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  • FIX THE BACKHAND

    FIX THE BACKHAND

    “Victory is sweet, but how you handle yourself in defeat is even more telling.”

    Greg Norman

    During an interview for my book, “Play Smart to Win,” former USTA National Coach Lynne Rolley said, “If the backhand is weak, fix it.” How true.

    Fixing the backhand is a great metaphor for your life and work. It can include:

    • Facing your fears
    • Improving your weak spots
    • Overcoming procrastination
    • Firing a disruptive team member
    • Solving a problem, etc.

    Here’s the challenge. Your “backhand” still needs fixing. You know what you need to do, but you don’t do it. Maybe it’s a bad relationship, a career transition, or an unhealthy habit.

    Perhaps Einstein (or whoever) had it wrong.

    “Insanity is repeatedly failing to do the thing that needs to be done, and expecting your life to change.”

    René Vidal

    It’s never too late to fix the backhand.

    © René Vidal 

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for CEOs, business owners, and sales teams. To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

  • PODCAST: MICHAEL STAENBERG

    PODCAST: MICHAEL STAENBERG

    “My dad was a tremendous role model. He emphasized that if you do a good job, you’ll get paid. Don’t worry about the money. The money will come.”

    Michael Staenberg

    A prolific real estate developer, Michael Staenberg serves as President of The Staenberg Group and is recognized as one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world.

    In our conversation, Michael shares stories and insights that help leaders across industries:

    • Build a successful business
    • Develop grit and resilience
    • Create winning partnerships
    • Maximize productivity and performance
    • Unleash the power of mentorship, and more…

    How to Find Michael Staenberg: www.tsgproperties.com

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    © René Vidal

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for business owners, leaders, and teams.

    To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

  • RUN DOWN EVERY BALL

    RUN DOWN EVERY BALL

    “It’s always too soon to quit.”

    Norman Vincent Peale

    Here’s the drill.

    You’re a singles tennis player. I’m your Coach.

    You know that the doubles alleys are out. But my ask demand is that you play every ball your opponent hits into your doubles alley. After 5 minutes you can go back to standard regulations.

    You bitch and moan that I’m being unreasonable, forgetting the fact that a Coach’s job is to be unreasonable. Don’t worry–one day you can be a Coach and make your own unreasonable demands.

    Soon enough however, you realize that you’re covering the court better and faster than ever before. By running down every ball, albeit for a short burst, you engaged in over-learning and hustle culture.

    Now, not only does the court seem smaller, more manageable; it’s also yours, you own it.

    René Vidal

    This is the kind of transformation that takes place when you work the outer edge of your potential and refuse to give up.

    To be a champion requires training like one, and that means running down every ball.

    © René Vidal

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for CEOs, business owners, and sales teams. To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

  • PODCAST: DR. JIM LOEHR

    PODCAST: DR. JIM LOEHR

    “If you want to have a big life, you have to be a big spender.”

    Dr. Jim Joehr


    Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist and author of 17 books including his most recent, Leading With Character. He also co-authored the NYT best-selling book, The Power of Full Engagement, and is one of the greatest mentors I’ve had in my career. In our conversation, Dr. Loehr talks about the importance of energy management, the power of leading with character, and what it really takes to live a big life.

    I. LEADING WITH CHARACTER

    • Leaders perform to their potential in high-pressure environments.
    • The spiritual profile (e.g., purpose, values, beliefs) has emerged as the single most dominant factor in well-being and overall sustained performance.
    • Read The Making of a Corporate Athlete (Harvard Business Review)

    Two Types of Character

    #1: Performance Character

    acquired competencies that drive extraordinary achievement (e.g., focus, discipline, positivity, grit, etc.)

    #2: Moral Character

    acquired competencies that support the ethical treatment of others (e.g., integrity, honesty, kindness, compassion, etc.)

    “The highest priority is how you treat people in your quest to make a contribution.”

    Dr. Jim Loehr

    Key Character Points:

    • People want to follow people who have integrity.
    • People are always keeping score.
    • “I want to treat you the way you would like to be treated.”

    Character Exercise Questions:

    • Why are you here?
    • What is life all about for you?
    • Are you the kind of person other people want to follow?

    Character is Good Business

    We want to be around people who are fully engaged.

    You have to feel valued as a person, in a culture that understands the sacrifices we make and has concern for our well-being–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

    “Health ignites performance.”

    Dr. Jim Loehr

    The Spiritual Dimension

    The spiritual dimension in human beings must be tended to, defined as:

    • The energy of the human spirit
    • Your purpose and values
    • How you want to conduct yourself
    • What kind of legacy you want to leave behind

    Exercise: Create Your Eulogy

    The #1 takeaway from Dr. Loehe’s data: Health ignites performance.

