Getting on the Positive Side of Change

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.

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.

Creating New Channels of Thought

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

We had talked about developing a new mindset in the last blog—a version of— it can easy, have value and the process of creation can be an exciting adventure of discovery. What would it take to instill this mindset into your everyday experience of life?

The power of the mind, if channeled in the way we want, can change our perspective about life. It is our mind that keeps us stuck with versions of its limiting beliefs that we are not good enough. In a way that belief is a self-defeating mantra that we repeat over and over again, although we’re not consciously aware of doing so.

Let’s start repeating a new mantra, the one that empowers us to see our life in a more exciting way. Here’s what I would suggest…real basic stuff….write out a positive affirmation of the belief you want to instill. For example.
Life comes effortlessly to me and I’m ready and willing to receive its abundance….in the morning take a few minutes for reflection and then read it and repeat it to your self 10 times.

Try it on and see how it fits. The experts say it takes 30 days to instill a new habit….Let’s start with today and tomorrow and go from there, so that each day is just about that day….

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.”

Journey ON

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. 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.

Three Life-Changing Strategies

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Most of us, if not all of us, have wondered from time to time if there is a secret to life. We have thought, talked, read and listened to others wondering the same thing. This is what I’ve come up with.

Let’s start with smiling. A genuine smile is contagious and compelling and goes a long way toward relieving tension between people. When we smile we usually are happy. Even when we are not at our best, smiling has the potential to change our mood instantly. There is a scientific explanation behind this phenomenon.

Some time ago, when I was preparing a program on stress reduction, I came across an article on the science of smiling. It was one of those articles where the author was unknown. “Smiles, frowns, and grimaces were once seen simply as expressions of feelings. Increasingly, scientists are realizing that facial expressions precede feelings and play a role in generating them. How does this work? One theory suggests that when you use the “smile muscles” at the corners of your mouth, you change the direction of the blood flow inside your face in such a way that it causes the temperature of the blood to drop. This cooler blood enters the region of the brain known as the hypothalamus and causes the release of chemicals that can suppress pain and help a person to feel better. Cooling the blood may promote the release of endorphins, which, decreases pain and gives you a lift. In short, smiling instructs our brains to feel good.”

The implications are enormous. Increasingly medical science recognizes the effect that stress has on illness. Could smiling more be the key to health and wellness? The good news is that it doesn’t take anymore time.

I’ve written about this next strategy on several occasions and there is a chapter in my book, Dancing on the River that explores this concept in more detail. How you start your day sets the tone for the day. When you start your day with calmness and focus, there is a greater likelihood that your day will be less stressful. And the corollary is true—when you start your day anxious and in a hurry, you’ll hurry thru the rest of the day playing catch-up. You never do catch-up for what you are trying to catch is an illusion. At the end of the day, most of the work gets done, but you are exhausted because of the stress you felt throughout the day.

If you have been following the work that I do you know that I am a big believer in having a committed daily spiritual practice, which allows you to connect with your center. The exact form is up to you. There are two key words here—committed and practice. When you are committed to a daily practice, you’ll discover your center. When you don’t live from your center, the difficulties in your life seem much more challenging. It’s like driving your car without shock absorbers. Every bump in the road is magnified. Eventually all you see are imperfections. And that’s the way are lives are when we lose connection with our center. The other word is practice. You need to do it. Some days it’s easier than others. I have been practicing meditation and yoga for years, yet I still experience resistance to practicing on some mornings. But I do anyway and usually feel good afterwards.

The third insight is that life is cyclical. Just look at nature’s cycles. As I write this article in the middle of summer, I am fortunate to harvest all that I’ve planted. Nature keeps on giving fruit from the trees that have been here for many years. In the fall, the leaves fall listlessly to the ground; by winter the trees are barren. In the spring we plant the seeds anew and begin a new cycle.
That’s the way our own lives are. Our circumstances and moods change from time to time which contributes to the cyclical nature of our lives. Some years are smoother than others. As we know life is full of uncertainty. When we integrate these insights and practices just discussed into our lives, we are more apt to embrace the inevitable changes on life’s journey as opportunity, as adventure and as possibility.
So there you have it. Try it on. See what happens. Smile and laugh more—take time in the morning for your morning program and notice your stress levels decreasing.

Perhaps you already have a practice that works for you. You’re on your way. Keep practicing. Let’s have a discussion as to what works for you. If you haven’t yet begun, it’s not too late. If you are curious to find out how I can make a difference in your life both personally and professionally i invite you to contact me at 415.453.5016 or email me at mark@inspirepossibility.com. Be sure to visit my website at http://www.inspirepossibility.com. I can also design a program or training that will support your organization in creating and sustaining a more fulfilling and productive culture.

“At times our own light goes out, and is reignited by the spark of another person.”

Journey ON

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. 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.

Your iGPS of Inner Change

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Nature has its many mysteries. Not only does nature nurture us, it reminds us of the cyclical nature of life. It also reminds us how unpredictable life can be.

After a flurry of fresh snow, we have a sense of awe and transcendence as the sun melts the snow clinging to the trees. We feel a lightness of being as we breathe in the fresh air. But it’s not always that way. Many of us have been in the midst of a violent storm that we thought would never end, but we get to the other side.

With many of the personal challenges we face in our lives we forget this valuable lesson. At times they overwhelm us, and that’s all we see. We lose sight of what we want to create and accomplish. We forget that the storm will give way to spring.

Spring, with its sense of optimism and hope, is a time to plant new seeds. We don’t know how many of these seeds, or which ones, will emerge from the darkness to the light. But, for sure, some will.

We can make the choice to enjoy the process of cultivating these seeds that are possibilities in our minds that are not dependent on our circumstances. It doesn’t help to postpone feeling good about life until these seeds have come to fruition.

While it might it be true that there are events and circumstances in our lives that we wish were different, but by courageously facing our dissatisfaction, we begin shifting to the Positive Side of Change. Once this occurs, the flame inside of us begins to burn brightly again.

Each of us has an Inner GPS of Change that guides and empowers us to skillfully navigate the changing currents of life’s challenges and to consistently recognize opportunities for success and fulfillment all around us.

We’re able to recognize new possibilities and opportunities. 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.

We’ve learned to smile in the midst of the storm. We know we’ll get through it. We focus on what’s right about our life. We’ve made the choice. Keep making that choice. Keep spreading the seeds of possibilities.

“At times our own light goes out, and is reignited by the spark of another person.”

Journey ON

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. 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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