Maintaining Mindset

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Who do you need to be to get to where you want to go?

QuoteHey, you. You know that I know about you?

I know you’re up to big shit and you’re creating important things. I know this is true because you’re in this challenge reading this blog.

Now, the bigness you’re up to and the things you’re building might be important only to you… or they might be destined to have an impact on a larger community. But small or large, personal or shared, groundbreaking or conventional, if it’s in your heart, if it’s coming through you, then it’s significant and necessary. […]

How To Get Your Groove Back After You’ve Been Off Your Game

magic-wand1Calling on the Magician

Have you ever felt a little “off” but not really sure why?

There’s a part of me that’s been a little dormant lately – a part I took so much for granted that I never even claimed it. This part, I’ve found, is actually missing from any archetype model – not because it’s not important, but because it was on autopilot – always on – always in action.

We’ll call this part of me – this archetype… the Magician.

Meeting the Magician

I can appreciate the Magician today in a way I hadn’t been able to appreciate her in the past. Her never-ending drive to get the job done, her masterful way of manifesting a goal or end vision. These are just two of the traits of the Magician.

The Magician gets the job done – without angst, worry, fear or doubt.

The Magician is the part of us who can let go of perfection, yet still do their best to hold on to the end vision without stressing about how it will come about.

The Magician writes with a quick mind, returns phone calls at lightning speed and can easily discern between the tasks that are a waste of her time and those that will rapidly move her toward her goal. […]

Day 30: The Entrepreneurial Quest

Welcome to day 30 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

victory_r1_c1I made it – the last entry in a 30-day experiment to blog “almost” daily. If you’ve been watching or check the post dates of the 29 entries below, you’ll see that I did a pretty good job – posting almost daily over a period of about 45. Then, like a marathon runner who falls 10 feet short of the finish line, I stopped cold. While I intended to find something interesting to share, nothing came… except chirping crickets. My team’s been waiting for this “final post” with great anticipation. (No pressure, right?) Still… nada!

So what’s the lesson here – for me and for you? I think it’s this… the art of growing a business is a bit of a quest… always reaching for that next step that will move you toward the elusive vision of getting it right. It’s a quest that never really ends because as we get closer to the vision we set out to achieve, we find something else that calls us and add an element that puts the vision just out of reach again. So we keep on moving.

But the journey isn’t easy. It’s sprinkled with highs and lows. The highs feel good, like the sun on your face. You close a big sale, nail a presentation, delight a client or feel what it’s like to change a life. […]

Day 17: Living With The Drift

Welcome to day 17 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

JaneSince I blogged about the “Daily Rituals that Keep me Sane and Successful” a few days ago, I’ve received a number of inquiries from clients, friends and strangers. “Do you really do ALL that every day?”

It’s a valid question and whether born out of skepticism or admiration, I want to set the record straight… NO! In the five plus years I’ve been using the Daily Rituals document, I can’t remember one day when I did it every item on the list.

There have been weeks and even months when the boxes remained unchecked. Not because I didn’t do ANY of the items that day, but because I didn’t feel like checking them off. Those stretches of time are what I lovingly call “the drift.”

If you have ever tried to meditate you’re familiar with “the drift.” You take your seat with pure intention, put your attention on your breath, go inward and attempt to let go of the thoughts that race through your mind. […]

Day 14: Beyond Procrastination – How to take action when you feel blocked

Welcome to day 14 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

breakthrough1Yesterday, I pulled back the curtain on the three faces of procrastination that I experience in my life and business.

I shared that when I find myself not taking action one of three things is afoot… intuitive procrastination, avoidance procrastination or fear-based procrastination.
(Click here to read this blog.)

Today I’m sharing a few of the strategies I lean into when I find myself feeling blocked, uninspired or flat out freaked!

  • I look at “it” with a team member. Often, simply talking with another person about the fact that I’m feeling blocked, brings it into perspective and I am able to see the root cause. The act of saying, “I’m feeling blocked around…” opens my own eyes to what’s really at play and gives the other permission to see what I may not see. […]

Day 1: A Look Inside My Technology Meltdown

Welcome to Day 1 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

TechnologyFrustation(This series of blogs is a 30 day experiment in transparency, vulnerability and my unshakable commitment to give you an unedited peek behind the curtain as I grow my three businesses. Click here for the inspiration.)

I knew I was in trouble when it started to JIGGLE. 

No, I’m not talking about the skin under my arms or any other part of my body.  I’m talking about my laptop screen.

Imagine… there I was in Los Angeles, sponsoring an event hosted by Craig Duswalt. We had this kick-ass booth showcasing our two technology companies, Value Quiz and Virtual Training Academy.  The response was great and the leads were flowing in. We were in between breaks so I decided to catch up on email (one of my many obsessions). […]

The Beauty of Imperfect Action

As a business owner, one of the things that is becoming clear to me is the importance of imperfect action, or choosing progress over perfection.

In my world, imperfect action may look like:
The email that goes out with a typo, despite reviewing it twice
The timeline that isn’t as spacious as we would like but gets the job done
The sales video that isn’t as polished as I’d like but truly shares my heart
The website that is far from what I want it to be but still engages my tribe

I’m sharing this with you because in truth, imperfect action is not easy for me – it goes against my natural human tendency to want to look good and to model what I teach. But it always brings some kind of reward to both myself and the team. Sometimes it’s in the form of sales; other times it’s in the form of a referral. But we are always paid a huge dividend in the form of a new distinction that we can take forward to our next attempt or project. […]

The Power of Time Blocking

When you are the CEO of your own business, you have the potential to be pulled in ten different directions at once. It’s essential that you find some way to structure your time so that all areas of your life receive the attention they need. My method of time blocking involves choosing a primary focus or theme for each day of the week. This way, I know which hat I’m wearing each day! And this way of planning allows me to focus on one of the five archetypes of entrepreneurship each day. You will develop a time blocking strategy that’s unique to you and your business, but here’s what a typical week looks like for me. […]

Ask Your Inner Perfectionist to Take a Vacation!

In the course of growing my businesses, I have found that pursuing perfection can derail a project or drive me bonkers if I allow that mindset to take over. When you care so much about a project, you want everything to be just right. But this way of thinking is not only unrealistic – it also keeps you from the single most important element of business success…inspired action!

Executing a big project isn’t always pretty. It can be messy, cumbersome, and a bit chaotic at times…and that’s OK as long as it gets you into action. So as you tackle your next project, banish your inner perfectionist and allow the learning to come from your mistakes. This is how you get better each time around. […]

Inbox Overwhelm – Is it killing your productivity?

OK, it’s time for some true confessions. How many emails are in your Inbox right now? I don’t mean just the bolded emails that have not been looked at. I’m referring to all of them – opened and unopened. Over the years, I’ve heard it all, from a few dozen to over ten thousand! Yikes. Here are a few questions to see if you are suffering from inbox overwhelm.

  • Are you keeping any emails in your inbox as a reminder of an action step you need to take?
  • Do you have emails in your inbox simply because you don’t want to lose the information or forget a point?
  • When you open your email do you have a “not-so-good” feeling when you see the mass of emails screaming for your attention?
  • Have you ever felt like blocking the entire slew of emails and sending them off to the recycle bin?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are not alone. Inbox Overwhelm seems to afflict even the most successful entrepreneurs. How about you?

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