As a Muslim woman in business, it’s already hard to find your balance and the time to seek your passions.
As a mother, all you try to do is give your best to your family.
Now combine that and where does that lead us?
In a situation, we all are not always equipped to succeed.
But we must at least try to find something for ourselves only.
A passion. A dream. Fulfilment (?)
Alhamdulillah, Sabreen Wani, lettering artist and mompreneur speaks with us about
What it means to find a passion
Why it is important for women to find time for themselves only
How to overcome the feeling of guilt and missing out
How to schedule your day for family & business
The meaning of fulfilment Turning your passion into a business
Comment below! Sabreen’s question for you:
What is the passion that you’d like to pursue further?
Leave it down in the comments, and share your diversity with us!
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Allah's timing is the best timing. - Sabreen Wani @sinamichalport #personalbranding #muslimpodcast #ShareDiversity
Holla if you’ve heard this before: “Find out your weaknesses and make them your strengths. You need to balance your skills so, in the end, you are good in everything.” Well, I believe this is NOT the way you should live your life. Especially when you think about the time you have in a day.
I’ve been struggling a lot to understand how I should prioritize my day to get the most out of it. Especially when I was doing things that didn’t come naturally to me, I often felt exhausted and defeated.
Focusing on your weaknesses kills your energy!
In our new episode, I’ll give you the 5min fix on how to my should actually spend your day.
Leave your comment below: What is YOUR strength that you should spend all day developing?
Way too often we forget that we have power. Not through money, status or other physical things. But through our voice.
Is it modest to speak up? To raise my voice? To be truthful and go against what society expects me to believe? To talk about taboos? To share my journey through the lows just as through the highs? How can I gain momentum without compromising my values? Do I want people to know that it’s ME behind this brand?
All this and more went through my head when I started to build a personal brand while trying to navigate my female Muslim identity in business.
What I’ve learned: Use your voice. SPEAK UP. Share your diversity.
There are so many different ways to create content which don’t include your presenting your beauty (as society experts) revealing your name or even showing your face!
However you might define the term “modest”, we have all at some point negotiated whether we should show ourselves on camera or on photos.
In this video, I show you the most effective content forms to create a brand without being on camera. Let me know in the comments whether you would like more videos on “Modest Branding”, inshallah.
Share your diversity with us, comment: What is the content form you want to create with?
How to overcome the fear of failure and rejection and Ramadan mindset hacks to set better goals.
Afraid of risk, to jump into a new project or commit to a goal? Today we’re covering how to get rid of insecurities with realistic, actionable habits that help us to set goals and achieve them, both in business and in private. Especially as we’re starting into a new year, Ramadan 2019 is approaching to test us on our goal setting abilities.
It’s never really “easy”, whether we are looking to grow in our career, establish business or independence as a Muslim woman.
Wearing hijab, praying at work, building your brand on social media are legitimate fears just as having a main and a side hustle, raising children or moving to another country could be other sources of pressure. But apart from bigger fears, there are also day-to-day situations which can make us feel desperate and fearful.
Amina from the Book Nomad podcast shares with us how she developed the skill to overcome the fear of failure.
We are covering actions steps on:
Changing the way you look at situations
Understanding yourself and the way you react and feel in stressful situations
Adapting habits which apply to all small and big fears we face in our lives
Learning to create a WHY when you’re dealing with pressure
As Ramadan is starting, we are also covering topics of
Goalsetting for the new year
Establish lasting habits
Mindset hacks to get the best out of this month
Inshallah, we would love to hear from you:
How do you overcome the fear of failure in your life?
Leave it in the comments and
Share Your Diversity with us!
Do you have a question you’d like me to answer? Leave it in our Q&A form here, I’ll be happy to answer you in the next podcast or video!
“Sina, how do I set goals and achieve them? Especially for a yearly plan, how can I organise my ambitions?”
Setting goals? Wondering how to organise the new year?In today’s Shared Diversity episode I’m sharing a simple 3 step process that helps me set goals for the new year (or any new phase of your life!), plus a great tool that we use in our team to make sure that we meet our visions and keep creating!
