Archive for December, 2015

You Become Available

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The path of impeccability—that place where you take responsibility….you stop making excuses, you have a realization.

You do have time! You can afford it! You make the choice…you ask yourself if you really want to do it. You reassess how you are leading your life. It might mean you stop doing something else. You let go and dive in, perhaps to a place that leads to a whole set of new possibilities—perhaps greater than you had imagined. You know that not doing it, won’t get you there. It’s guaranteed to keep you stuck.

So you reach out—find the time…actually it’s not that hard to find.

You have another realization. You can afford it…perhaps you look at some of your other expenses and let go of some of them.

What this means is that you’re vulnerable. But it’s ok. You’re life was getting kind of flat. And even after all of the effort you wonder if it was worth it. So you decide to stop playing it safe. You become available. You let them in.

Until next time, walk in freedom.

JOURNEY ON

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

Mark

From “the Soul of Uncertainty.” A thought…in the midst of the storm, somewhere in the clouds and in the darkness there is a rainbow. Keep looking for it, and you’ll see it. Our lives are the same way. In the midst of the loose ends and uncertainty in our lives, there are possibilities and opportunities and rainbows. Enjoy them.

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader 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 and Discover the Leader Within. Contact him for an initial complimentary session.

On the Path of Impeccability

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

When you are true to your life purpose, and in alignment with your code pf personal ethics, a shift in consciousness occurs. You are not afraid to embrace your truth and to let others know what that truth is.

On the path of impeccability, you walk in freedom. You can no longer pretend. What you tell yourself and others has to change. You can no longer use as an excuse, I don’t have enough time. You take responsibility as to whether or not you want to do something, or if you want to get together with a particular person.

You’re no longer able to honestly say, I can’t afford it. Instead you have to decide whether the potential benefit is worth what you have to do, or give, to get it. In the process of embracing this new and expanded consciousness, you reclaim your power and honer yourself.

Until next time, walk in freedom.

JOURNEY ON

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

Mark

From “the Soul of Uncertainty.” A thought…in the midst of the storm, somewhere in the clouds and in the darkness there is a rainbow. Keep looking for it, and you’ll see it. Our lives are the same way. In the midst of the loose ends and uncertainty in our lives, there are possibilities and opportunities and rainbows. Enjoy them.

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader 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 and Discover the Leader Within. Contact him for an initial complimentary session.

Make Time for the Jollies

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

There is an expression that I came up with a few years ago…it was actually more than a few years ago—which is Make Time for the Jollies.

What i mean by that expression is to take time everyday to do something that gives you pleasure…we all have things we like to do, but very few of us, make them a priority. Regardless of how busy you are, you can always take a few minutes to do something that is fun…you’ll still have your “to do” list, but taking five or ten minutes or even an hour, won’t get in the way of your completing your list. What you’ll find is that when you are working on your list, whether it’s a mental list or a physical one , you’ll be more efficient and productive and be able to complete it in less time. You’ll also enjoy the process of completion more.

It doesn’t matter so much what it is, it could be a dance class, going to the gym, writing in your journal, going to a yoga or Tai Chi class or taking a walk in the woods…What does matter is that you do something. Every day! Make it a necessity. When I was younger I made time for a run every day. Smiling is a big component.

Having a morning ritual, helps in making the jollies a part of you life. You have the time. You just need the commitment.

Until next time,

JOURNEY ON

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

Mark

From “the Soul of Uncertainty.” A thought…in the midst of the storm, somewhere in the clouds and in the darkness there is a rainbow. Keep looking for it, and you’ll see it. Our lives are the same way. In the midst of the loose ends and uncertainty in our lives, there are possibilities and opportunities and of course rainbows. Enjoy them.

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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. Contact him for an initial complimentary session.

Look in the Mirror and Smile

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Smile…there doesn’t have to be a reason. And if there is that’s great. But this time smile for no reason at all, except it might make you feel good. You’re probably wondering how it works? There is a whole science behind this. What happens is that the nerve endings of those smiling muscles release serotonin and all of the other endorphins that uplift your spirit. There are more than a few studies that talk about this phenomenon.

