Archive for September, 2011


Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Sure you can come up with a lot of reasons not to do it. They’re no guarantees except this: If you don’t try it won’t happen.

Your concerns can serve you by making you better prepared but they won’t serve you if they stop you. Even after you make the decision to go for it you might have lingering doubts for quite some time. That goes with the territory as you explore the unknown. It’s also possible that the unknown can be your friend. What would your life be like if you welcomed the unknown future.

But what happens is that we stop and give up on what we really want and believe. But what happens is that you are cheating two people. Yourself for not living up to your highest ideals. And the other person because they don’t get the gifts of your uniqueness. Go ahead and let the world know who you are. Speak your truth———remember it’s your vision not someone else’s.

The challenges along the way make the end result more fulfilling. So whatever it is that you are on the verge of beginning, be bold and take that next step. Now is the only time to begin. With exploring the unknown comes the exhilaration that lets you know that you are totally alive.
Imagine this!!!

What if your life turns out better than you expected. What then?



Mark Susnow, is an executive-life coach and speaker who inspires others to believe in themselves. A former trial attorney for 30 years, 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 is the author of Dancing on the River…Navigating Life’s Changes.


Monday, September 5th, 2011

When we reflect upon our life, we can’t help but notice the many changes and transitions we have experienced. And we know that there will be many more to come. Some transitions are predictable. School was like that. My whole world was focused on getting through and the next test.

Then there was the day that I was finally done. No more written tests, but the real learning was about to begin. A friend asked my how I saw myself five years in the future. Up to that point, my future was defined by what school I would be going to. At first I didn’t know how to answer her question. I was living in the city in a little cottage behind a house. When I began to think about my life five years in the future, I saw myself living in a house in the hills of Marin surrounded by trees and nature. A friend gave me a dog and the next thing I knew I was living in Marin in that house playing music. That was just the beginning. Within a short period of time, my quest for self-discovery began.

It’s been an exciting journey full of adventure and uncertainty with its share of ups and downs. As we transition through various phases in our life what’s important to us changes. What is more important is that we keep learning and evolving from all of our experiences. We reflect upon how satisfied we are with the various facets of our lives. We ask ourselves questions that we never asked before. We explore unchartered territory.

Sometimes we’re not sure where we want to be, but we know there is something else yet to be explored. We sense a yearning that is calling us. We take a leap of faith to embark upon a path that is undefined.

Sure it gets scary at times but that goes with the territory because we are exploring an unknown future where there are no defined rules or a clear path to follow. It can also be exciting. The mystic Joseph Campbell in Dark Forest says it in this way,

“You enter the forest
At the darkest point,
Where there is no path.

Where there is a way or path,
It is someone else’s path.

If you follow someone else’s way,
You are not going to realize your potential.”

Wherever you are in your life’s unfolding enter the forest by taking that first step. What you’ll find is that exploring new territory takes you out of your comfort zone. For me the commitment to this process began in earnest when I gave up my law practice, which had been my comfort zone for many years. I remember waking up that first day. I no longer had a schedule or a purpose. I was searching for a new way. A year later I began the work that I do now.

I began to look deeper. As I wrote about many of these evolving ideas and beliefs in Letters on Life, a new paradigm was emerging. Having clarity is just the first step. The bigger challenge is integrating these insights into your life so that they become a way of being. Whether I’m coaching others, writing or speaking to groups, I am reminded that we are all in this together. We want to connect and come together but we don’t know how. When we share our hearts and souls with others, there is a feeling of communion that transcends words. There is a silence into which judgments can’t intrude.

But the integration does not happen all at once. It’s an ongoing process that keeps unfolding. Sometimes we get discouraged and feel like giving up. The doubts begin to resurface. We sometimes think to ourselves, “Why did I get started on this path?” Sometimes we need a helping hand to encourage and inspire us to keep our dream alive and to become the person we’ve always wanted to be. For me that need has been nurtured by learning from others and from reading books. Then there was the moment I chose Inspire Possibility as my domain name.

In the beginning it was a stretch, but over time I grew into it. Whenever someone tells me that they feel inspired after reading one of my articles or listening to one of my talks, it lets me know that they want to be inspired. It tells me that their dream is still alive and that they haven’t given up on what they really want. The flame inside of them is still burning.

But still the task seems daunting. We’ve been disappointed before. This time we’re waiting for a guarantee before taking that next step. We want to know how it’s going to work out before we begin. But from where we’re standing it’s impossible to see what’s ahead. None of us has a crystal ball that allows us to see into the future. By taking that next step, we allow for the process of exploring the vast unknown to reveal itself. This exploration can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling journeys we’ve ever experienced.

“The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” John Schaar

In many ways we are in the midst of a global renaissance. Together we are creating a new future, which is constantly changing and evolving. In the process we become more than we were yesterday. Choose to be part of the adventure.

Journey On


Mark Susnow, is an executive and life coach, who inspires others to believe in themselves. A former trial attorney for 30 years, 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 is the author of Dancing on the River…Navigating Life’s Changes.

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