The Return of the Performance Zone

October 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Last night saw the return of the weekly conference call, soon to be webinar, known as “the Performance Zone!” It’s been about five years since I hosted the last weekly call. There have been a few interviews and one-off calls, however now we’re back baby!

I’m sure you’ll find a new flavor and some new distinctions. You can listen to last night’s call below. There will be a new look web site coming with a new member’s area, and new resources, leading you to new results!

You can listen to last nights call here:


Put everything you have into everything you do, because, the best is yet to come!



MKMMA Week #16 – So What?

January 15, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

“Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.” – Stephen Covey

In this post I will introduce you to a secret will have a dramatic affect on your mindset and your performance. I use the secret everyday. “Man, the gas just went up by thirty cents a gallon since lunch!” the guy says. “So what?” is my response.

Steroids in professional sports are getting out of hand.” And again my response is, “So what?

Can you believe what the Democrats, Republicans did/said/didn’t do/didn’t say?” You are probably ahead of me by now. My response? “So what?

Now if you just got tweaked about my comments, so what?

By now you’ve uncovered the secret. It’s two words. They are “So” and “What”. These two words will change your performance and your results…drastically.

You see, what these words do is put things in perspective. Take the gas price comment from above. So what if the price went up thirty cents since lunch? How does stating the obvious change anything? More importantly, how much money does it put in your pocket?
Adopting this philosophy will assist you in staying on track toward your goals. It will prevent others from distracting you. It will allow you to focus on what you want, not stress and fret about something that you have little or no control over.

There are controllable variables and uncontrollable variables in life. If you choose to invest your energy into uncontrollable variables, your end result will be stress and frustration.

On the other hand, should you place your efforts on the controllable variable side of the ledger, you now have hope and expectation. You now have enthusiasm and drive. And you also have the opportunities to change what you can change. That’s what will make a difference.

So as your friends and family get their shorts in a wad about gas prices, steroids in baseball, or the political elites running their mouths without saying anything, remember those two simple words that will set you free…..SO WHAT?

To be, have, do and share all you can…the choice is uniquely yours!

The best is yet to come!


MKMMA Week #15 – A Little Zen for You

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.” – Leonardo da Vinci

In my commitment to bring you the best in Performance Education, this post will see a bit of a change in format. Nothing major really. It’s just that since I was going through archives of old emails, I decided to go through some old books and journals as well. Here is one of the stories I found:

A Zen master out for a walk with one of his students pointed out a fox chasing a rabbit. “According to an ancient fable, the rabbit will get away from the fox,” the master said.

“Not so,” replied the student. “The fox is faster.”

“But the rabbit will elude him,” insisted the master.

“Why are you so certain?” asked the student.

“Because the fox is running for his dinner, and the rabbit running for his life,” answered the master.

People very often get just what they need, just in the nick of time. Rarely do they get more than that.


Because they’re running for their dinner not for their life. Having urgency is important.

One of the keys in making major progress in minor time is putting everything you have into everything you do.

There are two questions that I believe you can use with great effectiveness. They are:

#1 – What can I do today to move closer to my clearly defined goals?

#2 – Did I do everything I could today to move closer my clearly defined goals?

These two questions can provide you with the answers that can guide you to your dreams faster than you can imagine. I say “can” because these performance coaching tips only work when you apply them.

Combine that with the other strategies previously provided here in these posts and you’ll be on your way.

Are looking for a snack? Or, are you ready for a meal? The choice is uniquely yours.

The best is yet to come!



MKMMA Week #14 – Have You Had Your Check Up?

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Below is part of a story that I tell called, “The $2 Story.” It relates to several different times in my life when I found myself with literally $2 (or a bit less) in my pocket. It puts things into perspective.


A number of years ago I was getting ready to move to Colorado from North Carolina. I merged my Taekwondo school with a friend.

Remember, I had created these sales teams, created large incomes, motivated people addressed crowds as large as 2,000 people, sometimes in Spanish. I was the guy that had so much going for him. Yet here I was.

The gas was shut off in my condo, water and electric too. We’ve all heard about Southern hospitality, well it’s true. They assisted me with a turning off of my gas, water and electric. I had to borrow money just to leave. When I arrived in Atlanta and was out of money. A friend of mine snuck $100 into my wallet. He knew what the story was, even if my ego wouldn’t let me ask for help. I’ll forever be thankful to him for that. I made it to Dallas, what a trip that was.

The car I was driving was a 1992 Nissan Stanza. It looked like a 1972. The car speakers were out. I had a mono sound system driving all the way out there. There was a hole in the floor, it rained like crazy during my trip. So I couldn’t open the windows and the air-conditioning didn’t work.

