The SeamLess Life

Tip #11 - October 12, 1998

About the Author:

Sherry Lowry is a Austin-based business coach who works nationally and internationally with executives, managers, business owners, other coaches, psychologists and therapists. She brings experience to her clients as a founder and developer of 7 businesses, including one non-profit organization, as a consultant and trainer, and professional mentor. Co-leading group telecalls (via regular telephone connection) and telegroup series is a speciality....with other field experts on corporate marketing, using public speaking as a marketing tool, marketing with heart, and offers with Diane Menendez special teleclasses for mental health professionals transitioning as coaches. In 1996, Sherry founded and continues to host The Coaches’ Showcase, a free theme-based telegroup exchange with some of the industry’s most experienced coaches. Also useful is her online collection of The Lowry Notes - free to the public at her WWW site. She holds two traditional graduate degrees and has completed the Coach University curriculum. She is on the Board of International Coach Federation and is a member of Professional Coaches’ and Mentor’s Association and Texas Executive Women.

Contact info:
Sherry Lowry, MCC
Austin, Texas, USA
Ph: 512-527-0097
Email: sherry@sherrylowry.com
Web site: www.sherrylowry.com.



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Tips in Leading the Seamless Life™

#11 - Trusting Yourself,
Trusting the Process:
The Lesson of Jumping Mouse

To create The Seamless Life™, you dream, reflect, plan, and vision. Why...? As a mountaineering guide put it to10 women about to climb the Himalayas,

"If you can't picture it, you won't make it."
---Arlene Blum

But what if you don't have a picture of the life you want--yet? Sometimes, you get a clear sense of a need to change--but you're in a fog about the picture of your own personal mountain top. To paraphrase Arlene Blum, "You can't picture it YET." But you know you need to start the climb. You need to trust that once you venture out, a clear picture of your mountain will come. You WILL make it.

If this is where you are right now, we want you to read the fable, Jumping Mouse, by Mary Elizabeth Marlow. "Jumping Mouse", an American Indian myth, is the story of Jeremy, a field mouse. One among many in Mouse Village, Jeremy alone hears a sound. As he learns, that sound can only be heard by him. In fact, it is inside him. It's his personal "wake up call" to create a new life, a new self.

When he ventures out for the first time, no clear picture of his destination makes itself known to him. Like you, perhaps, Jeremy only knows he must begin the journey. Not where he will go. Not how he will get there.

Jeremy actually takes two journeys. On his first, he learns that the call he's hearing comes from deep inside. He can't ignore it. He meets two guides, Racoon, a mentor, and Frog, a Trickster. He learns from both. He encounters and crosses the river. And, after stretching himself to jump higher than he can imagine, he sees his first clear vision. No longer Jeremy, he becomes Jumping Mouse, who has seen the Sacred Mountain.

His second venture out starts the journey of transformation. Mouse Village confines his spirit. Jeremy heads out and stops with Country Mouse, who lives a hill or two away. Country Mouse, too, has ventured out from Mouse Village. But he's still playing a very small game. Country Mouse wants Jumping Mouse to stay and be comfortable within the safety he offers. He's uncomfortable within the unknown beyond his grassy mound. He frets and worries that the "great black dots in the sky," the eagles, will catch and eat Jumping Mouse if he goes further. (You probably have some Country Mice in your life too, we imagine.)

About the Author:

Diane Menendez, Ph.D., is a business and personal success coach. She has been coaching since 1983 when she began the High Performance Coaching process as an internal staff coach at AT&T. Since 1988 she has coached more than 250 business executives in Fortune 100 companies and has provided leadership for company-wide efforts in executive and leadership development. Menendez’s special niche in executive coaching is providing support to leaders of rapidly changing industries who are committed to transforming their personal leadership styles. She has successfully transferred her skills to work with entrepreneurs, other business owners, family owned business leadership, and non-profit executives and their organizations. She created Results-Focused Leadership Development, an intensive, creative and empowering process that influences and inspires client to fully develop their leadership potential while supporting their company’s mission and goals. Her passions are inspiring the success of family business members, entrepreneurs and therapists and other professionals in transition. Her www domain name, HeartDance.com, is an expression of her belief that, “Our work can bring us joy as well as financial rewards.” Yes, that’s what she means -- real joy, enough to make your heart dance.
Contact info: HeartDance, Cincinnati, Ohio USA, 513-474-1137, 1-800-882-9383;
Email: diane@heartdance.com
Web Site:
www.heartdance.com

Nothing deters Jumping Mouse. He's seen the Sacred Mountain. It is now HIS mountain. He has a clear picture of where he's headed. The rest of the fable is a powerful example of a classic journey: Jumping Mouse gathers his courage, follows his heart. He listens to his inner voice. He trusts all those who come to lead him to his mountain, no matter what guise they come in. He gives of himself to others. And, through his giving he is transformed beyond his wildest dreams.

We encourage you to get a copy of Jumping Mouse. What can you learn from him? ¤º°`°º¤ø, ¸¸,ø¤º°`°º ¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ ø,¸¸,ø¤º°¤º

  1. That all change starts with a "wake up call" of some sort--an external prompt. A voice, a stirring inside that only you can hear.

    Let yourself be quiet and listen.

  2. You may need to take some first steps, and to stretch yourself, to see the picture of your Sacred Mountain.

    Jump high. It's worth it.

  3. Those around you may be Country Mice. They want you to stay home, play safe, maintain the status quo.

    Trust yourself. Have the courage to venture out. Allow your spirit to take flight to your Sacred Mountain.

  4. Guides come in unlikely forms. Some are Tricksters, some are Teachers. Some may have waited for you so long that they've forgotten who they really are. Some may need you to wake them up, to remind them of who they are.

    Expect your guides to appear. Invite them in. Welcome what they bring.

  5. You may need to give up something important to you NOW, to become who you can be, to get the life you really want.

    Be willing to let go. It's the only way to grow.

To know and to trust your own truth: This challenge may be the greatest you ever face. It's only when you trust your inner truth that you know what is trustworthy in the outer world.


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The Seamless Life™ : Issue #13

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