Archive for July, 2007

KEEPING YOUR WORD TO YOURSELF

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

KEEP YOUR WORD: Today I MADE myself go to the gym…What good is a gym if you don’t go? It felt good. I didn’t give into my saying to myself “that’s good enough. ” Lately that self talk has been limiting and preventing me from taking the next step. Now I am motivated to change my workout frequency. I do mountain bike and I do get exercise that way….but I know I need to do that ab work. The ab work that most of us hate. And we hate noticing that’s what we need to do.

I have always said that one’s personal power is directly related to their ability to keep their agreements to themselves. As you become impeccable with your word to yourself your ability to achieve a level of mastery over your thoughts is achieved. The theory being that you will become capable of shifting your thoughts from dwelling on the negative to the positive. Yes the preparation for this starts with ‘not saying no to the gym” and doing that abwork. It starts with following through and becomes a positive pattern when you consistently keep your word. The hope is that with time and commitment you develop the ability to keep transcending what is possible in your life.

When is saying “no” stopping you? What is it preventing you from experiencing and accomplishing?

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

DON’T FORGET TO SMILE

Friday, July 27th, 2007

It has become increasingly clear to me that the way to transform your mundane everyday life into a playground of fun and opportunity is to change the way you are throughout the day. The fact that me and thousands of others are blogging and thousands are reading the blogs speaks to our mechanical age. The fact that just about everyone is tied to their computer speaks for itself. How many times a day do you check your email? I notice with my business that people contact me via email rather than using the phone. I find myself doing this also.

What happened to the old fashioned way of greeting each other when we smiled and asked each other how we were? It is true that often this was also mechanical but it’s time to reverse the trend and take time again for each other. Too many of us have lost the ability to engage in a warm conversation. Too many of us couldn’t connect with others even if our lives depended on it. We don’t make the effort. Real communication is an art and process.

Let’s make a start. I have an idea and a challenge. For the next week your job is to get one person a day to smile. If that is too easy then step it up to two and then perhaps three. Let me know how you do. Also 25 smiles per day on your part goes a long way. Think of all the facial muscles you’ll activate. And the neurons connecting the muscles to the brain release those good endorphins.

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

I DIDN’T WANT TO MISS OUT:

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Every once in a while there comes along an event that you want to be part of. That’s the way I felt about this event. The Tour de Caliifornia, North America’s biggest cycling event in 100 years was a takeoff on the Tour de France the worlds most prestigious cycling event. Cyclists came from all over the world some of whom placed in the Tour.

Needless to say there was a lot of hype. I had been planning to experience this event for quite some time. I imagined the excitement as the cyclists anticipated the beginning of the race. For the last week there had been daily articles in the paper about the different cyclists. At the last minute a few obstacles were put in my path that could have easily sidetracked me but I persisted. I parked at the north end of Sausalito and walked toward the starting point. On the way there I reached a point where the cyclists would circle 3 times on their way out of town. I ran into a friend who was convinced this spot was the spot to be. Decision time!!

Should I stay there with my friend or keep going toward the starting point? The best vantage would be to stay there. But I continued on my way and arrived just in time as the Star Spangled Banner was being played over the loud speaker. And then there was the announcement of some of the local heroes one of whom finished in the top five at the Tour de France. The excitement was building with music playing in the background that was perfect for a race. Everything was orchestrated and there was no jockeying for position and as the cyclists began the event they stayed in perfect place.

And then I hurried toward the main corridor and was able to see them circle a few times before they were on their way. Within a few minutes they were gone and the strategizing began. I am eager to read the pager about the event. I felt that I was part of a momentous event much greater than myself. It’s a great feeling when you are connected to something greater than yourself.

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

ONE STEP AT A TIME

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

When I saw my young friend Bobby at the health food store we talked about going on a mountain bike ride. I used to ride on the mountain quite regularly…Lately I haven’t been as consistent, so I had some reservation about going on this ride. We did go a few days later. The few days prior to the ride I thought about which trail to take and the difficulty of each one.

I knew that no matter what trail we took I would be out of my comfort zone. Here we were and I looked at the top of the trail and wondered if this was too difficult for me. I glanced at the steepness of the incline somewhere in the 25-30 degree range.
In the past when trying to climb these more difficult trails I felt tired before I even began. Off we went. I was determined to make this day different. I had been experimenting with a new approach.

Once I looked at where I was headed my focus was on what was immediately in front of me. When I just looked at the one or two yards ahead I didn’t think about the steepness. So that’s what I did. One step at a time. Gradually we approached the top. I wasn’t tired and felt excited about what my next challenge was going to be.

And that’s the way it is with our lives. When we have a project that needs to be done we think about it in its entirety. We think about the difficulty and sometimes the task seems daunting. When we change the inquiry from “can I do it” to “what’s the next step” our life becomes not only manageable but easy and fun. So I ask you….What’s your next step?