Leave your comment below:
1) Which signs have you seen on yourself? 2) Which signs do you still need to develop?
How can you organise your goals effectively so you can avoid failing with your to-do lists and truly achieving success? Grab the guide on consuming vs creating. What content should you consume and how can you create more, continuously? Download the pdf here: https://sharediversity.com/create-vs-…
3. Step: Leadership
You have to lead yourself to success.. But more importantly, you have to lead others. Find out your strengths and capabilities by writing down what you are happy to do and what people praise you to do regularly. This way, you will gather the right people around you who will contribute to your growth.
“Am I made for this?” Have you ever thought about starting a business but you didn’t really know whether you are ‘made to’ succeed in being a Business Woman? Great leaders, mentors and CEOs are all very good at having a certain intuition which talent to invest in. Somehow they know who’s going to be successful.
There’s just this “something” about them. In today’s Shared Diversity episode I’m sharing the Top 5 signs of successful businesswomen.
Leave your comment below:
1) Which signs have you seen on yourself? 2) Which signs do you still need to develop?
Successful businesswomen have an obsession to succeed. There are no doubts, and if they come up, they will be silenced forcefully! There are no excuses for you that you will not make it. Instead, you find all the reasons why you WILL SUCCEED.
2. Sign: You are a learning machine
Instead of thinking you “know it all”, you always find reasons to dig deeper, to learn a new skill, to gather more experts and mentors around you. A successful Muslim woman knows the first word that came down to us is ( اقرأ – Iqra ) = “read”. So you read and gain knowledge every way you choose to go.
3. Sign: You have extreme ownership
You have to read this book if you want to become a leader and therefore successful as a businesswoman. The link to the book: https://amzn.to/2VIDqhr
This book provides fundamental leadership lessons such as
Control your own Ego
Admit and own mistakes and develop a plan to overcome them, and blame no one else.
There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.
Build trust with your members.
As Leader, you must explain not just what to do, but WHY.
Find out If You don’t know.
Simplify the plan.
Lead down AND up the chain of command.
4. Sign: Doer till the end
You don’t only plan but you DO. You execute your plans. And you execute them until they are finished. If you develop this strength, you can be sure to be successful in everything you set yourself up to achieve.
5. Sign: You hate to lose
You have to lead yourself to success. But more importantly, you have to lead others. Find out your strengths and capabilities by writing down what you are happy to do and what people praise you to do regularly. This way, you will gather the right people around you who will contribute to your growth. Inshallah, if you’re interested in more videos about how to set yourself up for success in business, how to focus & achieve more of what REALLY MATTERS, …
Have you struggled to really work on the project you love the most? To feel super productive in accomplishing the next level of your side-hustle that you aim to turn into your main hustle?
This episode will make you understand how to find time while working full-time, having a family and a job to work and advance in your passion project.
This is not a generic productivity episode, but something that will transform the way you look at every single day.
Leave your comment:
1) What are your limiting beliefs? 2) How can you bridge the gap between those false believes and reality to overcome them right now?
How to find time for your passion project
Do you have a passion that you’re working on while rushing your day job? No time for your side hustle? You’d like to turn that into a real thing? But time is limited, you come home tired and can barely think straight but you really wanna make it happen?
So you’re looking to find time for your passion project in all the mess of responsibilities and duties, schedules and errands, a family that wants you to do things, and so on. Well, I have news for you.
You don’t find the time, You MAKE time.
Concentrating your focus on finding the time, will make you aware of all the things you have to do, errands and responsibilities. All the roles that you’re already playing throughout the day as a daughter, friend, employee, mother, wife or else.
Concentrating your focus on making time, however, will make you aware of the breaks you have, the time you have for yourself only, these quality hours that you’re failing to use because you are – scrolling through social media, watching tv, sleeping, commuting etc.
Find the hidden time slots
You can make time by finding the hidden time slots throughout your day.
