Continuing on with this exciting programme being offered by the amazing Debra Poneman
I am thrilled to pass along this invitation to a LIVE web event happening this Saturday and it’s free!
My dear friend, founder of Yes to Success Seminars, Debra Poneman is being joined by some of the most respected names in transformational leadership, wealth creation, relationships, and happiness for a LIVE event Living a New Paradigm of Success.
These experts will share what they believe success will look like in the years to come and how we can prepare ourselves to enjoy lives of personal success while embracing the reality of our changing world.
WHAT: Yes-a-Thon Live Web Event: Living a New Paradigm of Success
DATE: Saturday, June 20th
START TIME: 9 am Pacific (e.g. Los Angeles) / 12 noon Eastern (e.g. New York) / 5 pm BST (Britain) / 4 pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
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During these unique and challenging times, many feel that it’s selfish to be focusing on success.
But think about it for a minute. Is it really?
If you look at success as the dictionary definition — “The attainment of money, fame, material possessions, or power”– then yes, this might not be the time to just focus on those types of goals.
But I think you and I would agree that in today’s world, that dictionary definition of success is as outdated as the BlackBerry at the bottom of your junk drawer.
Our society has begun to redefine success and for most, it’s no longer about just money or fame or outer achievement but must include contribution and inner fulfillment. My dear friend, Debra Poneman is an international success expert and mentor to some of the most renowned transformational teachers of our time. In her acclaimed e-book The 5 Secrets to a Life of True Success, she offers a new paradigm of success and the simple steps to live it.
In her ebook Debra suggests (and research confirms) that the reason the old paradigm of success so often leads people to despair is the expectation that attaining goals will lead to fulfillment.
Although Debra is in no way averse to setting goals and making plans to achieve them, she believes that there’s an important component missing from that approach. In her ebook, she shares spiritual and energetic practices we can use to first create an unshakeable foundation on which to build our outer success. Then, whether or not we reach our goals, our self-love and inner silence never diminishes.
She also gives us tools and techniques to live our dharma as well as heart-warming, real-life stories that illustrate how engaging in sacred activism and opening to receiving love makes the manifestation of outer desires become effortless.
We particularly love the story about what the great spiritual teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi told Debra when she asked him why everyone else loved him more than she did.
Tens of thousands of people all over the world have used the formula Debra shares in her e-book to create lives of ultimate success.
“I’d become immune to e-books and their promises of changing my life, but I heard you on a podcast and loved what you had to say so I thought I’d just take a glance at your book. I just finished it and I am in tears. My heart has been burst wide open by the stories you share (especially the one about your son) and I am completely committed to following your steps to true and lasting success.” ~ Carolyn D., Chicago
“I read every word of your book and it was breathtaking!! Truly amazing. I’m inspired and filled with a sense of awe. It’s very clearly not just a thrown-together loss leader like so many. This is the best ebook I’ve ever read. And The New Success is definitely an idea whose time has come.” ~ Shelly Lefkoe, Founder of the Lefkoe Institute
“Of all the teachers we have access to in our on-line world, one extraordinary woman stands out amongst the crowd. Master mentor Debra Poneman leads the way to continual inspiration. I’ve seen first-hand how the depth of her knowledge, the wealth of her wisdom, the vastness of her love, the breadth of her humor, and the contagiousness of her joy can and will inspire you to say YES to a life beyond what you can even now imagine. From the truest place in my heart, I encourage you to take advantage of anything she offers, including her profoundly life-changing ebook. Your life will never be the same.” ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas, NY Times Bestselling Author, Conscious Uncoupling and Calling in the One
“Over 30 years ago I first attended Debra’s Yes to Success seminar. I was completely blown away by her unique vision and practical tools for how every one of us can live our most cherished dreams — and by her powerful presence and radiant spirit. I ended up attending the seminar so many more times that I lost count and each time I gained new insights that impacted my life and allowed me to formulate The Passion Test. And now she’s taken the essence and put it in this e-book. What an incredible gift.” ~ Janet Attwood, Co-author NY Times Bestseller The Passion Test
The world needs you to live true success now so that you can have peace and happiness in your soul and BE the contribution you long to be. Debra’s beautiful e-book shows you how.
Till Next Time, I’m Sending: Love, Phire, and the Violet Flame of Peace
PS Don’t miss the story in Chapter 2 where Debra tells about the time she broke her foot and sprained her ankle two days before one of the most important presentations of her life and how she turned the pain into a monumental success.
PPS When you download Debra’s e-book, you’ll then be invited to attend her free live webinar, The 5 Pillars to Your Ultimate Life, as well as a 5-hour LIVE “Yes-a-Thon” titled Living a New Paradigm of Success with special guests including Marianne Williamson, Marci Shimoff, Janet Attwood, Katherine Woodward Thomas, Sonia Ricotti, John Newton and Jose Hernandez!!
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When my dear friend and renowned success expert, Debra Poneman, made the decision to offer a training on how to live your ultimately successful life, she was immediately pounced on by many saying, “Is this really the time for you to be teaching people how to create a successful life?!?”
Her answer: It depends on your definition of a successful life.
If success were only about the big house and the nice car, I’d agree that it would be insensitive to be teaching that, and not acknowledge that at this juncture in time, even though there’s nothing wrong with a big house and a nice car, we’re being called on to live a different kind of success.
The New Success is one that brings both deep inner joy and the sustained fulfillment and satisfaction you feel when you’re living your purpose for being here–and doing your part to contribute to a world that works for everyone.
That is true success. And that’s what we all want.
