Don’t waste time, make money doing the right things

I hope you are having a great August and have enjoyed the summer so far. I had a really great summer. With attending one week-long traditional wedding. Yes, traditional weddings are looooong.

Here is a photograph of mine from the wedding with a friend, all dressed up.

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I want to share with you how I plan my summer ahead so that I can have a lot of free time to enjoy, play, and have fun while spending quality time with my children. I plan my summer throughout the year by putting funds aside so that I can take most of the summer off. I also delegate a lot of my work and focus only on coaching my high end platinum clients, an actual high income generating activity for me.

I also have products and other homework I am able to give to my clients during summer months so that they are busy developing the new set of skills in their business while I enjoy my summer with my kids. We are all happy about it. There is always a way to work your business around your life priorities so that you can enjoy abundance of time and money to do what is important.

Here are a few tips on creating an abundant lifestyle while doing what you love and sharing your gifts and talents through your life work. These tips will also help you ease into the busy fall season by taking control of your time and energy by focusing on the right things.

Say ‘Yes’ To What’s Coming by saying ‘No,’ first

Two things women entrepreneurs struggle with is prioritizing their time and focusing on income producing activities. To make the most of your time, it is important to channel your energy in a way that naturally allows you to say ‘yes’ to what is important in your business. If you don’t consciously become aware of your time, then outside distractions will bog down your energy. It becomes difficult to say ‘no’ to what you don’t want, and ‘yes’ to what you do want.

Take Control of Your Day

If you don’t have an assistant to respond to your emails, then don’t turn on your computer first thing in the morning. Plan a 30 minute mini retreat where you can determine your most important projects for the day. Do this outside of your office. That way you can come to your office knowing the most important tasks (that hold the most energy for you). This makes it easier to resist the pull of emails and outside demands. Your mini retreat allows you to create laser focused priorities so that you can easily say ‘no’ to what you don’t want, and ‘yes’ to what you do want. 

Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

It can be very tempting to subscribe to the free emails coming from the successful people in your industry, and then get carried away reading them. Unless you need their specific advice based on where you are in your business, unsubscribe. Check in with yourself intuitively by going inwards to see who you need to follow, and then surrender to getting the full benefit of their knowledge. Do not waste your time with ‘shiny objects’. Instead focus on the income generating activities for your particular business and the stage you are in your business. Your time will be productive and you will find ease in everything you do if you are not focused outwards.

Focus On Joy

Do the activities that bring you joy and delegate the ones you don’t like to your team. Having free time will allow you to tap into your creativity. If you are at the beginning stages of your business, and feel that you cannot afford to hire help, start small with just a few hours a month and build your way up. The most important thing is to get used to the experience of receiving help and letting go.

Remember, success is not about adding on, it is about letting go of what you don’t want so that you can say ‘yes’ to what you do want.

If you would like to apply for a 15 minute discovery session to learn how you can create abundance working 20 hours or less, visit http://www.zahraefan.com/money/

The session will be offered on first come first serve basis as I have limited spots available so please apply fast. The sessions will be scheduled for the second week of September.

085Zahra Efan – Professional Coach and Abundance Expert

Zahra Efan supports holistic female business owners’ breakthrough six figures in their businesses. After having experienced a lot of success in her business including a TV interview, writing for many well known magazines and being interviewed by well known names, Zahra went through a period of burn out and overwhelm. She decided to completely unplug from her business and took time to listen to her life and her business. As difficult as it was, she said no to many opportunities during that time. As a result, after taking two months off, she returned to work and with just one interview that her soul said “yes” to. She made 10k within two days, and since then she continues to increase her income every month. Zahra teaches holistic business owners how to say “yes” to selective opportunities so that they can breakthrough the next income level without working really hard.

Watch Zahra speak about The Power of Gratitude at www.zahraefan.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money Cannot Come To An Angry Heart

Money, Abundance, Business,

Money, Abundance, Business,

When we are in a heart centered business we need to generate income sharing our heart gifts. However if our heart is bleeding and there is hurt around money experiences, it is very difficult to make a good income doing what we love.

20 years ago, after finally divorcing my ex-husband who was physically abusive, I migrated to Canada leaving my family behind in England, with no money and my family closed all the doors on me as divorce wasn’t acceptable in our family system.