    Coaching Character

    The secret to coaching is being a sort of “Sherpa” – helping people get to the top of the mountain. Through caring, you cause people to dig deeper and come up with stuff that actually makes a difference in terms of getting to the top of the mountain.

    These principles apply across the board in sports, business, and life.

    II. TIME MANAGEMENT vs. ENERGY MANAGEMENT

    The false promise of time management is that to be truly successful in life, you must first define what truly matters to you, then you must courageously invest time in the causes, people, and events that matter most to you. In that investment of time, you will get the return for the kind of life you want to live.

    The Reality of Time

    • Time has no power.
    • It’s not the time you invest; it’s the energy you invest aligned with your mission.
    • Quality time does not exist.
    • You can’t manage time. Time just keeps rolling out.
    • You can manage yourself around time.

    “Human beings are reservoirs of potential energy.”

    Dr. Jim Loehr

    The Power of Energy

    • Energy is the substrate that makes everything happen.
    • Life begins with the first pulse of energy.
    • All systems in the body are driven by some kind of energy dynamic.
    • Energy has quality, quantity, focus, and intensity.
    • The more energy we have, the bigger life we can have.
    • When you’re out of energy, life is over.

    “People don’t want your time; they want your energy.”

    Dr. Jim Loehr

    The Power of Full Engagement

    • Full engagement is the greatest quality and quantity of focus and intensity of energy right here, right now.
    • Energy is life. You take life out of your body and you give it away to others or to a cause.
    • Sharing your energy is how people know you care.
    • Whatever you give your energy to, you give life to.

    How to Optimize Your Energy

    1. Understand where energy comes from. All energy comes from the cells in your body.
    2. Increase your physical capacity. “A healthy body produces great energy.”
    3. Channel your energy. Have a clear sense of your priorities and investments.

    Extraordinary leaders invest energy in what they want well beyond what they normally do.

    “Most inventions come from turning things upside down.”

    Dr. Jim Loehr

    III. CAREER ADVICE FOR TWENTY-SOMETHINGS

    More important than the chase is who you become as a consequence of the chase. We were born to chase but we want to chase the right thing for the right reasons.

    • Follow your own path.
    • Be a curious learner.
    • look at things from different perspectives.
    • Don’t just accept conventional wisdom.
    • Be courageous to go against the grain.
    • Take more time to reflect.
    • Walk your talk. “The more you can be what you teach, the more power you have.”
    • Don’t wait to be happy or joyful–be joyful every day.
    • Keep pushing the envelope to learn something new.

    “Who are you becoming as a human being?”

    Dr. Jim Loehr

    JIM’S RAPID FIRE ANSWERS

    Favorite Movie: Top Gun

    Worst Job Ever: Graveyard watering lawns at 90 cents/hour

    Favorite Quote: “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”-Mark Twain

    Favorite Word: Engagement

    Favorite Animal: Dogs

    Live Anywhere Besides Current Residence: Sedona, Arizona

    Favorite Song: Simply the Best by Tina Turner

    “I hope that my work inspires others to dig a little deeper to find new and better ways of helping human beings find their way back home.”

    Dr. Jim Loehr

    How to Find Dr. Jim Loehr: www.jim-loehr.com

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    © René Vidal

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for business owners, leaders, and teams.

    To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

  • YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

    YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

    “I tell myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.”

    Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Challenges You Will Overcome:

    • Fear and shyness
    • Imposter Syndrome
    • Low self-esteem

    The following mantra has guided my coaching philosophy for decades:

    Have a plan. Believe in the plan. Execute the plan.

    René Vidal

    What I’ve found is that most people have ideas, but they don’t have a true game plan for achievement. And for those who have a plan, very few people have the confidence and chutzpah to execute and make things happen.

    “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.”

    Mike Tyson, Hungry Boxer

    How do you build the confidence and courage you need to fight for and get what you want?

    8 Keys to a Can-Do Mindset

    • Create a happy atmosphere. “Environment is stronger than will,” says real estate investor Ken McElroy. Design your space in a way that makes you feel good.
    • Dream big. Remember however, “The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.”
    • Be precocious. Play smart and aggressive to win.
    • Stay focused. Allowing yourself to be distracted is the ultimate confidence killer. Protect your time.
    • Broaden your worldview. Optimism and wisdom flow from an open heart. Seek out diversity and different life perspectives.
    • Exercise your mind and body. Self-care is a personal investment that reaps rich rewards. Jamaican publisher Marcus Garvey said, “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in life.”
    • Build a strong inner circle. If you don’t like or enjoy the people around you, change them.
    • Practice curiosity. Quality Questions = Quality Answers. A growth mindset is the secret to a bigger life.

    What positive action will you take today to move the needle toward your goal?

