MEET ILANA JANKOWITZ, FOUNDER OF MINDFUL MONEY COACHING
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Ilana Jankowitz is a certified Mindset Money Coach, NLP Practitioner, and a happily married mum of two young adult children, who are now both pursuing their life’s passions. Ilana is the founder of Mindful Money Coaching, helping women in business unblock their money and increase their Magician Archetype. She believes we don’t have business problems, but personal money issues that show up in our business or work. Ilana utilises many fascinating tools and exercises in her coaching. Each one is designed to support her clients with the inner work required to understand how their money stories were created. With this newfound knowledge they’re able to heal and transform their stories, and bring abundance, clarity and joy into their lives and work.
Having undergone her own money coaching transformation, Ilana is a coach that really walks her talk in every way. She’s extremely passionate about her work and her clients, and loves nothing more than to go above and beyond in supporting their ongoing transformation. If you’re ready to change your money relationship and get yourself and your business out into the world in big ways, take Ilana’s Money Type quiz! I am naturally thrilled to be able to bring Ilana's transformational story to you this month, over to you Ilana...
SO, ILANA, WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
I was born and raised in South Africa where I grew up with 3 older brothers and one younger. We lost our dad when I was just 14 which made it very difficult for my mom to be able to provide for us all. I recall my mom working 2 jobs to try and make ends meet, but often heard her crying late at night because she wasn’t able to pay all the bills. When we had a celebration of some kind, my mom used to get my cousins to bring the food to our house. I went to birthday parties with very small gifts for my friends. I felt that I did not fit in and embarrassed by our situation. I was not dressed as well as my friends or had the toys they had. We did not have anything luxurious. I felt poor.
When I married and started a family of my own, I wanted a different life for my children. I overcompensated dramatically, always buying them the latest toys and designer clothes, throwing elaborate birthday parties and taking them on super expensive holidays. I had no idea about keeping a budget and was always overspending. My credit cards were often maxed out and we had no savings for a rainy day. When our kids were 5 and 7, my husband took a contract in Europe and we moved to Luxembourg. Feeling guilty about uprooting the children and taking them away from their home, family, and friends I sought to appease it by overspending. So the pattern continued. Every time a credit card statement arrived in the post, my husband and I would get into a fight. “The amount on the statement is a limit, not a target,” he would tell me. I was told to keep a budget but I barely knew what that meant or how to do it. Some months he didn’t want to get into another fight with me so would let it go. I saw this as my opportunity to shop again and would then hide the purchases from him. Things got so bad that a friend suggested I go for Money therapy.
I took the Money Type Quiz and started looking at my behaviour around money from an archetypal perspective. I saw the TYRANT in myself in the Controlling and Rigid behaviour, the materialistic mindset and the lack of fulfilment in my purchases. All those designer clothes and elaborate parties were symptoms of me seeking the things in life which money couldn’t buy. And the urge to hide my spending from my family was there in this archetype too. I recognised the MARTYR in how I felt I deserved everything that money could buy and wanted to make sure my own childhood wasn’t revisited on my children. My inability to budget or see the need for restraint was recognisable in the INNOCENT. I was like an ostrich, hiding my head in the sand, waiting for someone to come and rescue me and unable to ask for the help I needed to manage my finances. It was then that I realised that my actions around money were being driven by a deep-seated subconscious place. By working with a professional Money Coach I was able to identify and change my limiting behaviours towards money. I became conscious of those inner needs and then awareness came as I developed an increased personal understanding. I’ve broken free from my past patterns and have experienced an amazing life-changing rebirth.
It was then that I realised that this was something I wanted to devote my life to. Helping other woman break-free from the subconscious chains that hold them back and prevent them from living their life to the full has become my purpose. I enrolled with Money Coaching Institute and completed their Certified Money Coaching program. Through my training, I’ve learned how to help others identify the behavioural patterns they’ve inherited from their parents. I can help them identify which patterns are positive and worth keeping, and which ones are best to change. I’ve also learned how to help people transform their thinking and approach towards money from one which is self-destructive to one which is edifying and inspiring. Having experienced this liberation for myself, I’m passionate about helping women break free from self-doubt, low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. I am on a mission, I want to share with other women what I have learned. So, let me ask you… Are you creating your wealth so that you can do what and when you choose? Or are you using money as a substitute for something else?
