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Following is the email Jane sent to her list that inspired the Business Acceleration Series.
It’s been a while since I’ve written…
Not because I haven’t been thinking about you and the others on my list, but because I’ve been down for the count, thanks to a chronic case of asthma that took me out of commission for four weeks.
I considered writing about the multiple trips to the ER, the sense of not being able to breathe and how my asthma was my body’s way of manifesting a way for me to slow down and disconnect from the world.
But instead, I want to share the part of my story I feel will serve you – how I went from feeling out of touch and completely unmotivated to getting back in my groove and feeling inspired to do the work I am here to do.
As entrepreneurs we make stuff happen. We keep the revenues flowing, the clients happy and the content coming. When others can feel our love for what we do and our sincere desire to impact change, it’s magic. Like a moth drawn to a flame, when we are in flow, people feel it and they want to be a part of it.
This thing that draws people to us is what I call “mojo.”
- Cambridge Dictionary defines mojo as… “A quality that attracts people to you and makes you successful and full of energy.”
- Merriam Webster defines mojo as… “A power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective and successful.”
But when we feel like crap, lose our confidence, experience a setback, or lose sight of our vision our mojo starts to fade. And that, my friend, is what happened to me during my four-week dance with asthma.
I’ll be honest, it was scary. As the asthma started to subside, I assumed I’d be back to my old self, hopping out of bed at 5:30 am, starting my day with my morning practice, connecting with my team on the way to and from the gym and blowing through my to do list like a woman on fire.
But… not so much. No matter how much I willed it, I couldn’t find my mojo.
So, I began my quest to reclaim my mojo. What is that you may ask?
“Entrepreneurial mojo is an energetic vibration that begins with the owner and exudes throughout the company through its people, products and programs. It acts as a magnet that draws people and opportunities and a beacon for manifesting extraordinary results with ease, grace and fun.”
Guessing there may be times when you too, need to reclaim your mojo and get back in your groove, here’s what I did to activate my entrepreneurial mojo.
- I forgave myself. OK, I know, this may sound a little odd but I noticed I was beating up on myself a bit for not being super woman. I took myself off the hook and got over it.
- I let my leadership team know what was going on. My team is the best. They would go to the ends of the earth for me. I owed it to them to acknowledge that I was not my usual self and let them know I would be back with time.
- I changed the way I coached. Because I wasn’t able to talk, rather than have our usual coaching sessions, I offered to coach clients via email. What a gift it turned out to be. Through email we took our coaching to another level of transparency and depth.
- I cleared the decks. With zero bandwidth for anything that was not essential, I cancelled calls, bowed out of events and stopped giving my energy to non-essential things.
- I revisited my WHY. If you know me and my work, I am big on the importance of having a clear, compelling, written vision. This was the key element in getting my mojo back. Reading my own words about what I want to create, the difference I am here to make and the things I want to accomplish was profound.
- I changed how we do business. A theme emerged as I reflected on what prompted the asthma and what I wanted for myself, my clients and my team going forward. “Do less and do it at a higher level of excellence.” Mind you, I have three companies, two of them technology based, so my “do less” may be different from yours. But the takeaway for you is this… when you focus your efforts on the few important things you show up more powerfully in all you do.
- I adjusted how I set goals. Perhaps the biggest aha for me was seeing that my drive to achieve is more about how I am wired, rather than born out of need. Mario and I are good. Our lifestyle is simple and we are set, therefore hitting our revenue goal is more of a game for me than a necessity. From this place, we adjusted our annual goals.
- I practiced extreme self-care. Whether it was a massage, my last minute trip to Hawaii to be with my sister Sue, or asking for support getting dinners on the table, I was really kind to myself.
- I reached out. I am blessed with a kick ass team who knows and shares our vision. But during this time, I needed to connect with friends outside my day-to-day world. Many responded and you know who you are. You were instrumental in me getting my mojo back. Thank you.
- I remembered who I am. So, here’s the deal… when we are knocked to our knees, whether it’s an illness, a setback or some form of loss, we forget who we are. The greatest gift of my four week dance with asthma is that I reconnected with who I am, why I am here and how I am the perfect person to be doing what I am doing. And that my friends, is worth its weight in gold. ;0)
What I learned from my four-week hiatus and my triumphant return to my definition of normal is this… how we feel as entrepreneurs matters. Our ability to navigate the inner game of entrepreneurship is more important than any strategy or tactic we may decide to deploy.