    Power Question

    © René Vidal

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for CEOs, business owners, and sales teams. To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

  • PODCAST: HAWK KOCH

    PODCAST: HAWK KOCH

    If you’ve ever wondered how to upgrade your identity, turn adversity into your advantage, scale the ladder of career success, or what it takes to be a fearless and courageous leader, Hawk Koch has the answer.

    Hawk Koch is an American film producer, the former president of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America, and a former road manager for the musical groups The Supremes and The Dave Clark Five. Hawk is the author of the book Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood published in 2019.

    On the show, we talk about the value of doing what you love with people you enjoy and how Hawk became known as “the guy who gets things done” in Hollywood.

    Hawk’s 5 Keys to Leadership:

    1. Have knowledge of what you’re trying to lead.
    2. Prepare: Work harder than anybody else.
    3. Listen and build trust.
    4. Be decisive: have the courage to sway others.
    5. Be malleable.

    Guest Quotes

    “If you’re awake, aware, and attuned, your 10,000 hours don’t have to take years and years and years.”

    Hawk Koch

    “To be a great leader, you must listen and give everybody a chance to say what they feel.” 

    Hawk Koch

    “Hawks are birds of praise. Hawks can see from horizon to horizon, and they can also see a squirrel a half a mile away. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the panoramic of your life and the details always at the same time?”

    Wisdom from Hawk’s Rabbi

    How to Find Hawk Koch: www.magictime.pictures

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    LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/coachvidal

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    © René Vidal

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for business owners, leaders, and teams.

    To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

  • THE POWER OF MISSION

    THE POWER OF MISSION

    “Everyone’s task is unique.”

    Vicktor Frankl

    When you are on a mission, you aren’t just winning championships or building businesses, you are developing leaders and creating futures. Mission can be defined as what you want to accomplish as a human being and leader.

    Mission is the driver behind everything you do.

    My mission finds its origin in childhood loss and setbacks. At eight years of age, after a game of tennis, I came home to a letter in the mailbox—my mom moved out. Five years later, my dad, who also served as my tennis visionary, passed away. 

    As a result, in addition to being handed some serious emotional baggage, I failed to maximize my potential on a go-forward basis both academically and athletically.

    Today, it should come as no surprise that my life and business mission is to maximize potential. For example, at McKendree Men’s and Women’s Tennis, we’re totally committed to helping our student-athletes become the best versions of themselves.

    There’s nothing I hate more than wasted potential.

    René Vidal

    What drives you to succeed? This is a very important question. Insurance magnate W. Clement Stone said, “When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand.”

    Communicate Your Mission

    • Keep it simple and concise.
    • A child should be able to understand it.
    • You should be able to state in even in your sleep.

    My mission is to maximize potential.

    René Vidal

    Everything that I’m after, from coaching unshakable confidence to creating unprecedented results, the focus to maximize potential is at the center of it all.

    That’s why I practice expanding my mission one point, one engagement, and one day at a time.

    What are you willing to go to the mat for?

    Power Question

    © René Vidal

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for CEOs, business owners, and sales teams. To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

  • MY PERSONAL NOTES ON TIME MANAGEMENT

    MY PERSONAL NOTES ON TIME MANAGEMENT

    “If you want to succeed, you have to put in the work.”

    Daymond John

    Challenges You Will Overcome:

    • Feelings of stress and overwhelm
    • Inefficiency and wasted resources
    • Low productivity and performance

    When Diabetes took my father’s life, he was just fifty-six years old. For this reason, I have a huge sensitivity around time. 

    My time management goal is to be Batman in a business suit.

    René Vidal

    I want to get real things done, and fast. Time is the most precious commodity I own. As a result, I’m highly strategic in how I utilize time to create meaning and momentum in my life and work.

    A few of my time management habits include:

    • Staying away from pointless meetings
    • Capping conversations at 15 minutes
    • Identifying my daily Most Valuable Priorities (MVPs)
    • Helping others find their Leverage Point (LP)
    • Bookending my days with positivity and gratitude

    Here are some of my personal notes on making the best use of your time:

    3 Power Points

    • Time is the only thing we can’t get back.
    • We all get the same twenty-four hours a day.
    • Peak performers have a killer work ethic.

    5 Power Practices for Time Management

    1. Study how others optimize time.
    2. Invest your time wisely.
    3. Honor the person in front of you with your attention.
    4. Maximize every moment.
    5. Give everything you have.

    How can I invest my time more productively, meaningfully, and purposefully?

    Power Question

    Recommended Book Resource: Rise and Grind by Daymond John

    © René Vidal

    A 7-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal serves as head coach at McKendree Tennis and founder of Vidal Peak Performance, an executive coaching company for CEOs, business owners, and sales teams. To learn more, email: rene@renevidal.com.

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