Without This You Will Always Be Mediocre

As a tenured Martial Artist, people are often fascinated by how I have been studying consistently for nearly 30 years. Truth be told, this hasn’t been all that difficult for me. Neither has working out on a regular basis nor making conscious decisions around what foods I put into my body. On a professional level, I have been working out of a home office ever since I got my first job 23 years ago. When this comes up in conversation, I invariably come across people who tell me how they “could never do that.” When I ask them why not, the answer is something like, “I would not get anything done.” Or, “I can’t discipline myself to do that.” My …

What the World’s Most Elite Teams Know About Getting Results

Do you take genuine interest in your employees? I was reading an interesting article written by Patrick Lencioni in Inc. magazine this week. It was about a top Executive at one of America’s largest and most successful companies who was working to make sure that the company took sincere interest in it’s employees. (We have to guess who it is, as the author did not mention any names.) This Executive had a great strategy when doing interviews with candidates for management positions: He would ask them for the largest number of direct reports they ever had. The interviewees would often gloat about managing up to 20 people at a given time. The Executive would ask these candidates to list the …

Stop and Smell the Sunflowers

Driving from one appointment to the next today, I came across the most amazing field of sunflowers. Though I operate on a pretty strategic schedule, I chose to carve out some time to stop and walk out into this magnificent field of flowers. Honey bees were moving from brilliant flower to flower and I stood in a quiet and sincere moment of gratitude. My CEO coaching clients often express to me that their lives are too busy and time “just gets away from them.” They wished they had more time to–as the saying goes–stop and smell the roses. We live in a world that continues to support and encourage being busy. Many people become addicted to the adrenaline created from …

Quitting is Under-Rated

I recently hit my 25th anniversary as a Sensei for Sanchin-Ryu Karate. For twenty-five years straight, I’ve held my own classes and the experience has fed me in ways that have been massively rewarding. One of the questions I have been asked by newer Instructors is why people leave their dojo and/or cease to study. There have been numerous occasions during my first 20 years where I had a hard time tolerating the loss of a student. I would reach out to my instructor, the Chief Grand Master, and he would aide with some perspective. What I realized was that I had created an association of how I felt about myself and my worth based on what someone else did …

VIDEO: Chris Yonker, Performance Alchemist, on Mastering Your Emotions

In this video, Chris Yonker gives insight into the first steps to take in mastering your own emotions. When asked, most people would say they are in control over their emotions but the truth is that it doesn’t happen all the time. We often give up the control we have over our emotions based on the people around us, our environment, and our programming. We can reprogram ourselves to know how to turn the switch of our emotions on and off, to be connected or disconnected. Both are useful and even necessary at times. Awareness of how we feel and accepting responsibility for those feelings are two of the first steps to regaining control of your own emotions.