Suzanne Norman

Enlightened Living Articles

The Power of Support

Monday, September 16, 2019

I was recently asked what I believed to be the biggest challenge people deal with today.  That is a great question and as someone who has made a career out of helping people overcome challenges, I felt uniquely positioned to answer that question.  

Having worked with thousands of people over the past two decades, I have found a very common theme underlying every story, regardless of the content of the story.  As we peel back the layers of feelings, we find at the core, discontent.  

Defined as feeling dissatisfaction with one's circumstances, discontent can be found as the root of most issues in all areas of life, relationships, careers, and health.  The challenge for most is the inability to recognize their feelings, to notice the discontent.  Not being able to define the heavy feelings properly, which are truly gifts from the body or the mind telling us something is not quite right, can lead to developing negative thought patterns.  These then create habits of behavior, and before long, we feel stuck in a pattern. We begin to see the world through the lenses of discontent.

It's very hard to see differently or to imagine a different possibility when you're stuck in a pattern. You default to the familiar. This is a perfect time to call in support. Someone who can help you change your perspective and find solutions to problems.  Someone who can help you identify the discontents and discover the longings associated with them.  Once you know what your heart is longing for, you can begin to move toward the change that your body or mind is communicating a need for.  This is when it's time to call in a coach.

Coaches are experts in helping people find solutions from within.  A coach doesn't focus on problems, they help empower their clients to discover their unique path to uncovering their potential and possibilities.


Would you ask your friend to fix the plumbing in your home? Would you ask your sister to teach you to speak French? Not unless they were experts in those fields.  

Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific needs and goals of each client. Whether related to business successes, general conditions, and transitions in the client's personal life, relationships or profession. A coach will help you discover what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.



Mental health care costs are estimated to hit 6 trillion dollars by 2030, 20-30% of adolescents report having at least one depressive episode by the time they reach adulthood, 6 out of 10 couples report being unhappy.  We are a nation depressed, unfulfilled, and addicted. Clearly the old way of doing things isn't working.  Coaching is an empowering experience that creates positive changes at the deeper levels of awareness and strengthens a persons ability to find inner solutions and answers.  Coaching is stepping into the arena as a powerful mental health tool.

A coach can specialize in a number of different areas, for instance, my specialty is mind-set and performance coaching.  My work is helping people find their passion and create the lives the've been dreaming of.  Coaches are highly trained as generalists and can coach superbly on any aspect of life. However, we may choose to specialize in one or more of the following areas :



  • Confidence, Self Worth & Self Esteem
  • Loving Relationships That Work
  • Career Change 
  • The Mastery of Balance 
  • Self Care - Getting Your Own Needs Met
  • Living Your Purpose
  • Hot Buttons - Managing Anger, Upsets, Frustration and Stress
  • Managing Grief, Loss, Sadness and Change
  • Connection Parenting
  • Self & Identity - Surviving the Oppressive Over-Culture
  • Wellness, Nutrition, & Optimal Health
The coaching industry is on the rise and for a good reason, it works.  


If you've been struggling with a problem and you just can't seem to get a clear view around it or if you're feeling discontent in your life and you are ready to begin living from a place of passion, clarity and full potential, consider talking with a coach.  Interview several to find the right fit, as this is a sacred relationship.  Having support and guidance during the process of growth and change is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.  Take control of your life today and begin to live the life your heart is yearning for.