“I describe myself as ‘humbitious,’” meaning humble and ambitious, said Jim Meier.
Meier has spent much of his life thinking positively, striving to improve and saying “thank you.” And he teaches others to do so.
“I assist people to become better versions of themselves,” he said.
The leadership guru and inspirational speaker has been called the championship thinking coach and he works with athletic teams to improve their mental muscle.
“I feel a sincere responsibility to be of service to my fellow man and my community,” Meier said.
The 66-year-old is the brainchild behind the annual Salute Our Military event and Families of the Fallen Dinner. This year’s May event brought 15,000 people to TD Ameritrade Park.
“I’m a veteran. I thought to myself, ‘You’ve never really done anything that’s focused in a military thank you.’ It seemed like the right thing to do,” Meier said.
That’s what spawned the first Salute to Military in 2010 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Earlier this month, Meier and neighbor Rich Tesarek did a Fortitude and Grit Walk to honor all 9/11 responders.
They walked 25 miles from their Riverside Lakes neighborhood in Waterloo to Rick’s Cafe Boatyard on the Missouri River in Omaha. Along the way, Meier and Tesarek stopped at fire stations. The two thanked firefighters for their service and handed out U.S. flags.
“The intent was to take a meaningful stroll to focus exclusively on those who have done the things they have done to preserve our society,” Meier said.
“It’s not that hard — unless you’re injured or something — to take those steps if your mind is focused on the right thing,” he said.
The Omaha native served four years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and started work at Union Pacific.
After 15 years there, “I kept asking myself: ‘Is this what I want to do? Gee, I’m not sure.’ I chose to leave to start my own business,” he said.
Meier established Training and Consulting Connection. He also has a weekly international radio podcast, “Championship Thinking and Sports,” and is developing a second program aimed at the military community.
Meier also has written six books, three for children, two on sports psychology and one on leadership.
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