How to Stop Beating Yourself Up!

Here’s the kind of great idea that motivational speakers are known for sharing. See if this could apply to you.

Do you ever beat yourself up when you fail to live up to the standards you set for yourself?  Does any of this sound familiar?

You swore off junk food…but yesterday you stopped by WhopperDoodle.  You said you’d NEVER eat sugar again – but this morning you did.  You said you were REALLY committed to working out regularly this time…but again you stopped going to the gym.

This list could go on and on.  We’ve ALL experienced something similar.  Well, there’s one thing I know for sure – beating yourself not only doesn’t help, it can sometimes make matters worse.  The thinking goes like this, “Rats.  I said I’d never go back to eating like this again – yet here I am!  I’m such a miserable, rotten, slimy excuse for a person.  I don’t DESERVE good health!  Gimme a bacon double cheeseburger with extra large fries!”

The following poem, by Mevlana Jellaludin Rumi, is mounted above my desk.  It is such a light during those times when I feel like I have let myself down.  I invite you to print this out and keep it somewhere that you can see it and be inspired to return to your commitment.

Come, Come, Come, Come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
a thousand times.
Come, yet again, come, come.

 From your slipping, sliding, falling and getting-back-up-again motivational speaker, Linda Larsen


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. Thanks for this Linda, your timing is impeccable… it’s almost as if you were watching me last night as I devoured one… then two too many slices of pizza. I love the poem you’ve shared with us and just printed a copy of it and will put it in my frequently visited Keeper Pile on my desk.

  2. Beautiful poem and so motivational. Can so relate….Paul, you had pizza, I ate cookie dough. Good to know that as motivational speakers we’re always getting the opportunity to both forgive ourselves and focus again on what we really want.

  3. It is so easy to be seduced by food, isn’t it? As a motivational speaker on healthy lifestyles I’m the one who never has to forgive herself because I never stray off a healthy course, right?  Well, ahem, I’m going to print out the wonderful poem as well because of food transgressions at the movies Friday night.  Thanks for helping with the refocus Linda!

  4. Good grief ya’ll! You are making me hungry! Now I need the poem!

  5. Kelly, you need the poem? I had a dream last night I was at a party with all these food stations, but all the stations were filled with candy!  You know you’re obsessed when you have a dream about candy.  I’m so glad I’m not alone – thanks Linda for your post and for all my blogging buddies.  I feel so close to you guys!  

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