I wasn’t raised in a poor family. My family had lots of money, but they were not willing to share it with me if I didn’t follow their rules.

After my relationship with my family didn’t work, I decided I didn’t like rich people. I was certain that people with money had no values and didn’t care for each other. I was also sure money was a trap rich people used to get people to do what they wanted. After all, that was my experience with my family. Their love was very conditional. All of these thoughts and decisions were not conscious, they were hidden deep down in my subconscious.

When I found myself in a situation where I was making less money than my expenses, being in a long distance relationship, and not being clear on my career path, I hit rock bottom.

It forced me to look inwards and change my beliefs around rich people and money. Since my relationship wounds happened in relationship with other people, I had to heal my relationship with other people in relation to money.

I totally believe we don’t create money issues alone, nor can we heal them in isolation. Anger wastes a lot of energy. It keeps us in conflict and in judgement of the very thing we want. Resolving our anger in relationship with money is the key to be completely free of money issues.

To grow in business, we need to colloborate with others, and our money issues will show up if they are not healed. They can show up in asking for money from our clients, charging for our value as well as trusting to pay others for the services we receive from them. (We do need to hire people in order to have more time to work at what we are good at and expand our horizon.) Broken trust shows up everywhere until it is healed, transformed and dealt with, in business and in life.

After doing my own money work and seeing my life and business flourish beyond my imagination, or I should say aligned with my imagination :), I see my clients receive miraculous results after they do inner money work.

We need money to be totally free and have more choices in life. We really cannot express our love for humanity unless we have our own money issues resolved. I work with a lot of healers and when they first come to work with me, I see that the same wounds that caused them to become a healer also stop them from charging their worth. I understand their intention, I acknowledge they want to help. I also see the gift of sensitivity they have because of their wounds, only after they start to charge fairly for their life work, their true light returns. They see their value and the ripple effect of asking for their value and getting what they are worth creates a shift that is lasting and is truly gratifying and an abundant experience for me to witness.

Remember, we cannot give to others what we don’t have. If we want to give charity or make a difference for people around the world, writing a cheque helps. There are other means of giving too like giving of our time. However, even if we cannot physically go to Africa, we can still contribute by donating money.

I would invite you to take a look at your life where you had hurtful money experiences and how they are affecting your ability to manifest abundance today.

 

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Zahra Efan is an Abundant Business Coach, Best Selling Author, a Key Note speaker and a Trainer. Most importantly, she is a mother of two children and a wife, also a social activist at heart who wears many hats along with working with her fabulous clients.

She specializes in supporting creative female entrepreneurs to create financially successful businesses and soul satisfying abundant lifestyles. She combines her background in marketing and sales with her intuition to guide her clients toward successful businesses and fulfilling lives.

Zahra has been published in media extensively and has 30+ media interview including appearing on TV and Radio speaking about principles of abundance in business and life. One of her recent key note speech was at Vancouver’s Top Entrepreneurs event. She has also been published along side Debbie Ford in Aspire Magazine along with many other publications including best-selling book ‘Manifesting In High Heels.’

Zahra’s clients are located all over the world including Canada, Australia, and the United States. Zahra works with selected number of private clients, teaches group programs and gives workshop and key note speeches to large audiences. Her passion is to support female entrepreneurs creating a successful business with ease, joy and abundance.

To get a Free Video Series on healing your relationship with money, visit 3 Tips on Healing Your Relationship with Money

Create an Abundant Business Through the Power of Gratitude

As Holistic Business Owners, we often have our own healing journey that sets us on a path to help others. However, until we find the gifts in our own story, and feel grateful for our own challenges, it is difficult to help others overcome their challenges.

Watch this video to learn how you can use the power of gratitude to help you transform your pain and create an abundant business and life!

Do You Tell The Truth

authenticityIn the last newsletter, I shared about my need to slow down and rest. I had also shared on social media that I was resting during the month of January and planned on returning to work when my natural rhythms return. However, my authentic sharing got me into a little trouble.

I was scheduled to speak at Vancouver’s Top Entrepreneurs Event on January the 25th. Another well-known coach contacted the event organizer and told them that I was struggling and needed to slow down so if they needed to replace a speaker, she would be happy to replace me, and would also help promote the event.

