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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

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

Johanna McClain

Are You Excited?

I woke up this morning excited about what was possible for me today and it got me wondering…are you excited too?

Do you realize that what you do and what you offer NO ONE ELSE DOES?  You are uniquely YOU and people come to rely on you for that.  Now that’s exciting!

Show your enthusiasm and your passion for what you do and people can’t help but respond to it.

Be Excited.  Be Bold.  Be Yourself.

 

Yoga Off the Mat: Applying Ancient Principles to Modern Business

Wow! That’s a mouthful…but such a sweet mouthful, for me anyway. As many of you know I am a business coach AND a yoga teacher. I am passionate about both of these lines of work. However, the two have given me a sense of frustration and anxiety as well…for so many years they seemed so separate. One minute I was barefoot on a yoga mat and the next I was in heels in a boardroom.

For the past two years I have been highly invested in a mastermind where I have spent time exploring the possiblity of merging the two. It has led me to stand in both places, on and off the mat, simultaneously.

I was taught three important principles in my Anusara yoga training: Attitude. Alignment. Action. My big Aha came when I realized I was coaching clients on: Attitude. Alignment. Action. Plus I have added a few bonus’s.

Attitude: are you clear that you and only you is responsible for how your day will unfold
Authnticity: are you who you say you are
Alignment: having your purpose and vision for your business in alignment with your mission, core values and commitments
Action: your plan, your business in motion
Attraction: get the first four A’s down and attract the support and clients you were meant to serve

If you think this might be of help for you in your business please feel free to apply for a free strategy session with me at www.johannamcclain.com.

Have a great Attitude. Be Authentic. Get into Alignment. Get into Action. Attract the business and clients you desire.

For the Joy of it…..

I woke up this morning and was greeted by the beautiful early morning light, my sweet grand-dog always loving me unconditionally and the safety and shelter of my home.

I am full of Joy!

My morning “ritual” is to begin my day by Opening to Grace. I learned this in my Anusara yoga teacher training; the idea is to soften and receive what is already our devineness. That one simple action brings me Joy and opens the day in a most graceful way.

I am struck by how often we forget to pay attention to what brings us Joy.

I invite you today to find your Joy, make a deep connection, and see how your energy shifts.

Today, I invite you to write down at least five things that bring you Joy. As you write each thing down make a conscious effort not just to list, but experience what brings you Joy and pay attention to how this makes you feel…do this for the Joy of it!

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Joyful!

I Hate Setting Goals…Again!

I Hate Setting Goals…Again!

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

Does the idea of sitting down and writing out your goals for the next year, three years and five years make you want to scream?

I ask you this question 4 month ago, on February 28th. You know you SHOULD have done it, and here it is June 26th and it’s still not done.

Perhaps SHOULD is the problem. Trainer and motivational speaker Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series author) suggests that we write down our WANTS instead of our SHOULDS.

I like this concept. It’s easier to engage and I am now finding great joy in writing out my wants and desires for what I will create for myself over the next few years.

The SHOULDS? Turn them over to people better suited to handle them so you can free yourself to work on what is important to you. I have hired an experienced team to do all of the things I SHOULD NOT be doing because they are not “my thing” so I can put my energy toward what I WANT to do and that’s making money doing “my thing”.

I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much fun this can be.

Get Ready. Get Set. Goals!

Welcome

Welcome to Business Zen. My intention is to travel with you and help guide you along a path toward creating a healthy sustainable business. Is it tough out there? Depends on how you look at it. I choose to look for the opportunities that are seemingly hidden. I encourage you to do the same. I invite you to start your day, every day, by setting your intention to look for an opportunity to build your business; right a wrong; make someone smile; don’t complain and most importantly…be grateful. To quote Dr. Wayne Dyer “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.

In gratitude,

Johanna