Interview With Renita

How long have you been doing what you do and how did you get to be a Peak Performance Strategist?

The best way to answer this may be to share with you the story that brought me to where I am today, coaching people like you on what to do to achieve peak performance and step up their game under pressure.

Looking back, I’ve been a student of peak performance since I started taking piano lessons at the age of five. My mother dreamed that I would become a world-famous concert pianist and by the time I was ten years old, I was spending three to four hours everyday at the piano practicing, winning prizes in state and national music competitions and performing as soloist with orchestra.

In high school, I joined the tennis team (promising my mother that it would not impinge on my piano time) and added two to three hours of training to my daily practice schedule and schoolwork. As a result, I learned how to prioritize for maximum efficiency (no TV!) and to achieve intense focus and concentration. I loved the days when I was “in the flow,” zooming from class to the tennis court and then home to the piano totally immersed in each activity and fully engaged in the pursuit of my goals.

After graduating from The Juilliard School, one of the world’s top performing arts conservatories, I decided not to pursue a career in music but continued to practice and perform. I entered law school and, again, attained a new level of focus and productivity, working part-time at a law firm, attending classes in the evening and then heading to the campus music rooms to practice until midnight in preparation for a piano competition (where I advanced to the finals and performed with orchestra).

Deciding to forego a career in law, I made my way to Japan, where I spent nearly seven years, learning the language and honing my communications skills working in investor relations. From there, I went to France, where I earned an MBA at INSEAD, the premier international business school.

Returning to New York, I started practicing taekwon-do, a Korean martial art which, thanks to the inherent discipline and structure, helped me further reinforce my powers of focus, concentration and mental stamina as I trained my way to a first-degree black belt.

Throughout my corporate career, I continued to enter competitions in both music and martial arts (though not at the same time!) and those periods of intense preparation, where every moment of the day counted, took me to greater heights of focus, discipline and productivity. Fascinated by the topics of peak performance and motivational psychology, I read every book I could on the subjects and experimented with the techniques on stage and on the mat.

As I translated this learning to my career, I had several epiphanies:

First, I noticed that if I was able to structure my work environment so that I could focus and concentrate, I could become engaged in and enjoy any task, whether it was a tedious administrative chore or creating a presentation on a tight deadline.

Second, I lived in a generally stress-free state, rarely bothered by the stressors that seemed to affect friends and colleagues.

I realized that most people do not know how to take control of their work environment: how to prioritize tasks, manage distractions and create conditions for focused concentration.

So I’ve made a commitment to devote my professional life to helping people ramp up their productivity: to get more done, more quickly with less stress. The result is my Step Up Your Game Performance System™, a five-part program to achieving peak performance and maximizing productivity at work.

Who are your typical clients?

I work with entrepreneurs or corporate professionals in highly competitive, client-driven businesses who are exceptionally accomplished in their field of expertise and under extreme pressure to deliver results. Examples include:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • CEOs and Start-up Execs
  • Attorneys
  • Traders and Brokers
  • Hedge Funds and Venture Capital Firms

How are you different from other “business coaches?”

Combining a background in competitive performance in the performing arts (classical piano) and martial arts with an MBA and over 10 years of business development and management experience in start-ups and technology companies gives me a unique position as a Peak Performance Strategist. So I have a keen understanding of the issues and demands you face in a fast-moving environment, and can translate the focus and concentration techniques from my musical and athletic endeavors into real-world, nuts-and-bolts tips and techniques that will dramatically raise your productivity and work performance.

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?

The Step up Your Game Performance System™ was created for the “elite athletes and performers” of the business world, those who are accustomed to a high level of achievement and absolutely committed to taking their work performance to the next level.
Working with me is an action learning course: You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. No more excuses – just a dramatically different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly exciting goal: reaching the top of your game, quickly and effortlessly.

For what type of professional is this program NOT going to work?

I’m very selective in who I work with, and choose to (gently) turn away people who aren’t suited for this program and won’t get the results they’re seeking. It wouldn’t be fair to them.

I also won’t work with the whiner or chronic skeptic, as well as individuals who consistently make excuses for not doing their assignments or challenging every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I respectfully ask that you not call and hope you understand why: We’ll probably just not work well together and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Sharpen your focus and intuitive thinking for quicker, more effective decision-making
  • Banish time-wasters and turbocharge your productivity
  • Eliminate anxiety and resistance to stay on track and accomplish more in less time
  • Stretch your imagination to develop “possibility thinking”
  • Leverage the power of “flow” on a consistent basis to gain deeper satisfaction in your work
  • Reinforce your core strengths for even greater confidence and self-esteem
  • Overcome limiting beliefs and perform at your absolute best under pressure and when it counts most
  • Achieve clarity on your goals and reach them more quickly
  • Stay accountable to and achieve these goals

How quickly can I expect results?

Obviously, this depends on how much you put into the process. However, virtually all clients see results within the first few weeks in the form of renewed energy, focus and motivation, and within several months in the form of new business generation, improved relationships with clients and a higher profile among their colleagues.

How can I guarantee that I will actually increase my productivity and reach the top of my game?

Do all of your assignments and show up for all your coaching calls. Be totally committed to achieving peak performance and understand that it’s an ongoing, iterative process – not a quick, one-time fix. Every client who has diligently applied the steps of The Step Up Your Game Performance System™ has successfully and significantly raised their productivity and ability to perform under pressure.

Will I recover the investment I put into this coaching program?

The answer is “yes!” Clients report that they are able to cover the coaching investment by generating significant new business, attracting their ideal clients, earning promotions and negotiating higher salaries, not to mention intangible benefits such as improved health, renewed energy and more time to spend with family and friends.

What you’ll be getting with this coaching program is a regular stream of “aha!” moments and insights that will raise your performance more quickly than you could on your own. These will translate into more revenues, more clients and more free time – and that’s what you’re investing in, not simply minutes on the phone with me.

How will we work together and what does the program entail?

If accepted into the program, you will receive total support from me via personal emails and telephone calls. You will receive the full set of backup materials and resources, worksheets, articles, resources, useful websites and reading recommendations. Our one-on-one telephone calls will help to keep you on track and accountable so that you reach the top of your game faster than you would on your own.

OK, I’m ready. How do we get started?

Excellent! Did you know that one of the most prominent characteristics of successful people is that they take action? They take educated risks. Yes, they make mistakes (we all do); however, overwhelmingly, they are decisive, they take action and, as a result, they succeed faster. Successful people make decisions based on their gut instinct.

Since this feels right for you, here’s what you do: Send me an email at renita@stepupyourgamenow.com and we’ll schedule your 30-minute Step Up Your Game strategy session where you’ll get crystal-clear on your direction and understand what’s holding you back.