When the organizer (who is also a dear friend) asked me about the situation and about my authentic sharing on social media, I respectfully told them that if the promotion was needed for the event, it was okay with me if they went with the other speaker. I explained that my sharing was just being open about my challenges along with my successes and I was excited to speak.

The organizer being a professional as they are, honoured me and explained that being a professional and the event organizer, they needed to check in with their speakers and I completely understood. The event was house full and we rocked it.

What I would like to ask you my dear ones, do you prefer an expert who only shares the successes or the one who also shares the challenges of being in business and how to manage your energy around those challenges.

Being a feminine coach for women, I am a strong advocate of being vulnerable. To me, being vulnerable also means being strong. A flower blossoms with support and dies without enough water, air and sunshine. Feminine energy is very much like that. It flourishes with support and withers without support.

A coach for women who likes to operate from her feminine energy(feminine energy is open, receiving sharing) I believe in sharing the challenges and being vulnerable about my growth, and that was my intention in sharing the truth of where I was with you in my last newsletter as well as on the social media.

Dear ones, would you post a comment on my blog and let me know if you prefer authentic sharing in business or do you get inspired from hearing the success stories only. I would love to know!

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Tap Into Your Intuition To Make More Money

As female business owners, we are blessed with the gift of intuition.  It is very important to connect with your intuition before making business decisions. However, if you are running from activity to activity, you have little time to rest and tune into your body’s wisdom.  Connecting with your intuition will not only allow you to make better business decisions, but it will also help you attract more opportunities, and in turn, allow you to make more money.

Here are few simple steps to tuning into your intuition:

Take Naps When You Need Them

Resting and sleeping sharpens your ability to tune in and listen to the messages that are being sent to you divinely.  If you are feeling really tired, sleep on it.  I mean literally, take a nap, and then visit your intention to make a decision.  After a good nap, your mind will be much sharper and clearer to make a decision.  You might even get an answer to your question via email or another venue while you are sleeping and trusting the universe to work through your decisions.

Do Easy Meditative Activities

If you are the kind of person who can meditate, great!  If you cannot, just do something that relaxes your busy mind so you are not thinking about your business at that time.  It could be a walk, strolling around a craft store, or just being in the house puttering, drinking tea, or visiting with girlfriends painting nails, trying on clothes.  Whatever brings you to your body and gives you a sense of ease is good to put you into your creative, meditative mode.  This will allow you to receive ideas and inspiration from your intuitive side.

Pay Attention To Your Energy

Always listen to which direction your energy is flowing.  Are you feeling inclined to write your newsletters, or is your energy moving towards producing videos?  Plan your marketing activities around your passionate energy so that you spread your activities in a way that produces, rather than depletes, energy for you.  Discuss with a good business coach how your natural abilities can help you market your business effortlessly.

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A Strong Woman Versus A Woman Of Strength

A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape…
But a woman of strength builds relationships to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything…
But a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear.

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the better of her…
But a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future…
A woman of strength realises life’s mistakes can also be unexpected blessings, and capitalises on them.

A strong woman wears a look of confidence on her face…
But a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…
But a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong. 
– Anonymous

Are You Running Away Or Going Towards?

Often, when we make decisions unconsciously, they either come from a place of fear or faith. It is necessary, sometimes, to step back from your responsibilities and evaluate why you are doing what you are doing.

If you are a female in business, you probably have many roles to play along with being a career woman. No matter how much time you have or how many roles you balance, you are always making decisions that will move you forward or keep you where you are. Unless you change the inner blue print of what is coming to you, you cannot balance your outer responsibilities and make decisions from a calm place from within.

During my earlier years, as a career woman, I spent more time running away from things than going towards them. Having a huge fear of not being taken cared of, I became so career focused that there wasn’t even time to question what was driving me back then. Now I can see the drive was coming from fear and not faith.

My unmet needs- consisting of the belief that if I am not strong, no one will take care of me- made me become “strong” at the expense of my soft, feminine side. If carried out with a healthy balance, taking care of yourself and being independent and self-sufficient, is wonderful. Coming from trying to fill an unmet need, however, it can make one appear strong on the surface, while pushing away an inner strength that is also necessary to attain a more complete “authentic strength”. Being authentically strong involves balancing one’s need for independence while also being “strong” enough to ask others for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself in order to be strong, authentically strong, that is.

