PPP 025 Spiritual Peak Performance

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In this episode of the Peak Performance Podcast, Ed sits down in New York City for an intimate conversation with Preethaji, co-founder of the One World Academy. Preethaji is a meditation master who has taught thousands of people how to improve their well-being and improve performance in all walks of life, including Anthony Robbins. In this exclusive interview, Ed and Preethaji discuss:

  • How meditation and understanding how the mind works can help with peak performance
  • The two states of mind from which people operate
  • The zone and how it is easier to access than most think
  • Why most of the world suffers and how we can overcome a lack of happiness and confidence, and do our best when it means the most

For more on One World Academy:

Instagram: @oneworldacademy



Anthony Robbins via Twitter:

When it looks impossible and you are ready to quit, victory is near!


It is in our times of decision that our destiny is shaped.


From “Game. Set. Life.” page 52…

“It is in our times of decision that our destiny is shaped.”

Remember this formula:


Event + Response = Outcome

You create your destiny.

You cannot control the events in your life, but you can control your reaction to them. And that will determine your future.

Homework: Before you react to something today, count to ten in your head. This will help you to be more mindful of how you are affecting your future, and creating your destiny.


“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Kari Adams in Princeton, NJ.

When we play sports, we need to focus. We need to keep our eyes on the ball.

But focus is not enough.

We need to focus on the right things.

1. Focus on your strengths, but focus on your weaknesses too.
2. Focus on where you want to go, not where you don’t.
3. Focus on the things you can control and forget about the things you can’t.

Goal setting is a major component. Write down your goals. Make them specific. Set a time frame in which to reach them. “You can’t hit a target you cannot see.”

My friend, Jeff Greenwald, author of “The Best Tennis of Your Life,” has an interesting perspective on focus. He says that when you’re playing a point, you need to have laser focus. Pretend that your eyes are a camera lens and you are zoomed in. But after the point, have the lens go to wide-angle and relax. Take in nature, have gratitude.

I really like this technique because most people think you have to focus all the time. This isn’t true…or possible. Focus and then relax. I have parents tell me that their child has no focus and that they’re looking at the other courts during a tournament. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that if they can re-gain their focus for the next point.

You can use this at work or school too. My friend and mentor, the great Dr. Rob Gilbert, Professor of Sports Psychology at Montclair State University and author of “How to Have Fun without Failing Out” talks about the 15-minute rule. If you’re doing work (business or school), go all-out for fifteen minutes and then take a quick break. Then get back to work. Keep alternating between your work and breaks. This will keep you fresh and focused.

Thanks for reading.

For all you athletes out there, don’t miss my workshop with internationally known yoga master, Naime Jezzeny at Yogaphoria in New Hope, PA on October 4th from 10am-11am. The free session will focus on the mental side of sports and the power of yoga to improve focus, gain strength and prevent injuries.


“We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it.”

Today’s message is especially dedicated to yoga masters, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny in Bucks County, PA.

The thoughts that you have are the results that you get.

Tiger Woods visualizes every shot before he takes it.

Roger Federer visualizes every shot before he hits it.

Anthony Robbins visualizes every seminar he gives before he gives it.

Do you think that they visualize negative events?

No way.

We are what we continuously think about, so if we keep thinking that we are not good at golf, guess what?

We’re not going to be good at golf.

Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The great athletes, students, business professionals and performers imagined themselves great before they became great.

Today I will be taping a segment for the “Let’s Talk with Gary Gellman” television show. Zig Ziglar has been on the show. Eli Manning (NY Giants), Nadia Comeneci (Olympic Gold Medalist), Dorothy Hammill (Olympic Gold Medalist), and Thomas Kinkade (International Artist), have as well.

I’m excited.

And I’m nervous.

Before I give a talk, I’m always nervous. But I don’t act nervous. I always visualize myself being successful and confident before I begin.

Today, while I’m driving to the studio, I will visualize myself on the show, in front of the cameras and being confident. I will mentally rehearse the main points of what I want to say. I will make the visualization as real as possible, imagining sounds and smells, as well as the surroundings. I will take deep diaphragmatic breaths to stay relaxed.

Anyone can use this technique.

Use it before a match.

Use it before asking someone out on a date.

Use it before taking a big exam.

But the key is, you have to USE IT.

Thanks for reading. Wish me luck today…


If you’re going to have a rule for happiness, make it this: “Nothing has to happen for me to feel good! I feel good because I’m alive! Life is a gift, and I revel in it.” Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are as happy as they decide to be.” The story of his life and the stories of other people who have triumphed over tragedies are important reminders that we are in control.