If you would like to explore your Relationship with money and experience the same liberation I have had, I’d be honoured to walk with you. Together we’ll create a new exciting and prosperous future where you can live out your dreams with passion and inspiration. Start by taking the Money Type Quiz, then contact me and let’s start the journey together.
WHAT EXACTLY IS MONEY COACHING AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WOMEN TO REGAIN FINANCIAL CONTROL?
Money Coaching is process of discovering the patterns, beliefs and behaviours that show up in every aspect of our lives – at home, in our relationships and in business and having a healthy relationship will allow you to: - Manage your money effectively - Make better decisions around money - See that money is not the answer to your problems Develop confidence in dealing with money and in your relationships with others through my Mindful Money Coaching process, I’ll show you how to develop a great relationship with money and set in motion the action steps you need to take in order to live your true purpose. I help entrepreneurs look for new opportunities and grow their businesses
YOUR BUSINESS HAS GONE FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO SOMETHING YOU DID TO ENCOURAGE SUCH IMPRESSIVE GROWTH?
Yes, absolutely. I started with Clarifying my offering and Creating something of tangible Value. Next, I become actively involved in multiple Communities, Connecting and Collaborating at every opportunity. Lastly, I've been Consistently showing up and being visible.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE CRITICISM?
I tend to withdraw and go through a process of reflection, looking for learnings to help be improve.
YOU RECENTLY LAUNCHED SOME NEW SERVICES TO YOUR COACHING PRACTISE. NOW CLIENTS CAN CHOOSE FROM GUIDED, MENTORED AND VIP. DO YOU FIND THAT BEING GUIDED AND MENTORED AS OPPOSED TO FULLY COACHED A BENEFIT TO YOUR CLIENTS? HOW DO THE RESULTS DIFFER?
The Mentored program is ideal for entrepreneurs and those wanting to grow their business. The Guided program is best suited for individuals who need further clarity on defining their life's goals and discovering their true purpose. The VIP option is perfect for individuals who are ready to do the deep work with me alongside them to really work through any barriers and obstacles along the journey.
HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?
A peace maker, a compassionate and caring person. Always willing to go the extra mile and help others where possible.
WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND DIFFICULT ON YOUR JOURNEY, AND WHAT WOULD YOU AVOID IF YOU COULD DO IT ALL AGAIN?
Technology has been a big challenge. If I could just outsource it that would be great!
WHAT’S YOUR TOP TIP FOR OUR AWESOME FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS READING THIS ARTICLE?
Be kind and congruent
ONCE COACHING IS FINISHED WITH YOUR CLIENTS YOU ALLOW THEM EXCLUSIVE ACESS TO YOUR TOOLS AND TO EACH OTHER IN A SOCIAL CIRCLE GROUP. DO YOU THINK COMMUNITY IS A KEY INGREDIENT TO OVERALL LONG-TERM SUCCESS?
Absolutely. We can't survive on our own, we need each other and therefore it's absolutely essential to be part of a community, somewhere where you belong.
WHICH FAVOURITE SONG WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO ADD TO THE FEMALE CEO'S #GIRLBOSS PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY FOR YOU?
Billionaire By Travie McCoy
WHAT DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE?
Abundance is my birthright
DO YOU HAVE A BOOK OR FAVOURITE PODCAST RECOMMENDATION FOR OUR FEMALE CEO MEMBERS?
Sam Rattling's LinkedIn Inbound
IF YOU COULD LIVE NEXT DOOR TO ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Nelson Mandela, because he is a legend!
WHAT MAKES YOU TRULY HAPPY, AND HOW DO YOU HANDLE DOWNTIME?
Walks in the forest and being in nature.