The hours in the morning you lay sleeping cause you watched Netflix last night, or the bed-scrolling through Twitter sessions before you get out of bed, or the time you spent listening to music or watching people while commuting.
Lesson number one: Don’t use your phone for at least an hour after you get up (in general no internet)
There are so many benefits to waking up early. My favourite is: nobody annoys you. Nobody is up that early as you are, so you can be sure that no one wants anything from you, expect any physical or mental action from you. Nobody is there to disturb you. That’s real quality time. Yes, they might get up for fair too but how many really stay up and try to make you do things? Barely anyone. Because we all want peace in the morning.
What is great in the morning is, that your brain is fresh. Yes, you might look like mash potatoes when you get up but believe me, your thoughts are alert because no noise or conversation have polluted it.
You come with fresh ideas you have fresh visions and your energy is at its peak.
That’s why the no internet rule at least one hour after you get up because you don’t want to consume anyone’s business before you haven’t figured out your own!
You showing discipline in the morning and staying up despite the world still sleeping, that is going to boost your performance the entire day.
It will protect you from procrastinating because you already had that success feeling in the morning for fighting your desire to stay comfortably in your pillows and getting up to achieve things!
Now you might say there is really no way I can sleep less, I’m already exhausted enough!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m the last person to ever tell you to compromise on sleep. But what are you doing in the evenings that prevents you from getting up early?
Take an example of the Sunnah, we pray Isha we sleep and we get up and stay up for Fajr. That’s pretty straightforward and I tell you it works! You can get up to 9-10 hours sleep if you want!
But even if you don’t go all out in that, be aware of how much sleep you need (average 7 or 8 hours) and then calculate Fajr – (7 or 8) hours = what time do I need to sleep, then sleep!
Extra tip for those who say they can’t sleep that early: Stop using your phone at least an hour before you want to sleep. That screen light is not helping you to relax, what helps, however, is a warm tea, a book, playing the Quran or writing. These things relax your body and prepare you to sleep.
Use wasted time
What’s wasted time? No, I don’t mean you working on your passion project while you’re doing your day job.
That time when you
commute to work
when you have a lunch break
when you run errands and
all this other stuff that you usually use to check social media, listen to music or just get annoyed by people around you.
Use this time to visualise or consume relevant content.
When you commute, make sure you have your audiobooks ready that advance your knowledge on the subjects or you at least write down some ideas on your phone of “What’s the next steps I need to take to grow this project?” “Wow, do I schedule the next event?” “Who can I collaborate with on this project?” “What are my goals for the coming week?”.
When you have lunch, listen to that important podcast on that matter, brainstorm on the next campaign, text people that you wrote down are relevant for your project.
When you come home and clean, make dinner, run errands etc., make sure you visualise that thing you want to have and how you can attain it, catch up on more podcasts or audiobooks that help you to get more insights into the matter.
There is wasted time during your day that you can use to your advantage. #success #ShareDiversity
وَالْعَصْ By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ Verily Man is in loss,
إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
The Creator of all worlds tells us that time is a great measure of one`s success or failure.
Work, don’t just visualise
There are multiple ways to work on your passion projects. It’s not only watching the “competition” and feeling discouraged by how far they already came and then procrastinating on your thoughts about how you’re failing to accomplish your goals.
It’s about being honest to yourself and writing down the actions steps you need to take to advance in your field.
Maybe you need to learn a new skill? You need to read up on a matter more. Maybe you need to just jump in and create! You wanna create a safe space for women to come together and learn a certain skill? Plan the event, find a venue, publish it on Eventbrite, tell everyone about it, partner with people who have experience, and DO IT.
There are many ways to accomplish growth for your passion project, whether you are writing articles, work on your copywrite or marketing, you create art or you do poetry. Whatever it may be, it will only grow when you engage with the idea. You don’t have to know 100% of your plan yet, but you work on it step by step. And these steps can perfectly be made while your hustling on your day job/jobs, you’re studying or having any other kind of obligations.
Understand for yourself – perfection is a myth, what counts is progress.
Perfection is a myth, what counts is progress. #progress #ShareDiversity