MiniGuide to Lost in Busy – My Gift To You

I am in the process of having my website redesigned, but don’t want to wait to release this gift to everyone.  A Full Course will be starting in February 2015 God willing! 🙂

Are you Lost in Busy?  Break Free today!

Are you Lost in Busy? Break Free today!

Lost in Busy is running rampant everywhere I turn, are you Lost in Busy?

Do you find yourself busy in every moment of every day?

Are you losing hours, days, weeks, and months?

When you look back at what you have accomplished during these busy periods are you filled with utter deflation of self seeing how little actual progress was made, or how you have failed to achieve in any measurable way that which brings you closer to achieving your goals?

Are you stuck in these unproductive busy cycles of insanity?

The more you do the more you have to do?

Is your target for achievement constantly moving, and half the time you have no idea who is moving it on you?

Leaving you feeling ragged, tired, disappointed, discouraged and like you have failed?

You start thinking that you cannot do it all; you cannot work, grow a business, raise a family, and give your marriage the time it needs, because how could you possibly do any more when you are already so busy?

I am here to tell you that this is simply untrue, you are just Lost in Busy and it is not a permanent incurable state. Lost in Busy results from thinking and acting based on following a society valuing unproductive busy and cycles that keep you stuck in this Lost in Busy state indefinitely. It discourages you from daring to dream, from setting goals, from getting the support you need to succeed beyond being Lost in Busy. If you stay on this path, you are guaranteed to never gain control over your time or your achievements. Is this what you want?

If you want something better and to free yourself, complete the contact form above, or send me an email at julianne@womenoffaithwhothrive.com asking me to send you my MiniGuide to Lost in Busy right now!  Break free from Lost in Busy and find yourself and your time.

It will help you take control of your life. Look at your time and feel good about how it was spent and what you have achieved knowing it was all done consciously, with choice and not based upon societal demands keeping you chasing your tail believing there is no better way.

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Are Your Beliefs Reflected In Your Business Practices?

Does the way you run your business reflect you are a Muslimah? Do you take every opportunity in your business to follow the guidance of the Qur’an and Hadiths to raise your imaan and bring you closer to Allah? We can always benefit from doing this and each have room to improve on these things. And, with Ramadan upon us, and the tremendous added benefits of the month available, this is a great time to take stock of our business practices, see how they are aligning with our beliefs and how they are not, make a plan for change and begin implementing it.

The Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]

These four simple steps will set you on your path with practical advice to help align your business practices with your beliefs while also getting the most out of this Ramadan.

Step One: Evaluation – As this can be overwhelming, start simply. Think about how you do your business, how you handle yourself, and how you treat others.

• Start by jotting down the obligatory aspects of Islam, as well as the optional if you feel ready for this too. Have a really good look at the list and think about how your business is being operated. Are you incorporating these practices into your business? Highlight where you are not, or where you would like to do more. For example, are you scheduling your work around Salat, or Salat around your work? Are you setting aside Zakat?

• Look at your business procedures and policies. Do they align with Islam? Are you bringing Islam into every aspect of your business from how you handle an unsatisfied customer to how you set your prices or whether or not you are treating your employees fairly?

• Don’t forget to consider your work environment, as what we surround ourselves with is important and impacts us as well as those we interact with. Do you have the Qur’an near by? Is your space reflective of your beliefs? What impression does someone who enters your workspace get about who you are and what your beliefs are?

Step Two: Identification – Identify what you would like to work on changing. Set out specific goals, long and short term, to make your practices align better with Islam and bring yourself closer to Allah.

• Create a table, by either folding a paper into three columns, or creating it on the computer. The three columns should be labeled “Needs Improvement”, “How to Improve”, and “Timeframe”.

• Next write down the things you see that need improvement, or that you perhaps need to re-work or look deeper at, under the “Needs Improvement” Column.

• For each item you have listed, write a few suggestions on how you can improve this in your business under the “How to Improve” column. If you are unsure, this is okay, but reach out for help to find out how to do this. Whether it’s enlisting the help of a Coach and Business Consultant or asking other Sisters who seem to be able to incorporate these things into their businesses.

• The last column “Timeframe” is where you can decide if what you listed is a long term or short term goal, or perhaps not a goal yet but just something to look into in the future.

Step Three: Make a Plan – Make the intent to implement these changes, and develop a plan to do this, ask Allah to help you.

• Take each item one at a time, and create a plan for implementing the ideas you have listed in your “How to Improve” column into your business.

• Be as specific or general as you prefer. If you tend to let things fall to the way side try to be more specific, and set many small goals to keep yourself on track.