And that’s what Debra is going to show you how to create during her LIVE 90-minute Deep Dive Training on June 16th titled The 5 Pillars to Living Your Ultimate Life.
In 1980 she was a flat broke, full-time meditation teacher. By 1983 she was teaching success in every corner of the country and had reps teaching around the world.
Now, for almost 40 years Debra has taught tens of thousands of people how to create ultimate success. Yes, her students have become millionaires, billionaires and even household names but she has always taught how to live the kind of success where…
~You wake up in the morning with fire in your belly and excitement in your heart about what you’re going to create today
~You’re guided at every moment by an inner voice as to how you can make a difference and be a contribution to making the world a more just and loving place
~You harness the power of the Universe so your life is in a much more effortless flow and the wind is always at your back
~You have absolute clarity about when to stay the course and when to let go and surrender to make way for your greater good
~You know how to spontaneously tap Into the Universal flow of grace for effortless manifestation of all your dreams
~ You experience deep unshakeable inner silence so that you can be an immovable lighthouse even in the midst of chaos.
And most importantly, when you look in the mirror, you love the person who’s looking back at you.
In this extraordinary Free Online LIVE ZOOM event, Debra will also take you through a powerful process that her students say has been indispensable in creating their ultimate lives. She will also share:
~What the Ancient Mystical Texts say you need to do to face and overcome life’s biggest challenges
~How her daughter allowed her to see how much she really judges
You’ll also hear a powerful story about a woman who left her exploding career and trajectory to superstardom to follow her heart (giving up, among other things, a contract for her own national TV show). Everyone said she had gone out of her mind — and perhaps she had — you decide when you hear the story….
If you’re ready to live a life of true and lasting success with all the spiritual and material prosperity your heart yearns for, you’ll want to join Debra this Tuesday for The 5 Pillars to Your Ultimate Life.
Debra’s students include some of the most recognized names in the world of transformational leadership who attribute their monumental success to the practices she will be sharing in this webinar. I guarantee you will experience a powerful life shift from joining her for this 90-minute interactive event.
Till Next Time, I’m Sending: Love, Phire, and the Violet Flame of Peace
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Continuing on with this fantastic series of FREE offers from the amazing Debra Poneman:
If you look in the dictionary for the definition of “success,” you’ll always find some variation on “the attainment of money, material possessions, fame or power.”
You and I both know that in the world we live in today, that definition of “success” is as outdated as the BlackBerry at the bottom of your junk drawer.
Our society has begun to redefine success and for most, it no longer has to do with money or fame or outer achievement.
Arianna Huffington said, in her 2016 book Thrive, that after interviewing some of the most successful people in the world, she determined that success is defined by what she calls The Third Metric, a measurement that goes beyond money and power and instead measures success by a deep sense of well-being, wisdom, true happiness, wonder, and of course, giving.
The great poet laureate, Maya Angelou who recently passed away at the age of 86 said this about success: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
I love each of these definitions and I agree that they all express essential components of living a successful life and I also love what my friend Debra Poneman says about success…
For more than 40 years, Debra has helped people throughout the world uncover what true success is for them. Her students, from over 100 countries, have gone on to become mega-successful entrepreneurs, champions for charitable causes, powerful world-changers, New York Times best-selling authors, millionaires, billionaires—even household names.
But Debra says that true success is no longer based on outer achievement but on inner fulfillment. Success is about doing what lights you up. It’s about living aligned with your highest truth. It’s about contribution and what you are doing for the world.
And most importantly, it’s about being able to look in the mirror and love the person looking back at you.
For that kind of success, she says, you must first heal your heart. She tells you exactly how to do that in this powerful video.
In this extraordinary video, Debra takes us through a powerful direct healing process and also shares:
The story of a woman whose husband and only son were murdered and how she was able to forgive the man who killed them
A technique to create an opening in your own heart so that all you desire (including profound love) can come through the door
The story of another woman who healed her relationship with her deceased father (after doing the process that Debra will lead us through)
What true success really is and how you can live it every day of your life
Debra also tells how, once she was able to live true success on the inside, she also effortlessly manifested a beautiful home on five acres, a new Mercedes (after years of driving a beat-up, 10-year-old Chevy BelAir her aunt had willed her when she died), and the relationship of her dreams….all by doing the opposite of what almost all success gurus tell you to do.
The challenges of life can be overwhelming, but if you think that obtaining something on the outside is going to pull you out of your pain and lead to fulfillment or any feelings of happiness, Debra says, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment…
But if you’re ready to live true success on the inside, overflowing with unconditional love for yourself and others, being a contribution to the planet outer success will become an effortless flow. Let Debra show you how in this important and inspiring video.
Till Next Time, I’m Sending: Love, Phire, and the Violet Flame of Peace
P.S.This is the third in a series of free videos and live events Debra is offering between June 9th and the 20th. These offerings are very relevant for the times in which we live. The other videos include Align With Your Highest Truth and Empower Your Mind. You are also invited to a 90-minute LIVE deep dive with Debra, Just Say YES: The 5 Pillars to Your Ultimate Life, and an exciting “Yes-a-Thon” with special guests, including Marianne Williamson, Janet Attwood, Marci Shimoff, Katherine Woodward-Thomas, Margaret Lynch, master ancestral healer John Newton and Sonia Ricotti. Yes! I’d like access to all this powerful free content and the live events.
Do check out our previous blogs. You can find the last four here:
Today, we continue on with the series of videos and inspiration from the amazing Debra Poneman.
