About Raana Zia:
Raana Zia is a corporate finance executive turned spiritual, self-help author. She has spent her career holding executive level leadership roles in large Fortune 500 retail companies including the position of Chief Financial Officer. Her passion for personal and leadership development and an intense desire to discover her own purpose and potential led her down an unexpected path of self-realization and spirituality. Her realizations and personal experiences compelled her to write the book Your Hidden Light: A Personal Guide to Creating Your Desired Life in order to share with others what she believes is the most direct and efficient path to achieving your desires and living a life of happiness, continued growth, and fulfilment.
What inspires you to write?
I had been in corporate finance for 20+ years successfully climbing the corporate ladder. In 2012, while I achieved my goal of becoming a CFO of a billion-dollar company, I felt a strong internal pull in my heart telling me I needed to be doing something else in my life. I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing, but I was determined to find out. I began searching for my purpose, a way to evolve my career, and greatly enhance my own life. I spent the next five years reading self-help books, going to seminars, talking to personal coaches, etc., gaining inspiration and building a belief I could do something different. The more I searched, the more curious I became on how the world worked and how I was able to manifest the good things in my life (career, family, home, vacations, etc). I was discovering pieces of wisdom that were life changing and profound from many different sources, but there wasn’t one book that brought it all together in a way that was direct and easy to understand. I was compelled to write this book in order to retain and share was I believe to be the most efficient and effective way to create what you truly desire in your heart.
Tell us about your writing process.
The writing process was incredible. I loved writing the book because I felt a powerful energy with me throughout the process. I felt supported and aligned with what I was supposed to be doing for the first time in my life. Writing the book helped me through a major transition in my life and career because I was constantly reminded by the words I was writing to stay disciplined and focused on what I really wanted in my heart, and to not let fear (fear of failure, fear of ridicule, fear of poverty) or doubt stop me.
What advice would you give other writers?
The first tip is that you need to build a belief in yourself and your work. This is foundational, and it can be very challenging as our ego will always try to sabotage us with fear and doubt. Develop a daily practice like meditation to keep you centered, focused, and connected to your higher self (the creative source of your inspired writing).
I highly recommend the 4-step process of conscious creation from my book, Your Hidden Light. This is what I used to write and publish my book within one year.
1. Get clear on your desire. Form a mental picture or write it down. Feel it in your heart and believe you can achieve it.
2. Feel gratitude as if it is already yours.
3. Detach from your desire – know it’s coming. Relax.
4. Take Action that is aligned with your desire. Follow your inner guidance. Connect with your heart and write.
This is the 4-step process to creating your desires. I found this to be the shortest and most effective route for getting unstuck. You will find more details and strategies for each step in Your Hidden Light to help you master this process in your life.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Your Hidden Light is a reflection of my years of research, application, and personal self discovery. I read many books on personal growth, attended retreats, workshops, and conferences. I also analyzed my own experiences of when I was able to create wonderful things in my life and when I was not. Most importantly, I developed a meditation practice which allowed me to access information and guidance that helped bring all this wisdom together.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love spiritual self-help books or books that awaken my understanding of my true potential. Some books that have inspired me are:
Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch
The Impersonal Life – Joseph Benner
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: mindfulness, spirituality, self help, non fiction, guide to better living, mental health, emotional health
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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