Be Child-like!

Stress-less-speaker-Colette-CarlsonSure we’re all getting older, but there’s no reason we can’t still be young at heart. As a motivational speaker who spends a big chunk of my life being a responsible grown-up, I’ve discovered that adopting some child-like, not child-ish, behaviors does wonders for my mental health.

1. Notice the little things. One of the gifts of having my own daughters was re-discovering the joy of watching a lady bug land or a caterpillar inch along a leaf. Watching the girls' amazement and amusement reminded me to slow down and drink in the moment. Even today when I pause to become fascinated by something in nature – a bird, flower or sunset, I feel my stress begin to dissolve.

2. Take time to play. It’s the very nature of childhood, which is probably why as adults we tend to consider playing a waste of time. But spending time “goofing off” is a great way to decompress. Blue-eyes and I recently skipped on the beach and threw in a cartwheel for good measure. We both ended up laughing and smiling at our 60 seconds of foolishness. We both returned to our responsibilities renewed, with a fresh perspective, and a little more light-hearted. Try it.

3. Be curious. As an adult, it can be annoying when a little kid constantly asks, “Why?” as we’re explaining something to them. But that sense of curiosity can serve us as adults. Rediscovering that sense of wonder – that desire to get to the very heart of the matter – helps shift our perspective and takes us out of stagnant ways of thinking.

Now I think I’ll go have some milk and cookies and take a nap!


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Wiser words were never spoken Colette!  I love the saying "growing old is not an option but growing up is!"  At least that's how I think that quote goes….

  2. Thank you for reminding me to go through life with the same child-like wonder my son does. Not a day goes by when he's not amazed by something as simple as a rock, or a piece of pizza, or toy he forgot he had. We could all use a little some of that.

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