Archive for June, 2007

THE STARFISH

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Sometimes we wonder if our actions matter, i.e. we are just a pebble in a vast ocean. Voting seems that way at times. There are millions voting…what difference does it make. Recycling is another one. Does it matter if I recycle because there is so much disregard for the environment in other parts of the world. One of the dilemmas that most people face is the belief that their voice doesn’t matter..that in the big picture what they do doesn’t make a difference.

In the big picture everything we do and believe does make a difference. There is a story that makes this point.

There was a boy walking along the beach and he noticed thousands of starfish washed up on the shore….perhaps millions. He started throwing the starfish one at a time back into the water. And along came a woman who said to him…”why are you throwing the starfish back into the water. There are so many ashore that what you are doing won’t make a difference.” He picked up the next starfish and threw it back into the water…And said “it makes a difference to this one.” And with each starfish he picked up he said it makes a difference to this one and to this one.

We make a difference with each action we take even if it seems trivial…So yes make your contribution…Be engaged…..

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

GETTING STIMULATED

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

I went with my daughter Makaela to the Taxi Rally which is an association of independent A&R people in the music business. There was part of me wondering what I was going to do for a full three days while Makaela participated in the workshops. So I found myself also participating and enjoying the process. I was stimulated, made a new friend and learned some new things.

In fact being stimulated is the key to life. We all go through phases in which are life seems a little flat. Willing to learn new things and making new friends is the key to being engaged. We can’t sit back and hope that things will be different. We get stimulated when we see new possiblities in what we are doing. It’s like climing that mountain. As we climb higher we discover what’s out there. But unless we take that first step and make the effort we’ll never have the opportunity. If you don’t take that step, it’s a guarantee that you’ll stay stuck. What have you been postponing in your life? What are you waiting for?

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

FOCUS ON WHAT’S IN FRONT OF YOU

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Lately I have been riding my Mt Bike. Yesterday I rode from my house to Phoenix Lake. On the right side of the lake is a trail called Lower Shaver which takes you up to Five Corners. On the Far edge of the lake you have a choice to continue on Lower Shaver or to turn left and climb Fish Grade or Eldridge. Fish Grade for me has always been out of the question since its so steep. So my choice really was Eldridge or to continue straight.

I wanted more of a challenge so I decided on Eldridge…The slope on Eldridge is slightly elevated for the first 100 yards and then there is a 50 yard stretch in which the slope is greatly elevated. That 50 yard strectch is a challenge; on some occasions I have had to stop and walk my bike or once I get to the top I rest. I wanted to break this pattern. And for the minute or two before having to make the decision I debated as to which trail to take. I chose Eldridge and tried something different.

Once I started the steep 50 yard stretch instead of wondering if I could make it to the top I just focused on the step or two immediataely in front of me. I didn’t look at to see how far I had to go. For me the choice was simple. By breaking it down into small segmentss I didn’t notice any slope. It was only when I looked at the top that I noticed the steepness. As I pedaled focusing on what was immediately in front of me I reached the top and continued on my way. I wasn’t tired or winded and it was as if I was riding on a level trail.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

THE VALUE OF QUESTIONS

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

So what’s going on? What do you want to accomplish? What changes are you going to put into place? I guess I’ve asked a lot of questions. Questions are powerful and are probably the most effective way to shift your focus.

If you are thinking about lack and limitation ask yourself what questions you are asking yourself. Usually you aren’t aware of what they are. For example if you have had a few disappointments in business you might be asking yourself how can things get worse….or what is the next thing that can go wrong. When you are in a downward spiral create empowering questions to change the spiral. For example again using the few disappointments scenario an empowering question might be: I wonder who my next client will be or what my next project will be? How does it get better than this?

How you frame your life determines your life because it is a fundamental law of the universe that what you focus on expands. CHANGE YOUR THINKING CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Journey On

Mark

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

WHAT A GREAT RIDE

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Well it was as good as I thought it would be. An early ride. The ground was perfect. No dust…everything was packed down and there was crispness in the air…not too hot yet. What an experience. And yet I didn’t go out there yesterday. I don’t know why. Perhaps I wanted to savor the experience.

I am looking forward to enjoying the next ride. That’s a great expectation-looking forward to what’s next. Asking empowering questions helps you do this. One of my favorites which is part of my Morning Program is the following: I wonder what the highlight of my day will be? It keeps you focused on what is possible. ..Today I took my car into get it serviced. The walk home was beautiful…Again it’s one of those perfect days. I’m looking forward to the walk back to pick it up. Wonder what the highlight of your day might be? Unable to decide between two or three choices is a great place to be.

