Archive for March, 2012

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It’s a matter of perspective. But we forget because our minds are cluttered with the pressing concerns of the moment. In that moment we struggle to see a way out. From this limited perspective, whenever we project into the future, all we can see is more of the same. It’s discouraging. And it’s difficult to get excited about our life.

Until we change our perspective, what we think is possible will stay the same. It’s like climbing a mountain. Near the bottom of the mountain, we can’t see what we’ll be able to see as we climb higher.

Near the top of the mountain, our view is expanded, and we’re able to see possibilities that we never saw before. We have a better sense of how everything is interconnected. We’re able to see how one trail connects with another.

We’re able to see how we can make a difference. From this higher view, we’re able to see what’s possible. We’re more optimistic as to what we are capable of. From this higher view, we see a way to make it happen. It seems pretty clear. It’s not as difficult as we thought.

The good news is that we don’t need to travel anywhere to access the higher view. All we need to do is to be still and to look inside——to go deeper until we’re able to see how everything in our life has led us to this moment.

It’s liberating. There is never going to be a better time than now to begin looking.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

FINDING INNER SECURITY

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

To varying degrees, most of us think about what tomorrow might bring. We wonder whether we’ll have enough to get by, if we’ll have good health and there are a myriad of other things that we concern ourselves with. We think about what type of world the younger generation will inherit. These are all legitimate concerns.

It’s when we become obsessed with tomorrow that we lose focus as to what’s in front of us right now. We get distracted from recognizing the opportunities that are presented to us today. Not only do we worry unnecessarily, we lose our effectiveness.

The best oportunity that we have is to enjoy every moment just the way it is now, not wishing that it was different. It is from this place that we begin to build the future.

“The future is not some place that we are going, but one that we are creating together, which changes both the maker and the destination.” John Schaar

Creating this future involves our being the best we can be; more present, more giving, more supportive and more optimistic.

Know that like many things, becoming more present, is a lifelong journey. It’s a skill set that can be developed over time.

Now is the time. Worrying about the future doesn’t make anything better; it just leads to ineffectiveness.

Most of us think security comes with certainty. The only problem with that thinking is that life is constantly changing and we have to learn to find joy and peace in the midst of this uncertainty. Then we will be secure in ourself and with whatever happens.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

What Lies Below the Surface?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

So you think it’s a little thing that needs to be fixed. What you see is actually minor, but it’s what’s beneath the surface that is causing the problem. What you thought might take a few minutes to repair might take a few days. In life when we don’t look deeper we overlook the real work that needs to be done.

Thankfully we noticed what we did and began to address the real issue. Now we can begin to repair and in some cases heal the underlying cause of the condition.

That’s why it’s prudent to have annual health checkups. Hopefully by being open to independent analysis we have a greater likelihood of discovering the root cause of any problem in its initial stages and take care of it before it becomes more significant.

I know that sometimes we don’t want to go there. We are afraid of what we might find out. I always feel relieved afterwards. Now I have a plan to get me going in the right direction. It’s also an affirmation that I’m on the right path.

Relationships are like that. When we sense that we are not connecting, it’s time to look at why. It’s also important to share your concern. In every relationship there is a conversation that can begin the healing process. But we have to take responsibility for having that conversation.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

Think About How Powerful You Are

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

When we get caught up in the day-to-day dramas of our life, we lose perspective. We forget what we are capable of. We forget all that we have done that has gotten us here to this moment in our life. We forget how resourceful we have been. Take some time to think about how powerful you are. Take some time to think about the courageous decisions you have made.

Think about those times when you took a stand. You wouldn’t accept the status quo. Yes there have been many challenges along the way. They were necessary even though you resisted them. You knew that’s what you had to do so that you could move forward in your life.

Take some time to pat yourself on the back. You’ve done well. At times it hasn’t been easy but here you are. Be grateful for the challenges that life has presented you. They motivated and stimulated you so that you wouldn’t become complacent.

Trust that life’s challenges are there to move you forward. You still have much to do. And you’re capable of doing of it.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

WHAT DOES MATURITY MEAN?

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Do you ever think about what maturity means? I’m sure most of us have at times, but I want to give you a new way to think about it. By no means do I want to negate what you already believe. Maturity is that moment in our lives when we step up and take responsibility for our well-being and our happiness.

