The SeamLess Life

Tip #9 - August 31, 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.

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Sherry Lowry, MCC
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Tips in Leading the Seamless Life™

#9 - Building The Bridge:
From Purpose and Vision
to Mission

For those journeying toward The SeamLess Life™ path, we're now entering exciting and also potentially dangerous territory. You've arrived at the point of now being unable to "unknow" what you are beginning to clearly know. Be warned now -- declaring yourself and your personal commitments to your future lead you to a sense of adventure you will miss if you turn back. So, part of your preparation for this time also needs to be a huge capacity for patience and also self-forgiveness as the path can be bumpy and uphill some days.

This is why it's so very important to have "a plan" such as you are developing -- and also a support system. You want people in your life to remember clearly who you are and what you are up to when and if YOU forget. You probably will -- but it won't last long now that you're clearly becoming more in touch with your personal power of purpose.

Dr. Caroline Myss introduces us to another serendipitous type of danger she says can kick in at just about this point, as well. She says once we make such a "stand for us" all our angels alert, get up off their celestial couches with true glee, rush to our side, and begin to help us clear the path -- wanted or not! However, angels are a little hard-of-hearing and they mainly hear their "call to action" and mainly miss the point if we change our mind. This could be the basis for the famous statement: "Be careful what you ask for -- as you could get it."

Purpose/Vision endeavors to sweep out the fog along the way and eliminate the danger of that "if you don't know where you are going, any road (and any timeline), will do."

Instead, from here on you'll have the distinct advantage of insights about the future world you DON'T want to create -- and that one you are moving away FROM. This is now your Push-Power. We called it the wind at your back and Laurie Beth Jones has named it your "escape velocity." This along with your Pull-Power is the value of your Vision which is the natural attraction of your destination.

Your advantages:

  1. your Escape Velocity -- your fiery sense of what happens without change

  2. reverse magnetism -- the draw of the invaluable reverse force to help prevent fall-backs when a vision pursuit become cloudy or uphill

With Vision and Purpose striding strongly at your side, what's your next step into your future? We say it's Mission. We'll also weave in along the way full use of your attributes (we've been identifying as your gifts), benefits (to you and others), touchstones (signals and clues all is coming together), and your personal credo.

All of this is about personal motivation -- playing a big game in your life. To prepare for venturing into Mission with us next week, go back, review and revalidate for yourself your top Values. Take a fresh look at your Purpose and the elements of your Vision. Rejoin us next week for the next leg of the quest.

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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Issue #9: Continuing the quest for the Seamless Life™ with a look at Mission

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