When my dear friend and renowned success expert Debra Poneman was in her 20s, the only job she had ever had was teaching meditation. When she was about to turn the big 3-0, she realized that “woman does not live by mantra alone” and it was time to “become an adult and have adult things like health insurance, car insurance and, perhaps, even a car to insure.”
So she left the meditation community where she was living and went out to seek her fortune (or at least get out of debt).
Armed with few marketable skills and driving a beat-up, 10-year-old Chevy BelAir that her aunt willed to her, she began studying the energetic and spiritual principles of creating true success expounded on by the ancient masters of metaphysics and modern “New Thought” gurus.
She diligently put the principles she learned to work, and, within less than a year, she had founded her Yes to Success seminar company. She was soon teaching the seminar to crowds in many major U.S. cities, had reps teaching in 7 countries on 4 continents, was appearing on TV and radio and in print from coast to coast, and had the first world’s first infomercial offering a self-improvement program broadcast in 22 markets.
Some of today’s most recognized names in the world of transformation were her students and attribute their inner and outer success to the principles they learned from Debra.
In her just released video Empower Your Mind, she shares what she (and her students) did to create monumental outer success based on deep inner fulfilment and exactly how you can do the same. She then tells the amazing story of how her near-death experience decades later substantiated the profound truth of what she had been teaching around the world.
She also shares a technique from a book written in 1935 and issues a two-day challenge. If you make it through the two days, she guarantees your life will never be the same. (She’s taught this technique to tens of thousands of people over the past 40 years and has seen the life-altering results.)
If you’re ready to have a life where you stop blocking your dreams and instead harness your innate ability to tap into the energy of effortless manifestation and universal flow, then…
CLICK HERE for free access to Debra’s important and inspiring video.
Till Next Time, I’m Sending: Love, Phire, and the Violet Flame of Peace
P.S. This is the second in a series of free videos and live events Debra is offering you at no cost between June 9th and the 20th. These videos are particularly relevant to the times in which we live. The other videos include Align With Your Highest Truth and Heal Your Heart. On the 16th, you will be invited to a 90-minute live deep dive with Debra, Just Say YES: The 5 Pillars to Your Ultimate Life, and an exciting “Yes-a-Thon“ with special guests, including Marianne Williamson, Janet Attwood, Marci Shimoff, Katherine Woodward-Thomas, Margaret Lynch, master ancestral healer John Newton and bounce–back expert Sonia Ricotti to be held on Saturday, June 20th!! Yes! I’d like access to all this powerful free content and these live events.
P.P.S. When you tune into Debra’s new video Empower Your Mind, you will hear this and so much more:
The story of Debra’s near-death experience and how in the space between life and death she directly saw the mechanics of manifestation
What a New Thought Spiritual Leader in 1935 said would guarantee your success and fulfillment—that still holds true today
What most of us do to block our good from flowing into our lives… and how a woman who was broke and homeless, after using just one of Debra’s success tools shared in this video, turned her life around and became a New York Times best-selling author—twice! CLICK HERE for access.
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Do you often wish that you could get your answers to the big questions in life straight from a source that is pretty much always reliable?
A source that you could turn to at any moment that would always steer you in the right direction for your greatest success and spiritual awakening…
A source that would give you answers even when things are tough and there just don’t seem to be answers…
If you are a big YES, then you’ll love this just released video from my dear friend Debra Poneman, founder of Yes to Success Seminars.
It’s called Align With Your Highest Truth, and it is particularly relevant at this time in our lives and in the world.
In this video, Debra gives you the tools to tap into the source of knowledge at will.
She takes you through a process where you have a direct experience that bypasses the rational, filtering mind and allows you to get the answers you’ve been seeking.
She also tells the story of running into one of her students 35 years after he took her seminar. During the chance meeting, he tells her that he had lost his business, was filing for bankruptcy, his wife had walked out, he had a life-threatening disease, and was severely depressed when he attended the seminar in the mid-80s and by doing this one exercise (the one Debra takes you through), it was revealed to him what was “off” in his life and what he needed to shift. The resulting experience blew Debra’s mind–or as she says in the video, “You could have knocked me over with a feather.”
When you tune into Debra’s new video you’ll also learn what Neale Donald Walsch, Napoleon Hill and YOU have in common…
For more than 40 years Debra has been known throughout the world as an expert on how to create not only abundance, prosperity, good fortune, love and true and lasting success in all areas of life.
Her students have become mega-successful entrepreneurs, renowned athletes, New York Times best-selling authors, millionaires, billionaires—even household names–as well as champions for non-profits and powerful world changers in 100 meaningful ways.
Having studied with some of the greatest spiritual teachers of the east beginning in her teens and having taught meditation to thousands, she’s also respected as a master teacher of meditation.
Debra has also studied New Thought with some of the greatest metaphysicians of the west since 1980 and is a sought-after teacher of how to live the kind of genuine success you experience when you live aligned with your highest truth—and when you base your life on a foundation of immovable inner silence.
If you’re ready to have a life that’s not lived solely on the knowledge you gain through rational thinking but from the knowledge you gain from a source that is much more reliable, accurate and true, you’ll want to watch this video.
If you’ve never felt like you’ve had an experience of God/Source/Spirit speaking directly to you, the process Debra leads you through will change your life forever—and you can use it at will, anytime you need a direct answer to even life’s most pressing questions.
And this is only the first video in Debra’s Your Ultimate Life series.