With this new sense of responsibility comes a new-found freedom. We no longer blame others or our circumstances for our dissatisfaction with life. We notice what occurs but we don’t judge it.

Imagine what that would be like. This is it. We are responsible for what we are experiencing in this moment. It’s liberating. We don’t need to look further. We don’t need to make someone wrong. It’s no ones fault. We are free from the blame game.

With this new sense of maturity we have a new sense of confidence. A confidence that our moment-to-moment happiness is a choice and is not dependent on something occurring in the future.

So what that means is that we have to constantly make that choice. By doing so we are demonstrating our confidence in ourself and our faith in our capabilities. Actually we are doing much more. We are reinforcing this new sense of freedom.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

WHO IS THE REAL YOU?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

When you feel you have a purpose for being here, then you gladly do things you wouldn’t have considered previously. The uncertainty doesn’t concern you as much because you come back to what your real work is. For some the difficulty is discovering the nature of that real work. Quite often we look in the wrong direction. We’re looking far into the future, rather than what is in front of us.

There will be bumps on the road and disappointment at times. We might feel discouraged but then we remember what we are about.

We know from much experience that complaining doesn’t get us anywhere. In fact at times we even get tired of hearing ourself complain. We also know that complaining is an excuse for not making changes.

What needs to change is our focus. When we remind ourselves of who we are and what type of person we are, then we’ll discover who we really are. You can become the “real you.”

Make an inquiry into what that person stands for. Ask what matters to him or her. Live by those values. Make them your priority.

See that person living life and interacting on a day to day basis. Choose to be that person. Live it. Live it now.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

In Your Own Unique Way

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Having a goal and achieving it does not always result in feeling fulfilled. It’s nice and you do feel good for a while, but soon you’re looking for the next challenge. Quite often it’s fun. You did it, you made it happen. You just didn’t sit on the sidelines hoping that somehow what you wanted would be handed to you. Even if it was handed to you, it wouldn’t be uniquely you.

We all contribute in our own special way. Our gift to humanity is our uniqueness.

Occasionally we wonder what our life purpose is for being on the planet at this time. In some way we are here to help and support others. In can be in a myriad of different ways. I like to make it fun.

Whenever I’m in a grocery store I take it upon myself to make sure that the cashier is smiling as they are ringing up my food. Quite often we take them for granted and overlook the role that they play in our lives. They are the last ones to touch our food before we take it home.

There are other people in our life who we also tend to overlook. I know we were discussing what our life purpose is, but you can’t go wrong with helping people put a smile on their face.

Think about who those people are.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

IS IT REALLY A PROBLEM?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

So you got a problem you think to yourself——maybe it will go away. You go on with your life and occasionally there is a flare up which soon subsides. But it comes back and this time it’s bigger. You can’t ignore it anymore.

So you take some time to honestly assess the situation. You ask yourself what might happen if the problem is not addressed. Is it really a problem or is it just an annoyance. Perhaps you are overreacting. Quite often, because of other concerns in our life, we overreact to the present situation. Once you assure yourself that you’re not overreacting, then ask yourself whether there is a specific action that you can take to rectify the situation. Quite often there is a simple solution that you might be resisting taking.

You also know that this isn’t the first time that you’ve had problems and that in the past you have successfully resolved them. You have also learned to treat these problems as challenges which ultimately lead to new opportunities. You know that once you make a decision and follow a plan of action things usually work out.

You have learned to think out of the box. Thee past challenges have stimulated you to be innovative and a leader in life. In the future you know that what might seem like a problem is really an opportunity. You welcome them and are ready to face them rather than avoiding them.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

SEEDS OF WISDOM

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Nature has its many mysteries. When we look deeply there is always a gift. Not only does nature nurture us, it reminds us of the cyclical nature of life. It also reminds us how unpredictable life can be.

On a recent trip to Kauai, I was reminded of nature’s majesty. While I felt a “sense of awe” as I watched the cascading waterfalls rushing down the mountains, there were constant flash flood warnings. On the last night of my trip I was privy to one of nature’s great light shows—brilliant stabs of lightning followed by loud boisterous sounds of thunder a second behind. In the midst of the storm, which continued through the night, the roar of the thunder reminded me of nature’s power. Because I knew that it would soon stop, I maintained a sense of clarity and perspective. I knew that after the storm there would be a sense of calmness and beauty.

