personal coaching and mentoring

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.

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.

Say “Goodbye to Negative Thinking”

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Like most people I’m sure you hear that voice, that voice of judgment, the inner critic that keeps repeating some version of the theme that you’re not good enough. You would give almost anything to silence it. At times it feels like a hypnotic spell has been cast upon you.

Here’s what can you do to break this spell. Start your day differently. How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day!
Sit for a few minutes in silence and then slowly focus on what you are grateful for. What this does is shift your focus from what isn’t working and what you don’t like about your life, to what is working and what you do like. This simple practice goes a long way toward breaking the hypnotic habit of negative thinking. And you know how it works. If you don’t break the spell, before you know it, you begin imagining worse case scenarios.

The sooner you can recognize your voice of judgment that in coaching we refer to as your gremlin, the sooner you can get rid of it. The doing something is simple and perhaps counterintuitive. All you have to do is to notice. That’s it. What helps is to give it a name so that you’re somewhat detached from the feeling. I call my gremlin Ralph. This simple practice of just noticing is profound. Don’t judge it. Don’t beat yourself up. Notice it and then say, “Next.” Try it for 30 days and see what happens.
This practice is a great first step to becoming a more positive person. Consistent positive thinking, not only changes your outlook on life, but it also empowers you to see opportunities that previously you would not have looked at. And more importantly life will seem less stressful.

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

Journey On

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.

The Key Ingredient

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Many of us forget what it takes to be successful. Yes it takes hard work, commitment and persistence. Most successful people have on more than a few occasions thought about giving up. But they kept at it and moved forward. It’s like climbing a mountain. In the beginning of the climb the task can seem challenging. With every step forward we get closer to our goal.

Achieving goals is like that. We sometimes get caught up in the obstacles and lose sight of where we want to go There is that half way point, when we say to ourselves, “I’m going to make it.” We know we can do it. From that point on, the challenges no longer seem like challenges, just part of the terrain——we let go of our resistance and move forward with the wind at our back. We allow ourselves to get excited.

Thinking of ourselves as persistent isn’t the most exciting description of ourselves. Yet when you have mastered that quality, you have an amazing power that enables you to do almost anything. One of my coaching clients is a triathlete. The persistence that she demonstrates during training gives her a sense of power than transcends any limitation that might show up in other areas of her life.

Seize the power. Be persistent.

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.

Begin it Now

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Many coaching clients, with whom I work today in my life coaching practice look for the perfect time to begin something new, including the coaching relationship. They think that something will change to get them  ready, but it doesn’t work that way. There’s always going to be a reason to stay in our comfort zones and to remain on the sidelines.  It might be a new job, a new relationship or a new activity. We are never going to totally figure out what might happen in the future, let alone tomorrow.  We are never going to fully realize what’s possible until we begin. For some of us, the results could easily exceed our expectations. Imagine what it would be like if your life consistently exceeded your expectations.

There are no guarantees in life. No matter what we do, there is an element of risk. While we are living, life happens. Yes, we might be disappointed and discouraged at times (who isn’t) but if we don’t life life fully we’ll miss out on what makes our life worth living.

Living life fully involves embracing uncertainty and transforming our relationship to it. I have learned to accept the unknown as my friend, rather than a dark place to avoid. I don’t know what will happen further downstream, but I’m curious to find out. Sure you might have anxiety before beginning something new, but you’ll get over it quickly.

On many levels, the benefits from breaking your routines and patterns by taking on something new keep unfolding, even many years later. You’ll see life from a different perspective. Every new endeavor changes your perspective and how you see the world. For example learning to dance will give you an ability to see subtleties in the way someone moves that most of us wouldn’t notice.  You see and hear rhythms. By taking a cooking class you begin to notice what ingredients go into the food you eat. And by exercising you notice people who seem fit. You begin to notice how good it feels when you are fit. Whatever you are thinking about beginning, begin it now.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY

MARK

Mark Susnow, is an executive-life coach 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.