Till Next Time, I’m Sending: Love, Phire, and the Violet Flame of Peace
Over the next two weeks, Debra will be offering a series of free videos and live events that are relevant to the times in which we are living. The other two videos to be released are Empowering the Mind and Healing the Heart, followed by a 90-minute live deep dive with Debra, Just Say YES: The 5 Pillars to Your Ultimate Life. You’ll also be invited to the exciting “Yes-a-Thon 2020” with special guests, including Marianne Williamson, Marci Shimoff, Janet Attwood, Katherine Woodward-Thomas, Margaret Lynch, master ancestral healer John Newton and bounce-back expert Sonia Ricotti. If you’d like to get a free pass to all of these live and recorded events, simply CLICK HERE.
Do check out our previous blogs. You can find the last four here:
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Over the next week or so, I will be bringing you news of an exciting, new offer from the world-acclaimed coach and motivator, Debra Poneman.
Who is Debra Poneman, I hear you ask and why should I be interested in anything she has to say?
That’s what I’m here for, so without further ado, I ask you the following question:
ARE YOU READY TO SAY YES TO SUCCESS!?
I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to someone very special – a recognised leader in the world of self-help and the originator of the stunning SAY YES TO SUCCESS program which is designed to allow YOU to achieve everything you are capable of and that YOU DESERVE.
I’ll be talking quite a lot about Debra and her amazing program over the next few days, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce Debra to you and to give you a little teaser about Debra and her program.
What better way to achieve this than through a short question and answer session that will give you an insight into the woman and her work. So, here we go:
Q: Who is Debra Poneman?
A: Debra Poneman and is a pioneer in the New Thought movement and a woman who embodies her own teachings. Debra spent a decade in the 70’s living in India and Europe, spending months at the time in complete silence and deep meditation, while studying with some of the greatest masters of the East. During her time back in the United States she taught meditation to thousands of people.
Q: What did Debra Poneman discover?
A: In the early 1980s Debra happened upon the principle of how your thoughts create your own reality. Fascinated, she began studying the works of great masters of Western esoteric thought who espoused the now popular principle called the Law of Attraction. The people she studied included Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles and Florence Shinn. Discovering the Law of Attraction was just a small fraction of the profound knowledge these masters possessed and realising that this knowledge could help people move to the next level of their own life mastery she translated their works into modern language and founded her own seminar company Yes to Success Inc.
Q: What makes Debra Poneman different from other top Self- Help leaders?
A: Fame and success did not hold sway; her principles meant she walked away. Within a few short years, Debra’s seminars were being taught in dozens of US cities and in seven countries around the world. Among her clients were Fortune 500 companies, and among her students were people who, using the principles they learned from Debra, went on to become New York-based times selling authors such as Marcia Shimoff and Janet Atwood, and world renowned trainers like Steve Barber founder of Extreme Leadership and even household names like Deepak Chopra. In 1988, with a book deal in hand and negotiations underway for her to host her own national TV talk show, true to her teachings, Debra gave it all up when she realised that she had an even greater passion…..
Q: What are Debra Poneman’s Over-riding Passions?
A: Success founded on Compassion, Love and Service to Others. For over 22 years Debra disappeared from the public eye to raise her two children, and now finally she’s back to share what she learned about compassion from her numerous trips doing volunteer work in India, about ego-less service, from the many saints and sages from both East and West whom she has hosted in her home and about overcoming adversity, from her interviews with over 50 top American idols to write her bestselling book Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul, and about unconditional love which she learned from being a mom.
Not so long ago Debra moved from L.A. to Chicago; it was tough to leave her friends but she was determined to support her son Daniel in his non-profit [charity] organisation: https://www.shotinthedarkfoundation.org/
Daniel is a sports agent, and the foundation’s mission is to showcase basketball kids from urban communities, to get them seen by college scouts – athletic scholarships are a great way out of the ghettos and to escape poverty, violence and oppression.
These guys know that #Blacklivesmatter and they actively do something to help people help themselves. There’s a short video documentary which Daniel created on Youtube called “Ball so Hard” [Daniel Poneman] and more recently a sports documentary with Fox called “Shot in the Dark” about the lives of two baseball players, their coach and survival on the streets.
Not all of them survive, drugs, crime and shootings are high – one of Daniel’s friends Tyquone Greer who appears in the film and fought so hard to make it in the hugely competitive basketball world, was shot in the leg. Whilst Debra was teaching in Blaine, [see below] Daniel phoned her to say that tragically the young brother of another player had been shot and killed.
In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd if you are feeling that you’d like to help in some way to make a difference this is a very practical, tangible and effective way to ensure that your donation – however small- really will make a difference. I donated – my daughters’ also- and it will be a gift that won’t be wasted in admin and fat-cat lunches etc. – but will be of direct benefit. There’s a Donate tab on the website.
Q: When will Debra Poneman be back to share her tremendous insight and inspiration with us?
A: Soon – she will be launching an incredible new online course to help you say Yes to Success. I met Debra in Blaine, Washington State attending her four-day Spiritual Activist retreat. She is truly the real deal, and practices what she preaches, which is hugely important to me as I would never recommend anyone who does not walk their talk. Debra is an outstanding caring and compassionate individual and unlike some online courses hers will represent exceptional value for the cutting-edge practices to help you absolutely raise your game and win in a holistic and inspiring way!
Over the next few days, I’ll be sending you a information (Video’s, Webinars and more) on Debra and her amazing Yes to Success program. Be sure to click the links and check them out. You won’t be sorry, I assure you. This is one amazing programme from the leading expert in the field. NOT TO BE MISSED!
