The Human Experience

July 22, 2020

When I was lost in the world, I identified with the thing that others would perceive as strength and courage. I led with my identification as a United States Marine, even 20 years after, because that was all I had. I was lost inside, so I led with what would impress. The Marine Corps was simply an experience… Part of my story… A line on my resume… Not my identity. I am a divine soul experiencing humanity. I am experiencing an amazing marriage, wonderful children, a prosperous business, and being deeply connected to my spiritual roots as a teacher and […]

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Let Them Evolve

July 9, 2020

Let’s talk about preference versus judgment. Imagine I have a glass of water sitting here in front of me and I say, “I like my water cold with lots of ice.” And somebody else may say, “That’s stupid. You like ice in your water? You’re frickin stupid.” Why is that stupid? We judge all the time based on our preferences. Sure, we prefer certain things, but then we project those preferences onto everyone else. We feel the need to control our environment. It’s purely instinctual. But if we use guilt and shame to impact our environment in ways that we feel will serve us – […]

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Experience Lasting Joy

July 1, 2020

Desire is a natural part of living life as a human being. You want what you want. You want more money and nicer things. These desires are natural. But some people never move past accumulation as their purpose. Living a life based on accumulation will leave you high, dry, and unfulfilled. I’ve worked with a tremendous number of leaders who had everything their hearts desired but were still chasing ghosts to try to overcome the emptiness they felt inside. That emptiness is the lack of purpose and impact. They might have moved the needle on their organizations and their bank […]

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My Rebirth

June 24, 2020

I’m a Marine Veteran and a former Fortune 500 executive leader. I achieved massive success through sheer force, overworking, and sacrificing everything else in my life for professional success. In the process I deteriorated from Marine Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) who was rated the number one NCO in my functional division, to a 300-pound suicidal alcoholic with a dysfunctional family fueled by abuse, neglect, and chemical dependency. My wife Angie was embroiled in a 25-year chemical addiction while I struggled in every way, and my two little girls, Katie and Meagan, witnessed the ravages of two parents who thought money, materials, […]

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Master Failure, and Grow

June 17, 2020

Do you feel you are forcing life or are you enjoying what you are doing and who you are with on a daily basis? We learn most through our failures, not our successes. Competence grows with experience. Mastery comes with extreme competence. In order to increase your competence, you must fail. Celebrate failure. That’s how human beings learn. Master failure, and grow. You Are Enough Right Now We each have innate gifts and talents. There are no exceptions. Everyone possesses value. The issue that I faced in my own life, and the issue I see in my clients, is that […]

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YOU: Your Most Important Relationship

June 10, 2020

If there’s one thing I can say for certain in my life, it’s that what I learned about relationships from the day I was born was 100% wrong. Nope, I’m not exaggerating. I was taught that the entire purpose of life was self-sacrifice and to serve others from that state. I was taught that everyone else comes first — always. That single belief, passed on for many generations, created so much pain in my life that I almost committed suicide. Again, I am not exaggerating. I spent so much time, energy, and effort serving others and doing what benefitted others […]

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It’s OK to Be Scared

June 3, 2020

It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to fear uncertainty. It’s okay to doubt past choices or current choices, or what the future holds. It’s OK to Not Know It’s okay to be living in fear of what the future holds right now. It’s okay to not know. It’s okay to be anxious. It’s okay to dread the uncertainty that the future is bringing us. These are typical human emotions. When I didn’t have a healthy relationship with fear and uncertainty, I became paralyzed and was brought to my knees. When I didn’t understand the internal workings of fear, uncertainty, […]

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Feeling Leads to Healing

May 27, 2020

Are you concerned more about creating extraordinary impact and making a massive difference in the world… Or nurturing relationships with, and the feelings, emotions, and judgments of those who were never aligned with you to begin with? I’ve spent too much time on the latter and I’ve held myself back. I can honestly say that I’ve tried to manage impact and the judgment of others, and effectively did neither well. Today I’m feeling all the emotions around wanting to be wanted more than I want to create impact. More has been revealed to me, and I feel emotional rawness. Feeling […]

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Fall On Your Sword

May 20, 2020

Of course, we want to take care of our families. Of course, we want to serve people. Of course, we want to be physically healthy. We want to have pride in ourselves and how we show up in the world, and what role we play with our family. Feeling proud of yourself and achieving is healthy. That’s healthy pride. But there’s unhealthy pride that can show up and can cause us a lot of pain. My Experience with Unhealthy Pride There are leaders in the world who are excessively proud and attached to what they have already created. I count […]

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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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