• Set as many short term goals as needed, or ways to check on your progress and see if you are upholding the plans you have made.

• Make appointments on your calendar to follow up with yourself.

• Some items will likely be quite easy to do and will not take much time. However, it is important for your long term success that you keep track of these plans too, as well as what you have seen that needs improvement and your plan to change it.

Step Four: Take Action – A plan must be followed by action.

• Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing to implement too many plans at once, yes you always want to do the best you can each and every day as we don’t know how many days we have left. However, you also want to be able to achieve.

• Each and every day complete at least one task that will bring you closer to your goal.

• Track your progress. Each night look at what you accomplished that day and what you would like to accomplish the next day too.

Step Five: Alhamdulillah – Express thanks and praise to Allah for everything, each and every moment of every day keeping Allah in your business practices and the guide for your choices.

• Say Alhamdulillah as often as possible.

• Place random signs in your work space, your car, your home saying “Alhamdulillah” to remind yourself constantly how very blessed you are.

• Realize and appreciate the things you achieve, and show gratitude. Don’t forget even in what may be perceived as failure, there is always a blessing from Allah too, and Alhamdulillah is always the best response to whatever comes our way!

Don’t let this Ramadan pass you by without taking the opportunity that Ramadan provides to put yourself on a straighter path that will bring you closer to Allah by establishing habits to incorporate aspects of Islam into your business and your life each and every day for the rest of your life in sha Allah.

May Allah bring you the very best and help you make this Ramadan the best yet, and bring you closer to Allah and keep you on the straight path. Ameen.

For more information on aligning your business practices with your beliefs, please join Julianne’s facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenoffaithwhothrive/, visit her website http://www.womenoffaithwhothrive.com, or send her an email at julianne@womenoffaithwhothrive.com!

Why I choose Islam.

I get asked pretty regularly why I reverted to Islam, and while commenting in the group on a Ted Talk on leadership and beliefs it really hit me that I needed to share this. As I was listing all the things I believe in, I remembered something vital to helping anyone who wants to understand how deeply our beliefs affect us, when we live in alignment with our beliefs we are at peace.  Why did I revert to Islam? Here it is, I already believed what I believe now being a Muslim, learning this and choosing to live this brought me tremendous peace.  It is that simple, reverting did not require me to change my beliefs one bit, it suited them.

Before Islam I never felt any religion believed, and acted in ways, that aligned with my beliefs. I struggled with hearing how we should do x or y from “religious” people who lived so far from that x and y.  Worse was I had questions, lots of questions about things I had read in the Bible, that should be directions for living and why we were not living them, the excuse as to why this was and why we were not  in fact being taught to live like it said we should was  the “well times have changed and we have to adjust to the times.” I am sorry, times have changed?  Really, do you not think God in all his knowledge and capabilities could not have accounted for how things would change?  I mean that made no sense and is rather insulting to our creator in my opinion, even with the limited knowledge I have.  How could he not provide us with something to stand the test of time, I could not wrap my head around this nor fully accept this.

After a very difficult time I was feeling somewhat lost within myself and decided to revisit my beliefs.  To see what I believe in, in all genuineness, and to remove the beliefs I had because I felt I ought to have them, not because they were truly what I believe in.  I created a living list of the things I believed, it was rather lengthy and grew over months.  I will spare you the full break down, but it ranged from things like I believe in Angels, to I believe there is one God, it included things like I believe that we should be kind even when unkindness is visited upon us, that I believe God is merciful and forgiving, I believe that I can “speak” to God directly for guidance, help, and even forgiveness, I believe there is more to life than what I now call Dunya (this worldly life), and I believe God loves us all.  I had this list of beliefs I held dear and knew in my heart and soul to be true.  I wanted to surround myself with people who believed this too, I felt an urgent need to be part of a community of people I could share these beliefs with.

I looked at a few different religions, spoke to believers, watched the leaders, attended services, read religious books, and every time I thought “hmm well there are a few of my dear beliefs here, this is promising” I was then met with the reality that it was just a few and way too many that I could not agree with.  There were moments I negotiated with myself and tried to convince myself well maybe you don’t believe that really, and you could accept this, right?  I was desperate for that community, the feeling of belonging and safety I was sure could only come from this religious community.  I ignored the obvious for a while, that the belonging and safety I craved, despite what anyone said, could be had and would always be found from God the Almighty alone.  All things are from the Almighty, everything. Alhamdulillah

To be honest, at this part I got tired and frustrated and decided that I could have my beliefs on my own and not need anyone to share them with.  I accepted God was all I needed, well mostly I did, although part of me felt somewhat reluctant to not have anyone who agreed wholeheartedly.  So, I got on with life, I busied myself with work, and further definition of my beliefs.  I tried to make sure all my beliefs were aligned with my daily actions, and correct them for myself when they were not.  I spoke to God often, I asked questions, I pleaded for guidance and direction.  I asked him to give me a home for my beliefs and felt selfish doing so because deep in my heart I knew all I really needed was him.  I just really wanted a community of people I could share my love for him with.

