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What do you think of people who have nice things?

Posted Dec 07 2009 1:20pm
In a life coaching yesterday with, let’s call her Sally who is in the accounting business, we discussed Sally’s new found success. After many years of hard work, Sally was approaching the top of her game.

Even though Sally had to drive over 50 miles each way to work, she drove an old truck with almost 200,000 miles. Because the truck still functioned, Sally didn’t want to buy another one even though she felt discomfort at the end of the day from driving so far.

Sally was prudent in the way that she approached life, but hesitated to reward herself for all of her hard work. Needless to say, she was reluctant to make changes in her life.

She had judgments about buying herself new things, which according to her, stemmed from her upbringing. Sally’s could justify buying herself a new vehicle as a justified business expense. She could also reward herself for all of her hard work and dedication. Yet she persisted in holding onto her beliefs.

Sally’s homework was to notice what her judgments were regarding other people who have nice things. Take a few moments to reflect upon your attitude. What comes up for you when you see people who have nice things? Do you like them? Do you try to make them wrong? Do you wish you were more like them?



Mark Susnow, is an executive and life coach, 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. Whether coaching one-on-one, speaking to groups, or leading a retreat, he shares his message that regardless of our life’s circumstances, we can find more joy and meaning in our life. He is a sought after speaker and coauthor along with Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy in the book 101 Great Ways to Improve your Life. Mark’s new book, Dancing on the River…Navigating Life’s Changes will be released in early 2010. 415.453.5016

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