There is a point in our life when we feel we need to make a change, even though we might not have clarity as to an alternative. That was my situation, when I realized that I was done being a trial lawyer. My challenge was that I didn’t have clarity as to what an alternative could be. So I want to a career counselor hoping to get that clarity. Still after a number of sessions, no clarity.

I then questioned whether I should make that career change, since there didn’t seem to be a viable alternative. At the time, my options were to continue as an attorney, or to stop and to do nothing. With a family, I had certain responsibilities that I was conscientious about.

I took a leap of faith, one of the biggest of my life, and gave up my law career, trusting that the next path would be revealed to me. On a deeper level I did have the confidence that since I’ve been successful before, I could be successful in my new life even though I wasn’t sure what that would be. That was twelve years ago. Here I am now, totally involved in a new way of being and a new way of life. So what enabled me to get to where I am now.

You’ve heard it before—one step at a time. When you’re climbing a mountain, you take the step that’s in front of you. When you do that, moving forward is more manageable. So with any of our challenges, that’s all we can do. And we take the next step, we’re able to see a path in the form of possibilities that we weren’t able to see when we first began the journey.

I went on to begin my career as a life coach. Then my newsletter, Letters on Life, and then my book, Dancing on the River: Navigating Life’s Changes. The next step was speaking to groups on the Eight Principles of Navigating Change.

This continued evolution consisted of taking small steps, one step at a time. It seemed there was always something that I could do to move forward and to enliven me. Blogging was one of them; meeting new people another.



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 and Discover the Leader Within.

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