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

BIG DREAM

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Wouldn’t you like to recreate those great days when you are feeling good? Imagine having a magical formula or magic wand that can transport you to this land of feeling good. The magic wand has a history…it has an energy….it creates an expectation….an expectation that what you want will be.

I would too. So where do we find this magic wand. Perhaps we already possess it and don’t know it. It’s actually closer than you think. The expectation that the magic wand creates can be created by you. When you are clear as to what you want and use your imagination to experience it as already happening, then the experience in your mind becomes manifested into the physical world. Your mind becomes your magic wand. What you think becomes true.

Use your magic wand to create your life the way you’ve always wanted. What is your big dream? What’s holding you back. To make it happen who do you need to become? Take a little step in that direction. What will you do in the next week?

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

LIVING WITH DOUBT

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

For the last five years I have had the luxury to think about the human process. And in this time frame I have had the opportunity to become clear on some of the bigger challenges that we all face. Living with doubt is a concept that can be empowering. Too often we let doubt stop us and prevent us from taking that next step in our life.

No matter what you do, you are going to have some doubt to some extent. Hopefully you get to that place in your life where the doubt is minimized or barely perceptible. But to eliminate all doubt before taking the next step will result in a life that is unexplored and unfulfilled.

Having doubt also indicates that you are thoughtful and insightful. It prepares you for the unexpected and unpredictable. In the long run it is what makes you more successful and fulfilled.

Be thankful for your doubt but don’t let it stop you.

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

REMEMBER WHAT’S IMPORTANT

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Last night after dinner I watched a family movie,Kicking and Screaming. Essentially the movie was about the relationship between a father and son and their relationship to winning. The son hated his father’s obsession with winning and being the best. However in his desire to beat his father he becomes just like his father. He sacrifices his own relationship with his own son and forgets what his true values are. Isn’t that what happens to many of us?

In our obsession with making it in the world we forget what is important to us. We become one trick ponies and don’t have time or the energy for other things. Our relationships suffer and we suddenly wake up one day and realize that our life seems empty in many ways. It’s time to assess what’s going on in your life.

Ask yourself…are you satisfied with what you have accomplished so far this year? And then ask yourself how satisfied are you with who you have become? Perhaps the answer to the second question will be more revealing. Don be like the guy in the movie.

Taking time for yourself everyday before the day gets going is the best way to take care of yourself.

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

FIND YOUR OWN PATH:

Monday, July 16th, 2007

I went with my wife Annie to the local coffee shop. I drank some coffee, read the paper and said my helloes. Everyone was in a good mood… thankful that they have the lives that they do. Sure, we would like some things to be different but grateful for the life we do have.

As we left the coffee shop we ran into some friends. Their daughter Hanna took a year off before beginning her college studies and for her it was the right thing. There is virtue in taking time out from your busy life. You get a different perspective and have time to reevaluate what it is you are doing. It’s easier to take the time out when you are younger. To do it when your life is more involved is more challenging but it is what you must do to continue to expand.

Ask yourself what you need a break from? Think of a way in which you can create separation from that activity or person. Then when you reengage you will have a new perspective.

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

OUR INTERNAL THERMOSTAT

Friday, July 13th, 2007

We’ve been on Kauai for about a week. It’s hot and humid. I take about three showers a day. Have a few skin rashes from the heat… At first I didn’t feel like doing anything except sleep…Now I’m adjusted…swimming in the ocean…yoga..going to the gym….it’s amazing how my system has adapted.

It’s all what you are use to. My internal thermostat has its own adjustments. I’m not used to humid weather so I’m not prepared.

We learn to adapt and to become flexible. Just about anything that happens in our life we learn to adapt to. At first it might be a shock and then we learn to live with it. It works the other way too. Imagine your life the way you really want it. Perhaps in developing that picture you censure what you think is possible.

In Alice in Wonderland the Queen says to Alice, that she practices a half hour every day in believing in impossible things. After a while what seems out of your reach seems very doable. And that is how our life works. As you expand your belief in your self you expand what you think is possible. And that is what our life is all about. As we expand what is possible in all aspects of our lives, our life becomes more fulfilling for ourselves and for others.

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

ARE YOU MAKING YOURSELF AVAILABLE?

Monday, July 9th, 2007

It was one of those magical days. I had some free time and drove up to the upper lakes. It was picturesque….the lighting was perfect and there was no one around. I stood there in total solitude…totally still. I was able to just be there until I started thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if I did this regularly…and wouldn’t it be great when the streams started to flow.

And of course I started thinking about the future and what I had to do and getting on with my day. I lost it for that moment. That magical moment was gone but I did have the memory of it and a reminder to do this more often. As I am writing this I sense the tranquility.

The magical spot on the lake was always there receptive to whoever would receive its gifts. All I had to do was to show up and make myself available.

So the question for you is….Are you making yourself available? Are doors opening up for you? Are you walking through them?

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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