Monthly Archives: March 2012

Is There a Rock Star in You?

I was in Cleveland, Ohio last week on a business trip and had the opportunity to visit the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame while I was there.

I love Rock n Roll! I had so much fun watching videos and listening to music, dancing, singing and looking back to the roots of rock.

But, something else came up for me in the seven hours I spent immersed in the greatness of artists past and present. What if these artists had not come forward? What if they had kept their talents to themselves? What would the world have lost? What would have been the price?

What about you? Have you come forward with your gifts? Have you given your all?

If not will you please grace us with your talents, we’re waiting.

Be Bold. Be Great. Be You.
In gratitude,
Johanna McClain

What is my Intention and what is my desired Outcome?

He who knows others is wise.  He who knows himself is enlightened – Tao Te Ching

What is my Intention and what is my desired Outcome? What a powerful question!

Are you in the habit of asking yourself this question?  Let’s say you have a prospective new client; do you have a clear Intention for the tone and structure of your meeting?  Once your Intention is clear; what is the desired Outcome you would like to have?

This could go a couple of different ways:

“I have to get this new prospect to buy my service today or I’m not going to make my goals for the month.”

“My Intention with this new prospect is to come from a place of service, to ask questions and listen carefully to the answers so I can deliver the best solutions to their problems.  My desired Outcome is for my prospective client to see me as a trusted advisor that they want to do business with; and not just another person trying to make a sale.”

Scenario one is all about you.  Scenario two focuses the attention on them.  The energy shift is huge when you take “you” out of the equation.  And the really cool thing is…you’ll both get your desired Outcome.

This applies to all of our relationships; just think of how different our encounters would be if we applied this simple but powerful concept.

Come from a place of Integrity.  Listen. Be passionate.  Enjoy.

Is it just me or do you get distracted by “shiny objects”?

He who knows others is wise.  He who knows himself is enlightened – Tao Te Ching

I love “shiny objects”, those distractions that we manufacture that take us off task, especially if the task feels daunting.

When a new “shiny object” appears ask yourself if it’s relevant, does it require immediate attention and will it move my project forward?

If the answer is yes, you have treasure. If the answer is no, you have trash.

Honor the appearance of your “shiny objects” they may be showing you something you need to see.

Have fun.  Be passionate.  Enjoy.

What’s so good about Tax Time?

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened – Tao Te Ching

Are you thinking to yourself…is she kidding?

I like it because it is the final act of putting the past in its rightful place. The past!

It means everything has been delivered to the CPA so she/he can work their magic.

With all of that handled there is comfort in packing up the past year and getting everything labeled and loaded and on its way into storage where its new job is to collect dust for the next ten years.

With the weight of the past gone to its rightful place in my garage and the promise of the future in front of me, I feel lighter and I’ll admit more than a little proud of me because I had a target date of February 28th on my calendar to have this accomplished and the task was complete a week ahead of time.

I do believe this is the power of setting clear intentions, giving yourself deadlines and being clear of what the final outcome will be. In this case the freedom to run full on into 2017 unencumbered by 2016.

If you haven’t already…free yourself of 2016! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much energy this frees up for you.

Set Intentions. Set Deadlines. Have a Clear Vision of the Outcome. Enjoy!

With Gratitude,

Johanna McClain