So, whether you find yourself feeling unmotivated, disconnected, discouraged or down right depressed, take heart. This too shall pass, as my mom always said. The important thing is that you acknowledge where you are and take steps to create positive change.
Here’s my request… no matter how you are feeling right now, save these tips. Then, when you find yourself feeling disconnected or unmotivated lean into this process and hold the hope that this too shall pass.
I do not take lightly that you are allowing my emails to pop into your inbox. My promise is that there is more of this to come.
Much love to you,
This came when I needed it most; thank you Jane!
Kassie, so happy to hear this!! :o)
Hi Jane, so good to hear from you as you have been in my thoughts lately…I was hoping to run into you at JVX. Glad to hear you are feeling better…So interesting how we create our own “Aha” moments. I recently visited family in Wyoming….After much needed R&R, I went kayaking down the Salt River with my sister. While delighting in this experience, suddenly I was hurled out of my kayak and stuck in freezing water clinging to brambles…My sister panicked and no one was around. She thought I had drowned when she could no longer here my screams…However, I was praying and affirming that my life purpose was not complete…and out of nowhere, I was rescued by a human chain of fishermen, who had spied the long-lost kayak and were compelled to search the river. Later that day, after a long hot shower, my sister and I sat on her deceiver looking the fields and mountains, enjoyed a glass of wine, held hands, and realized that all the internal striving, and mental/emotional concerns that consume our daily thoughts are really meaningless when the gift of life that connects us to love is most precious.
Kristine – I wish I could have made it to JVX, it just did not work out this year. WOW what an amazing testament to you and your sister – amazing what comes out on the other side when we sit to reflect on why something has happened and the realizations we come to. Much love to you, looking forward to re-connecting soon!! xoxo
Hi Jane and others,
Jane, you bought with asthma — I’ve been there and so have some of my relatives and friends. I’m glad you took care of yourself and that your MOJO is back! Your leadership and efforts to help others is bigger than your fight to get healed and probably helps you in many ways. It does that for me and my Mojo. I was at JVX — and don’t know Kristine Grant who responded, but it was at JVX that I met you the first time. We are all lucky to be here and living our entrepreneurial and service lives, but as Kristine reminds us — there is a “gift of life that connects us to love” — and yes, it “is most precious”. All the best on you continued journey. Jo Ann
Thank You Jo-Ann!
Sending love to you, Jane, and prayers for a complete and speedy recovery. Thanks for sharing your journey and heart. Your grace dealing with your body’s challenge, and the wisdom gleaned from your experience are invaluable. As always, thank you for your mentorship and reminders for exquisite self care. We need to take care of ourselves before we can manifest any other goals we may think we have. Great reminders for me right now and every day! Thanks for everything! xoxo
Linda, honored to have you on this journey – it has been so amazing to watch you transform in your business!
Tips are Saved!!! These apply to so many reasons!!! MATERNITY LEAVE, for me, set my mojo at a standstill (along with some related health issues). But I am SO grateful that you posted this!!!! It’s so helpful to see that “LIFE HAPPENS” to other successful people. Sharing such vulnerability really makes it REAL for us to read! Wishing you continued health and happiness!
Juliet – thank you for your kind words! So glad you are on this journey with me!!
Thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts with us. The level of vulnerability you showed is very liberating. I felt after reading your letter that you really had true confession time with yourself. We all need that and sometimes it takes the Lord to slow us down and focus on what’s most important, HIM and ourselves. I too have felt or believed all of what you expressed at one time or another and at times still have similar thoughts. Since the death of my mom this has been the most soul searching time for me. Yes, there are times when I just don’t feel like doing anything! I’m learning more and more everyday that when I feel that way I sometimes don’t do anything. It doesn’t last long but long enough for me to regroup. While I know that I have much to contribute to those that have been chosen for me to serve, it is forever a top of mind thought for me. While you travel this journey with me, your wholeness is what’s most important. I admire you so much and cherish every conversation we have. Stay well coach!!
Yvette – I am so honored to be on this journey with you, it is a true privilege. You are AMAZING and thank you for your words. Love you my friend.