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Stories by Susan Samakow

Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, is a Certified Business, Life and Leadership Coach. Susan focuses on life and career transition, business and leadership, and confidence and resilience strategies. Susan is also a speaker and facilitator, as well as a Community Content Producer for WUSA 9 TV. She is the former president of the ICF Metro DC Chapter, the largest in North America. Susan’s clients are individuals, any size business and the government. Visit Susan’s website: www.selftalkcoach.com. Susan is on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

Triggers: How they impact your life and how to deal with them

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2015 – For better or ill, “triggers” have been very much in the news lately. But what, exactly, is a “trigger?” A trigger is something that sets off a memory. A trigger can actually or subliminally transport the person back to the original event he or she experienced. Triggers are very personal. ...

Don’t drop the ball: Follow through and complete that project

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2015 – Follow-through. It’s a topic that keeps surfacing whether it shows up in my work with individuals, teams, businesses or even in clients’ personal matters. It often seems that getting past that final five percent of a task can be an elusive, frustrating goal. It may be obvious that there is ...

Leading with a sense of purpose at work and at home

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 — It’s good to feel inspired. Inspiration stimulates and energizes us. It gives us a sense of purpose and has the ability to create a culture in our work and home environment that compels us to take action in things we believe in. I often wonder about my own purpose in ...

Resistance: Where does it show up in your life?

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 − Here’s a short, simple quiz. Do you: Regret not finishing or following through with something you are working on? Want to change careers? Want to start a business or charity? Create downtime to de-stress? Want to eat healthier and exercise regularly? Dream about what’s next for you? We all have ...

Confrontation or collaboration? To resolve conflicts, what’s best? 

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 – There’s nothing inviting about getting involved in a conflict. That is, unless you have an inherently combative nature or are placed in a situation where combative behavior is expected, as is true for trial attorneys defending a case in the courtroom. Not every conflict ends up in court, of course. ...

Have you set your 2015 goals yet?

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – We hear the word “goals” often at the start of each New Year. It’s a word that has different impacts on different people. Some people like to begin year with a list of goals, so they start writing down the things they want to accomplish. Some hear the term “goal” ...

Want to live a healthier life? Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2014 – Happy Thanksgiving and an early Happy Holiday Season! For many of us, this time of the calendar year is often very busy. Business-wise it is nearing the end of fourth quarter. Holiday-wise it’s also the part of the year where we want to spend some time with family, to cook ...

Feeling worn down? Time to recharge your personal battery

WASHINGTON, October 19, 2014 – An individual’s natural state of being is to be vibrant and fully alive. Yet many of us live out our daily lives feeling run down and constantly experiencing low energy. If you are feeling worn out on a regular basis, my suggestion to you is to take a look at ...

Discover and follow core values for a values-driven life

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2014 – Can you answer the following questions? What is the key to having a higher success rate for accomplishing your personal and professional goals? What drives the decisions you make? What does not change in life except for their priorities? What impacts whether something resonates for you or causes a feeling ...

Changing Behavior: Finding your way to a new beginning

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 – In some areas of your life you want to shift your behavior. That’s great! Although you cannot go back and create a new beginning, you can create a new ending. In order to begin this process of transformation, you must take a look at the things that are holding you ...

Summer vacation: A chance to discover your real life purpose

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – Summer time has always been a popular time of the year for families to take a vacation because the kids are home from school. It’s a great time to kick back and relax. I often encourage clients to make sure they take some “self” time while they are away from ...

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Practicing the Art of Negotiation

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 – Sometimes life feels like one big negotiation. Whether you are at work and speaking with your boss or colleagues, or at home and talking to your spouse or children, learning the art of negotiation can provide you with a powerful tool. Recently, a client told me he was looking to ...

Making Assumptions: What if we arrive at the wrong conclusions?

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 – All of us make assumptions. We do it all the time. Our brain is wired that way. Our brains regularly make assumptions on how things work based on a set of internal data that has been collected over time. We hear something and then our brain automatically creates a story. ...

Why procrastinate? Close your personal productivity gap

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 – We know we all have a lot on our plates in both our business and our personal lives. Some of us can handle it all. But some, even the most organized and disciplined among us, can feel scattered and even lost at times. There are so many distractions! But what’s ...

Living a healthier lifestyle: Tips on reducing stress

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 – More than ever, I hear people lamenting how stressed out they are these days. Whether I am—at the food store, in line for a movie, at a restaurant, with family, friends, or a client—people are stressed out. Baby Boomers, especially, are feeling stress. For many Boomers who find themselves sandwiched ...

Electronic Overload: How to spot it, how to overcome it

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2014 – Do you suffer from electronic overload? Lately, wherever I have been – coffee shops, restaurants, in cars, at the park, and even the library, I have made it a practice to see what people are doing. Here’s what I observed: nonstop electronic overload.  People were speaking, messaging, plugged into music ...

Spring Cleaning and de-cluttering: A great business move

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2014 – With snow and wintry weather still threatening to get in the forecast, it is hard to imagine that it’s just turned Spring. Baseball training camps are underway, tulips and cherry blossoms will be blooming (we hope), kids are looking forward to Spring break (at least those who are still getting ...

Change and Transition: Embrace both to thrive and prosper

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2014 – Jumbo shrimp, act naturally, accurate estimate, a little big, almost pregnant, astronomically small: the list of everyday oxymorons goes on and on. The oxymoron I want to focus on is this one: change or transition is constant. Whether we like it or not, the one thing we can count on ...

Boomer transitions: When Mom has to be moved

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2014 – For years I have been coaching and giving workshops on life and career transition. When Boomers are involved, I consider them the cream part of the Oreo cookie, nestled between the two cookie pieces. Boomers are sandwiched between their kids and elder parents. In my own situation, my husband and ...