A Diamond in the Rough: Looking Outward for Self-Actualization

Every day we wake up with a choice: Do we let our natural self-centeredness take over and lead us towards doubts and fears or do we choose to focus on love, wisdom, and courage, which leads to extraordinary experiences and self-actualization?

Human nature is to be pre-occupied with ourselves, which brings the restricted views of our own eyes, preconceptions and experiences. This leads to constant awareness of our failures and limits, blocking the view of possibilities, stunting our growth. I call this self-centeredness (not to be confused with the morality of selfishness).

The above is an excerpt from Jim Murphy’s “Life Diamond” in which he talks about the basis for our fears and the choices we both consciously and sub-consciously make that keeps us bound in a relentless cycle of self-centered scrutiny against a standard that is beyond our control.

So what is in our control, and what can we do to realign our focus and ultimately our self-image to become productive, well-balanced human beings? Human beings who possess a generous and more accurate understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live?

Joining us on the December 21st PI Window on Business Show is performance enhancement coach and the author of “Inner Excellence” Jim Murphy, whose breakout and breakthrough book is empowering people to get to their point of “Extraordinary Performance and Passionate Living!”

Jim Murphy "Inner Excellence"

About Jim:

Jim is a Performance Coach to collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes, as well as a motivational speaker. He is also the Mental Skills Coach for Baseball Player University (Fox Sports Net). Jim received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Washington while playing professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization. After his baseball career ended he enrolled in graduate school at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and played football. He was named special teams player of the year as well as one of the top athletes in (head coach) Frank Smith’s 20 year tenure at UBC. After a year of graduate school, Jim coached one year of high school baseball in Seattle, Wa and took a team with a losing record the previous year to an undefeated season.

Jim returned to pro baseball after a four year layoff (due to injury) and immediately was a unanimous choice to the All-star team. The following year Jim returned to UBC and soon completed his Masters Degree in Human Kinetics (Coaching Science) where he studied sports psychology and exercise physiology. His master’s paper was On Becoming a Champion: Principles of Championship Teams, which became the book Dugout Wisdom: The Ten Principles of Championship Teams.

Collegiate Baseball magazine has called Dugout Wisdom “one of the most important books to ever hit the shelves on baseball.” For the book Jim interviewed coaching legends such as Sparky Anderson, Jim Leyland, Rod Dedeaux, Tom Kelly, and Dusty Baker; GM’s such as Dave Dombrowski and Pat Gillick, college coaches such as Ron Polk, Pat Murphy, Andy Lopez, Ed Cheff, Rod Delmonico, and many more championship managers and coaches.

During graduate school Jim started a baseball program at UBC, the first university on Canada’s west coast to have a team. UBC soon became an NAIA affiliated school and produced a 1st round pick in 2002 (current major leaguer Jeff Francis). He also scouted for the Kansas City Royals, as well as became the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) baseball division chairman and British Columbia director for the NSCA while at UBC.

In 2000 Jim went to the Sydney Olympics as the hitting coach for the South African Olympic baseball team. Jim’s success with the Olympic team includes leading them to a three game sweep over heavily-favored Guam in the Olympic Trials, averaging 12 runs a game. In the Olympics he led a mostly amateur team (including plumbers, school teachers, and accountants) to one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, knocking Holland out of the medal round (Holland had previously beaten powerhouses Cuba and Australia).

Jim has authored articles in journals and magazines, including the peer-reviewed Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, which he collaborated with Dr. Coop DeRenne, the foremost researcher on improving pitching velocity. He has given presentations across North America on excellence in athletics. Jim has also produced three videos: Functional Shoulder Training for Athletes, Functional Core Training for Baseball, and Medicine Ball and Stability Ball Training for Balance, Agility, and Power. He has also written for newspapers across North America, including the NY Daily News, The Province (Vancouver), and had columns in http://www.mlb.com, the Surrey Leader (Surrey, BC), and the Tri-Cities Herald (Tri-Cities, Wa).

Jim is currently writing his next book, Inner Excellence: An Athlete’s Guide to an Extraordinary Career and Life, as well as working with a few select clients across North America. Jim is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Psychology and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.



Now more than ever, you need a competitive edge to succeed-no matter what your field or profession. This step-by-step training manual from one of North America’s top performance coaches taps into the winning mindsets of Olympic stars, professional sports teams, and Navy Seals among others to help you achieve higher levels of performance than you ever thought possible. Jim Murphy’s complete program of proven mental techniques is based on life principles that easily apply to your company, your career, and everything you do.

Inner Excellence shows you how to:

  • CONNECT WITH YOUR PASSION-and run with it
  • FOCUS YOUR ENERGY-and reach your goals
  • BUILD ON YOUR STRENGTHS-and live your dreams
  • GET IN THE ZONE-and achieve the extraordinary

Filled with mental performance-enhancing exercises, creative goal-driven game plans, and 50 inspiring interviews, Inner Excellence raises the bar for success in business and in life.

“Jim is an expert in his field. Inner Excellence transcends athletics and will have a profound effect on everyone who applies these methods in their life.”

-John Kehoe, author of Mind Power into the 21st Century

Remember to use the On-Demand Player below to access the live December 21st broadcast at 12:30 PM EST of “A Diamond in the Rough: Looking Outward for Self-Actualization.”

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