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Rise Up! Newsletter

September 2013

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great!"

~Cher

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Message From Bobbie:

Many years ago, I led an especially frustrating workshop. The professional women who attended had been sent there by their firm who wanted to give women “opportunities to break through the glass ceiling.” But despite the great information and support they received from me and the three consultants in our program, the group was stuck! The women were frozen in old, restricted and failing patterns.

Here’s the undercurrent that was running through the group, not quite conscious, but as strong as cement to keep them stuck: “good” girls stay out of trouble, find the right authority to please, believe others rather then what we know in our hearts to be true; begin to accept “ok” and “good enough” when others don’t see our full potential; and hope someone, anyone, recognizes our worth, while we keep fingers crossed, hope for the best and work like crazy!

Across from the conference room, in a large sun-facing window, hung a cut crystal that sparkled, sending out thousands of rainbow shards of light. It caught my eye. “Prisms,” I realized. None of us is just one facet of expression of possibility. We are multi-faceted, like prisms. Reflected in the right light, we SHINE in myriad ways. That’s when I got it and I’ve been teaching it ever since.

Featured Journal Entry:

Prisms of Possibility

Carly went to law school believing that of all places, law was an area where hard work, diligence and brains paid off. "Meritocracy!" she thought. "Be the best. Get the highest grades in school. Earn the right scholarship. Dress well, but not too provocatively. Keep authority figures happy. And above all, work harder than the boys!"

"Wrong!" she says today.

Carly shares, “Success is based on a lot of variables that you will never learn from teachers, parents or mentors. We tend to think that competition is all about diligence. We either spend NO time developing the rest of ourselves, or give up other interests, passions or even personalities. In the Rise Up! workshop, I saw how I had become a flat surface rather than a multi-faceted diamond.”

To be truly successful, we must first believe in our own possibilities. Possibility exists within many variables that we all possess, including interests, personality, character and creativity. When it is “not possible” to explore all those variations of ourselves, we lose access to our strengths, power and beauty. Success becomes elusive.

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Make a list of all the people you think of as “successful.”
  2. Of course, all of them have worked hard to be successful. But if you take time to study that list, you will see that they all have something else in common! They are more than droid-brains; more than even one great talent.
  3. What other parts of these successful people shine forth? Use one person as an example. What are the many facets you see about him/her?

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About Bobbie

In 2011, on a beautiful ranch in Santa Ynez, California, Bobbie created her "Rise Up!" movement as a means of empowering women to create the lives, relationships and careers that they were meant to have. It was named after Bobbie’s ability to find possibility and opportunity in the midst of change and even crisis. Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops that she has done since 2008 Bobbie has helped participants reach their own epiphanies. Read more...

 

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