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Some people know what they want to be as grownups very early while others struggle to find a career path and don’t settle for anything less than a fulfilling work. The latter is the case of Mikaela Jackson personal performance coach, full-time ‘freedompreneur’, female champion and the founder of She Almighty.
In this inspiring interview she talks how this lack of fulfilment made her rethink her life and take a complete new route – not without a few challenges along the way.
Project M: What motivated you to launch the brand?
Mikaela Jackson: The short answer is not knowing what I wanted to do when I grew up! She Almighty was born as a result of my own personal journey and my struggle throughout my twenties to figure out what I wanted to do, that would give me the sense of purpose and fulfilment I yearned for and would enable me to have a positive impact for others and in the world. Coaching became the vehicle through which I discovered that, chose to build a business through and I now enable other women to do the same. It’s such a powerful, positive and enlightening process and everyone no matter what age, stage or profession can benefit from it. She Almighty is now about women self-empowering to be the best version of themselves and to create careers, businesses and lives they love with positive impact. She Almighty is that for me and it’s also a freedom and lifestyle business enabling me to live my dream!
Project M: What are the biggest challenges you have faced so far?
Mikaela Jackson: I feel incredibly lucky that I haven’t faced many to date – touch wood. But what I would say is that first year of setting up a business is an emotional rollercoaster! You are wearing so many different hats, trying to figure stuff out as you go along whilst you’re doing lots of things for the first time, not to mention how to find your clients and bring in a steady stream of income! Plus you’re fielding those feelings of self-doubt, fear of failure and so on. But I found once you get through that you build an incredible resilience and working in personal development I know that mindset is key. For me year 2 was about consolidating what I knew I could already do and year 3 is about taking on new and exciting projects which I don’t have all the answers for but I know is all part of the ride!
Project M: What advice would you share with those thinking about creating a business?
Mikaela Jackson: Do it!! The idea of a creating a business or the end result can feel huge and overwhelming and that can stop us in our tracks. But firstly, if we allow ourselves to create and fully associate with the vision and why we want to create the business (e.g. for freedom and lifestyle) then the motivation should be high. Secondly, break that vision down into key milestones – things that need to happen in order to make it a reality (e.g. website, quit your job etc.) so that you can form a clear roadmap. And then lastly, chunk it all down into a plan of actions that you can take today, next week, in a month, 3 months, 6 months’ time and so on and keep revising. I call this the dream, design, do approach! A tip for the ‘do’ part: make sure those actions are prioritised, highly intentional and impactful in light of the bigger picture, rather than just because they are easy to tick off your to-do list! Also remember to enjoy the process and the journey, there’s no end result in business so if you think that way you’ll miss out on all the fun! And always celebrate your milestones 🙂
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