The SeamLess Life

Tip #12 - October 19, 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
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Tips in Leading the Seamless Life™
#12 - Courage Along The Way

There are a number of benefits in pursuing a more SeamLess Life™. While the rewards are rich, there are many challenges, too. It is fairly common from time to time to simply 'forget' who you are and what you are up to! That happens about the same time you realize it's a LOT of work on certain given days to stay focused on bringing your Values into being -- especially when your key staff person doesn't show up, the kids are sick, or the car doesn't start.

It's at such times you want to give yourself heart and courage. It helps, at this point, to look ahead to the benefits you can anticipate.

It also helps to remember WHY you're working on this: why are you identifying your core Needs, gaining insight into your Values, and cleaning up those irritating things you've been 'putting up with' in the first place. WHY? All of this is to clear the way for you--to clean up cluttered and unclear parts of your life so that the new can emerge.

Our next article will list the specific benefits for you. Meanwhile, you can give yourself heart for the journey by drawing on lessons you've already learned Reconnecting with like-minded friends is also a great support for you. And, a big help is keeping in front of you some inspiring thoughts and quotations. Reading back across familiar quotes will remind you of "who you are" and what you've already created and accomplished.

Here are some of our favorite quotes. We keep these in key places in front of us to give us sustaining heart for our journey when we get too busy for it or when we notice we can use a lift.

"The meaning of life is to give life meaning."

~ Ken Hudgens ~

"The crowning blessing of life is to be born with a bias to some pursuit."

~ S.G. Tallentyre ~

"Be not simply good;
      be good for something."

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

"If we don't stand for something, we may fall for anything."

~ Source Unknown ~

"You can come to understand your purpose in life by slowing down and feeling your heart's desires."

~ Marcia Wieder ~

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,, 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;
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"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."

~ Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe ~

"Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it;
that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it."

~ Orison Swett Marden ~

"The loftiest edifices need the deepest foundations."

~ George Santayana ~

"You must stick to your conviction,
     but be ready to abandon your assumptions."

~ Dennis Waitley ~

"A person with half volition goes backward and forward -- but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads."

~ Thomas Carlyle ~

"I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person -- they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated."

~ Russell Crowe ~

"It's not how busy you are -- but why you are busy.
The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted."

~ Mary O'Connor ~

"We would rather have one man or woman working with us than three merely working for us."

~ Faye Wattleton ~

"Gifts make their way through stone walls."

~ Proverb ~

"What you are is God's gift to you;
     what you do with yourself is your gift to God."

~ Source Unknown ~

"Intellectuals solve problems; genuises prevent them."

~ Albert Einstein ~

"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them"

~ Albert Einstein ~

"When the solution is simple, God is answering."

~ Albert Einstein ~

"Try not to become a man of success but rather become a man of value."

~ Albert Einstein ~

"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees."

~ Karl Baker ~

"Here is a test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished:
     If you are alive, it isn't."

~ Richard Bach ~

"Make your life a mission -- not an intermission."

~ Abraham Maslow ~

"Enthusiasm is the 'philosopher's stone' that transmutes dull tasks into delightful deeds."

~ Source Unknown ~

"I learned that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness."

~ Brenda Ueland ~


Issue #13: Benefits of The Seamless Life™

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