Constance Zacharias is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of Langley, BC. She is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Success Principles and John Maxwell Coach/Trainer, Board Certified NLP Coach & Practitioner and Time Line Therapy® Practitioner, and the founder of The Journey To Success.
She is committed to empowering others to find their purpose, discover their core genius and inspire them to live an intentional life. She does that by facilitating John Maxwell leadership training and Success Principles workshops for entrepreneurs, sales groups and organizations and one on one coaching. She also helps individuals eliminate or reduce past negative emotions through Time Line Therapy®. Being part of John Maxwell Certified Coaches, Constance has had the privilege to collaborate with John Maxwell and his coaches to do transformational roundtable sessions on personal development for leaders and influencers in different countries. In 2016, they were in Paraguay, and in 2018, they were in Costa Rica. Together, they trained 19,000 people in Paraguay and 15,000 people in Costa Rica. We are thrilled to be sharing Constance’s Success Story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
It is definitely not because I have an entrepreneurial background or understand entrepreneurship as a possibility. I was originally working in the corporate world; the workplace environment and day-to-day experience took the joy and life out of me. My daughter was spending more time at the daycare than being with me, and half of my paycheque went to daycare costs. After my son was born, I started looking for options. I came upon the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and that was the first time the concept of entrepreneurship hit my radar. A year later, I bought a cafe, and for the first time, I became a business owner. There were lots of lessons learned, and I was stretched beyond my comfort zone – it, too, didn’t give me the flexibility I needed.
When we moved again because of my husband’s work, my soul searching led me to study coaching, and I started my journey as a coach. Hence, The Journey To Success was born. In essence, a better lifestyle and flexibility for my children and me are the reasons I became an entrepreneur.
What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
I grew up in a negative and unsupportive environment. It was through a fatherly figure that empowered me to have hope in life and see my worth. Much later in life, through different mentors, I gained insights and learned valuable life changing lessons that transformed my life. Through taking the Passion Test, I was able to clarify my purpose in using my life experience and my learnings, in order to help others discover their greatness, their potential, and live a life that matters. I discovered that I love facilitating transformational workshops and it fills me up when I see people having breakthroughs and making changes in their lives.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The best part about owning my own business is the flexibility to schedule my time. It allows me to be there for my family when they need me, to travel to countries with John Maxwell’s Team, to volunteer at different charities/organization, and to visit my siblings in Singapore.
Can you describe a typical day?
I keep my morning routine consistent unless there is an early morning networking meeting. The rest of the day varies from day to day.
My day starts off with a hot lemon drink to increase my immune system. I will exercise for about half an hour. After a shower, I have a smoothie, then I do my devotion/meditation, and write in my gratitude journal.
If I have a coaching client for that day, I prepare my state of mind and review my prep work for coaching the client. Otherwise, I will be preparing for workshops, women’s group and youth (girls) mentoring/teaching, or I’ll be going to a networking event.
Sometimes, I am out for coffee with people that I have connected with through networking groups or on Facebook, to see if I can be of service to them. Other times, I will be posting on my Facebook page, my group page and Instagram, or writing a blog post. I will also take time to watch a training video. I will answer any emails, Facebook messenger, etc.
After cooking dinner and cleaning up, sometimes I may go for a walk with my husband or watch his TV show with him. In the evening, I will catch up on anything that needs to be done for the day. At the end of the day, I will review my calendar and my priorities for the next day.
Who do you count on for help?
I can count on our tribe in Mompreneurs, and especially John Maxwell mentors and the team of coaches. As part of John Maxwell coaches, we have the same training, however, we have different experiences and are able to share what works and what doesn’t.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
Absolutely. There are times that I had to be away for training for a few days. My family is important to me and therefore I do minimize my time away. However, if there’s an important event with my family, it will take priority over work.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
Most weekends are for my family, church and chores. Sometimes we may watch a movie together, go to an event, playing a board game or just simply hang out together.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
I am working toward online programs and products so that I can reach people who are not in my contacts as well so that I can volunteer more time at charities either locally or overseas and travel with the John Maxwell Team to train leaders in different countries.
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
We all have different reasons that led us contemplating about starting a business. If you are like me, it is time flexibility for our children, a better lifestyle and knowing that we are worth more than we are paid.
If you have an idea, a skill or talent or dream that is a burning desire, try it out. You will never know what is possible until you try. Here are some tips to try:
- Be clear and know what you want and why you want it. When the going gets tough, your “why” will be the fuel that will keep you going.
- Research as much as you can in the area that you are interested in.
- If possible, try out the places similar to your interest to learn from them and if you enjoy working in the same environment.
- Enlist a mentor to help you navigate through the process.
- Be courageous and trust your intuition.
- Be teachable and be willing to ask for help.
- Use the feedback to your advantage. You will get feedback in the form of suggestions, direction, advice and even criticism. How you respond to the feedback will help you adjust and move forward continually.
- Be in a state of gratitude in good times and challenging times. It will keep your mind in a “solutions and lessons” mode.
- Surround yourself with people who understand, love and support you to encourage you and push you when you needed.
- Most of all enjoy the journey and have fun.