Back to being in the now, moment to moment. In this moment, in this smile, there doesn’t have to be anyone else. It’s just you. You look in the mirror and smile. You look in the mirror some more and see your smiling face, smiling back at you, and you say, “I got you babe.” It feels good and I wouldn’t be surprised if you break out laughing. I do sometimes. And if you don’t taking this moment will certainly get you out of your funk, quickly.

And it’s fun.

From “the Soul of Uncertainty.” A thought…in the midst of the storm, somewhere in the clouds and in the darkness there is a rainbow. Keep looking for it, and you’ll see it. In the midst of the uncertainty in our lives, there are possibilities and opportunities and of course rainbows. Enjoy them.

Until next time,

JOURNEY ON

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

MARK

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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. Contact him for an initial complimentary session.

Cultivating the Buffer

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Very rarely does checking the news cheer you up. Yet we check it anyway. Do you ever wonder why? It’s a habit and it’s a distraction from our day to day life. We want to escape for a few minutes…hey it’s better than more severe addictions.

Yet with more media outlets, which includes our various digital devices, we have more distractions than we ever have had before. We also have more temptations to take us away from our more immediate problems. And it might just be the boredom that we experience from not having a purposeful life.

Back to the news for a second. Think back in time when an external circumstance, which was in the news, upset you…I’m sure there was one and there will be another one after the current one.
So what does this tell you? Perhaps the thing…that whatever it is you are looking for, is not out there…it’s inside of you and needs to be nurtured every day…that’s where the work needs to be focused.

With that in mind take time, everyday, to build a buffer that helps insulate you from the stresses of the day….that buffer, which becomes a pillar of strength, prepares you to handle whatever comes up during the day…Rather than dread what might happen, you’re looking forward to it—knowing that a highlight awaits you.

Create the buffer by staying focused on the moment. And then the next moment. But it’s not easy to do. Our mind wanders, in the beginning just notice when your mind wanders off to something else.

That’s where the morning program comes in….meditate, be grateful and wonder about what the highlight of your day might be.

Until next time,

JOURNEY ON

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

MARK

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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. Contact him for an initial complimentary session.

Reignite the Spark

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Quite often we think to ourselves, when this happens things will be cool.It could be an upset or crisis in a relationship, or a better job or better conditions in the job we currently have.

Whatever it is, we’re postponing our enjoyment of life until a future date. Usually the crisis gets resolved, but a new one shows up. That’s the way it is, especially if we’re addicted to drama. Many of us get bored with the mundaneness of our lives and create these dicey situations. Fram drama to drama, from crisis to crisis and it goes on. It doesn’t have to be that way.

In the last few blogs, I’ve suggested a road map that leads to a smoother ride…Before getting on the road, take the time in the morning to start your day with intention.

After meditating, take some time to focus on what you’re grateful for. Rather than thinking about what you don’t like about your life or what isn’t working, focus on the good stuff…and on what is working. It’s a great practice. Sure there are more mountains to climb, but rather than thinking about how difficult they are, enjoy the process of climbing. And then of course wonder about what the highlight might be.

Until next Time,

JOURNEY ON

MARK

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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. Contact him for an initial complimentary session.

Enjoy a Smooth Ride

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

A new day—how you start your day sets the tone for the day. If you start it in a hurry, most likely, you’ll be in a hurry all day long. And the corollary is true—if you start your start being centered, most likely you will be that most of the day.

You might wonder about what I mean by being centered. The metaphor I’ve been using in the talks i give is for you to imagine driving your car without shock absorbers. Every bump in the road is magnified and even the little ones seem like a big deal. When you have new shocks, the big jolts don’t bother you as much and the little ones don’t seem to bother you at all. You enjoy a smooth ride.

