Category Archives for "awareness"

Have you ever done this?

Set goals, new years resolutions...in your head?

Having every intention of....

  • Losing 10 pounds
  • Learning to speak another language
  • Taking dance lessons
  • Starting a new business
  • Finally taking that dream trip (as soon as I learn the language)
  • Training for a 1/2 marathon
  • Meeting someone new and having a romantic relationship

And so it goes until the next year comes around and it's like Groundhog Day with Bill Murray all over again.

How can you break the Groundhog Day cycle?

One of the first things you can do is write down what you want this year....not what you think you should do but what you want to do...committed not interested! Once you've done that write down some of the things you can do to actually make it happen.

And there's one more thing....take the time today, not tomorrow to work on this.

Let me know how it goes....I want to share your dreams and wins with you.

In Gratitude,
Johanna

Johanna McClain

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Dance….

Let's Dance...

I was just thinking about what new activities I would add to my goals for the year that would create more fun and social engagement. Ta Da.....dancing!

Then I did a little research and found this from betterhealth.vic.gov.au:

Dancing has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • Improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • Increased aerobic fitness
  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Weight management
  • Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • Improved balance and spatial awareness
  • Increased physical confidence
  • Improved mental functioning
  • Improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • Greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Better social skills

Hope to see you include dance, especially if it feels awkward, to your 2017 personal/recreational goal setting 🙂 

Let's dance........

In Gratitude,
Johanna

Johanna McClain

 

 

Bad Year Guarantee

Not to be a negative Nelly...just an honest observation.

No goals = no to low success. Guaranteed.

If you want your business to grow exponentially, get crystal clear on what you want to achieve, then write down your goals (this is the key....get your ideas on paper) and have an action plan in place to carry them out.

This is a living document now...don't put it on a shelf...put it in your hands every day.

Act now. Reap the rewards for years to come.

In Gratitude,
Johanna

Johanna McClain

Are you keeping your promise?

As business owners, we make promises to ourselves, our clients, our employees, our vendors, our community....

Can you turn to yourself, your clients, your employees, your vendors and your community and say, without a doubt, "this is my promise to you and this is how I will keep my promise?"

Saying yes to those two questions is the foundation for building a trusted business brand.

If you would like to learn more, I have created a short guide that points you toward what it means to create a trusted brand and deliver on your brand promise.

You can get it for free here.

With Gratitude,
Johanna

Johanna McClain

Fear or Fantasy?

By definition...

Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Fantasy: the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable.

My question is...are either one of these real or are they both imagined?

I have worked with hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs and the #1 thing that holds them back is fear. And when we explore where this fear originates it is usually fantasy, imagined and not based in truth.

What are you afraid of?

Success? Failure? Being judged?

Do your fears hold you back?

Is there something you really want that you're not reaching for?

How do you overcome your fears?

What will you do to overcome the fear of moving forward and having life on your terms and not fears terms?

I would love to hear about what bold action you took today to kick fear to the curb!

In Gratitude,
Johanna

Johanna McClain

In A Gratitude Rut?

I'm so very Grateful for my life and all of the remarkable people, like you, who have come into my orbit.

And there you have it...potential for a Gratitude Rut!

Don't get me wrong...I love and appreciate all the blessings in my life and as Thanksgiving (in the US) approaches, we become even more tuned in to what we are Grateful for. This means our daily Gratitude practice can run the risk of being like the movie Groundhound Day.

This week I invite you to challenge yourself and make a list of 50 daily Gratitudes...include the important ones (family, friends, clean water, pets etc)...and then begin to work on the ones you might take for granted.

I'll start...toilet paper, scissors, shampoo, tweezers, postage stamps, jokes, bubble baths...

Your turn...have fun and please feel free to share.

With Love and Gratitude,
Johanna

Johanna McClain

 

 

 

 

 

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 ground...now 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.

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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’!