It is in that moment of clarity when we realize that we have been through many storms before. We have learned a fundamental truth. No matter how dark it seems, we know that the light of spring is coming. However with many of the personal challenges that we face in life we forget this lesson and lose that sense of perspective.

Spring, with its sense of optimism and hope, is a time of new beginnings. We rejoice when we notice the first buds on the fruit trees. By summer those buds have become delicious fruit. In autumn, the leaves with their vibrant colors fall wistfully to the ground. By the time winter arrives, most of the trees are barren and we are ready for the cycle to begin anew. Because we have been through these cycles before, when spring comes again, we are ready for the spring ritual of planting our gardens. Although we don’t totally understand the process, we know for certain there’s an intelligence in nature’s way of doing things.

We prepare the soil for planting by first pulling out the weeds, which are the limiting beliefs that clutter our minds. Then we turn the soil and mix in compost and fertilizer before spreading the seeds, which are possibilities in the gardens of our subconscious mind. We don’t know how many of these seeds or which ones will emerge from the darkness to the light. But we have faith that if we tend to our garden, some seeds will grow.

We also know from our work together that our intentions determine what we harvest. Not only do they provide food for the body, they provide food for the soul. From the darkness there is a miraculous process that gives birth to creation. That’s the way it was for each of us. We emerged from the darkness of the womb to the light of the day. As we continue on our journey that light becomes brighter. There are two themes that keep emerging in this luminosity. You have heard me write about them before.

Happiness is a choice, which is not dependent on our circumstances. Happiness includes the ability to fully experience all of the positive emotions such as peace, joy and love. Many people have asked me what I have personally learned from writing Dancing on the River. It has helped me get to that place in my life when I realized that I could be happy and still have a few loose ends. It even goes beyond that. it’s the acceptance that there will always be a few loose ends. We continue to make this choice over and over again.

The second is that our ability to experience joy and love keeps expanding. Here’s why. We’ve been through more. We’ve faced more adversity. We’ve been stretched. We all know that there are things in the world that are horrific and tragic. Some of us have personally experienced some of these events. No one is immune from this pain—that’s part of being human.

As a result our hearts are more open and we’re able to experience more joy and to love more deeply. We’re gentler with ourselves and have learned to accept the things about ourselves that we can’t change. We’ve learned to accept the imperfections in life.

By focusing on what gives us joy, we have learned to smile in the midst of the storm. We know we’ll get through it. We’ve been there before. With each storm our capacity to experience joy is expanded. We focus on what’s right about our life. We focus on how blessed we are. We smile for no reason. We stop asking “why.” We’ve made the choice. Keep making that choice. Keep spreading the seeds.

This spring let us be inspired by the ritual of spring to think bigger–to think about what we can plant that will transcend our normal way of looking at spring. Think of this spring as a time of possibility. As spring unfolds it is my hope that the seeds you plant renew your sense of hope and optimism. May you be inspired by the journey. May you know what it means to be Dancing on the River.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.

Greatness begins with an idea that becomes a belief

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Yes there is that person we want to be and that person living that life. It might seem out of our reach. “Next time,” we think to ourselves. It’s always illusive….unless.

Unless we become that person on the inside. In the beginning it might seem as if we are playing a role in life’s unfolding.

When I was in my twenties a friend asked me how I saw myself in five years. I pictured that person and over time became that person. The timing wasn’t exact but I got there. When we have clarity as to who that person is that we want to become, we grow into that person.

I remember when I first selected Inspire Possibility for my domain name. It wasn’t my first choice. It was only after submitting eight other names did I settle on it. Today if I had to start all over and select a new domain name, Inspire Possibility would be my first choice. I became that person who inspires possibility in others. It’s been a process. First I had an idea and then took action steps in making that idea a reality.

Greatness begins with an idea that becomes a belief. From there it becomes a knowing. From that place of knowing there is no longer a separation from who we are now and that person we want to be.

We embrace the world knowing that it’s our time for greatness. We have arrived. All we have to do now is to enjoy the journey.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. 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. Give yourself the gift of coaching and make an investment in your future.


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