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The SeamLess Life

Tip #8 - August 10, 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. Email:
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Tips in Leading the Seamless Life™
#8 - The Path in Reverse

The Seamless Life is a path you take that leads you to create a life that is fulfilling and satisfying in every way. Walking down a new path is often difficult. We can forget to pack our sense of humor as part of what we carry down the path.

When that happens to us, we get out this message, called "Reverse Living." It's a good reminder to keep a smile with us on the journey.

Reverse Living

Life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time, all your weekends, and what do you get at the end of it...? Death, a great reward.

I think that the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way, then you live twenty years in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement.

You go to college, you do drugs, you do alcohol, you party, until you're ready for high school. You go to high school, you go to grade school, you become a little kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating, and you finish off as a gleam in somebody's eye.

--Author Unknown

In the spirit of reverse living, we'll take a step back in the Seamless Life™ to compile previous tips #1- 6 in a printer friendly version.

The following are the tips that you can review, and print at

#1 - The "Fifth" Week

#2 - Letting Needs Go

#3 - Truth Talks

#4 - Meeting Your Needs

#5 - Pain/Pleasure-Driven Values

#6 - You Can't Keep Your Gifts From Showing Up

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.
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Next week we'll continue the regular Seamless Life™ series with
Issue #8 - The Power of Purpose

E-Mail us with questions or suggestions.
Sherry can be reached at
Ph: 512-527-0097

Diane and Sherry's book, Discovering Your Best Self Through the Art of Coaching, can be ordered at

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