Your World Will Change When You Change


April 13, 2021

Susanne chats about how she has come to realize how much her thoughts shape her world.


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Your World Will Change When You Change

Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Pointe To Rise podcast. My name is Susanne, and I am your host today. Today, I want to talk to you about a quote that I read and resonated with me or something. So the quote reads.

“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are,” and that is by Anais  Nin. So one more time, we don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. So what does that mean? What does that translate into and why? That gave me so much inspiration on hopping on here and talk to you about this.

As a former ballerina as somebody that has been in the industry for 26 years, I definitely can say that I saw my world precisely who I was, somebody that was insecure. Somebody that didn’t think of herself as enough, or she hasn’t enough in every possible way. Not any enough, not pretty enough.

Not having the best feet, not enough to earn money, not enough. And therefore, everything that I encountered. Also felt like it wasn’t enough. That’s why I ran. That’s why I didn’t like being, you know, in the war because they’ve may felt that wasn’t enough, and not enough to be a soloist or the principal either.

It just was never enough because I wasn’t enough for myself. So. And I’m, I’m, I’m looking at my journey as through really diving into self-development and understanding. And I remember that moment when I was sitting in that room with these other women and having the realization that everything I didn’t get was.

Well, because of other people, it was because of me. I didn’t think I deserve it because I wasn’t mentally in the space of actually understanding that everything starts with me. It begins with who I, not who, at how I look at the day. It seems it starts with, what do I believe in, and why do I believe it?

I am so passionate about the arts and the dancers. I’m looking for so many different options to get out of where we are in the arts. How can we heal the collective? I want to draw a little arrow in between the two of them.

What parallels can we draw here? So when we’re looking at all of the misuse, misconduct, abuse, fear, and all of these things.  All these we have been talking about for the past year or so, or even more. Where does that come from? And why does it still exist?

Why is it there? Why can’t we flip the switch and not do it anymore? And although I may not have the answer, or you may be agreeing or disagreeing with me, here’s what I believe. One of the reasons is that we are still in this kind of thing. We are that way; we are fearful we are hungry.

We have given into the belief that we’re not enough. We have given into assuming that an artist must be starving, that you have to give yourself over to the art form completely? If you want to be successful, you can’t do anything else. However, these beliefs have maybe worked for some time. Sure they have produced or still producing talented, good dancers and principles that are astounding; imagine for a moment.

What could we do if we would change that perspective? What if we were to ask different questions around? What could it look like if we were to let go of all this fear of not being enough as a dancer, as an organization, as the art form itself? Like, what would that look like? And that’s something that came up for me.

Do I have an answer 100%? No, I don’t. I’m a visionary. I could envision what it could look like potentially if we were to fundamentally change our beliefs around the arts, not being able to, to earn their own money.

Suppose we were to ask

what would it look like if we could, as artists could have 52-week contracts, like the leadership? For example, you know, like we see the world the way we are and if we’re standing. When I say us, I’m talking to every single dancer, every performing artist out there. Look at yourself and how you’re living your life, your beliefs, what your vision is, and where your priorities are.

Have you adapted them to fit into the organizations and the structures, or is it still you? You as person to person, that you wanted to be when you were five years old and twirled in your, in your living room or sang on top of your lungs, you know, it’s remembering why your doing what you want to do. And when we forget we’re doing that and when we’re, when we’re shrinking.

And I’m, I’m using that word on purpose when we’re shrinking back to something that we believe we have to be enough. That’s where the trouble starts. So here is my call to action to you. Write that quote down right down. We don’t see. Oh, we don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. Look at how you look at the world.

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Is there enough for everything, or are you fought? Is it remarkably enough for everything? Is there enough for everybody, or do you find yourself comparing yourself and feeling that you will not get the job because are you living from a place of lack and fear? Have you already adopted an abundant mindset? Depending on what is coming up for you, what you’re writing down, that is precisely how you’re going to see the world. And this is exactly what you’re going to attract and find and always want to recreate.

So. I know it’s inconvenient, and you may want to plus this episode right now and take a piece of paper or your journal and write to school down and see what comes up for you. Because from me, there was still quite a bit of coming up as in, Hey, I’m building my dream company right now. And the reason why.

I am struggling with hitting my glass ceiling. I work with anxiety right now, or why I’m thinking that this is not something I should be doing or is too big. It’s because I see myself who I am deep down there, and this is what I’m struggling with. And you have to believe that you can, that you are worthy, that you care enough to, you know,

when you contract or dance the role you always wanted to dance without losing yourself or pretending to be somebody that you are not in, in a way that is hurting you as an individual.

All right, guys, I hope that was helpful for today. I trust that this resonated. I hope you

And if so, I encourage you to share that on Instagram and tag me. Let me know what was helpful. Let me know what you disagreed with. I want to know, remember I’m sitting here, and I’m recording this for you, so I would love, love, love some feedback. Thank you guys for listening, and have a wonderful week.

As always, I’m sending you love bye.

So much ❤ Susanne

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About Susanne Puerschel

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Susanne, Founder of Pointe To Rise, an Empowerment society for dancers and other artists, Wellness Entrepreneur, podcast host, former international ballerina, and an experienced principal chief executive officer had the privilege to grow up behind the iron curtain in Berlin, Germany.
She’s dedicating her time now, after working in cooperate America and running her own businesses, to building community among dancers and artists, providing mindset and high-performance coaching, and building a media company that will be the springboard to revitalizing the Arts.

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