In the meantime, do take the opportunity to click on this link and check out Debra’s FREEE-Book, The 5 Secrets to a Life of True Success Be sure to check it out and keep an eye on your inbox over the next few days for more exciting information about Debra and her wonderful programme.
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March, this year is celebrated as “International Women’s History Month” so here’s a post celebrating some of the great woman of this world’s women, in total; two from history, two from the present, and two+ fictional characters from the future.
Anjezē Gonxhe Bojaxhiu:
The first woman that gets my admiration and accolades is Anjezē Gonxhe Bojaxhiu better known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta or Mother Teresa. Born in Uskup, Kosovo in August 1910, Mother Teresa died on September 5th 1997, aged 87, in Calcutta (Kolkata), India where she made her mark on the world stage and was widely venerated. A consecrated Catholic nun, Mother Teresa dedicated her life to caring for the poor, the indigent and the dying of the Calcutta slums. Founding ‘’The Missionaries of Charity’’, that now has over 4,500 nuns as adherents and operates in some 130 countries; the Order is dedicated to managing homes for those dying of HIV/AIDS, Leprosy and Tuberculosis. The Order also run soup kitchens, pharmaceutical dispensaries, mobile medical clinics, children and family counselling programs, as well as orphanages and schools.
Like all her Order’s members, Mother Teresa took a vow of chastity, poverty, obedience and whole-hearted free service to the poorest of the poor. Despite being the recipient of many accolades and awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize and Canonization by the Catholic Church, Mother Teresa was a divisive figure in both life and death. To rise to such prominence and indeed power in such a patriarchal organization as the Catholic Church required great fortitude, courage, persistence and sheer-bloody-mindedness, which Mother Teresa was said to have had plenty of. Although being greatly admired by all, for her charitable works, she was both praised and criticized for her steadfast opposition to abortion. The poor conditions of some of her houses for the dying were often the butt of many of the criticisms levelled at this amazing woman.
I think, in an incredible life of 87 years, most of it spent living in the most appalling of conditions, alongside the rejects of India’s society, much as her spiritual leader, Jesus Christ had commanded, Mother (or Saint) Teresa epitomizes the strength of character and resolve that is so admirable in women who commit their lives to helping others. She was known to be a pragmatist and had little time for overarching and controlling bureaucracy – and was committed first and above all to those whose needs outweighed her own. She has left a legacy of love, compassion and understanding that we would all be wise to learn from. She wasn’t a woman to self-promote and she did not speak publicly often but when she did, she inspired people in general and women in particular. I’ll leave her today, with one of her most memorable quotes, in my mind: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving, happier.” Mother Teresa.
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi:
I believe Indira Gandhi deserves her place in women’s history for the amazing feat of leading the world’s most populous democracy for a ten- year period, from 1966 through to 1977 and then again, from January 1980, until her assassination in October 1984. She stands alone as the first and only female Prime Minister of India and the second longest-serving Prime Minister, after her father, Jarwaharlal Nehru.
If two things described Ghandi’s influence on the massive country called India, it could be political inflexibility and her centralisation of power within the country. She was known to be tough and uncompromising as a leader and went to war with Pakistan, supporting the war of Independence by East Pakistan, which was duly won and saw the creation of Bangladesh. This desire to build up the country’s military and influence in the region saw India become the most significant political player in the South Asia region. Despite her successes, she is roundly criticised for her response to public calls for certain regions to break away from India, especially in the north of the country. She instituted a state of Emergency from 1975 to 1977, suspending basic civil liberties and censoring the press. It is now accepted that widespread human rights violations and atrocities occurred during this state of emergency. After winning office again in 1980 in free and fair elections, Ghandi was assassinated by her own bodyguards and Sikh nationalists. This followed a military operation, codenamed “Blue Star” that saw the military, storm the revered Golden Temple of Amritsar to remove the militant Sikh religious leader and his followers. She was succeeded as Prime Minister by her son, Rajiv Ghandi.
Despite the turmoil and troubled times over which Indira Gandhi ruled it is worth noting that her beloved India still came out of the twentieth century, intact, a world power, and still the world’s most populous, functioning democracy and for that alone, she deserves our plaudits and our respect, as not only an outstanding woman but also as an outstanding leader. In 1999 Indira Gandhi was chosen as “Woman of the Millennium: in an online poll run by the BBC.
I’ll leave Indira Ghandi with a quote that I believe summarises her political life. “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” Indira Ghandi.
Theresa Mary May:
Few could argue that this woman has not had a major influence on the future of the United Kingdom, as she has attempted to negotiate BREXIT. World focus and indeed, often ridicule has shone on her. Theresa May has stood tall and proud during these difficult times, refusing to kowtow to scathing attacks on her leadership from the opposition and indeed, it seems, at times, from all sides. She has steadfastly stuck to her belief that her role was to carry out the express wishes of the British people in the referendum and leave the EU with the best deal she could negotiate. You can argue over her negotiating strategy, you can argue over her management and leadership of her party, and of parliament but nobody can argue or deny this woman has stuck to her beliefs and her determination to carry out the wishes of her people.
What an amazing example of determination, resilience and sense of duty she has shown, as she stepped up and took the baton, in what has proven to be an arduous, long and difficult marathon. Her party, the Conservative party [broadly similar to the Republican Party in the US] has historically been split over the IN – OUT European Union issue. Theresa has a minority government so her hands are tied somewhat, whilst she has had to try to balance the opposing fractions and not only the opposing views of her own party but the entire Houses of Parliament [who are in the majority, Remainers (want Britain to stay in the EU) ] and yet deliver the democratic will of the people who voted to Leave.
