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Conspiracy Theory of Self-Sabotage

Self-sabotage is doing the opponent’s job for them. Self-sabotage is helping the opponent win. Self-sabotage is a conspiracy where you conspire with the opponent to defeat what you’re trying to do.

The extent of self-sabotage is the difference between winning and losing by whatever definition you give them. Not just in sports, but in every aspect of real-life. The scoreboard of whatever game you’re playing projects numbers that quantify the extent of self-sabotage. Those who beat themselves, help the opponent win.

I’ve studied game film of every win and loss during my head coaching career in football and the number one conclusion I’ve reached is that winning is a conspiracy led by the losing team, where both sides collaborate to beat the hell out of the losing team. The losing team is the leader except on the scoreboard. The losing team always, without fail, fails to execute because of poor reps. Inferiors reps. The winning team always benefits from the losing team’s mistakes caused by inferior reps that result from half-assed training.

The winner gets the shiny championship ring. The winner gets to wear the jewelry that symbolizes success and winning and all those superficial things that obsess the materialistic but, deep down, the ring symbolizes overcoming self-sabotage. The ring shows what the scoreboard doesn’t, that you won the biggest fight, the fight against yourself, the fight against your compulsion to sabotage yourself, to conspire with the other team and to willingly hand over the ring, and to let the opponent win by default.

Self-sabotage does not apply only to sports. It applies to personal and professional life. Every time you walk in the gym, your opponents start conspiring. It starts at the top, inside your own head.  Then it spread to the bar. The bar never says a word. It doesn’t have to. It does its job by sending its message through presence. The bar always shows up. It’s your choice to lift it up.

The same applies when you cross paths every day with people you know or don’t know. You can show up. You can lift up. Of you can give up and bring everyone down. It all depends on how you exercise free will. And that boils down to the conspiracy theory – how well did you fight self-sabotage. Our new Podcast called Blunt Talk features a series on self-sabotage and how to beat it. Here’s the link.  Thank you to our new listeners. Blunt Talk Podcast now has listeners in over 15 provinces, states, and countries. We hope it helps you win the fight against self-sabotage.

My Top 1000 Workout Songs have always been a work in progress. Or more appropriately, a workout in progress. Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard has been climbing the charts. This week, “Hungry” cracked the Top Ten. It’s a huge achievement. My list of Top 1000 Workout Songs spans 45 years. “Hungry” has had to battle with the 1960’s and 1970’s recently because my flashbacks are getting stronger. Flashbacks to what? To a different era of lifting. I don’t live in the past but the past lives in me. I don’t live in the past but I lift in the past. The link to “Hungry” is after my signature. #KeepLifting


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)

Head coach – Niagara X-men football

Owner – X Fitness Inc.


Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of SWAT FOOTBALL Books are at:

His books include:

4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur

He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” His latest book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage. He just finished another book called “Lifter’s High.” Both will be released soon.


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