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!

Money Energy Leaks

Last week, I taught a workshop on healing one’s relationship with money at a group called the 10 Hour Work Week. This group is based on Tim Ferriss’ book The 4 Hour Work Week. What an amazing group of people that attended. Below is some information from a handout we worked through during the workshop.

To create abundance of income in your heart-centered business, you must pay attention to your ‘money energy leaks’. Look at the following descriptions below to find out what your ‘money energy leak’ is. What is the underlying belief that drives the leak, and what do you need to do to heal that leak so that you too can make the income you deserve?

Which one of the following may be true for you?

1) Time Energy Boundaries: Giving too much time You give away your precious time and energy because you are afraid of saying ‘no.’

Belief accompanied is: I am not providing enough value so I should give more time. The issue: Lack of Value. You are not in touch with the benefits of your work.

Solution: Create packages; sell benefits instead of charging dollar per hour.

Write down how you would like to spend your time. What are the things you absolutely love to do in your business? Who are the clients you love to work with? Give away anything you don’t love to do, and let go of clients you don’t enjoy working with to make room for the new.

2) Money Energy Boundaries: Charging too little

Belief accompanied by it: That there is not enough to go around. People don’t have enough so you try to rescue the world before filling up your own tank. Issue: Coming from lack instead of abundance. Not seeing others as resourceful, capable to pay you.

Solution: Make a decision on what kind of lifestyle you would you like to enjoy. How much money do you need to create the lifestyle that honors who you are? Don’t compromise your time. Charge what your time is worth to create the life you want.

Get in touch with your needs; how much you need to make in what amount of time.

3) Self-Love Energy Boundaries: Negative self-chatter is another way you zap yourself out of your precious time and energy. If someone doesn’t buy your product or services, you take rejection personally and beat yourself up over it, in your head, and your heart. This stops you from moving forward.

Belief accompanied by it: Lack of self-love, lack of self-worth.

Solution: Make a list of all the results you have gotten and accomplishments you had made from working with your previous clients or at your current career. Carry that list with you, and whenever you need to get in touch with your value, refer back to that list.

Pay attention to how you talk to yourself.  Reward yourself, not only for results, but for effort made.

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Resources:

If you haven’t already, get the *FREE* copy of the ‘Abundance in Business,’ e-book by visiting here.

Money Allows Women To Be In Their Personal Power

Historically, we have seen people in authority as well as religious institutions use money to exercise power in negative ways. As a result, some of us unconsciously fear that having money will somehow make us the ‘bad guy’, or we judge rich people, assuming they are ‘bad’.

It would be difficult to attract money if we associate negative images and experiences to it. It is crucial, therefore, that we have a positive definition of money and are able to see how it can serve us better. Money enables us to be in our personal power and act from a place of personal authority.

Money allows us to express ourselves authentically. We are not dependant on anyone else when we have money, and the need to please others due to fear of losing their support isn’t there. We can live in inter-dependant relationships trusting that we can exercise our personal power with authenticity, grace, and integrity without fear of displeasing others.

Here are three ways money can allow women to be in their personal power:

1. When a woman is in survival mode and dependent on other people for her living, it is very difficult to listen to the voice of her soul. It is even harder to draw boundaries in relationships that may not be honoring her for who she is. Being financially independent offers the woman the choice of saying ‘no’ to what isn’t serving her.

2. If you see yourself as an agent of change, someone able to make great changes, you can influence many decisions in areas of authority such as politics and other public and social arenas involving money. If you are a good person with great causes, it is important, therefore, that you see the value of money and how it can allow you to act on your internal beliefs and convictions to exercise change in causes you care about.

3. Money allows you to take better care of yourself, and you are able listen to your personal voice as you are rested, relaxed and not worried about providing for yourself.

When we are in touch with our personal values, we don’t need to fear that we will use money in a negative way. Consequently, we need to stop worrying that money will somehow turn us into a ‘bad guy’.

I am asking you to trust yourself to use money your way. You are going to serve even more people and causes when you have more money. It will allow you to be more generous when you have more.

Detach the idea of money from your thoughts of people who have misused it, and instead, visualize it wanting to come to you, to comfort you, to support you and allow you to become the powerful woman you are meant to be- powerful in your feminine, graceful and brilliant way!

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Resources: If you haven’t already, get the *FREE* copy of the ‘Abundance in Business,’ e-book by visiting here.

