Archive for January, 2015

What are Problems?

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Many of us get annoyed by every day inconveniences. But they are not problems.

Think of what some of our ancestors had to go through. Some didn’t have food to eat. Some experienced financial ruin. Some had life threatening illnesses. Many of these illnesses have been resolved through many amazing people and breakthrough technology. Think of the all of the diseases that have been eradicated. Think of what it was like during the great depression.

When you’re productive, what seems like an obstacle is there to challenge you to dig deeper to come up with solutions. So when you’re bothered by something, try a different approach. Is it really a problem? Can it be resolved by changing your thinking?

Ask yourself what the truth is of your current situation? Is this a real problem or just an inconvenience? Is it a thought that keeps occupying your mind? Here’s a challenge. Instead of the word problem, use the word challenge. Don’t you think that shift suggests possibilities that are doable.

Journey On

Mark

Please join me on the Journey On radio show and listen cutting edge thought leaders 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.

Something Wonderful is Happening

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

I’m curious what that might be. Maybe it’s finding a new purpose or maybe it’s a new start or maybe it’s just a sky with unclouded stars. Whatever it is it’s going to be magical. I know it. I can feel it.

What if we start this year with that in mind? We’ll need daily reminders. We’ll be challenged. There might only be a few of us who will take this on. Perhaps you want to join in. You can make it an exciting adventure.

We’re usually ambitious in the beginning of the year. Quite often we have New Years resolutions. You know them. I’m going to lose so many pounds, or make a few new friends or create more success in my career. I’m going to have more intimacy in my life. I know they’re more. Resolutions can be powerful, but, by themselves, just a good idea.

Some of us might begin the year with particular goals in mind. The more ambitious will even write them down. Researchers have found that people who write down their goals have a much greater likelihood than those who don’t write them down of reaching them. But I don’t think achieving our goals is going to satisfy that deeper longer of something wonderful happening.

What if this year we forget about resolutions or goals? What if we stay focused on something wonderful happening, even though we might not know what that might be? Perhaps that is even more ambitious, trying to reach a place in our hearts and souls, we can’t exactly describe.

But we know how we want to feel. We want to wake up in the morning excited about beginning our day. We want to experience that deeper place inside in which a great beam of light bursts into a radiant smile. We want to feel that place inside in which our joy becomes expressed with a magnetic twinkle in our eyes. Yes it might not be what we anticipated in the beginning of our journey, but a way of being that is much more fulfilling. Even with all of life’s loose ends and uncertainty.

There will be the usual obstacles and challenges that come up, including being disappointed and feeling let down at times. Some of these obstacles will be fueled by the 24/7 media, which reinforces in some peoples minds, how difficult life can be today. If we give the media too much attention, we’ll probably get discouraged too. Even so, we stay focused on our life being wonderful in this moment and then the next.

We are making a statement about how we want our experience of life to be which becomes our stand. It becomes our truth, which might be different from the picture that we had at one time. As we learn to let go of the way we want things to be, and learn to celebrate what is, then we’ll have more glimpses of what that something wonderful can be.

We can’t do it alone and why would we want too. There are many kindred souls along the way who are walking in freedom. There are many great teachers out there who can light the way for us to see.

A few years ago, one of these teachers, Michael Beckwith, shared his teaching on visioning, which I have found to be an inspiring and empowering reminder of what’s possible.

I am ready, willing and able, to accept and to allow, more good than I’ve ever experienced, imagined or received, before.

To help support you in this year’s journey and beyond, try it on, in the form of an affirmation and see how it fits. Sometimes you need to break it in, by wearing it until it becomes part of you. I’m going to wear it this year. I already know it’s going to be a good fit.

Another vision of something wonderful happening, is my new book, Loose Ends: Learning to Love Uncertainty. It’s in the developmental stages and I’m looking for readers to get feedback from.

Welcome to the New Year. You know I love to hear from you. Please feel free to pass this letter onto those in your circle.

Journey On

Mark

Please join me on the Journey On radio show and listen cutting edge thought leaders 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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