Hopes & Dreams Inspire Motivational Speaker

motivational_speaker_linda_larsen_hopes_dreamsIn the lobby of the Actors Equity Association offices in Manhattan is a wall of Hopes and Dreams.  It's called the New Year's Eve Wishing Wall.  On it you will find little pieces of graffiti from a past New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, whereupon people have scribbled their hopes and dreams – for themselves or others.  

I stood there for a while reading those little slips of paper and I was transported. I left my own little world with my self-absorbed worries and concerns and was given a glimpse into other people's lives. I saw what they were hoping and dreaming for.  I saw what was important to them.  I saw things like…

"This is the year I will kick cancer's butt."

"I will learn to walk again."

"My son will overcome depression."

"I will finally get a job as a dancer."

Wow. It's like someone pulled back a curtain and said, "Here you go. Look into the hearts and souls of other people for a moment. Look, see and feel what is important to them." And I was reminded.

Everyone has hopes and dreams. Everyone. Even the crankiest, snarkiest most negative person on the planet. They may have buried their dreams so deeply that they can barely remember what they are – but they do have them.  And maybe my job as a person (not just as a motivational speaker) is to remember this. Maybe it's to consciously bring this awareness to all my interactions with others.  I have a feeling it would bring me a lot more acceptance, understanding and compassion.  

Right now – to help me remember to do this –  here's my plan (and I invite you to join me if you like) I'm taking a little post-it note (about the size of a piece of graffiti) and write one of my dreams on it. I'm putting it right on the margin of my computer monitor with the intention for it to do two things. 1) To actually REMIND me of my dream and 2) To remind me that OTHER people really are just like me. On THIS "hope and dream" level, anyway, they are just like me.






Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Uh, "This is the year I get my CSP."

  2. Beautiful post reminding us all, motivational speakers or not, that deep down we're all the same. Dave, if I did my paperwork accurately, this is my year for CSP. Checking a dream box.

  3. Oh, if only I could fit my dreams on a post it.  Maybe that's my dream! 

  4. I love dreamers!  This is great.  And, if all goes according to my dream, I will be sharing my dream of CSP with fellow bloggers and inspirational speakers like Dave and Colette!  Here's to dreams coming true!

  5. You are so right, Linda, it's too easy to get deeply wrapped up in our own stuff that we forget that others have the same thing going on.  We are all the same on that level.  I'll share my over-sized post-it notes with you, Kelly! 

  6. Post it written and applied to computer!  Thank you Linda for reminding us that dreams are precious!

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