Not Making the Income You Would Like to Make is Keeping You From Shining

Most heart-centered entrepreneurs start their business because it is close to their heart and so they love it. At the beginning, they are not hugely concerned about making profit as they are focused on expressing their passion. It is a great place to start; however, if you continue to ignore ‘money,’ you are not sending a clear message to the Universe that you have a right to receive abundance for your heart work.

Here are 3 tips on implementing changes to your mindset around making money. They will help you in your business so that you can create all the income you need, to enjoy the lifestyle your business should be providing for you.

Remember, Abundance Is Your Birthright

God created this planet abundantly. The moon, the stars, the galaxy- everything is evidence of abundance. Why would He want us to experience anything different when it comes to enjoying a great lifestyle? Be it exotic vacations with your kids, enjoying delicious, authentic cuisines, or dressing up in the clothes you like to wear, all is part of expressing your God-given abundance, beauty and feminity. Your business is a vehicle for you to create this abundance by serving others with your gifts. Money is evidence of how well, and how much, you are serving others.  It is also a token of appreciation for that service.

You Are Not Taking Away from Anyone

A lot of us raised on comparison thinking still feel that if we start to take a bigger share from the world, somehow, we are taking away from somebody else. This is thinking from the point of view of ‘lack.’ The Universe has enough for all of us. The limit is in our thinking. There are stories after stories of businesses that have tripled their income in this economy as they chose not to listen to the economical news, but created abundance from the source.

Your Playing Small Doesn’t Serve Anyone

If you don’t take your share from the world, you are not adding to the abundance of the world. By stepping up, you are setting up an example for everyone to witness what is possible. You are giving others a chance to be inspired and tap into their own abundance and miracles by watching yours.

Marianne Williamson expresses this idea beautifully in her quote:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Stepping Big In Your Own Life Is the Best Way to Help Others

I feel such gratitude as I look at my life and how it has changed over the years. Recognizing all that I have, I often want to help other women who don’t have as many resources.

One day, when I was sitting at my computer thinking about how I could possibly make a bigger impact, I came across a story of a woman who was given a micro loan from a woman in the west. The woman being helped didn’t have a formal education, but she bought a cow, and started selling milk in the village to earn a living. With her perseverance and commitment to succeed, she was not only able to pay back the loan she was given, but she also saved money to buy another cow. And pretty soon, she had a herd.

I was touched reading the story. And happy to know that given a small opportunity and belief, women can change their own destinies. I realized that we can help these women by shining our own light. By claiming our share from the world! By expressing our talents and sharing our unique gifts. The only way to help another woman is to step up and live your dreams.

When we live our dreams, we not only give ourselves a chance to grow and succeed, but we also become leaders, role models and an example for others to step up. In living our dreams, we give others permission to live out theirs. I felt at peace knowing all I need to do is believe in these women’s abilities to be resourceful, and I need to support them by being a role model in manifesting my own dreams.

What confirmed my belief even further was when I learnt about the Hundredth Monkey Effect, a testament to the energetic impact we have on each other. As part of the research of this phenomenon, it was found that when a certain number of monkeys (supposedly a hundred) in Japan were performing a new act, this learned behavior instantly spread across to monkeys in other areas.

The monkeys picked up on a vibration that was so far away in distance from them, but was powerful enough that they were still able to imitate the behavior from the first group of monkeys. The two groups were not in physical contact with each other and could not see each other, yet they had an impact on one another.

What this means in terms of the ‘law of attraction’ is that by changing our vibration, we energetically affect others on the planet. We can collectively make a huge difference by living our brilliance and shining our light. And this, in turn, has an influence on others.

A woman feeling fearful of starting a business in a third world country can overcome her fear by tapping into the universal energies of strength and courage. We can help her tap into the energy of strength and courage by overcoming our own fears and vibrating at the higher frequency of love and faith rather than fear.

I would encourage you to pick up a dream you are afraid to believe in and think again. If you can go after it, work to realize it, you are impacting not only the course of your life but also those of others as well.

If, like myself, you also believe in the power of the one Universe, then you know that by overcoming your obstacles, claiming your value and charging what you are worth you support woman all over the world. All you need to do is increase your vibration, live your dreams and women all over the world will pick up on it.

  • Are you ready to claim your big self?
  • Are you ready to step into your dreams?

Remember God wouldn’t give you a desire without having a means to achieve it.


Resources: 

If you haven’t already, get the *FREE* copy of the ‘Abundance in Business,’ e-book by visiting here.

