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Dr. Mark Svetcos
Seattle, WA
My life-long purpose is to create and share with you useful content that will help you to balance your life.
Interests: Professional Speaking, WholeLife Evolution(TM) Mentoring,
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Posted Jun 28, 2015 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
I recently became a very lucky man, again. Months ago, I realized that I'd become a bit stagnant. Flies weren't buzzing around my head or anything, but I felt like I was spinning my wheels. I knew it was time for a change, time to move forward into my next incarnation. I created a plan and set it in motion. And a few weeks ago, I was awarded with an opportunity that will change my family's life forever. And I am incredibly grateful. The time between making the decision to pivot, and receiving your opportunity is where your diamonds will be uncovered. The hours of preparation, organization, and hard work with no affirmation will galvanize you and uncover your true character...if you follow through. Have the faith to know that you're moving in the right direction. Work your plan consistently, regardless of emotion. Use any tools that you find to keep your mind clear, to keep yourself driving, not drifting, into your future. Every morning, I awaken before the birds to work out and listen to a series of YouTube videos that help me to remain purpose-driven. Here's the link to one of the most powerful videos you'll ever see...You won't believe the euphoria you'll feel between minutes 4:58-6:06. Save it to your device using TubeMate, and watch or listen to it during down time. I guarantee it will help you change your life. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
This beautiful vid needs no intro. Many years ago in my first book, Compulsion, I wrote about achieving an Anamorphic view as you experience your lessons in this life...a view from a bird's eye...where it's quiet...calm...grand. We all know that 'our' existence is about so much more than we can ever control: patience...timing...acceptance...forgiveness...release...and unconditional love; these are the rungs that allow us transcendence into usefulness and joy. As painful as that process may be, the endeavor is infinitely altruistic. Our responsibility is to allow our people to see and experience this cycle firsthand. The words fall away. The residue of emotion and connection will remain. Head down, and drive forward. Love your people. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
I was in a training seminar last night, sharing with the people around me my transition from chaos and busy-ness, to peace of mind and focused intention. Someone asked me, "What made you decide to finally change your life?" As I sat there, thinking back to that moment in time, I actually had a little flood of emotion. I remembered how fear-driven I was, how I felt like I was just a little pawn, going from one act to the next, one situation to the next, one catastrophe to the next. I felt like I was hanging on to the end of a rope in the middle of space, being pulled in whatever direction the cosmic forces desired. I was out of control. And, subconsciously sensing this out-of-control-ness, I did everything in my power to try to control my environment. This was great for business, because businesses need control. There are tried and true methodologies that must be followed to create success in business. And I did that, OCD-style. Since being in University, I'd worked tirelessly to 'BECOME.' I eventually climbed the mountains, and reaped the benefits of my hard work. But when I looked around me, I was struck with this sense of, "What's this all for?" And nothing could fill that void, no matter how many achievements I forced myself into. I thought back to the MANY people along the way who saw my pain, and who were there to help, and how I just pushed them away, 'knowing' that I could do this on my own, just like I'd done everything else. I didn't anyone. Not to mention, I was way too busy. I didn't have the time to 'work on myself.' I just had to continue grinding it out. My answer to the question, "What made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Here's the flow chart that leads to 'acting out and undesirable behavior...' Uncertainty > Chaos > Despair > Acting Out Chip away at all uncertainty in your life, before you slip into chaos and despair. If you find yourself (or your loved ones) acting out, uncertainty is usually at the root. What do you think causes undesirable behavior? Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
In Mr. #FredLuskin 's video, he shares MANY wonderful ideas on how to achieve happiness. One of the greatest points is at the 26:30 point. Check it out! ===> LINK Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Life is FULL of obstacles and learning experiences. Your reaction to those events shapes your character. Stay above the clouds, the pain, and the injustice. “The sun always shines above the clouds.” ― Paul F. Davis Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
No strings attached. My mission is to help you and your people to evolve into self-made, principle-driven humans. I have created the WholeLife Evolution Diagnostic to stimulate your self-awareness. Be sure to share it with friends! Let's prepare for a powerful new year! Get the WholeLife Evolution Diagnostic FREE here => LINK Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Please, when you have a moment, read this article in its entirety. I guarantee (yes, guarantee) it will change your life for the better. And please be sure to post your thoughts in the comments section on the WholeLife Evolution Blog. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
I came across this succinct & truthful quote on Happiness while checking out some Brian Tracy material. "The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life." I couldn't agree more. Building value in the self begins at that point where we take full responsibility for every thought, action, and emotion in our lives. Please help me get this message out to the people who need it most. Share and Like! All the best to you. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
