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A Year’s Journey…

April 1, 2017

A year ago today I decided to go on a journey. I decided to put the past in the past and decided that I wasn’t the husband, father, and person I wanted to be. I hit rock bottom in all areas of life. I decided to love myself. I could be anyone I wanted to be. I hated myself, but I convinced myself that I was worthy of better. I’ve learned that when you infinitely, unconditionally, and unapologetically love yourself, you cause yourself no harm, and you desire to take care of your mind, body, and spirit daily… …and that […]

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Is Your Record Stuck?

April 1, 2017

“Which two do you want, Mike”? I picked Kiss, Destroyer and Donnie and Marie Osmond, Going Coconuts. It was 1979, and we were ordering from a record club order form. There were 5 people in my house at the time, and we had 11 selections from which to choose. Each of us made two picks, and my father picked three. I made my choices. I was pretty proud of them. On Saturday mornings my friend Robbie would come over, and we would play army men, GI Joe, and listen to Kiss, Destroyer. We listened to that album over and over… We […]

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Life is a Just a Playground.

March 31, 2017

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”.   -Confucius I am guilty of making life harder than it is. Maybe it’s because I want to believe that it cannot be easy.   Just like I was taught.   When I look back at my life, I recognize so many self-destructive behaviors, actions, and decisions that I made that caused me pain. Of course, hindsight is 20/20. I get it. We all know the basic principles of a well-lived life… Like attracts like. Gratitude is the foundation of prosperity. Worry never solves problems. Create, not destroy. Add […]

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Fear is a Filthy Liar

March 30, 2017

Fear. Fear is a filthy liar. Your brain’s primary job… duty, responsibility… is to keep you safe. Alive. Stagnant. Exactly where you are. In order to do this, your brain creates ‘what-ifs.’ Some dismiss this as anxiety. Some just say it is ‘natural.’ Some believe it is just how life is ‘supposed’ to be. What if they don’t like me? What if everyone abandons me? What if no one believes me? What if I fail? What if I am exposed as a fraud? What if the walls fall in? What if the ceiling collapses? What if I die? What if […]

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And the Suffering Will End…

March 29, 2017

Cluttered, busy, and chaotic. That was how life felt on an hour-by-hour basis. I wanted calm. I thought I wanted calm. Actually, I created chaos. Chaos allowed me an excuse, a reason, a diversion from feeling my feelings. Pain, hurt, and suffering was there, deeply embedded into my being, but I did not have to fully feel it. My feelings, my emotions, were numb. Dulled by years of intense anger, hate, and jealousy. Rage. I always knew I was not happy, and I did anything I could to keep my mind off of not being happy. If I had a […]

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Hurt People Hurt People

March 27, 2017

I have struggled most of my life with feeling like I must constantly defend myself from the judgment of others. I never understood why I was the one being assaulted. I never understood. I’m a decent human being. I am electric one-on-one – engaging, lively, connected. I have never had a problem meeting new people. I have never been shy. After a conversation, I would walk away, and reflect on the conversation. Usually, I would immediately recall good points and then I would reflect on the other person’s flaws. Then I would reflect on how the other person must view […]

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Your Fire Can Blaze Again

March 26, 2017

When I was a kid, life was limitless. I could grow up to be anything I wanted. I was limitless. Then I began to hear the chatter from the adults around me… “Life is hard.” “The rich get richer by robbing from the poor.” “You have to struggle to survive.” “You are not smart enough.” “Find a job and be miserable, just like the rest of us.” My adults loved me. They thought they were doing the best they could for me. I accepted what I heard. I adopted those philosophies. I became those adults. They were not my discoveries. I […]

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What Do You See in the Mirror?

March 25, 2017

He said, “look in the mirror. Say I love you.” “I can’t,” I responded. “I’d rather not.” “You can,” he whispered. “Look in the mirror, and say I love you.” “I love you,” I said. “What do you feel?” he asked. “Empty. Alone. Hate. Pain. Suffering,” I responded. “Do you love yourself?” he asked, already knowing the answer. “Not at all,” I responded, feeling unlovable. Feeling like an absolute failure. “Remember this feeling,” he said. “You will look back, and remember this day. Soon, you will look in the mirror and love what you see.” As I continued to look […]

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Hold on to Pain, or Enjoy the Ride?

March 24, 2017

You were created perfectly. You were created to fly. To soar. You were created to live extraordinarily. To thrive. You were built beautifully, with gifts, talents, love. You were created to soar high above and view the world from the heights. With love. Not despair. Obstacles challenged your beautiful existence. Challenges made it difficult to breathe, to cope, to deal, to live. You gasped for air. The perfect journey is never perfect… but it is a journey. We resist resistance. We expect perfection. We look for easy, and it does not exist. So we fight. We fight so hard and […]

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Mike Kitko is an executive self-mastery coach, speaker, and published author who helps business owners increase success and happiness in their lives. 

A Marine with an MBA, Mike has experience in executive leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies, yet he felt like an imposter. No matter how much success he achieved, he always felt unsuccessful, unfulfilled, and unhappy. 

His inability to understand his body, mind, and emotions led him to alcoholism, uncontrolled anger and rage, and the abuse of everything he cared about in life.

Today, Mike has an infectious zest for life, internal power, and inward confidence and courage that matches how people perceive him externally. He has found success and happiness, and he wants to help you do the same.

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