So then the next step is to develop a strategy that helps you connect with your center every day. That’s where the morning program comes in: Begin your day with some type of meditation even if just for five or ten minutes. Then focus on what you’re grateful for and then think about the highlight of the day which we briefly talked about in the last blog. Remember there is always a highlight.

There is no better time than now to start. Enjoy the ride.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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. Contact him for an initial complimentary session.

Create more Abundance in your Life

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In the last blog, I left you with the thought that each day there is a highlight. It might seem dark and hopeless at times and you might not be able to see the light at the end of tunnel, but there is one. That is a light. Maybe in this moment, it’s just a flicker. Even if you can’t see it clearly, imagine it anyway. Imagine it the way you want it to be. Give yourself that experience of visualizing how you want it to be. Feel it and at least for those few minutes or however long it is, allow yourself to experience that moment. That’s where it starts.

What’s interesting is that all of the books and teachings out there on manifestation tell you the same thing. Act, as if, is what they say. In that way, you are sending a message to your subconscious mind….give it something to work with. It’s your obedient servant, but it picks up all kinds of messages from you that perhaps you are unaware of. If you talk about prosperity, but then hoard your money, afraid to allow it to circulate, it gets the message of scarcity.

But if you are generous and expressive then it gets a message of abundance and begins the process of creation. One of the first few books that I recommend to my coaching clients is Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. I’ve actually ready it five times over a thirty year period. It keeps getting better. I’m more open and I know this type of thinking works. So in the morning think about that highlight. Next time we’ll take it one step further.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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.

Enjoy the Journey of Getting There

Friday, December 4th, 2015

In my many travels, what i’ve observed is that many of us are looking for the next big thing…the aha, the thing that will change our lives—knock our socks off…It might be the dream career, the perfect relationship, the perfect place to live. Or it might be a belief we have: when I get this certification, or this degree, or this or that and the list goes on.

The common denominator: when something occurs in the future, real living will begin. We are so focused on getting there that we overlook the gifts and opportunities presented to us along the way. We miss out on the beauty that’s there for us to feast on. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great that you have these lofty goals. But achieving them is just a piece of the picture. Another piece is who you become in the process And perhaps the most important piece is to enjoy the journey of getting there.

I’ve developed a strategy that helps me with enjoying each day of the journey. Yes, I still have those goals i’m working on and want to actualize, but i’m enjoying the process of creation each day. Here’s what I do. Each day after meditation, I wonder about my day and ask myself an empowering question which is, “I wonder what the highlight of my day will be?” The key to making this practice impactful is that there is alway a highlight…it might not hit you over the head….most likely a little thing. But that’s what it’s about—seeing the gift in every step along the way.

JOURNEY ON

“I’m called to inspire others to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

MARK

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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.

WHY NOT? I’M GOING FOR IT

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

I often suggest to those I work with as a life coach to go back ten years in time and ask yourself a few questions. It’s really an inquiry. What have you been disappointed by? Or maybe it just didn’t work out the way you had hoped. The other more important inquiry is to ask yourself, “What have you been surprised by?” I mean surprised in a good way—perhaps a way that has exceeded your expectations that you had ten years ago.

A familiar theme to keep in mind, is that with what we know now, and from where we are standing at this moment,it is impossible to imagine what is possible. Said in another way, when your confidence is at a low ebb, seeing a way out seems daunting. When your confidence is high, you say to yourself, “Why Not? I’m going for it.”

I remember when I first got into backpacking. We prepared for the trip, made sure we were in good shape, and had the proper supplies. We would read about the hike in travelers guides, it’d difficulties, what to bring, what to look out for. And then we began. From where we were at the trailhead, there was no way we could experience all of the beauty and majesty that awaited us. It was only when we got higher and left the clutter and negativity behind, that we could experience the beauty of the moment. There is more for you.

JOURNEY ON

“I’m called to inspire others, to reignite the spark inside of them that has been dimmed by years of hard work and struggle.”

MARK

Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. 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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