"Bitterness is like drinking poison and hoping that it will hurt someone else." - Brian Hasse Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
I'm in the process of completing my second book, One True Life. Within it, I talk much about building value in the self, which I believe to be the ultimate form of altruism. A part of building value is learning how to become a responsible person. There are 9 elements to doing so. Here is the 9th... 9. Aspire to Inspire People People are inspired in three ways: First, share your stories and experiences. Doing so helps others to overcome their personal obstacles. It shows them that they're not alone, that everyone has similar challenges; and that, with perseverance, they too will overcome their challenges. Second, offer words of encouragement everywhere you go. Keep your eyes high. Look for people who might need a nice word. You never know how your words might impact the lives of others. Third, lead by example. Be the inspiration that you seek in the world. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in! Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke. Read the article HERE. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Anytime a person shares helpful hints as to how I 'might' want to raise my son, I find myself pinning my ears back. It strikes the ego a bit, as if to say I have no idea what I'm doing. But, every once in a while, there are sound ideas that have the potential to help. Avoid that initial response here. Read the article. And please comment with your ideas. READ THE ARTICLE HERE! Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
I heard that saying for the first time while flopping on the ice in a hockey game many years ago. I was trying to draw a penalty, but the joke was on me! I immediately understood that my behavior was less than manly. One of my most important missions in life is to help young men to create a life of purpose, with clarity and productivity. I came across this concise little article that is a step in that direction. Please share it with others. -Keep Moving Forward! Mark Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
The evolution of a human is a profound endeavor. And I can tell you first hand, that everything you seek resides in the process of becoming a Whole individual. There is peace for all of us. But we have to be willing to work for it. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
My name is Dr. Mark Svetcos. I am a professional speaker, a published author, and a dedicated family man. I lead a rich, purpose-driven life, but it wasn’t always so. When I was young, I did a lot of dumb things, the biggest of which led to the complete erosion of everything I’d ever worked to create. I was a millionaire by the age of 34, but I was dysfunctional in almost every other part of life. I lacked purpose. But my biggest downfall was not living a coherent lifestyle. My principles did not perfuse into my actions. I knew myself to be a good person. But after hours, I was a wreck. I knew not how to honor and take care of myself. And this led to a state of self-sabotage. When all my material items melted from my grasp, I was left with the opportunity to create a powerful, purpose-driven life, a life of example for my children-to-be. And that I’ve done. We all have obstacles to overcome. Know that these obstacles are the means to our evolution. It is my life-long mission to provide you with the tools and support to transcend your obstacles. My expertise is in balancing the lives of busy professionals. I will help you to make your life rich in every way, to become the truest representation of you. Stop treading water. Let's hit the reset button. Let's get to work. 1. Sign up to receive updates at 2. Email me at for a FREE Consult! Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Do you control situations and relationships to try to influence a desired response? How would it make you feel if you didn't have to think about how to control people and situations Might you have more energy? Do you think you would have more time for functional thought, instead of dysfunctional ego-based living? Could a lack of control open your life to more unforeseen happiness and unexpected joy? This way of being is more open-ended, and inherently creates a life full of adaptability, acceptance and flexibility. Let go of the pointless manipulation, stale thought and dogma. Practice thinking and expressing yourself in open-ended conversation. Allow for the unexpected to occur. It will spur on creativity from within you. Work diligently to avoid "yes/no" conversations. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Eating a bag of M & M's? Probably. But that's not all. Chances are, your daily intake of complex carbohydrates, residual sugars and starches (potatoes, corn, breads, pasta, etc.), even if in small amounts, triggers the storage of those molecules as fat. And you know where that goes! Here's how it works: -Breakfast: Bagel (all purpose flour) smeared with some gloriously-flavored cream cheese (Corn syrup.) -Lunch: You eat a yummy little pasta (durum semolina) salad, and a delicious little crostini (all-purpose flour) with a mint-mango relish. Then you wash that down with a refreshing lemonade (made with corn syrup and sugar.) -Snacks: A handful of baked potato chips, or pretzels, maybe? (wheat/corn) FYI, if you're drinking a diet coke, know that you're drinking the equivalent of a hot dog-the worst stuff on earth. -Dinner: A fresh, green salad, with croutons; or possibly a healthy burrito with tortilla (corn/wheat,) washed down with a glass of wine (high sugar content.) That all sounds spectacular to me, not too fatty, reasonable portion sizes, an obviously-well-thought-out plan of attack for the ol' diet. "But wait! There's more!" as they say. If we dive a little deeper into this typical day, we notice that there are complex carbs weaved throughout. The bottom line is that the body is constantly being infiltrated by, and being forced to eliminate, complex food items that are known to cause allergies and diabetic tendencies in all of us. Here's the flow chart: Complex Carbs > higher baseline levels of Glucose and, therefore, Insulin, in the blood > Insulin triggers FAT STORAGE and HUNGER (strange, huh? This is known as the "sugar addiction") Not only are you now more apt to repeat the process tomorrow, you'll be gaining a little chub. Most importantly, though, this type of diet is sure to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