Why Create A Free Product?

I remember a conversation I had with another business coach who shared with me that people don’t buy products, people buy people. This is so true. What she meant was that we buy from people whom we like, know and trust.

How does one build trust? How does one connect with wider audiences in the world of the internet and take advantage of reaching people globally to sell their services and products?

In one of my previous newsletters, I shared some basics tips about getting started on-line to sell your services. To read it, click here.

In today’s newsletter, I am going to take this one step further, and teach you how to build relationships with these viewers and how to ask your web visitors to subscribe to your newsletters.

The key is to give your viewers a taste of your services by creating a free product by which you would share your expertise. Just asking people to subscribe to your newsletter is not enough anymore. You need to give them some incentive to subscribe to your updates.

Do not hesitate to provide the best value in your free product. Remember, if you provide great value, and people experience your brilliant work via a free product, you are building a lasting relationship with them. They will then want to continue to receive further updates from you. Eventually, they will become your clients, and you can continue to serve them by providing great value at different price points, starting with the free product on your website.

What to consider when creating your free product:  

  • Which problems are you trying to solve with your free product?
  • What change could the free product bring about in the potential client if she reads, listens to, or works through the exercises provided in it?
  • Think of short term benefits the person could immediately receive if they applied the ideas in your free product.
  • You can include stories and examples from your current clients’ experiences (Remember to always ask your clients’ permission first, especially if you are using their real names).
  • You can also add testimonials or bio information on the last page.
  • Include an action step that the potential client can take to benefit from what you have shared in your free product.

Lastly, make sure to use an enticing title for your free product; a result-oriented title, preferably with a deadline. For example:

  • How to fill your workshop in the next 30 days.
  • How to get your first 3 clients even if you are new to the business.
  • How to make more money and work less.

Ideas for a free product:

Your free product does not have to be a lengthy book, especially if you are not a writer. It could be:

  • An audio recording
  • A video recording
  • An inspiring interview
  • A report
  • A check list
  • An exercise booklet with questions and fill-in-the-blank answers

Ideas are endless; so are possibilities. Start with where you are now, and let the world respond to you so that you can shine your brilliance one step at a time.


Resources:

If you haven’t already, get the *FREE* copy of the beautiful ‘Abundance in Business,’ e-book by visiting here.

 



Let the Client’s Love Inspire You

When you are in business doing what you love, it is natural to fall in love with your clients and their projects. When they put their projects out into the world and make a difference, you cannot help but feel proud of them. Their projects remind you of your contribution, the difference you are making and the important work you are doing in the world.

By the time they hire you they are ready for change. You don’t get attached to their success or rescue them into achieving. You believe in their ability and personal power to make a change in their lives. You hold the vision, believe in them, support them with your insights while they create their own ‘ah… ha!’ moments. You work in synchronicity and miracles unfold.

When they are excited about their work, about your relationship with them, they become a very important part of your life and that’s when falling in love with a client happens.

I would encourage you to let the love of your work and your clients inspire you to take action. You don’t know whose life you may touch, and how many others lives your clients will touch after having experienced your work, your magic.

Keep the flow of giving and receiving going in the world of exchanging goods and services. Money is an energy that defines the value and commitment of the contract we get into when we serve our clients. Keep abundance in mind when making a difference and you will find an abundance of ways to help others, through your newsletters or products and packages.

Ask yourself: Who do you need to serve? What is holding you back? Do you need to partner with someone to support you? I would encourage you to express your God given glory so that you too can make a difference in someone’s life. Receive love for yourself in return for your work and give it back too!


Resources:

If you haven’t already, get the *FREE* copy of the beautiful ‘Abundance in Business,’ e-book by visiting here.


Becoming a Wealthy Woman

I’ve been involved in an amazing project to help women become wealthy and heal their relationship with money. It’s a free, downloadable ebook chock- full of articles written by some of today’s top thought leaders from all over the world, including yours truly!

Some of the contributors to the book are:
Lisa Sasevich
Kendell Summerhawk
David Neagle
Morgana Rae
Fabienne Fredrickson
Crystal Andrus
Zahra Efan :)

and others.

It’s all been compiled and put together by my friend, Heather Wilson, who also happens to be a wealth-esteem coach. She helps women develop a fun and rewarding relationship with their money, leading to crazy wealth and ultimate happiness.

Click here to get your copy of Becoming a Wealthy Woman.  You may need some kleenex while reading, but I promise, you won’t be sorry!