The intent of Masterful Life-Performance is to empower people to experience peak performance in any chosen area of their lives, and to experience increased technical excellence, social contribution, and inner well-being. It works on the principle that all our behaviors, as well as our thought processes, can be conceptualized as performances, and as such are highly responsive to that ever-present “inner audience” which we associate with any particular performance activity.
ML-P holds that the “inner audience” can be consciously chosen, and that the constellation of attitudes associated with our “inner audience” is a primary determiner of the quality and the joy experienced as we perform. Also ML-P holds that the social intent of our performance, the degree to which we intend to give to others, is a primary determiner of the quality and joy of our performance as well. When our inner audience is encouraging, our social intent is to give, and our technical skills and resources are functional, we tend to invite, and may even experience, peak performance.
Specific performance examples of Ron’s one-on-one work include:
Helped an audition finalist for the New York Philharmonic achieve “the best audition” of his life.
Helped an outstanding medical school student who was experiencing poor performance in his last year of med school, and was on the verge of dropping out, to regain his focus and love for emergency medicine and achieve “the best final exams” of his life as well as go on to a “choice” internship residency.
Helped a talented amateur golfer to lower his “scoring average” significantly.
Generalized life performance one-on-one examples include:
Helped a young husband/father shift out of a state of complete despair, being on the verge of losing his job, his marriage, and his children, to regain a sense of hope for his future.
Helped an adult grad student build self worth, social confidence and general life optimism. Her comments to him were: “This has been more helpful than anything I learned in my expensive grad school counseling program.” “When I presented this model to my classmates they began to treat each other in ways that transformed the class into a mutually helpful learning community.”
Helped a clergy person focus on the helpful and loving messages that are at the heart of her faith, rather than the punitive fear based behaviors of her colleagues.
His group presentations include:
Presented at the State of Vermont Department of Education Arts Assessment Institute showing how Masterful Life-Performance could be used to facilitate student/teacher creativity, and how its principles could be included in the arts assessment process.
Guest speaker before the Music Performance Department, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, showing how ML-P could be used to facilitate excellence in music performance.
Guest speaker before various performing arts, religious, athletic and civic service organizations.
How it started:
Initially Masterful Life-Performance took its form from Ron’s focused search to improve his own performance as a classical solo and symphonic trumpeter. His early training concentrated solely on developing excellence in trumpet technique. As a student at the Juilliard School, and later as a professional with the National Symphony, he encountered performance situations which were technically easy and emotionally difficult. His early technique-only paradigm failed and he began a more expanded inquiry. Using his performance experience as a major symphony trumpeter, the analytical thinking of his engineering training, the insight of his counseling psychology training and practice, and the intuition of his personal spirituality, he began formalizing the process that presently he calls Masterful Life-Performance. It has proven to be helpful in facilitating peak performance and joy in him and in others.
The most common feedback is that it is simple enough to be useful, unique in its organization and profound enough to truly invite freedom of choice and personal expression. A common comment is: “I wish I had known about this a long time ago.”
Ron’s response to this is: “Me too.”