"For my family, I am strong of body, mind and spirit. Everything I think and do reinforces my commitment to this strength." Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
Do you awaken rested, balanced and ready to create? Or do you suffer with some form of insomnia, like most other Americans? Understanding sleep patterning is vital to living a life of true purpose. When you don't get the sleep you need, all rhythms in your life become askew. When I was back in college, I worked a full-time third-shift job stocking shelves at a local supermarket. I seldom took fewer than 16 credit hours while achieving my Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science & Chemistry. On top of that, I trained daily for local bodybuilding competitions. And I even had a nice social life. But how was I able to fit all those things in? I took full advantage of my sleep patterning. Regardless of the time of day I slept, I always made sure that it was for exactly 4.5 hours - no more, no less. Within the same 24 hour period, I would add in another 1.5 hour "nap" somewhere along the way. So what gives? Studies show that if you sleep in accordance with your natural sleep cycles, called Circadian Rhythms, you will awaken refreshed, balanced and ready for the world. It just so happens that these rhythms are exactly 1.5 hours in length. So if you're sleeping for any amount of time other than 4.5, 6.0, 7.5, or 9.0 hours, this could be the reason you're so tired! You're literally interrupting the natural pattern of human sleep. There are many famously productive people who used these techniques to make the most of the moments in between life. If names like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Ben Franklin, and our very own Donald Trump interest you in any way, you'll want to give this a shot. Why not add your name to this list? There is, of course,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
I'm absolutely positive that this won't come as much of a surprise to you: GRATITUDE INCREASES HAPPINESS IN BOTH ADULTS AND KIDS! Jeffrey J. Froh, PsyD, assistant professor of psychology at Hofstra University and lead researcher of a new study, surveyed 1,035 students ages 14 to 19 and found that grateful students reported higher grades, more life satisfaction, better social integration and less envy and depression than their peers who were less thankful and more materialistic. Additionally, feelings of gratitude had a more powerful impact on the students' lives overall than materialism. The same holds true for adults, according to the research. Counting your blessings shifts your focus from problems, annoyances and injustice, and boosts your ability to fight off depression, stress and grief. From Working Mother Magazine - 10 seconds to being happy, Inara Verzemnieks Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
When I gladly and happily accepted this wedding ring from my wife four years ago, it was a gleaming beauty. The three little diamonds were perfectly understated, the platinum shiny and smooth. Life had a massive up-side. We were building, creating, accumulating. Since then, our life together has taken many unexpected turns. There have been dreams realized, and there have been dreams crushed. Although we are the happiest and most purpose-driven we've ever been, it looks nothing like we ever thought it would. The money has come and gone. The places we've spent time have changed. The people in our lives are different than they used to be. We've become kings at adaptation. Life is slower. Financially, we're not worth as much as we once were. But life is now like a huge locomotive building steam. Each purposeful step is leading in a defined direction, toward self-reliance, creativity, refined purpose, health. Life has more meaning. As I reach my right hand over to inspect and remove my little band, I notice how weathered my hands have become. I haven't been able to feel the vitality leaving my body, but it's happened, somewhere along the line. My skin is more coarse than it once was. The small scars of labor and love are numerous now, each with its own story and emotion. I take off my little ring and notice how she's a little tarnished, a little beaten, a little scratched. Long ago, the middle diamond fell out and I couldn't find it. It was around the same time we lost a little one, and I won't replace it. There is a deep scratch on one side from the time I punched a steel door in fear, frustration and anger. That was around the same time I lost everything I'd worked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at The WholeLife Evolution Team
My wife, son and I had finished dinner. I bundled the family up on the couch amongst blankets and pillows, and put the DVD into the player. We were about to watch Wayne Dyer's film, The Shift. As the intro music started playing, I went to the kitchen to get a little ice cream to satiate my sweet tooth. I came back out to the living room and sat on the floor, in front of the couch, as I usually do. The music played on as I chowed a few spoonfuls of ice cream. I turned and looked up at my beautiful little family just BEING, both of them smiling at one another, and then at me. I smiled back. No one said anything. I put down the ice cream and put my left hand on my wife's leg, and brushed my boy's hair from his eyes with my right. Time ceased to exist, and all worry, fear and uncertainty was gone. I was so quiet, on the inside. It was one of those moments when we realize that THIS is life, THIS is the thing that we search our whole lives for, THIS is what we keep at arm's length while trying to satiate the ego. A couple drops of warm water welled up in my eyes (being a man, I know they couldn't possibly have been tears, right fellas? LOL.) I smiled and caressed my beautiful babies, imbibing the Light of Source. I have no idea how many times that intro music played before I actually hit the play button. All I know is that I am so incredibly grateful to have people in my life who love me. I have never before understood, felt, or experienced the love I have for my baby boy, and the pure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at The WholeLife Evolution Team