Journey ON

Mark

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

FOCUS AND THEN LET IT UNFOLD

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

When was the last time you felt like you were doing nothing? It seemed like you were just waiting for something to happen. You even felt like your life was slipping away. You had this need to do something.

Here’s a thought. Change how you see yourself when things seem to be a little slow. It is a great time to plant new ideas much like you plant seeds when you are growing a garden. It’s a great time to get together with friends and take care of things that ordinarily you don’t make time for. And in this phase perhaps you develop new habits that can benefit you when things get busy again. Perhaps read a new book or start a journal.

There is virtue in being patient and doing nothing. And in truth you are never doing nothing. So you see that doing nothing is in many cases really doing something which brings you further along on the journey you are taking…

So your shift is to see waiting as a positive action…And while you are waiting for the next step you can still use this time wisely… You can be doing nothing while in the company of good friends. Not a bad idea.

The cycle is to take action…then sit back and let it unfold…and so on it goes. It’s like planting your garden…Initially there’ s a lot of work.. weeding and then preparing the soil for planting…In the beginning there is a good amount of work. And as time goes on we just wait for our harvest to come to fruition. Realize that the universe has its own rhythm. It’s up to us to be in harmony with that rhythm.

Journey On

Mark

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Imagine you are in a rut. Every time you look out you see the same thing. There is a mountain. You know if you climb the mountain things will look different. As you climb higher you are able to see more.

Personal Development is like that. The more open you are the higher you can go. Eventually you’re near the top and what is possible seems enormous. And when you reach the peak your view is unlimited. But it doesn’t stay that way forever. You come back down and return to the starting point. But you don’t see things the way you did before you began the journey. You had a glimpse…a glimpse that keeps you going in the future.

You know what is possible and you gratefully accept the challenge. You can also prepare for the challenge. You can climb new mountains and live a life that perhaps you can’t even imagine at this moment. A guide in the form a mentor or a coach helps you play at that level.

Journey On

Mark

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

MORE ON THE ONE HOUR FORMULA

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

It works. It’s easy to find an hour to do anything. What this means is that you can complete major projects without altering your schedule. Just knowing this gets rid of a lot of stress. First estimate how long you think the particular project will take. Let’s say five hours. Then schedule it into your appointment book. Then it’s a matter of honoring what’s in your appointment book. It seems that when we write something down it has more significance…It makes it more real.

Here’s another way to look at it. Think about all the things you are “good at” or perhaps were “good at”. All of them required practice and commitment. Big projects are nothing more than a bunch of little ones. A movie is really hundreds of stills moving at an accelerated pace.

Part of living in this day and age is to slow down the pace. So the movie of your life is nothing more than just a series of moments. And as you become more focused on these moments rather than the future you’ll be less stressed out. You’ll enjoy what you’re doing more and less concerned what will happen down the road.

So slow it down and enjoy the moment. The one hour formula is a good start. As you are consistent with this practice your life will be dramatically different.

Journey On

Mark

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, which is a free inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

The one hour approach leads to freedom

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Getting started on a project is usually the hardest phase of the project. You probably think about it much longer than it actually takes to do it. Probably three times as much. First cardinal rule….

1. To begin a project the important thing is to begin.….Otherwise you’ll be stuck and you’ll never get unstuck. Here’s my new thing. Sometimes…(I mean usually) you get overwhelmed by the enormity of a project; it might be a term paper, preparing your taxes, or painting a house. just to name a few of many challenges.

But if you think that you are going to 2. just spend an hour Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY

Monday, June 11th, 2007

I bet if you are like most people there is something you really want to do but you have put it on the back burner. What have you been saying you want to do but haven’t got into action about? Perhaps it’s a big dream that you have been dreaming about most of your life and think that it’s out of your league. Go ahead and imagine living this dream and see it and feel it elaborately. Don’t leave anything out.

The next step is to ask yourself why this is important. How would your life be different if you were living this dream?

If you are like most people this is where you get stuck. You probably have a good reason as to why you don’t move forward on this desire.

Here is the challenge. What would happen if you were to drop all of your excuses, valid reasons and fears about having your desire? Then what would you do? What is an action step that you would be willing to take in the next 2 days?

Researchers have found that working with someone who holds you accountable greatly increases the likelihood of success. Who is someone you could ask for help or hire to make this easier? What are some other resources such as books or classes that you can utilize in this process?

If you are ready to have your dream now then you know what you have to do.

Along the way your enthusiasm might wane. What will keep you excited and committed to this adventure? Who will you have to trust?

Researchers have also found that when you have an exact date as to when the dream will become manifested your likelihood of it occurring is dramatically increased.

When will you actualize this dream?

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. Contact him for an opportunity to create the life of your dreams. http://www.inspirepossibility.com


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