GETTING ON THE POSITIVE SIDE OF CHANGE is an exploration that can be exciting and life changing. In this blog Mark Susnow, inspires us with timeless wisdom from lessons he has learned throughout his unique personal journey. He explores eight tools and strategies so that one can navigate successfully the swifter currents and deeper waters of the river of life. Along the way, we begin to experience change as opportunity, as adventure and as an exciting journey of discovery. Enjoy the Journey.
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Look in the Mirror and Smile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Creating New Channels of Thought

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.

It Can be Easy and also have Great Value

December 1st, 2015

How we make decisions is an interesting exploration. Many of us make this process more difficult than it needs to be.

Let’s face it. Some of us, not you of course, can even make choosing a movie into a big deal. For example. You’re home in the mood for a movie, but what movie? Each of us approaches it slightly different. At first you might search the free menu. Then you search for the movies that are more current, most of which require you to pay a small fee. So you go thru the process. Perhaps you finally select a movie. Or perhaps you can’t make a decision and decide to do something else.

This little example is a microcosm of how we make decisions in our life. We go through a process of weighing the pros and cons. Some of us might have a mindset that if its free, it’s not worth investing the time to watch it. It’s already been done. We want something more current. The bigger and more important question is: “What is the criterion for which we give value to things.

If something comes easy to us, do we take it for granite and not value it as much. Quite often that is what happens with some of our most primary relationships—we take them for granite and don’t give them the attention they need. We’re already looking in a different direction, looking for our next challenge, perhaps wondering if we’ve overlooked something.

Our lives are like that. Some of us struggle with what we really want. We question what we’re doing in our careers and in our relationships. We question what really matters. The truth is that we have more choices than we realize, although it might not seem like that in the moment. The process of discovering what they are can be an exciting adventure. And fun!

It’s time to adopt a new mindset. It can be easy and have great value.

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.

Break the Habit of Negative Thinking

October 31st, 2015

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

The good news is that you can break the spell by starting your day differently. What I discovered and keep coming back to, is that how you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day!

If you start your day in a hurry, most likely you will be in a hurry all day long. If you begin your day being centered, you will better able to handle what comes up. Sure there will be those moments, but they won’t throw you or if they do, not for as long.

Integrate the following practice into your life. When you first wake up in the morning, sit for five or ten minutes in silence and then slowly focus on what you are grateful for. This practice shifts 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. If you don’t break the habit, 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 move beyond it. 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. Just 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 seems less stressful.

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. I also design programs and trainings that support organizations in creating a more fulfilling and productive culture. http://www.inspirepossibility.com.

Journey On

MARK

“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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