Eventually I made it to Dallas and spent a few days with another very good friend. He also gave me a few dollars to finish the trip.

I mean really, what was going on?

Now the last leg of this trip was from Dallas to Colorado Springs. I drove all night long from Dallas, so I could watch the sunrise against the Rocky Mountains. It was spectacular.

I pulled in to Colorado Springs and stopped at the Pikes Perk, I think it was. I ordered a coffee and reached into my pocket and pulled out all the money to my name. That’s right, you guessed it 2 bucks. No mom and dad, no credit cards. Nothing. I drank my coffee and drove to my friend’s apartment.

I was back in Colorado. The only thing I really had going for me at that time was that I had returned to a place where I would be among champions. People who strive for excellence as part of their daily life. I’ll take a moment here to advise you to take a look at who you hang around with. And the effect that they have in your life, because it is profound.

Now, it was after I was in Colorado, sleeping on my friends couch for a few days that I was recounting the story of two dollars. It occurred to me in the moment that it had happened two times previously and then BAM right in the face three times in particular.

That started a process, a process that involved looking at the previous 12 years of my life. A total and complete review, and I was the reviewer and that the reviewee. The best and most difficult part of playing both sides is that I couldn’t lie to myself. It was face the music or continue in the same way for the next 12 years.

I looked at the businesses I was in accompanies the opportunities the leadership.

I look at the economies during that 12 year time frame.

I looked at the presidential administrations.

Who control the House, who control the Senate?

I looked at the countries I had worked in.

The cultures? The subcultures?

I look at the people the customers – members of the sales team.

I looked at the industries

I looked at everything that went on in my life during those 12 years from successes and failures, marriage and divorce happiness, sadness, everything.

And then it finally came to me and just about bowled me over. The only constant in the entire 12 years that were under review was me!

Powerful stuff after the initial shock wore off. I got excited. Geeeeze! You may be asking yourself how I could’ve become excited about that?

Here’s how – I can’t do anything about the government. I can’t do anything about the economy. I can do anything about the Republicans or the Democrats, the environment, wars, taxation. I’m not in control those variables, but what I do control is one variable that’s the most important. And that is me.

I can do something about me. I can change what I do. I can change how I behave. I can change what I think or focus on the got me jazzed, and now it was decision time.

My first decision was to find out what I really wanted. So I began asking myself a series of questions, and I created a vision for myself that I have not lost sight of since.

Now that I truly understood that my life was totally in my control. I adopted the philosophy. “If you shape it in your mind, you will find it in your life.” This is not a “maybe” or a “might could.” I did, you will too.

It’s time you take a personal inventory. A serious look at what you’re doing and who you’re becoming. A always, the choice is uniquely yours.

The best is yet to come!


MKMMA Week #12 – Hold on to Your Dream

December 18, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

“Ego gets you in trouble and your pride keeps you there.” – Unknown

Create a crystal clear vision for your brain to focus on. You cannot go forward looking at the past. You must clearly define your vision or you will be living someone else’s. The example I’ll start with is my own with the martial arts.

I grew up in the era that saw Bruce Lee become a legend. He brought martial arts to the forefront of the American mainstream. I wanted that, the kicks the punches, the flying…everything. I saw myself wearing black pants with no shirt, fighting in the coliseum, defeating the enemy.

As I grew into my teenage years I never lost track of becoming an expert in the martial arts. I continued to keep the picture in my mind that I would earn a black belt and have the skills of Bruce Lee.

One day I found myself observing a class in an old paint warehouse. I was mesmerized by the instructor and the students. In the moment I was watching myself move up and down the floor executing the combinations of kicks and punches in my white uniform. I was the expert…

That vision was so strong that shortly after that day, I enrolled in the school. The image in my mind of standing in the front of the class wearing a black belt was so vivid that I could barely sleep at night. I lived and breathed that vision.

The resulting effect was that in a handful of years, I achieved my vision and much, much more. International travel, gold medals in athletic competition, recognition, supreme confidence, a circle of excellence that had a compounding effect on every area in my life in the coming years.

The key is to create the first vision. People often ask me questions like, “What if my vision changes?” or “What about the other things in my life?

Well, my comment to that is to take a look at my vision and quest for my black belt. There were so many collateral benefits and values that were attracted into my life that would take me weeks to cover. You will get FAR more out of one vision put into action than trying to create a perfect, all inclusive vision.

Remember, “If you shape it in your mind, you WILL find it in your life.

The best is yet to come!


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