After some very interesting sharing of beliefs with someone, it was suggested I read about Islam, no mention of anything more.  So I did.  I read, and I read, and I read.  I could not stop reading.  I think I read through the whole Qur’an in a matter of days the first time.  I read about the Pillars, and beliefs and what it means to be a Sunni Muslim.  I just kept reading and thinking, “I believe in that”, “oh, I believe in that”, “yes, absolutely!”, “that is correct”, over and over.  Of course I took out my list of beliefs, and each time I read something supporting one of them I checked it off. By the time I was done my whole list was checked off.  It was then I realized I was Muslim.  I have been Muslim all along Alhamdulillah, but how do you explain this to people who have known you as Catholic?  Well you revert of course!!

I knew I wanted to revert right away, but was cautioned to be sure as it was a big decision, although to me it didn’t feel big in a negative way, it was big in the “Finally!!!!” sort of way.  But I decided ok, let me let others be sure too, so I spoke to people who were knowledgeable, I was quizzed, I was questioned and no apparent flaws or detachment from reality could be found in my reasoning.  Not that I needed this, but I wanted to be sure that my reasons were genuine, as the mind can play tricks and I had made some bad decisions in the past.  November 11, 2012 came, and from the moment I woke up I knew this was the day I would take my Shahada. (A declaration of faith. “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and Mohammad, may peace be upon him, is the messenger of Allah.”)  The moment the words left my mouth, I felt a beautiful wave of peace come over me like I have never experienced before.  It filled every inch of my being with love and happiness, it still does.  I felt light as a feather, I felt the embrace of a home I had been missing all along.  I felt my need to believe what I was told I should disappear, fully accepting my beliefs are acceptable the way they are. God loves me, I felt forgiven and accepted in my wholeness. Alhamdulillah.

So, you see, my beliefs have never changed, I may have learned better ways to put them into daily practice through the Qur’an, and Hadiths, but my core beliefs are well and truly as they have always been.  I learned how certain behaviors I used to do, were not truly representative of what I believed, but more what I was told was acceptable for an expression of my beliefs, you know times changing and all.  I learned and am still learning to better align my beliefs with my actions, and changing these actions was difficult at times, and can still be, only in how the world perceived these actions not recognizing them as a better outward representation of my inner beliefs but that they thought it meant what I believed changed.   Things became so obvious to me, it was as if I could finally see.  The things I could not understand growing up, and questioned receiving answers akin to “well the times change” will never be acceptable to me again, in sha Allah.  I felt shame for my ignorance and believing that any of it was acceptable before, when now it was so clear it was not, and it never was, yet simultaneously experienced such a love and forgiveness unrivaled.  Alhamdulillah, Allah is merciful.

The biggest difference in my life is that I now have a thorough guide book for living, a book that is clear, that it is meant to guide me through all of life, that nothing will fall outside it’s purview. What a magnificent gift.  SubhanAllah.  May Allah bless each and everyone of you reading this, and give you the peace he has given me. Ameen.  May Allah be pleased with me, and if I made any mistakes or misrepresentations, forgive me as that is not my intent.

I end by asking you to never judge Islam by the actions of individual Muslims, because we are not perfect, but Islam is.  Being Muslim does not guarantee I will always do the right thing, or follow the guide I have been given to live a good life by Allah, but it does mean I will try and I will ask forgiveness when I make a mistake knowing that Allah is merciful.  It also means I love you all for the sake of Allah, and wish you the best always.  May peace be upon you.

What is Women of Faith Who Thrive?

Women of Faith Who Thrive is designed for women who thrive, or want to thrive, in their lives, their faith, with their families and who are constantly thriving to be their best and do better while remaining grateful in every moment to the Almighty. Julianne, a Functional Organization Small Business Coach & Consultant, is here to give you the tools to get the most of your life and for you to give the most too. From overcoming personal obstacles, family difficulties, integrating your faith into your business, and increasing your overall faith, nothing is too small or too big when you work together.

Please check out Julianne’s website too http://www.womenoffaithwhothrive.com