From the World Stage to Chuckie Cheese & Back with Debra Poneman
Meet today's guest:
Debra began transforming lives in the 1970’s where she spent months at a time in deep meditation and taught meditation to thousands. In the 1980’s Debra immersed herself in western metaphysical thought and founded Yes to Success Seminars teaching how to harness the power of the mind to manifest your dreams.
With her seminars and speaking career exploding, in 1988 she disappeared from the public eye for 22 years when she chose to follow a new passion - to be a full-time mom at home.
She’s now back as co-founder of Your Year of Miracles mentoring program for women with over 6000 students representing 72 countries and will share with us today the secret ingredients for creating true and lasting success—whatever you choose to do with your life
When my daughter was born, they handed her to me and my heart was so overwhelmed with love… I didn't want to leave that baby to go to the bathroom, let alone Southeast Asia to film a TV show!
Debra Poneman is a wise soul with a lot of great information to share. Our interview went by in a blink as she captivated me with stories about her kids, her time as a stay-at-home mom, and the importance of following your heart.
She shared how her original intention was to have her first baby and go right back to work. Her career was taking off; she was at the top of her game--speaking throughout the world and with a contract in hand for her own network TV talk.
I remember getting a call from this gentleman in Singapore (I was supposed to go on a tour of Southeast Asia) who said, "I heard you had the baby, let's get going…let's get this tour on the schedule." And I said, "You know, you're going to have to call me back in 18 years."
Debra always knew she was put on earth for a purpose and, when you understand that, she says, "you know that it's not going to go away if you take some time off to be a mom, or to look after your mom, or to hold babies in Uganda, or whatever your heart is pulling you towards at that moment."
So if it feels like something is pulling you off your career path, Debra's advice is to follow your heart knowing that it will always lead you to the right place.
The magic question to ask yourself… What do I need to do right now to make myself happy?
Tune into the podcast to learn all the wonderful words of wisdom Debra shared. Here are a few of the highlights that jumped out for me:
Our little girls need to see us [moms] to be following our hearts."Do you think they would want to be the cause for us NOT to be fulfilling our dreams?"
Given the opportunity to do it all again, Debra says she would make space for more enjoyment in being there with her kids – for example, singing in the car on the way home from the grocery store, rather than being on the phone.Many of those tasks that feel so important – phone calls, volunteer work, household tasks – don't need to trump time with your kids when you look back at them later.
"If I could do anything differently right now, what I would do is be less distracted. I would have been on my cell phone less. When they came to me with a concern or a problem or tears in their eyes, I would have dropped everything, rather than telling them to wait a second because I was finishing up a phone call. Now when I look back I realize that even though I was a mom at home I still managed to fill my time with other nonsense."
She reminded us that we're not perfect and we shouldn't pretend that we are. When you mess up and own your mess-up, your kids see that and learn they don't have to be perfect either.
Debra shared why she was able to support her son's choice when he told her at 15 years old he was dropping out of school and how her daughter called her out and showed her how a heart-chosen career serves us all.
Listen to the podcast and get the goods on the above, along with why being omniscient (a nice term for know-it-all) doesn't serve you as a parent and what you can do instead; how to be happy even when your career isn't what makes your heart sing; the two things she would absolutely continue to do in her life even if she had to give up her other practices; and more!
CLICK HERE to learn more about Debra’s Your Year of Miracles program and put in the coupon code YOM100 for a $100 discount at checkout! Note: The 2018 program opens December 26th.
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