Now I attract women in my business who take time to step back and ask themselves, “What is my definition of strength?” They see the importance of evaluating when it was that they decided they needed to be “strong”, and whether or not they still feel the need to be “strong” in that same sense anymore. They are ready to own their soft side and combine it with the strong one, recognizing the importance of both. In addition, they courageously create a community they can go to for help as they no longer hesitate to ask for assistance. These women are mastering the lesson of inter dependence along with independence. They have let their guards down and are ready to be vulnerable with their coach so that they can experience the gift of warmth and safety that comes with being vulnerable. Their lives are never the same once they receive that gift, because after receiving it and recognizing its value, they cannot help but create it everywhere they go. They remember and use this gift long after our coaching relationship is over.

I would encourage you to own all sides of yourself so that you can make wise business and life decisions. Make the ones that are faith-oriented instead of fear driven, and honor your authentic strength.

Do You Honour Your Feminine Qualities?

I am currently reading Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.  This book was recommended by my friend for the book club I belong to. As I began reading this book, plotted in India and America, I was intrigued to learn about both cultures and the significance of the choices women make in different circumstances.

The story began with a mum who was forced to give up her female child at birth because she would have been a burden to the family when she grew up. According to Indian tradition, a girl must receive a dowry, a monetary amount given by her family, in order to get married. It is expected from the husband’s family. The father of the girl was already struggling to raise his family and didn’t want to keep the daughter as she would be an additional burden.

When I read about the mum who was overcome with grief at the thought of having to give up her daughter as soon as she was born due to the patriarchal pressure of her culture, I felt compassion for my gender in other parts of the world. As I know art imitates life, this is the reality of some women in the world.

Being a business coach who encourages women to express their feminine qualities in business, I started to think about the value of women in different contexts. I thought about how that girl could have brought joy and laughter to her household.  Isn’t there value to joy and laughter? Even if she remained unmarried because the family couldn’t afford the dowry, she would grow to contribute in the household tasks. Women all over the world contribute their time raising children, taking care of the needs of their families and communities.

These are simple yet serious questions each woman needs to ask herself. We need to hounour the feminine qualities of beauty, intuition, tenderness, affection, nurturing and love in business and in life. Reading this book reminded me of the importance of what I teach women in business about claiming the value of their work so that we can collectively embrace our feminine gifts. As women we are strong, we have substance and wisdom. I encourage you to claim the value of your work so that we can collectively create vibrational energy that will ripple out and positively affect the lives of women all over the world.

How will you honour your feminine qualities in business today?

Create from Your Feminine Essence

Create from Your Feminine Essence

Feminine Essence is our ‘being,’ side. Whereas, masculine essence is our ‘doing,’ side. Both men and women have Musculine and Feminine sides.

In order to carry a task forward, we need to take action. However, if we continue to take frantic actions without first being in touch with who we are, what we value, etc. we can easily burn out. Therefore, before taking any action one needs to be in their feminine essence to make an informed and effortless decision about the action they are taking. Here are the few ways to get in touch with your feminine essence.

 

Slow Down

Trust that everything happens for a reason. Pushing harder will not necessarily make things happen faster. Take the time to align your energy. Take action that is focused and internally inspired. These are the keys to creating an effortless life.

Inner Wisdom

Listen to your inner wise self instead of the external model of creating, which is usually masculine-based and doesn’t always work for women. When we get in touch with our intuition and take action from a place of trust and knowledge, we create better and faster results.

Relax

There is no rush! Women know that feminine energy is divine. Women can relax and trust, knowing that nature creates everything effortlessly. The sun shines effortlessly every day. We, too, can learn to tune in to the natural rhythms of the divine and create an effortless life.

Surround Yourself with Beauty

One of the ways to tune up your feminine sense is to surround yourself with beautiful things. Colours, nature, everything to do with creation can help us get in touch with our feminine essence.

Take a Break

When you are feeling stressed, de-focus for a while. Get away from what you are doing and go for a walk, spend time with your children, do something for fun. This way you will bring yourself back to the natural rhythm of your being.

Take a Deep Breath

Stay with your body and in the present moment. Nothing helps a woman get in touch with her inner wisdom better than being in touch with her body.

We need our masculine side to carry out certain tasks that we must do, but for those tasks that are born out of being in touch with our feminine essence, we will accomplish them with less effort and better results because of the ideas pouring in from divine wisdom!