I Don’t Know Gets you Nowhere!

Stress-less-speaker-Colette-CarlsonAs a professional speaker it’s not uncommon to ask someone, “If you could do anything in the world and not fail what would you do?” It’s also not uncommon to hear someone answer, “I don’t know.”

This answer is also not uncommon when asking someone what they want to do over the weekend or have for dinner. Here’s the challenge.  I don’t know gets you nowhere!

Instead, give yourself permission to choose something and take action. Why? Choice is more powerful than chance.

Think you’d enjoy cooking? Take a class. Feel that being entrepreneurial is more your thing? Attend a networking event and ask questions of individuals running their own business.

Rather than sit around all weekend debating what activity might be fun and end up defaulting to the couch, choose something! Take in a movie, take a walk or take a break from the tried and true.

Discover what you chose is not your thing?  That’s a good thing! You just removed an “I don’t know” because now you know you simply need to make another choice.

What will you choose?


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 http://www.ColetteCarlson.com 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. This is a great post Colette – even if you don’t get what you want, you can at least ask for it!  That way the answer can be yes, no, or let’s compromise.  But when you say ‘I don’t know’ that really does get you no where!

  2. This is a great post Colette, and quite fitting for me – the queen of indecision. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to do – what I want to eat – what I want to wear – whether I want the candle to the right when I eat my Chinese food – whether this is a Queen Latifa night or a Brad Pitt night. I relish in the decision making process. I will say this though about myself – once I decide – I jump. This works well when I get a crazy idea to try on stage. I don’t hesitate. I jump.

  3. Oh yes, Colette. Oh yes. I think Idefault to the “I don’t know” mindset when I’m tired. Like right now here in Amsterdam I’m sitting here going “What do I want to eat?  I don’t know……….”.  But I will take your advice right this second and go outside and pick something.  Whew. I feel better already!

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