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Thinking Outside the Box


Last week I promised that I would share what I found in the magazine I was browsing through during my creative mini-retreat. If you missed the article, Tapping into Your Inner Creative, you can find it on my blog.

At the beginning of my retreat, before I get into my project, I usually pick up a magazine and look at beautiful jewelry or home décor to inspire my senses with beauty. Beauty helps me tap into my creativity. Similarly, one can get inspiration from nature and the beauty that is all around us: flowers, greenery and waterfalls. Last week, during my retreat at the library I picked up the current issue of Femina magazine and I loved the message of the editorial:

Think Outside the Box

Editor Tanya Chautaya's message, Don't know about you, I am done with logic, made me stop to read the editorial before going any further. She gave several examples of people who had created projects in unconventional ways and who took chances that critics would have said wouldn't work. But work they did. These people thought outside the box and defied logic.

That's exactly what happens when clients work with me to find ways to share the message about their passionate projects. We don't look at the how everyone else has done it; we look at how they will do it and what is unique about their way.

Remember, if we want to share our passionate message with the world, we need to express ourselves in our own way. We need to defy logic and get in touch with our creative, intuitive message. We can create effortlessly, like the sun shines effortlessly every day. When we are in sync with the ultimate creator and co-create from our spirit source; we get to express our magic. Being a woman means having an abundance of intuitive energy, all we need to do is tap into it.

In continuing her discussion in Femina, Tanya Chautaya added that the key to defying logic is to learn from children. Children let logic find its way in the choices that they make. She says for example, looking at the current issue of Femina, logic would say go to the focus article mentioned on the cover; but most of us instead rush to the fashion feature on pants. When I work with clients, I have them determine what their fashion feature would be, determine their strengths, identify their childlike voice - the one that is different from the voices of others. From there we design marketing activities around their own voice.

I love how she concludes her exploration of logic by asking, What if you were never to grow up? I help my client find ways to express the fun and creative side of business so that they never have to grow up. I encourage them to own their brilliant childlike voice and create a business that allows them do what they are naturally good at and what brings them joy. Marketing becomes fun and exciting. How freeing not to follow the traditional marketing model, but to create your own model instead!

I have clients who are thinking outside the box and creating careers that allow them to express their passions. One is making a movie about forgiveness by being in touch with her passionate message. Another is the owner of a magazine that educates people about the diversity of cultures in America. She is able to do that because she got in touch with her own pain and passion and fully understands why it means so much to her to educate people. She wants to eliminate myths and stereotypes that are perpetuated about people living in America. Once we connect with the depth of our purpose and find creative ways to express and market our talents, we contribute to the planet in a much larger way.

If you would like to think outside the box and are ready to take your business to the next level, I have special news for you. I have opened up 5 spots for an Intuitive Abundance Consultation. I usually charge $297 for one hour of Intuitive Abundance Consultation, but with this special offer, it will cost only $199 if you act before May 31st, 2010.

Here are some of the things you will work on during this session:

  • Discover your own unique marketing style. One that is fun and creative
  • Choose a project you want to move forward and learn how to do it
  • Discover the next right step to make a shift in your business. This might be a partnership, clarity around adding more partners or implementing support systems
  • Connect with your tribe, your ideal client, with your authentic message

You will receive handouts before the call so that we can focus our time working on your project.

Not sure, what you can accomplish in one hour? Lucy Herring shares what she learned in her one hour session:

In a one hour consultation session with Zahra, I left feeling light and once again in touch with my dreams! I have a renewed enthusiasm for my life and can see the opportunities in my life that I didn't see before! After our session, I feel clear on what my gifts are and am convinced about the huge value I bring to my market! I am ready to share my gifts to create abundance in my life so that I can enjoy my life with ease while making a huge impact on the lives of other people. Zahra quickly made me see how what I have to offer is priceless, and why it is important that I share my piece with the world! I am looking forward to creating a great year ahead! ~ Lucy Herring

Remember, I have only 5 appointments open for this session. If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, please send an email to with Intuitive Session in the subject line. If you are approved, you will receive the handouts for the call and the available time.


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Zahra Efan – Professional Coach and Abundance Expert

Zahra passionately supports heart-centered, spiritually oriented, creative female entrepreneurs market their businesses with authenticity and integrity. She works with those who desire to share their own powerful messages with the world including coaches, artists, healers, writers, filmmakers and designers among others. Zahra combines her marketing experience with her intuition and teaches women how to get in touch with their inner feminine wisdom and source of personal abundance to create the outer result of an effortlessly abundant life. Zahra is a published author who has written extensively on the principles of abundance including her e-book The Power of Gratitude. She has appeared on TV and given many keynote speeches. She enjoys working with clients one-on-one, in groups and through tele-classes available worldwide.

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