Adopt this rule and decide to raise you standards for the one thing over which you have complete control – yourself. It means you’ve committed to being intelligent, flexible, and creative enough to consistently find a way to look at your life in a fashion that makes any experience enriching.
(Lesson #260 from Giant Steps by Anthony Robbins)

Ed Tseng failed out of college – twice!
Bob Ryland lived through segregation.
Rayna Dubose had all four limbs amputated.
Jennie Murphy is legally blind.

These people are all optimistic. You can turn any negative situation into a positive one. But unfortunately, it works both ways.

Thanks for reading.


“When your feet are firmly planted, you are stuck. Welcome change!”

Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, the great Stanley Ho in Austin, Texas.

Welcome to reality. Change is inevitable.

People are changing.

Our opponents are changing.

Weather conditions are changing.

Technology is changing.

But here’s the problem…

Nobody likes change. People like homeostasis.

I have a feeling that something in your life today will not go as planned, or you will experience some sort of change.

I challenge you to look at change differently today. Embrace it. Think about how it will make you stronger, smarter, more relaxed.

We often look at situations with our narrow points of view, but once we become more flexible and open-minded, our feet get un-stuck and we begin to change our lives and as a by-product, change the results we are getting.

What change are you going to embrace today?

Leave me your comments.

Thanks for reading.


Nothing changes until you do one thing…

“Get disturbed enough that you feel compelled to change. Get disturbed enough that you say ‘no more;’ you will not take it anymore. Expose yourself to the pain and confront it until you are compelled to make the necessary changes.”

Do you want to become a better tennis player?

Get disturbed enough about losing all of your matches that you put everything into your practice sessions.

Do you want to succeed financially?

Get disturbed enough about your credit card debt and start saving.

Do you want to start eating healthier?

Eat a couple of meals at home naked.

Last night I got disturbed.

I saw the movie Food, Inc. You need to see this movie. It talks about the food we eat and how it has become a business. A business that we haven’t been able to do much about. It talks about how there are only a few major players controlling what we eat. We’re not eating normal food anymore. What we’re eating is a result of the big companies wanting to make more money by producing faster, bigger and cheaper products. Processed food. Genetically altered food. Below are some notes that I took from the movie…

1. Chickens now take a third less time to “grow” and they are so big that they fall over because their bones cannot support their body weight. Oh, and they never see sunlight and walk around in their own poop.

2. In nature, cows eat grass. Today, cows eat corn. It’s cheaper and makes them fatter which produces more meat. This corn makes cows produce e coli in their stomachs. Then the cows stand ankle deep in their bacteria infested waste. When they produce hamburgers, they are tainted with e coli, but don’t worry, they add a beef filler that contains ammonia, which kills the bacteria. Then they package it and ship it to stores. Each burger we eat contains meat from thousands of different cows.

3. Corn is in everything because it is cheap to produce. We have high fructose corn syrup (one of the top ingredients to avoid), and there is corn in 90% of the items on the grocery store shelves. Corn is even in charcoal and batteries. Corn is sugar and it spikes our insulin levels. This could lead to Type II diabetes. Did I say could? I meant probably will. One in three children born after the year 2000 will have Type II diabetes.

4. It costs less to eat at McDonald’s than it does to eat real food. Low income families have to choose the dollar menu over fresh fruit and vegetables because…it only costs a dollar.Is this right? Is this what we have come to?

We are what we eat.

It can help us or it can hurt us. It’s our choice. The more we eat organic, the more organic food will be available. The more we eat fast food, the more the big players will make the farmers continue to produce mass processed food.

I know in my own experience that when I eat healthy, I feel better, I move faster, and my mind is more clear. And I know that I’m preventing future illnesses.

I have made a decision to take care of my body and not let the food producers dictate what I eat. If it didn’t exist 100 years ago, we probably shouldn’t be eating it.

Choose organic food.
Read labels.
Educate yourself.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Be nice to all living things.

Thanks for reading.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to all the great attendees and volunteers yesterday at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf and Tennis Outing at Greenacres Country Club and last night at The Warren Racquet Club for the USTA Eastern Junior Team Tennis Workshop.

So I did it.

Today was Day 21 of my 21 day workout/meditation/organization program. The experts say that if you do something for 21 straight days, it becomes a habit. I have to admit, I didn’t always feel like doing it, but I did it anyway. And I always felt great afterwards.

You need willpower. And if you don’t have willpower, that’s okay – do it anyway! By doing what I committed to for 21 straight days, I exercised my willpower muscles. Now I can’t picture myself NOT doing it every morning. That’s powerful. And it went by very quickly.

I feel like a new person.

I developed new habits.

Anthony Robbins said, “Our habits form our lives.” It’s true.

You can do it. But you have to start. The best time is today.

Remember the five words that make most people fail…

“I don’t feel like it.”

Thanks for reading.