Her Story with Jenna Harrison: Helping Women Make the Seemingly Impossible, Possible
This week's Spotlight is a new mom and a performance coach, who makes the seemingly impossible seem possible.
I was lucky enough to "meet" Jenna in a mutual Facebook group (Thank you to Amy Porterfield''s Exploring B-School Group:) ) where she shared a personal story about some of the uncertainty and lack of clarity she felt when she first started working on her business. It really resonated with me and we ended up connecting about a new product she's working to help people get over the hump of figuring out the right business for them.
The 30-minutes or so we spent on the phone and the questions she asked still have me thinking and have been a huge driving force in the actions I've taken over the last few weeks around my business and really life in general.
One of her clients who's she helped in the past, put it perfectly: "Jenna has a knack for asking exactly the right questions and quickly helped me breakthrough my fuzzy thinking."
The one question that has really stuck with me since talking to Jenna is -"What does your life look like (what are you doing, how are you feeling, who's in your life, etc.), if you don't accomplish these goals you've set out to do?" WOW - talk about a powerful question and giving some real motivation for taking action because I do not want to be in that situation 5 years from now...
I hope you'll check out more about Jenna in her Spotlight Q&A below and if you want the nitty gritty long story you can find it here (it's really good): https://www.theuncommonway.com/about
Enjoy this one and please be sure to read all the way to bottom where there's a free gift for anyone wanting some tangible to-do's to start taking action towards their goals
Who: Jenna Harrison
Where she's at now: Colorado Springs, CO
Kiddos: 1 + 1 very active fur baby, my dog Skye
What is the best part of being a mom?
I get to experience a love unlike any other.
What is the most challenging part of being a working mom?
It pulls at my heartstrings every time I have to take my attention away from my baby, even though I know it's the right thing.
What is your biggest parenting lesson learned so far?
It gets better!! (Dylan is 4 months old, so we're finally sleeping through the night!)
What do you do for fun or to relax outside of mom duties?
Yoga, hiking, trying out new restaurants, and relaxing in front of a Saturday night movie at home in my PJs. My favorite hobby, travel, will resume once Dylan hits 6 months!
Tell us a little about your business, The Uncommon Way:
I help people that have a goal in mind (no matter how far-fetched it might seem), but haven't been able to make it happen.
How did it get it’s start?
Although I was good at pushing myself out of my comfort zone and planning a path ahead, I wasn't so good with follow-through! That changed when I drew a line in the sand and said, "Something's gotta change!"
I started researching everything I could on peak performance and accomplishing goals, but what really brought everything together for me was the training I've received from the U.S. Army (my husband is a soldier) and the time I've spent implementing those lessons in army units. It helped me see that you need a SYSTEM to accomplish goals, and I used the framework to combine the best lessons from several disciplines like the military, sports, yoga, and even animal training!
What challenges have you had to overcome to get where you are now with your business? How were you able to overcome them?
In the beginning I had some coaches that really wanted me to narrow my focus ("niche down") in a way that wasn't working for me. While I'm all about focused effort, it took confidence to follow my North Star :-)
What advice would you give to other mothers looking to start their own business?
Lower your expectations. No, seriously! So many people make the mistake of trying to do too much in a day. When they don't achieve what they set out to do, they build up all these negative feelings about themselves and their situation, and that feedback leads them to do EVEN LESS over time. You've got to flip the script. Start out doing less, and then reward yourself when you accomplish it so you form a positive feedback loop and send a message to your subconscious: I show up for myself and accomplish what I set my mind to. When you get to the point that you're dying to do more, rather than less, and you've built up some consistency, THEN you should slowly increase your workload.
What is a business resource that makes your life easier/better?
Acuity - for intake, scheduling and payments. It's like having a VA!
What is a book you would recommendation for others looking to start or grow their business?
The War of Art by Steve Pressfield ... I give it to each of my clients!
How can people find out more about you and your business and how you might be able to help?
I'm happy to help anybody that's starting out and needs some tips! Feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there anything else you want the group to know about being an entrepreneur or about The UnCommon Way?
I have a free guide on how to go from "Idea to I DID it" where I share some top performance tactics. It includes a daily schedule and checklist, too, in case you tend to go through mad organization binges like I do!
Know another amazing lady in your life that would be a great Her Story Spotlight? Drop me a line and let me know about her! Hello@herexchange.net