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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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Every Marathon Begins With a Single Step

March 24, 2017

Today, I woke up happy and excited, exactly when the alarm went off. I weighed in at 217.5 lbs (and falling). I tweaked my website, wrote a blog entry, created a new Facebook page, posted a vblog entry, and wrote this article on LinkedIn. I made a protein shake with two servings of fruit. I drank water. I listened to classical music to energize myself. I exercised for the 120th day in a row. I ate an egg scramble with spinach, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and swiss cheese. I drank more water. I fed my spirituality and I meditated. I am […]

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Just Be Grateful. In Fact, Just Be.

March 24, 2017

I am grateful for daylight because I can see, and night time because I can see the stars. – Author Unknown This morning I am grateful for the warmth and comfort that my bed provided, the warm water with which I shower, and the clean clothes with which I dress. Simple comforts in life are easy to overlook. Things that are routine are taken for granted and expected until they are no longer available. Simple discomforts bring about yearning, longing, and desire for more, better, faster. It is very easy to get absorbed in this must-have culture. We live in […]

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What’s Touching the Mat, Your Feet or Your Face?

March 24, 2017

About six months ago, after experiencing many years of stability and success, I separated from my second job in three and a half years. It was certainly a traumatic experience and one that just 5 years ago seemed completely impossible. As a career manufacturing operations senior and executive leader, I’ve built successful team after successful team, and high-quality product after high-quality product. I’ve developed leaders who have developed leaders. I prided myself on being able to improve just about anything in which I come in contact. At networking events, at introduction, I promote myself as building high performing people and high […]

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A New Love

March 23, 2017

We met in abnormal psychology class. She was bold, boisterous, and frankly irritating. I was reserved, quiet, and isolated. She burst into the room alerting everyone that her text had been stolen. No one knew her. No one cared. She made everyone care. She took over the room. She sat in the seat in front of me. I offered if she wanted to use my text. She said thanks. She looked at my shoes in disgust. They were Chuck Taylor All-Stars. She said, “do people even wear those anymore?” I shrank a little. Oil and water. We became gasoline and […]

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The Goal is Checkmate

March 23, 2017

Life is full of challenges. We only control two things… Our mindset. Our response. A reaction is a non-calculated action to a circumstance. It is not thought out. We must not react. Only respond. With control. I like to look at my life as a game of chess. I play the game to win. I need my challenger in order to play. The only way I get better is to experience higher levels of challengers and challenges. I can only control my own mindset (strategy) and response (moves). I take action knowing that my challenger will respond… … and that […]

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Only the Thing We Don’t Need Might Make Us Happy

March 23, 2017

I want what I don’t have. I have so much, but I want more. I need so little, but I want so much. I am miserable because I don’t have what I don’t need. It’s the only thing that will make me happy… We tend to go through life with blinders on. We ignore the good, we focus on the bad. We intentionally look for pain, then when we find it, we are surprised. We look to suffer. We watch the news – which we know focuses on the negative aspects of life, stirs up controversies, creates separation, fuels anger… […]

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Crave Challenges, Crave Growth

March 23, 2017

Contrast. Contrast is essential to happiness. I love summer. I love hot summer days, sitting outside in the blazing sun. I love to feel the heat on my skin. I love the happiness that sunshine brings me. There are never enough sunny days for me. I feel that I would thrive in Arizona, New Mexico, South Texas. Not everyone feels the same. I crave the sun. It’s easy to stop appreciating the warmth of the sun after a long string of sunny days. We come to expect, and at times dread the sun. Appreciation has turned to expectation and routine. […]

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The Perfect Morning

March 23, 2017

Mindset is the only thing you control. Is the alarm clock your enemy or your ally? Do you hit the snooze button as the first action of your day? If so, the first thing you did on a brand new day is lie to yourself. Why not view the alarm clock as your friend, who wakes you up to new opportunities, new possibilities, new experiences, new challenges, new chances to grow? After waking, do you consider that it is a blessing to have a brand new day? Do you consider that you are likely warm in a bed? Do you […]

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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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