Archive for June, 2014

You’re an Amazing Person

Monday, June 30th, 2014

How do you answer the question, Life is? What if, when you awake in the morning, you say to yourself, “My life is amazing.” What then? How would you experience your life? I’m sure you would start to experience your life in a much more amazing and exciting way. For various reasons, very few of us say this to ourselves or dare to think in this way. Our focus might be on other things, or on our struggles. Then that’s all we see. But you have the power to change it.

When you think about it, we have all experienced some amazing moments; those amazing sunsets and sunrises. Those amazing waterfalls and breathtaking canyons. I’m sure you have your own amazing list but quite often it’s on the back burner.

It’s time to expand your vocabulary. We all have something unique and amazing to offer. For a second, imagine someone describing you as an amazing person. How would it feel? Could you get used to it?

Let’s try something. Write down on a nice piece of paper the following: (Your Name) is an amazing person! Every morning look at it and repeat it three times out loud. Don’t just do once. For a month, integrate this practice into your life.

“What a worthy adventure we are on. Our job is to enjoy it, to be ethical and to live life fully.”

Journey On

Mark

Please join me with my cohost Ralph Marston on the Journey On radio show. blogtalkradio.com/journeyon

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized 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. In his prior career, he was covered by the NY Times, Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone Magazine. He is the author of Dancing on the River:Navigating Life’s Changes and Discover the Leader Within.

If Not Now—When

Friday, June 20th, 2014

It wasn’t the first time. I went with it and discovered an unexpected gift. When Dancing on the River was first published, the interviewer had difficulty pronouncing my name correctly. Finally I said Sus-NOW as in NOW is the time to enjoy life and to live life fully.

As we know, this quest is a lot easier said than done, but certainly one worthy of our best efforts.

Many of us let the circumstances of our life affect how we feel which I refer to as the only if syndrome. If only the circumstances of my life were different I would be happy. I’m sure you have had symptoms like this at times. I know I have.

As a result we put off our happiness until another day. Usually when there is a resolution of our circumstances we do feel better, but only for a short while until the next cycle begins anew. We again fall into the if only trap which affects almost every aspect of our lives.

We especially see it in the workplace and or in relationships. If we are out of work, or business is slow, our mindset is that we can’t be happy until the circumstances change. Or if our primary relationships are out of kilter, our mindset is that we can’t be happy until we have more clarity or resolution of the relationship.

We continue to live for the future, rather than for today, waiting for the circumstances of our lives to be in perfect alignment. “Ah, then I can be happy again,” we think to ourselves again and again.

The good news is that you can again be happy and excited about your life. Researchers at UC Davis have determined that people who practice gratitude on a daily basis not only are happier, but they experience less stress.

This daily practice shifts your focus from what you don’t have and what you don’t like about your life, to what you do have and what is right about your life.

Practicing gratitude each and every day has had a profound effect upon my life. This practice shifts your focus from what you don’t have and what you don’t like about your life, to what you do have and what is right about your life. As we know from being on this adventure together what we focus on expands. When we focus on our lack, we create more of it. When we focus on our good, we create more of that. If you want to be optimistic, then express gratitude for your optimism. If you want to create more of an open-hearted attitude, then express gratitude for your open-heartedness.

The second technique you may not have tried yet. Hopefully it will be embedded into your daily routine soon enough as it has the potential to transform your life. In the morning after you have taken time for quiet reflection and your gratitude practice, ask yourself the following empowering question: I wonder what the highlight of my day might be. This creates an expectation of good. As your day progresses, you’re curious as to what that highlight might be.

You can use variations of this inquiry in numerous settings, even ones that at first glance might seem unpleasant. Often at meetings, or other gatherings, rather than thinking about might go wrong, I shift my focus to who I’ll have the best connection with. It’s amazing what happens.
The highlight might be a smile while you are waiting in line at the bank or the grocery store. It might be a thank-you from someone. Hopefully, by the end of the day, you won’t be able to make up your mind as to what the highlight was because you’ll have two or three great choices. Perhaps you discover the gift that has always been there.

This shift hasn’t occurred over night but looking back it’s been dramatic. Perhaps you’re thinking that now isn’t the right time. Actually there is no better time than now. In fact now is the only time. Enjoy it! You’ve waited long enough. Tomorrow has a way of taking care of itself.

“What a worthy adventure we are on. Our job is to enjoy it, to be ethical and to live life fully.”

Journey On

Mark

Please join me with my cohost Ralph Marston on the Journey On radio show. blogtalkradio.com/journeyon

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized 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. In his prior career, he was covered by the NY Times, Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone Magazine. He is the author of Dancing on the River:Navigating Life’s Changes and Discover the Leader Within.

Set a New Standard

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

It’s time to move forward. Most of us, if not all of us, would like to be more successful but we struggle with what exactly success means to us. What contributes to this struggle is that we usually define success by someone else’s standards or our own stricter standards. And usually we are our own worse critics. I struggled with this mindset for years. No matter what I did, I didn’t consider myself successful—there was always the, “Yea, but look at what they did. I’ll never be as good as them.”

Within each of us is the key to success, which is our attitude about how we see ourselves.

IF we are always trying to live up to some external standard we’re always going to find it difficult to be satisfied. There are many great people in this world that can do some things better than us. Yet when we look at ourselves and explore our own unique greatness, we find that there are some things we can do better than them.

If you wish to be successful, then think of yourself in that way. Focus on your gifts and unique talents. You are already successful. You have unique gifts and talents. Share these gifts and talents with others.

“What a worthy adventure we are on. Our job is to enjoy it, to be ethical and to live life fully.”

Journey On

Mark

Please join me with my cohost Ralph Marston on the Journey On radio show. blogtalkradio.com/journeyon

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized 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. In his prior career, he was covered by the NY Times, Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone Magazine. He is the author of Dancing on the River:Navigating Life’s Changes and Discover the Leader Within.


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