NAVIGATING THE SWIFTER CURRENTS OF LIFE

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Most of us would agree that life is changing faster than ever before. It’s a challenge and, at times, overwhelming trying to keep up with it all. The average person has six to eight careers. There are physiological changes and health challenges along the way and economic occurrences that affect most of us. Friendships change and the divorce rate is high.

We have to look deeper to find time-tested techniques and strategies that enable us to understand and embrace the unpredictable twists and turns that life, like rivers, inevitably brings.

In my writings I make frequent references to the river of life. Let me share with you the genesis of that metaphor. When I was 13, my Uncle Sam took me on a weeklong river rafting trip, sponsored by the Sierra Club on the Green River in Colorado. We flew in a little six-seat plane over the mountains and landed in a town near our campsite. Already an adventure for a 13 year old we drove over a rickety bridge to the river. On the second day of the trip as I was swimming along the side of the raft, I noticed the raft getting ahead of me. Then I heard the yells: “Get in the boat. Get in the boat.” But it was too late. As I swam against the current toward the boat, I heard more yells: “Stay in the center, stay in the center.” That’s what I tried to do as I was propelled through the rapids right behind the boat.

I made it through to the calm water and was able to relax for a second, until I noticed that the boat was still ahead of me and the next series of rapids was approaching. Quickly I grabbed the oar that my uncle extended and was pulled onto the boat as the boat went through the rapids again. On the return home, my uncle said something to me that I have never forgotten. “You will think about this trip later in life.” It wasn’t until many years later on a return trip to Colorado that I thought about the river experience. There, high on a mountaintop, I noticed a river flowing through a reddish-peaked canyon. I thought about my life and all of the changes and transitions that had occurred to get me to this place in my life, including the joys, triumphs, heartaches and disappointment.

Let ”the river” teach you what is necessary to navigate these waters and to make your journey fulfilling, adventurous and meaningful. There are eight principles and strategies that have been my guide and compass as I’ve navigated the swifter currents of life.

1. Find and live from your center. That was the message from the Green River and the last thing I heard before I went through the rapids. When you are centered and connected to your inner most being you are connected with the source of everything. Meditation enables me to connect with that center every day.

2. Develop the practice of gratitude. I was grateful for that oar. I was grateful that I got to experience the river in the way I did. And I am grateful for my life. We all have a lot to be grateful for. By expressing gratitude for some of the inner qualities that are most important to us such as the ability to love, to smile and to connect we cultivate a sense of how truly abundant we are.

3. Be curious. Think of your life as a river with its lessons, challenges and complexities. Being curious about how the changing nature of the river enables you to get to know and sense its many currents. As this knowing emerges, you’re more comfortable with not knowing where the river is taking you. In the process you become the person you’ve always wanted to be, fully present with life, and passionate about living.

4. Be prepared. I wore a life preserver on the river. When you are prepared you can relax and enjoy life more. Preparation involves taking care of your mind and body. It involves eating well and exercising. It involves being informed and being curious. It also involves working on yourself. Meditating in the morning before starting my day prepares me for whatever life throws my way.

5. Get out of your comfort zone. I could have stayed in the boat and played it safe but I was curious and adventurous. My comfort zone for me was my law practice and, as a result, my life for many years was on hold. Getting in the current and flow of life involves risk but that is what you need to do sometimes.

6. Learn to let go of resistance. Resistance is a constant struggle and makes you tired. At first I resisted the current of the river and tried to swim against it, back to the boat. But I became tired from the struggle. Then I let go and stayed in the center and enjoyed the adventure. When you allow yourself to flow with what is, there is a synchronicity in your life that seems magical.

7. Be willing to be connected. You can’t do it alone and why would you want to. We all want to feel that we belong and that we are loved. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable by honestly sharing who you are and what matters to you, you create a synergy that is greater than the sum of the individual parts. It is in that moment that you experience the magic of connecting with a kindred soul.

