My true confession…

Dear Friend,

I wish I could tell you that the woman who helps everyone else go from stuck to unstoppable never gets stuck herself.      
   
But, that just isn’t true.    
    
In fact, I’ve been stuck many times in my life. And, I’ve been stuck more recently than I’d like to admit.    
       
Last year this time, God gave me a BIG vision that both excited and scared the crap out of me.  It is a vision that would impact the lives of thousands of women around the world.  
      
Yet, I sat on it.  I said, “When the time is right, I’ll do this.”  But the time never felt right so I continued to sit on it. And, I’ve been suffering the consequences.
       
Why am I being so transparent with you? Three reasons…
       
First, I want to let you know– You are not alone.
I’ve heard from many women lately who have told me, “Benecia, I’m stuck.  I know I should be doing more, but I just haven’t.”   I’ve encouraged more women than I can count who have felt the pain of not fully living in their God-given purpose. And, I’m one of them.    
 
Second, I have made a decision to get unstuck. 
I wish I could say it was becasue I’m so self motivated.  But, the truth is—I’m tired of suffering the consequences. Yes, I’ve had a good year.  God has blessed me in many ways.  He has sustained me.  But, He has also withheld His biggest promises from me.  I’ve been eating manna, when He wanted to give me milk and honey.  
        
Third, I want you to join me.
God has so much more in store for us.  But, we’ve got to stop stalling and start moving.    
        
I’m inviting you to join me for B.I.R.T.H. Your Dreams.  It’s a 21 day personal transformation challenge that will help you to jumpstart your journey to your own Promised Land.  And, the best part about it is that we get to do it together! VisitBeneciaPonder.com/Challenge to join me.
            

And, don’t forget to share.  Someone you know may need to hear this message. Send it to them! :)

       

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He screwed up…{What America’s Most Successful Screw\Up Can Teach You}

It always amazes me that we celebrate a holiday dedicated to a man who screwed up.

He missed his mark and we still credit him with “discovering” America.  (News Flash: America wasn’t lost–there were people already here).

In any event, here we are more than 500 years later celebrating Christopher Columbus for his mistakes.

And, there is one important lesson we can learn from this holiday:

Mistakes Aren’t Fatal

Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

We all make mistakes from time to time. The comforting thing to know is that our mistakes don’t keep us from succeeding.  On the contrary, each mistake we make brings us closer to a win.  

Today, I’m encouraging you to keep going.  Continue to try new things and explore new territory in your life.

And, don’t be afraid to make as many makes as you can along the way.

Who knows..in 500 years there could be a holiday celebrating you! 

Motivation to help yo along the way:

I invite you to be my guest  for Motivate Yourself! It’s a personal coaching experience designed to help you spark your inner motivation so that you can achieve your goals and change your life.  Claim your free instant access at http://beneciaponder.com/motivation

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What To Do When Your Comfort Zone Becomes Uncomfortable

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Dear Friend,

This school year my 16 year old daughter made a very important decision.  As a high school junior she decided to leave the small, private Christian school she’s attended for the past two years and she transferred to a very large, very public high school on the other side of town.

Going from being a popular cheerleader with lots of friends to being a newcomer at a school where most of the students have known each other from middle school, wasn’t an easy thing to do. In addition to making new social connections, she also has had to learn her way around a much larger campus, adapt to a brand new system of school administration, and (perhaps the biggest change) adjust to an environment where most of her peers don’t share her values and beliefs. 

So, why did she make the move?

Simply put, her comfort zone had become uncomfortable.

Amber is a dancer.  It’s her passion and the school she attended does not have a dance education program.

The school she transferred to, however,  is one of the top rated dance magnet programs in the state of Georgia.

My daughter was willing to step outside of her comfort zone to strengthen her talents and fully pursue her passion.  

Form this experience, she has learned two very important lessons:

  1. Your comfort zone is not safe.
    Many people believe that your comfort zone is the safest place you can be.  On the contrary, it is the most dangerous place to reside.  When you settle in your comfort zone, you bear the heavy burden of living a mediocre life settling for “good enough”.  And, you run the risk of never fully achieving your highest potential and purpose. 
  2. There are amazing opportunities outside of your comfort zone.
    In her very first dance class at her new school, the dance director saw my daughter dance and nominated her to receive a scholarship to train at the Atlanta Ballet.  Over the past few months, Amber has received more dance instruction and performance time than she has over the past two years combined.  She trains everyday and has performed in front of thousands of people and her dance team was in the filming of a new movie.  None of that would have happened if she would have stayed at her old school.  

My Challenge To You:
What comfort zone is getting uncomfortable for you?  I  challenge you to stretch yourself by taking the following actions:

Get real about where you are.  Do a reality check and acknowledge that you’ve settled in a comfort zone.

Get clear about where you want to go.  See, in vivid detail, the exact things you want to have, be, and do with your life.

Make a move.  You don’t have to see all of the steps to take the first one.  Just get started.

Get some help.  Maybe you’re not sure how to fully step out of your comfort zone yet.  But you can learn.

I invite you to be my guest  for Motivate Yourself! It’s a personal coaching experience designed to help you spark your inner motivation so that you can achieve your goals and change your life.  Claim your free instant access at http://beneciaponder.com/motivation

And, don’t forget to share.  Someone you know may need to hear this message. Send it to them! :)

Wishing you an abundance of passion, purpose, power, and prosperity!

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