood to a life  of victor- hood –  departing Cape Town to re-boot his life career at the Athletics High Performance Centre in Pretoria.

He’s now in charge of his own destiny and many believe he can go on to break Mike Powell’s world long jump record of 8,95  – set way back in 1991.


The great champions set up to win – first and foremost by adopting the right mindset.

How about the mindset of South African born clean energy technology entrepreneur, Elon Musk.



Bullied throughout his junior school days , Elon Musk is now fast changing the way of the world.

When he nearly lost everything during the 2008/9 world financial crisis ,it could have played out differently for him as well.

Involved in many diverse industries, there is one over – riding common denominator in his approach to business and life.

It’s his mindset.

It’s what sets him apart. Consider his words :

Find out what is going to affect mankind the most in the foreseeable future. Find out what is not working. And go and fix it       –   Elon Musk

 At heart, Elon Musk is a fixer,  with an embedded mindset of a victor.

He’s on a journey to elevate humanity – a journey of mind and heart .

 Elon wanted a new payment system, so he created Paypal.
Elon wanted an innovative electric car, so he founded Tesla Motors.
Elon wanted to give people the chance to go to space, so he created Space X.
Elon wanted high speed transportation, so he is developing the Hyperloop in California .
Elon doesn’t complain about how bad the world is………
Elon is fast changing the world for the better……… 

How about a guy who could not find a taxi ride in Paris ?



His name ? Travis Kalanick . And he went on to start the transportation network company called Uber.

If you have been following the media recently you will know that Travis Kalanick , who is certainly no stranger to legal battles , is currently embroiled in one of his fiercest battles –  a personal battle to stay involved  at Uber.

It’s at times like these that mindset matters most . Let’s see who conquers .

How about a guy who could not afford to cover his own rent in San Francisco ?

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His name ? Brian Chesky. And he went on to start the hospitality exchange service called Airbnb.

Wow stories, but to sum up just how important the right mindset is , my mind always comes back to Nelson Mandela.



What would have transpired in our great country – if at any point he had adopted a victim’s mindset?

The mind simply boggles.

British explorer and endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh is half immersed in the sea at the North Pole July 15, 2007. Pugh swam one kilometre in 18 minutes and 50 seconds in temperatures of minus 1.8 degrees centigrade, wearing only briefs, cap and goggles, the organisers said. Picture taken July 15, 2007. REUTERS/Handout. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTR1RX9F

Here’s the key to setting up right in life , captured aptly by The Human Polar Bear , Lewis Pugh :

 If you want to swim the English Channel – you must leave your doubt on the beach in Dover                                                              

It’s the very same in life.

Key Insight for Week One : 

One’s best made plans – one’s strategies and tactics in life – will prove meaningless unless you possess the right mindset.

Practical Coaching Tip for Week One : 

One way to bolster a winner’s mindset , and destroy doubt , is through affirmation .


Muhammad Ali had a defined strategy – and potent tactics –  behind his often provocative and outlandishly chosen words .He was an expert in self – affirmation .

I’m the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was – Muhammad Ali

Doubt was never allowed to creep into his equation of life. Some people even say his lips were faster than his gloves. There was method.

Then how about the All Black Haka ?

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Contrary to what many people believe , it’s not an act of intimidation – rather its primary role is to focus the team on the task at hand – that of winning – it’s an act of affirmation

More practical tips on how to foster the right mindset coming in the next few weeks.

In this week’s inspirational video story   :  ” We were just having fun….”

Every week on the programme I would like to share an inspirational video .

This week’s video story comes from THE PARLETONES – who happen to be in one of the tougher industries .

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Why this video ?

Often I meet sporting super-stars who have forgotten how to just have fun when the going gets tough.

One will always perform better when you are prepared – and relaxed .

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Be sure to keep fostering a victor mindset. And have some fun too .

Success is a journey – not a destination

American golfer , Jordan Spieth knows that.

On the Sunday morning before he romped to a Masters victory, his dad gave him some sage advice :

Golf  may be the greatest game  – but it’s still just a game

Check out THE PARLETONES  video below  – and how they live the journey and create that human touch.


The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

~ Mark Twain

While in Johannesburg last year at a conference, I met a very interesting Cape Townian who’s on a spectacular climb – life journey . In his recently launched book he selflessly shares some powerful stuff on mindset.

If you get a chance please do have a read :

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The end of the old  way is not doomsday . It’s climb up a new mountain. And when you think like John thinks , it’s a beautiful climb :  Cal Fussman. New York Times best selling author




Rhonda Byrne’s  ”The Secret” explores one of the most powerful universal laws :

The Law of Attraction

In science opposites attract, but in real life  ”Like attracts Like”

If you are gonna play the game right-  your mindset matters most.

Positive attracts positive . Negative attracts negative.

Victor magnetises Victor , Victim magnetises Victim .

THE GAME CHANGERS – ROB OPIE , foreword by John Robbie

How to achieve your greatest potential in your professional and personal life

This book is not published yet, but it will be yours on 1st December for Mahala . I will be taking all the feedback I get from  this online programme and bolstering the book .Please do be my ghost writer, by sending me any of your stories  Insight , Innovation and Inspiration.

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In his latest book , Rob suggests that everyone can find the key to real achievement in life. Finding real purpose need not be random. It is an awesome proposal and one that must be investigated by anyone who fears being ordinary – John Robbie.




If you need any help , please email me any of your coaching questions  – and I will get back to you by email.

All emails are 100 % confidential.


Till next week , when we take a look at : GAME CHANGER NUMBER TWO : STEPPING INSIDE GREAT –  we go inside the game plans of greats like Richie McCaw and others – to explore what is human great .

THANK  YOU CELL C  :  A special thank you to Jose and Doug at Team Cell C for their continued support of our GROWING  SOUTH AFRICANS GREAT  initiative at THE GAME PLAN .


Rob Opie is a Brand Strategist , Entrepreneur ,Speaker, Author and Performance Coach to Business executives, Corporate teams, Sports teams and Individuals.

TO BOOK A PERSONAL COACHING SESSION , email me personally at :

You can either book a TWO HOUR one-on- one coaching session( dependent on your location and my travel plans ), or a two ONE HOUR phone coaching sessions.(or skype audio): Cost R1000.00.

Find out more about Rob’s potent game- changing coaching method : THE GAME PLAN METHOD

Find out more about his POWER TALKS  in 2017 :






And here’s some more Insight, Innovation and Inspiration for Mahala :

Subscribe FREE to Rob’s weekly coaching newsletter >>