5 Steps to take when feeling stuck

I intend to send weekly blogs on observations and life lessons that I have learned and continue to share with my clients through catalyst life coaching. Through my blogs, I will share lessons on how to navigate normal human emotions to guide you to feel grounded when things feel shaky and move you toward more joy and ease. If you like what I have to offer you, I invite you to share it with friends via facebook, google+, and feel free to forward this email or link to a friend.

For this first blog, I will re-iterate a lesson from the river that I wrote about recently. So for some of you, this may be a bit like a summer re-run. However, I have added a few action steps for you to practice as you paddle upstream. I look forward to sharing the second lesson from the river next week. A lesson from the river….

I live on the Milwaukee River and I chose to go on my first kayaking trip of the season, upstream to the dam.  The water is quite high from the rain, the current looks strong and enticing.  I mentally prepare my body prior to easing into my boat.  I dip my paddle into the river and say hello to an old friend, marveling at the river’s changing personality with the seasons.

I’m paddling upstream:  My mind is very focused on each stroke of my paddle, physically working super hard, feeling my body responding to the will from my mind, my spirit is delighted to be on the river my senses are heightened by the force of the spring currents.  A thought flashes through my mind:  “Wow this is hard to paddle upstream, sort of like life.”  “Sometimes you don’t have a choice you must paddle upstream to get to your destination.”  Then my higher self-asks :  “Really is that true?”  I challenge myself when my mind creates these limiting beliefs.  For example the belief:  “Life is just hard and you have to work hard to get where you want to go and you don’t have a choice.”  Really is that true?

I’m in my kayak relishing how alive my body feels to be working physically hard against the current and I realize.  “No, I always have a choice.  I could have chosen to go downstream however that would have involved a different choice of parking a car downstream and hauling my kayak back home.”  I chose to put my kayak in and paddle upstream.  I delight in the challenge of asking my body to work against the current and I will savor the ease when I turn my boat downstream for the return trip.

When life or a project feels hard and overwhelming what can you do?

1. Honor your capacity.
2. Give yourself permission to rest and refuel when you feel fatigued.
3. Ask yourself what is one small next step I can take, and take it!
4. Acknowledge yourself for taking the step. Yes, it is a good practice to pat
your self on the back.
5. Celebrate what you have done and experience the joy.

I celebrated my efforts as I turned the kayak into the flow of the current and allowed my body to simply rest as I closed my eyes and drank in the sun and floated with ease. Remember in all situation you too have a choice of “how” you navigate your journey even when it feels challenging, take a step, and as you see your vision, down steam, you will move towards it easily.

-Susie Raymond

Emotional Empowerment Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, Esthetician,

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“Having known Susie for many years through the spa and through reiki, it was only by chance that I asked her to explain to me what coaching is. I was in a place in my life of uncertainty - stuck in my head as I approached several significant new transitions at once. I initially signed up with Susie for coaching on an emotional topic that concerned the aftermath of my mother’s death and how my family would cope and adjust, but when I started my sessions with Susie, I quickly realized that my sense of being stuck was much larger in scope. Through my sessions with Susie, I found myself able to articulate some key areas in my life that needed my attention before I could move forward. With Susie’s coaching, I developed new pathways for myself that have led me to an overall happier, and clearer place, than the one from where I began.
The power of coaching lies in the ability to look inward and recognize that sometimes it only takes a relatively small shift in thinking to move you from a place of uncertainty to a place of clarity. The virtue of the coach is the ability to listen intently and work with you to help you answer questions you would almost never think to ask yourself, to spot the hidden treasures within the words that you are speaking to her in your conversations and point them out to you so that you, yourself, can be the architect of a new, clearer pathway for yourself. Susie has been this coach for me. I invite you to experience whether she can also be this coach for you.”

— Maya, Mequon

“When I first met Susie, I felt overwhelmed with despair and was constantly on the verge of tears. I knew I wanted to be happy but I could neither visualize nor verbalize what I wanted in my life. I felt stuck, and I wanted nothing more than to discover my life’s purpose. In a relatively short period of time (only 3 months or so), Susie was able to guide me down an inner path that would help me “open up” to all sorts of possibilities for myself. Through her encouragement, positive energy, gentle voice, welcoming studio, and arguably most importantly, her angel cards, I learned to trust my instincts, act on my gut feelings, and “go forward fearlessly”. I consider Susie to be an angel here on earth, and I am so very happy to have met her. Her influence in my life has helped propel me forward with renewed confidence, strength, and happiness. Thank you so much, Susie!! ”

— Amy, Milwaukee

“How is it I am carrying around so much negativity? Why can’t I move forward? Why can’t I feel happier and free? These were questions in my daily thought process until I sought out Life Coach, Susie Raymond. My personal experience with Susie was so beneficial to my well-being. She helped me change my way of thinking through methods that work best for me. Life Coaching is a commitment that is worth putting in the time for the best results. I had no idea the transformation I was going through as it was happening but my approach now in daily life is more positive, happier and free. Susie has helped me unleash my higher self, which is taking me further in life. ”

— Lisa Gabriel

"I had the incredible opportunity to be coached by Susie. Throughout our sessions, she showed up in her natural state of authenticity, compassion, and honesty. She created and held a safe space for me to share my thoughts, fears, sadness, and any other emotions I was harboring. Susie listened with no judgment, and her guidance always coming from a place of love and acceptance, especially in those times she invited me to explore parts of myself that were raw or uncomfortable. Her reflections and feedback were always spot on, helping me to see where I was limiting myself from living my best life. As I made each shift, Susie was the first one to celebrate, reminding me of the importance of acknowledging myself along the way. I highly recommend Susie to anyone looking for a coach to guide them to live authentically."

-Sue January 2018

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