For her most seemly conduct and endless patience through-out this epic struggle, the outcomes, twists and turns – of which have been described as a constitutional crisis no less, she deserves our utmost respect, admiration and support amidst the noise of personal attacks and vitriol currently circulated against her. She has held fast against all the odds
March 29th 2019 was a historic – [some would say hysterical, given the current state of political play] day in the UK, as this was the day which the UK Parliament agreed by unanimously passing Article 50, that the United Kingdom was due to leave the European Union. This was decided under a process where UK voters had a referendum two years prior to determine whether to Leave [Brexit] or Remain [Stay in as Before] in the European Union, which is a unified co-joining of some 28 countries, under the umbrella of a single trading market, freedom of movement of people and an over-arching legal system [the European Court of Justice] to oversee and harmonise laws/regulations/rights. Rather surprisingly, for some, [not me, as my prophetic instinct and strategic/visionary skills fully kicked in here] after David Cameron called the Referendum, the Leave vote won and the next day David Cameron [Call-me-Dave] an arch-Remainer and several of his key cabinet ministers quit. This left the new leader of the Conservative party, and the new Prime Minister – Theresa May, to take up the poisoned chalice and run with it. To date she has almost been run into the ground. So, regardless of the outcome, IN – OUT or still Shaking-it-All-About, in this Brexit business my heart goes out to Theresa May, who has above all done her very best for her country. Thank you!
May history be kind and may many more females achieve amazing things for us all. Theresa has insulin-dependent diabetes, yet she has shown incredible energy and such a determined spirit that she deserves a huge round of applause. At any rate, I feel she may well yet have the last laugh…
Perhaps no actress more accurately portrayed the role of the tough, independent, and fearless woman, as Sigourney Weaver did, in the Alien franchise, where she played the character of Ellen Ripley. Although Weaver has appeared in over 60 movies, numerous television shows and stage shows, to a generation of young women growing up in the 1980’s it will be as Ellen Ripley, a woman who showed these young ladies just what women were capable of, that she will be most loved, remembered and revered for.
Weaver has had a multitude of nominations and awards heaped on her, including; three Academy Award nominations; three BAFTA Award nominations, including one win, for The Ice Storm; one Critics Choice Award nomination; seven Golden Globe nominations, including two wins, for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girls; three Emmy Award nominations; three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations; and one Tony Award Nominations. It is not, perhaps for these recognitions of her significant body of work that we should celebrate Sigourney Weaver but perhaps much more so for her longevity in an industry where women are routinely tossed aside when they reach their mid-thirties. Indeed, at age sixty-nine Weaver can still truly be called a leading lady in Hollywood. She has rarely been without work in her entire career and is currently filming or preparing for the long-awaited sequels to Avatar; Avatar 2 and 3.
As a working woman in Hollywood, Weaver has been one of those rare breeds who have been able to keep a celebrity marriage alive and going despite the intense pressures of the industry. Married to stage director, Jim Simpson, since October 1st 1984, the pair have one daughter, Charlotte Simpson. Outside of the movie industry Weaver is probably best known for her work supporting the Dian Fossey Gorilla fund. After making the movie, Gorillas in the Mist which celebrated Fossey’s life’s work, Weaver became involved with the fund, as a fervent environmentalist and is now the fund’s Honorary Chairperson.
She has also used her celebrity to further her belief in other environmental causes. In 2006, at the start of a United Nations General Assembly, she called a news conference to outline the widespread threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling. In addition to this she has hosted the annual Gala of the Trickle-Up Program that focuses on those in extreme poverty, mainly women and disabled persons.
In the tough, image-focused industry Sigourney Weaver stands out, as a shining light to us all of what is possible when you have grit and a determination to succeed, without having to surrender your basic principles and humanity on the throne of populism. I salute her as an example to women everywhere.
I recently watched the Imax 3D version of Captain Marvel co-directed by Anna Boden, which was released on International Women’s Day, Friday 8th March 2019, during Woman’s History month which we are celebrating here. This is a great movie which doesn’t rely on romance, but demonstrates diversity of career and race with strong, smart and bold female characters that we get behind. Talk about girl power!
On that note I’d like to introduce my two women of the future – who are fictional characters from my “whodunit” mystery novel, Spirit of Prophecy which is set in 2021. They are Juliet Jermaine and Detective Sergeant Rosetta Barrett.
Juliet Jermaine, it seems, has it all; a beautiful, young, wealthy American woman, living her dream, in the rural English heartland. Juliet has a dashingly handsome fiancée/business partner in Matt Lebaine and is the current Olympic 3-Day-Event champion, with her world-beating horse, Gothic. She is laser-focused on defending her crown at the next Olympics, but it all begins to unravel one typically frosty English morning when Juliet and her teenage stable-hand are out hacking in the country lanes around their stable. What initially appears to be a random road-rage incident has catastrophic consequences. Juliet’s life is flipped upside down in an instant, and how will she cope with the tragedy?
What readers and reviewers particularly like about this character is she is a fiercely determined young lady who knows what she wants from life and is prepared to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve her goals. She is loyal and trusting, but recoils from blow after blow as she subsequently discovers that her trust has been profoundly betrayed. Her loyalties will also be tested when it becomes apparent that in order to pursue her Olympic dream, with her beloved Gothic now gone, she is going to have to hurt and betray a very dear friend in the equestrian community to gain a horse of Olympic stature. Juliet is now in a battle of conscience that must see her decide what her most important priorities are; her success or her values.
