Episode 5

Published on:

22nd Apr 2024

Winning with Dr. Damon Arnold: Building Elite Teams through Mutual Accountability

On this week's episode of the Building Championship Mindsets podcast, Dr. Amber Selking speaks with Dr. Damon Arnold, Assistant Athletic Director for Player Development and Engagement at LSU football and an integral part of ensuring student-athletes succeed off the field. Dr. Selking and Dr. Arnold explore the power of perspective and the impact of one's thought processes in achieving consistent performance excellence. Dr. Arnold shares why individuals are not beholden to their circumstances but rather to their reactions to them and the lessons gleaned from them. Dr. Arnold illuminates how a culture of accountability, underpinned by respect and aspiration for elite standards, propels organizational success and creates winning strategies. 

About Building Championship Mindsets

Welcome to “Building Championship Mindsets. | the Podcast!” From the LockerRoom to the BoardRoom, our purpose is to help individuals, teams, and organizations understand and leverage the power of Mindset and Leadership to drive results and achieve sustainable performance excellence. 

As a leader in the field of sports and performance psychology, Dr. Amber Selking has been fiercely devoted to optimizing human performance in people and systems throughout her entire career.

Dr. Selking is the founder of Selking Performance Group, a leading performance consulting practice that helps individuals, companies, and sports teams achieve sustainable results. She has served as the Mental Performance Coach for professional & collegiate sport programs across the country including the Denver Broncos, LSU Football, and Notre Dame Football during the winningest five years in program history! She is also the Vice President of Leadership & Culture Development for Lippert, a global, publicly traded manufacturing company whose corporate vision is to change the model of work, demonstrating that business can and should Be a Force for Good in our World. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame. Dr. Selking holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, and an undergraduate degree in Management Consulting from the University of Notre Dame. At ND, Amber played soccer for the Fighting Irish before an injury ended her career, after which she founded Notre Dame Christian Athletes (NDCA) in the ND Athletic Department. She currently resides in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, Aaron, daughter Elleeanna Belle, and their Doberman Pinscher, Rockne.


  • "It's not about what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you and understanding that it was happening for you.” -Dr. Damon Arnold

  • “Having leaders that understand it is not about being perfect, but it's about saying, you're my brother, you're my sister, you're someone that I work with and the mission of this organization is to be elite. I need to be able to push you as well as I want you to push me.” -Dr. Damon Arnold

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Do it. Do it because we don't know how much time we have on this planet. And a lot of times we stay stuck. And it's not that we're stuck, it's because we stopped. Don't stop, just do it because somebody is depending on that situation that you made it through to tell them that it's possible. 


(00:32) Dr. Arnold’s career

(02:06) The importance of thinking differently 

(04:21) The role of accountability in organizational high performance

(07:10) Championship Mindset Training

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About the Podcast

Building Championship Mindsets
Building Championship Mindsets the Podcast is hosted by Dr. Amber Selking, and features guests from the athletic and corporate worlds who share how they leverage the mental game to drive performance excellence. In each episode, Dr. Amber shares insights on how the brain works and coaches listeners to continue Building their Championship Mindset. Coach Lou Holtz, a friend, mentor, and colleague of Amber’s, not only proudly endorses “Building Championship Mindsets. | the Podcast” but also serves as a featured guest in upcoming seasons. Featured guests will share their experiences, applications, and performance impact of Building Championship Mindsets, and the importance of training the mind for sustainable success.