8. Embrace the great mystery. I am becoming increasingly more comfortable with not knowing the next step. And when it comes I enjoy taking it. The river is unpredictable and you can’t figure it out. Whether the waters are “still” or “raging” it is still the same river. You have to just flow with it and enjoy the adventure.

By the way when is your next river rafting trip?

Journey On

Mark

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.

LET YOUR IMAGINATION WORK FOR YOU

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

There is a time in everyone’s life when we become aware of our sense of self. What I mean is that we have a sense of who we are and how we fit into a larger social structure. Along with that we use words, quite often inadequate, to describe our inner state. “I’m happy, I’m depressed, I’m confused, I’m nervous” we repeat to ourselves. What we say to ourselves goes a long way toward determining the quality of our lives.

Where do you fit in? What happens when you complete the following statement: “Life is…..

If you say, “Life is hard,” it will be. If you say “Life is fun,” it will be. What you say, to a large extent, will eventually become true, so pay attention to the words that you choose.

Your sense of how you see yourself in the world will influence what you do with your life. It will influence the people you surround yourself with and the choices you make. This is true whether it’s in your career or in your intimate relationships.

What we know now and have known for quite some time is that our subconscious mind can’t distinguish between a real or imaginary experience. So for example, worry is our mind imagining the worst case scenario. What happens when you imagine the best case scenario. Let your imagination work for you.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

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.

CREATING A NEW ALIVENESS

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

We all have experienced those moments when we feel like we are just going through the motions. While it is true that we are getting the job done, we might add ‘barely’ to the mix. The projects seem to take longer and it seems as if we accomplish less. And yet we don’t know what we can do to change it.

Let’s face it, we’re stuck. We feel boxed in and it seems as if there isn’t a way out. We don’t realize that we do have a choice and that we can do things differently.

But the change is within us and and it begins with changing our attitude. Each day presents us with a new opportunity to sculpt our day, the way we want it to be. It’s an opportunity for us to be creative and innovative.

Even though we continue to do some of the same things, we can learn how to change our attitude. Like many things, it’s learning a new habit which takes time. But it’s not as difficult as it seems. You have to begin somewhere. So first things first.

As you start your day be curious as to what the day might bring. Ask yourself, what the highlight of your day might be.

Think about what you have scheduled and wonder what might be the highlight. Allow for the possibility that it might be something unexpected. As your day progresses you are wondering about what the highlight might be.

Do you think that your day might have a new vitality, a new aliveness? Try it and see what happens.

And what you’ll find out is that some new and exciting possibilities will open up.

Be curious and open yourself up to these possibilities.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

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.

THE WAKE UP CALL

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I remember when I got the wake-up call. I wasn’t perfect. Far from it. A few people walked out of my life. It’s what I needed at the time. I didn’t know what to do. I had never experienced this isolation before. I was really vulnerable for the first time. I reached out. It was the beginning of the path of awakening that I’ve been on for the last forty years. I began meditating.

I’ve come a long way. When I began this journey I was solution oriented. If I did this, I would get this result. So I began to take personal growth courses with the idea that the key to everlasting happiness would be unlocked. When I finished with the training or course, I would feel happy and excited for a while, but inevitably I would reach a plateau.

But I was open and the next thing would come along and I was ready to again try to discover the answer. I would think to myself, “If I do this consistently, I’ll be happy. Or if this case settles, I won’t have any money problems for a while.”

Then one day I made a profound shift. I realized that I was a curious person and that I liked to explore new ideas and to learn new things. From that day on I continued to try new things, not with the idea that they would fix me, but because I enjoyed them. I was a committed life long learner. I still am. It keeps me fully engaged with life.

Everyday living involves growing and expansion. Just like nature’s cycles, there is a growing season and then one in which the flowers bloom. Then the leaves fall wistfully to the ground and the trees become barren. That’s our life. This cycle never stops. We keep growing and then step back and process what we’ve learned up to this moment in our lives. And then the cycle repeats itself.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY

MARK

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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