To me, Juliet epitomizes the struggle many women daily, perhaps not over life and death issues, as she must, but over choices between good and bad, morality and immorality. As women, we want to succeed, especially in this man’s world we have inherited, but is success to be had at all costs, flinging away those qualities of care, understanding and concern for others? Should we give up those special qualities we possess to compete on an equal footing with the men? Juliet’s sport is one of the very few that allow men and women to compete equally on the international stage, so in that respect Juliet is already at the forefront of women’s equity. She has to make that ultimate decision as to what is more important to her; love and justice or winning? Life is a compromise between competing values and Juliet, like all of us, must make those decisions on her own. That’s why, for me, Juliet deserves her place as a role model for all aspiring young women, in whatever endeavor they undertake. For Carol, Captain Marvel, there’s a movement: #captainmarvelchallenge to encourage young girls to go and see this first female led superhero movie.
Detective Sergeant Rosetta Barrett:
What readers truly love about this character is her complexity and the many faceted roles she must play as first a women detective but also as a psychic detective and a member of an elite inter-governmental body that is charged with handling all things otherworldly, including; psychics, telekinesis, telepathy, clairvoyance, witchcraft, aliens, and even time-travel. Rosetta has become deeply involved with EPIS (Elite Paranormal Intelligence Services) in order to “right” historical “wrongs” that now result in murderous karma travelling through the generations to wreak havoc in today’s world. This she does through the facility of Time Travel (Using the T-Portal).
For Rosetta her “gift” of psychic ability has not always seemed like such a gift. It has cost her a marriage to an influential Diplomat, has estranged her from her two children, and opened her up to ridicule from her police colleagues and even her friends. Despite all the pain and angst in her personal life, Rosetta realizes her gift is what makes her able to save lives and to prevent tragedy. She is prepared to put her needs beneath those of the general good and that alone makes her stand out as a great female role-model.
When Rosetta gets some inkling of the tragedy that is about to strike Juliet and her horse, she tries desperately to contact her to abort the planned ride that morning, but is unable to reach her, in part due to the intransigence of AI (Artificial Intelligence) supposedly designed to help humanity, rather than hinder them. Ha-ha! With a road-rage murder on her detective’s plate, Rosetta must work fast to establish a possible link to murderous karma from the past that is playing out today. She and Juliet must find a way to get to the bottom of these crimes without exposing her gifts to the ever-present media.
When Rosetta’s ex-husband becomes a suspect and her son is caught up in the investigation too, by a combination of coincidence and bad luck, Rosetta must make some tough judgement calls about loyalty to her job or to her family. Rosetta is lonely and wants someone to share her life with; someone who understands the stress her gift puts on her. Could she find the love she so craves in the arms of her sweet and understanding boss, Rav Patel, or perhaps the roguishly handsome and ever-charming Irish Traveler, Tommy Rafferty might be the answer?
Detective Sergeant Rosetta Barrett represents the dilemma many working woman experience as they are so often forced to choose between loyalty to their career and their needs versus the needs of their families and loved ones. With the added dimension of her psychic abilities, Rosetta’s courage and determination to do what is right has a message for us all and so I salute her in this International Women’s History Month. She, like all of the women mentioned here are inspirational in their display of strength, perseverance and above all hope.
Whether you agree with my choices or not, is not important, what is important is that we, as women, celebrate, lift-up and encourage each and every one of us to achieve the very best we can be and reach our potential, not only as women, but as human beings.
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To fully understand fear and the crippling effect it can have on us, we first need to understand that there are two very different types of fear that we as human beings experience.
The first type of fear is that which is known as “physiological fear”. Now physiological fear is built into our genes – it is an evolutionary trait that has helped allow humanity to rise to the top of the evolutionary pyramid. Physiological fear is what alerts us to potentially life-threatening scenarios, that we can choose to ignore (and some people certainly do choose to) at our peril. What defines physiological fear is the need to react physically to it. Literally speaking physiological fear is the difference between life and death. There are some fairly obvious examples here: The fear of heights is one. A long history of people dying when they fell from high places e.g. cliff edges, has ensured that an automatic fear of heights is well ingrained in our DNA. You would not readily walk along a thin girder suspended 100 feet above the ground because your subconscious automatically knows this is not likely to be good for your long-term survival. Similarly, when you are confronted by an angry animal predator, physiological fear requires a physical action to flee and remove you from the danger you face, freeze, or, if all else fails, to stand and fight for your life.
Although some people do make a conscious decision to embrace the physiological fear and overcome it, for example mountain climbers, big wave surfers, skydivers et al, in general terms it is fair to say that physiological fear is good for us and warns us of potentially dangerous situations that we may choose, or not, to avoid. Physiological fear is a good thing – it helps to keep us alive.
What is not such a great thing however is psychological fear. Psychological fear is not born in our DNA, but is born within our own active imagination, or as Andy Shaw likes to call it – “that little monster in our head, called our ego”. Psychological fear is the most crippling and limiting aspect of our psyche. It stops us from reaching our potential in life and most importantly of all it limits the happiness and joy we can experience. In some unfortunate people psychological fear can be so great and so overpowering that it literally drives that person to a complete standstill.
We’ve all read and heard of people who are so crippled by fear that they cannot even leave their own houses (agoraphobia), others who have a pathological fear of water (aquaphobia) and those too frightened of heights to even climb a set of stairs (acrophobia), but those with phobias this extreme are best assisted in overcoming them with professional psychological counselling and treatment.
