It’s comfy and cozy in here.

As the weather changes and a bit of a chill is in the air, I begin to bring out my comfy cozy slippers, robe, sweaters and favorite recipes all designed to help me feel good and safe and content.

That works...except in business!

In business, everything you want is outside of comfy and cozy...

What are you willing to do today that feels scary, risky maybe even exciting that would make a difference in your business a month from now, a year from now?

Take off those cozy slippers and feel your feet on the jump!

In Gratitude,

Johanna McClain

This is embarrassing

This is embarrassing...

Have you ever done something or made a mistake, unintentionally of course, and then had to make a decision about how to clean it up?

I was recently with my meditation teacher and our group at a retreat in the San Juan Islands on this beautiful estate overlooking the bay (if you have never been there…GO!).

It was a deeply moving and transformational 4 days.

When we were packing to leave, I grabbed a few apples and pears for the road since I drove from Reno to our retreat location.

I went into my fridge on Tuesday and low and behold were these beautiful pears…I took them out to enjoy and discovered they were not real! Gosh they looked so real! I even tried to wish them real to no avail!

Not only were they not real…I stole them, unintentionally of course, and now what do I do?

Ignore the mistake and hope that no one has noticed the missing “fruit”?

Fess up to my meditation?? teacher and ask how I can return them?

What do you think? How do you handle the embarrassing moments or unintentional mistakes?

With Love and Gratitude,

Johanna McClain

Are you Interested or Committed?

Are you interested or committed.


I was listening to John Assaraf’s Brainathon yesterday and he ask a powerful question around how we look at our goals.

The question was…”Are you interested or are you committed?”

Is it worth taking a serious look at our goals, especially the ones that are not complete, and go through the process of assigning an I or a C to each one and laser focus on the C’s?

That’s my plan this week. How about you?

With Love and Gratitude,

Johanna McClain

What are you afraid of?

What Are You Afraid Of?

I did a little research on some of the top fears American’s suffer from and here’s what I found…

Overall, fear of public speaking is America’s biggest phobia – 25.3% say they fear speaking in front of a crowd. Clowns, 7.6% feared, are officially scarier than ghosts (7.3%), but zombies are scarier than both at 8.9%.

It’s interesting because when I talk to clients, they never mention clowns, ghosts or zombies…there is some fear of public speaking but it is mostly related to “being seen”, “being vulnerable”, “being judged or criticized”, “being wrong”, “not being good enough”, “not having enough money”, “not having enough time”…

Whew that’s a lot of energy spent on being afraid….or really more about worry…the nasty twin of fear!

You know what worries me? It’s that this condition is similar to a low grade fever that we learn to live with, tolerate or rationalize.

Please let me know what you do to eliminate fear and worry so I can stop worrying about you!

With love and Gratitude,

Johanna McClain

PS: My technique…The Peace Process™ taught by Christian Mickelsen. And of course my personal mantra when those nasty thoughts crop up…’liar liar pants on fire’!

How do you eat an elephant?

Take one bite at a time.

I am not advocating eating an elephant. They are endangered and such noble creatures. Besides, I’m a vegetarian…

The point is to chunk it down. Mark Twain put it this way “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting the first one”.

Do you have something BIG that you’re up to and don’t know where to start?

Here’s an idea: Divide your big idea into 7 steps… (hint: begin with the end in mind so you know what your end result will be). Then assign 5 action items to each step with timelines and who will help you accomplish the action or hold you accountable for the action.

Let me know how it goes.

With Love and Gratitude,

Johanna McClain

Can you believe that?

Have you ever stopped and really listened to the negative mental chatter in your head?

Would you ever talk to anyone the way to talk to yourself?

Would you ever tolerate anyone talking to you the way you talk to yourself?

And then to really make things interesting, have you ever found yourself wondering what other people might be thinking about you?

I didn’t think so…but just in case it ever happens to you…

Start to notice, become aware of your inner dialogue and know that what you choose to believe is up to you.

And if that crazy making mind says “I can’t”, what do you do?

Here’s my little secret…I stop…I notice my thoughts…and then I say my favorite mantra…’liar liar pants on fire’ and then get back to the business of believing!

With Love and Gratitude,

Johanna McClain

Price -vs- Priceless

I was with my mastermind group in San Diego this week and we had a free evening to go out for dinner. Two of my buddies and I began our walk to the restaurant and while waiting to cross the street, we were invited, by a very enthusiastic disco rickshaw driver, to take a ride…

We could not say no the the flashing lights and pulsing music, so we hopped on and seat danced our way to the restaurant! It was so much fun to be a free-wheelin’ tourist!

When we arrived at our destination and went for our wallets, we were shocked to be told that our transportation cost was $30…per person. You read right $30 per person.

So the question is, would we have allowed ourselves this wonderful joyous experience if we had ask about the price first? Answer…hell no!

How many times have you robbed yourself of a trip, a business opportunity, the car you really wanted based on price?

Next time you get to choose…choose priceless over price. I can honestly tell you, in hindsight I would have paid double for that rickshaw ride.

With Love and Gratitude,

Johanna McClain

What’s possible?

Crazy as you may think it sounds…what’s possible is what you believe is possible!

Just think if the Wright brothers didn’t believe we could fly…well probably someone else would have figured it out but you get what I’m saying.

What do you need to believe is possible in order for your brain to assist you in taking on the job of accomplishing it?

I read this in Jack Canfield’s book ‘Success Principles’:

“It’s not what you don’t know that holds you back; it’s what you do know that isn’t true”.

Hmmmmmm that’s worth some thinking on…

Write it down. What do you know that isn’t true?

Feel like sharing? I’d love to hear from you.

With Love and Gratitude,


Johanna McClain

What’s the point?

I really mean…what’s my Purpose?

It’s an age old question. An important question. And it may be easier to answer than we think…

If you stopped searching outside of yourself, for just a moment, it just might bubble to the surface.

You see, your soul knows your purpose…that’s why it chose YOU!

Try this exercise:

Sit quietly. Take a few deep breaths from deep in your belly. Drop out of your head and into your heart. Now meditate on these questions:

What do people naturally come to me for? (Advice, a good laugh, a warm hug, an open ear and a quiet mouth, help with relationships, etc….)

What comes easily to me? (Problem solving, listening, teaching, researching, networking, connecting people, peacekeeping, a good joke or story, etc…)

Without editing; journal / write down what comes to mind.

Please message me at and share what you found out about your Purpose.

Be still. Be trusting. Be yourself.

With Love and Gratitude,


Johanna McClain

The Power of Many!

I was recently at a full day mastermind with over 40 other business owners and entrepreneurs.

The theme…collaboration not competition.

Many times we feel like we have to do everything on our own. What I have learned about that business strategy is that it’s lonely. We’re not always our best advisor or mentor and it’s way more fun to to brainstorm with other like minded people.

Are you in collaboration, (super conductor style), with your business community? If not, what can you do to get there?

Need ideas? Please feel free to reach out to me.

In Gratitude,


Johanna McClain
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