For most of us the fears that cripple us are just simple psychological fears that we have allowed to become the ruling paradigms in our lives. These are fears that have been drilled into us over the years by the people we have most trusted to guide us in our lives; our parents, our siblings, our teachers, our friends, our work colleagues and indeed society in general. We have, like good and faithful dogs, been exceedingly well trained. The problem is that these fears have become so ingrained in our subconscious that they can stop us from doing things we WANT to do and even beneficial stuff, to grow as individuals and experience the awesome life that we were born to live. So, what are these fears that hold us back from achieving our greatness?
Perhaps one of the biggest fears that prevents us from achieving our true potential is: THE FEAR OF FAILURE. How often have you thought of a great idea or considered trying a new activity, or a new hobby, even a new career and then been paralyzed by that overwhelming fear of failure? You come up with the idea – you think that’s awesome – yeah! I can do that and then what happens?
That insane little critter in your head (your ego) starts chattering back to you:
“Just who do you think you are?”
“What makes you think you can do that?”
“You tried something like that before, remember? God, what a disaster that was!”
“No, you stick to your knitting – you do what you can do”
“Don’t you dare have the temerity to try something new – you know you’re a loser, you’re bound to fail.”
“Best you just go and have a beer eh and forget all about it?”
But why are we so afraid of failure? Failure is the first step on the road to success. It doesn’t matter which successful person you interview, you will always find that there is failure written in their story. In fact, many successful people literally “celebrate” their failures. Here, I particularly like the comment of Robert T Kiyosaki (Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad); “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure, also avoid success.”
If you are to be the greatest you that you can possibly be – you need to overcome this fear of failure. Whatever it is you want to do – you first of all need to make a start, and from then on the key is persistence. Don’t be off-put by the ego that keeps telling you, you will fail! There is an old truism – “if you don’t run the race; you can never be the winner!”
And even if you don’t succeed initially; then you will have at least gained two wonderful things:
1/ You will have the immense satisfaction of having tried something you have always wanted to try. You will have given it your absolute best and you will have grown as a person. None of these things is to be dismissed lightly, they are all part of the building blocks of success; and
2/ You will have so much more experience than you had before. The mistakes you made this particular time will serve you well in your future projects. I guarantee you, you won’t make those same mistakes again. As Heston Blumenthal said; “I learned more from my one failed restaurant than from all the successful one’s put together.”
So don’t let the fear of failure cripple you and consign you to living a life too ordinary. You were born to excel – you were born to be great. Just take that first step down the path that you long to venture along and embrace any failures as part of the process of growing your greatness.
What other fears hold us back from achieving our true potential in life?
A big one for many people is the fear of ridicule – of what other people will say about them and what they are doing. In this new, highly connected world it seems that for many people “appearing” good to others is their definition of their success or happiness. Why is this so? Success and happiness start and end with love – the love of one person – YOU FOR YOURSELF! Truly, what does it matter what others think of you?
The biggest problem I encounter is that instead of people loving themselves for who they are – a unique individual with talents and gifts to express – they indulge in fruitless and debilitating episodes of low self-worth and burnt out self-esteem, and then have to seek validation for themselves, from others.
If we truly love ourselves and embrace our own uniqueness with passion, then why should we need validation from anyone else? “To thine own self be true.” If we are going to spend our lives seeking acceptance/approval from others and seeking their plaudits then we will waste so many opportunities to experience the joys of life that make us happy and can fill us with bliss. Fear of what others may think or say is extremely limiting and can paralyze us from action.
YOU deserve better than that! You deserve to fulfil your own dreams and desires, not someone else’s perception of who you should be, or what you should do. Take control of your thoughts and actions, your own destiny and live for you – forget about what others have to say. The time they spend trying to drag other’s down and limit other’s potential is wasting their own opportunities to grow and experience everything that this amazing life has to offer. Don’t fall into the trap of pandering to their small-minded needs. Go out there and be the best you can be; doing the things you want to do. Dream Big and Aim High, feel the fear and do it anyway.
The final fear I want to cover today is also a biggie for many people – the fear of the unknown; what the future might hold.
First and foremost, you need to understand that the unknown is somewhere out there, in the future. The only thing you can do to control the future is what you do TODAY – here and now.
If you focus your mind on all the potential problems and pitfalls that the future may hold for you – that is exactly what your future WILL hold. You will actually attract to yourself the very things you want to avoid.
You need to accept that you live in the PRESENT, not the past or the future and whatever you think about and do NOW, will be what your future, manifests in your life. Acceptance is key, you can’t change what has happened, but the thing you can manage is your reaction. Deep down we also need to re-program our beliefs, to say to ourselves – okay, this is tough, but what’s the lesson here for me? Then let it go, sometimes things only become clear with the passage of time, but chances are there something way better waiting for you just around the corner. So, have faith, believe in yourself and that the realization of your dreams awaits.
At any given point in time we are exactly where we are meant to be; doing exactly what we are meant to be doing; with the people we are meant to be doing it with. Don’t let the fear of the future cripple your ambitions. Embrace the present – be the person you want to be today, and tomorrow will take care of itself.
I want to end today with a quote from one of my favourite authors, in fact the woman probably recognized as the one person who introduced the “Law of Attraction” to the masses – Rhonda Byrne. She says in her book The Power; “You were meant to have an amazing life – you were not born to struggle… what then would be the point of your life?”
I couldn’t agree more. We all have within us the potential to achieve greatness, whether it be just within ourselves, within our families, within our community or indeed within the world. We are not limited by anything except our own choices and our own fears.
TIME TO NOTCH UP INTO THE FEARLESS GEAR THEN!
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